A positive pregnancy test means pregnancy hormone is in your system, but can’t tell you if a living pregnancy is growing inside your uterus. Common pregnancy signs and symptoms can be misleading, and a significant percentage of early pregnancies end in miscarriage.
The purpose of the ultrasound is to answer your biggest question: “Am I pregnant?” An ultrasound exam can tell for sure if a living pregnancy is present in the uterus. Our ultrasounds are done by medical professionals.
A medical ultrasound can tell you many things;
- They can diagnose ectopic pregnancies. This kind of pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the uterus. Usually, the egg will implant in the fallopian tube (tubal pregnancy), but occasionally the egg will implant inside the ovary, the abdominal cavity or in the cervix. A baby growing in any of these places can cause life-threatening blood loss for the mother. If you have an ectopic pregnancy and have an abortion, it is possible the procedure could fail and the baby could continue to grow, causing a serious risk to the mother.
- They can confirm viability. According to the Mayo Clinic, 10-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. An ultrasound can detect a fetal heartbeat; if one isn’t present then a risky abortion procedure is pointless.
- An ultrasound can determine a gestational age. Gestational age shows how far along you are in your pregnancy. If you are considering abortion, it’s important to know exactly how far along you are as some abortion procedures are not recommended at certain age intervals.
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You can expect to be treated with respect and compassion by our trained staff and medical professionals and receive accurate information. Our medical services include free lab quality pregnancy tests and pregnancy confirmation ultrasound exams. Getting a pregnancy test and ultrasound are the first steps you can take in making an informed decision.
This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice.