Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?

02 Feb, 2018


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When a pregnancy test comes back positive, the next step is an ultrasound, regardless of what options you’re considering for your pregnancy. Listed below are answers to what an ultrasound does, why it’s needed and where you can receive no-cost and confidential ultrasounds in San Diego.


Before you do anything, the important thing to remember is to step back, take a deep breath and try to stay calm during this process. Stressing out and/or being anxious can not only heighten worries, leading to uninformed or rushed decisions, but can also lead to negative health effects to your body.


What Does an Ultrasound Do?

An ultrasound is provided after a pregnancy test to verify the viability of your pregnancy and estimated gestational age, or how far along the pregnancy is in development. It’s also used to determine the general health of both the woman and fetus. In addition, ultrasounds also show where the pregnancy is located, checking for possibilities of miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies, where the fetus develops outside of the uterus (like in the fallopian tubes). While ectopic pregnancies can be life-threatening, early detection is key in the treatment process. Waiting too long before knowing about an ectopic pregnancy can be extremely dangerous to the mother in terms of health effects and future possibilities of becoming pregnant.


How Are Ultrasounds Used in Next Steps?

While the State of California does not require that ultrasounds are needed to receive an abortion, some medical professionals may require one before performing a procedure. Because ultrasounds are used to determine the development and gestational age of the pregnancy, having that exact information is needed by a provider to determine which abortion procedures are possible and which would be ineffective, causing further health complications. Women who are past ten weeks of their menstrual cycle may not be eligible for medical abortions, like the abortion pill, because of how far along the pregnancy is. Women past ten weeks will likely require a more intense procedure, like a surgical abortion. Learn more about your options concerning health risks and abortion here.


Where Can I Get an Ultrasound in San Diego?

Pregnancy Medical Clinics, like Turning Point, can offer no-cost and confidential ultrasounds in addition to lab-quality pregnancy tests. During your ultrasound, a professional staff member will be there for support and to answer any questions you may have about pregnancy, next steps and your options.


If you think you may be pregnant, know that everything is going to be okay. Your first step to confirming your pregnancy is to have an ultrasound performed. The friendly and supportive staff at Turning Point can provide you with an ultrasound and can answer all the questions you may have for every step of your decision-making process. To make an appointment for a no-cost ultrasound or lab-quality pregnancy test, contact us here.