After a positive pregnancy test, it’s time to get an ultrasound. This scan will answer three important questions as you consider your next steps and how you’d like to proceed with your pregnancy options.
How Does An Ultrasound Work?
An ultrasound works by using sound waves to generate an image of the inside of your uterus. An ultrasound tech or nurse will perform the scan by applying a gel to your abdomen and then rubbing a wand (also called a transducer) over your stomach. The gel helps the transducer pick up the sound waves and you’ll be able to see the picture generated on a screen.
Ultrasound technology has advanced over the years to generate clear images to help you understand the health and condition of the pregnancy as well as timing and location. All of these factors are important to understand before choosing what you’ll do next.
What Does An Ultrasound Reveal?
An ultrasound really answers three important questions: How far along is the pregnancy? Where is the pregnancy located? And is the pregnancy viable? The answer to each will provide insight into your different options.
Location of the Pregnancy
Did you know that sometimes the embryo implants somewhere other than in the uterus? While rare, it does happen occasionally, and most often implants in the Fallopian tubes. This is a tubal or ectopic pregnancy, and is nonviable. It also poses serious health risks to you. If the ultrasound reveals an ectopic pregnancy, you will need to seek medical attention immediately to prevent damage to your health and body.
Timing of the Pregnancy
How far along you are determines not only your due date but also what kind of abortion procedure you can pursue if you’re considering that option. The abortion pill is only available through the first nine weeks of pregnancy. After that, a more invasive surgical abortion will be required to terminate the pregnancy.
Viability of the Pregnancy
Finally, a pregnancy may be nonviable because of a natural miscarriage. It’s estimated that roughly 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriages, and it’s possible to have a positive pregnancy test but for an ultrasound to reveal a nonviable pregnancy. In this case, you’d need to see a doctor for guidance on next steps, depending on how far along you are.
Receive a Free Ultrasound
If your pregnancy test came back positive, contact us today to request a free ultrasound appointment. The information provided will help you navigate the decisions ahead of you, and our nurses and staff will answer any questions you have.