If you received a positive result from a Carolina Pregnancy Center pregnancy test, your next step would be to have an ultrasound. We provide ultrasounds on a limited basis to clients that qualify.
What Is An Ultrasound?
An ultrasound is also known as a sonogram. Although it seems strange to create a picture out of sound waves, that is exactly what an ultrasound does. It is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture an image from inside your body.
One of our registered nurses applies a lubricating gel to your stomach. A hand-held device called a transducer is rubbed over the gel on your skin. This device sends sound waves into your body, collects the echoes that bounce back, and creates an image on a computer screen from those echoes.
Why You Need An Ultrasound
An ultrasound is essential whether you are considering abortion or continuing with your pregnancy. You need answers to three very important questions. Plus, our ultrasound service is free. Why not get as much information as possible as you figure out your next step?
1.) How Far Along Is The Pregnancy?
Ultrasound tells you how far along you are in your pregnancy. It measures the length of the fetus to estimate your due date and indicates how many weeks you have been pregnant.
If you are considering abortion, an ultrasound will determine the kind of abortion you can have. Usually, a medication abortion isn’t performed after nine or ten weeks of pregnancy. You would have to have a surgical abortion if you are farther along.
2.) Is The Pregnancy Continuing?
Your body has produced enough of the hCG hormone to give you a positive pregnancy test result. However, since nearly 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in a natural miscarriage, you may no longer be pregnant. It’s possible to have pregnancy symptoms for days or even weeks after a miscarriage.
By listening for a heartbeat, you will know if you have either miscarried or your pregnancy is continuing. If no heartbeat is detected, you will need to seek medical attention.
3.) Where Is The Pregnancy Located?
Even though it is rare, sometimes the embryo implants somewhere other than in the uterus, usually in the Fallopian tubes. This type of pregnancy is referred to as a tubal or ectopic pregnancy. It is extremely life-threatening and you should seek immediate medical attention if it is discovered. Abortion cannot take care of this serious health issue.
Planning Your Next Steps
We offer free and confidential ultrasound appointments so you can have as much information as possible about your unplanned pregnancy. Once you have that information, it is time to look at your options. Believe it or not, you have more than one.
Your personal client advocate will discuss the results of your ultrasound and pregnancy with you, plus review your options. This is a big decision and we don’t want you to feel you have to make it alone. We’re here to talk through your life’s situation, your hopes and dreams, and your next steps.
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