So you’ve just taken a pregnancy test…and it’s positive. If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and are considering abortion, it’s important to schedule an ultrasound first. Why Do I need an ultrasound before an abortion? It is required by law to have an ultrasound—also called a sonogram—before an abortion in Texas. But here are a few more reasons why it is so important:
- Find out how far along you are. It is important to know how many weeks pregnant you are when considering abortion, as your abortion options will vary depending upon how far along you are. For example, the abortion pill is only available to women 10 weeks pregnant or less.
- Determine whether the pregnancy is viable. One in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. An ultrasound can help determine whether your pregnancy is viable—meaning likely to result in a healthy baby—and whether an abortion will be necessary.
- Make sure your pregnancy is progressing normally. In some cases, pregnancies develop in such a way that the mother’s health could be at risk. These types of abnormal pregnancies, including ectopic and molar pregnancies, are rare but can have severe consequences if not addressed quickly. They will never develop into a viable pregnancy. If either of these types of pregnancies are suspected, you will need to visit an OB/GYN’s office instead of an abortion clinic.
- Be fully informed. It’s important to have all of the information you need in order to make an informed decision. An ultrasound will give you valuable information you need in order to make the right choice for yourself.
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