It is important to have an ultrasound before an abortion. Yes, even before taking the abortion pill.
An ultrasound can alert you to anything abnormal about your pregnancy that could affect your body and the abortion process. Scheduling an ultrasound also helps you feel confident about which pregnancy option is best and safest for you.
3 Reasons You Need an Ultrasound Before An Abortion:
1. An ultrasound determines if your pregnancy is developing in your uterus
There are some factors that increase your risk for an ectopic pregnancy. These risk factors include having a previous ectopic pregnancy, fallopian tube surgery, pelvic or abdominal surgery, a history of certain infections like Gonorrhea or Chlamydia, endometriosis, smoking, and being older than 35 years of age. However, about 50% of women who are diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy have no known risk factors.
An ultrasound can diagnose an ectopic pregnancy. If your pregnancy is growing outside of your uterus, you will need to seek medical attention immediately as it can be a medical emergency if not caught early.
Taking the abortion pill without ruling out an ectopic pregnancy can be life-threatening. While you might experience abortion symptoms after taking the abortion pills, it may not end the pregnancy. This can put you at risk for internal bleeding.
2. An ultrasound determines if you have a viable pregnancy
It is necessary to confirm your pregnancy is viable. A viable pregnancy indicates the presence of a heartbeat and the potential for a live birth.
A pregnancy can end by miscarriage without you realizing it. A miscarriage is a non-viable pregnancy, which means an abortion would not be necessary.
Research shows as many as 1 in 4 pregnancies end in natural miscarriage. Approximately 80% of miscarriages occur within the first trimester (before the 12th week). An exam and pregnancy test are not reliable sources to confirm viability. Since pregnancy tests respond to hormones, it is possible the test might still show positive, even if you have miscarried.
Without confirmation of a viable pregnancy, you can put your body through an unnecessary abortion and health complications.
Ultrasounds are one of the fastest ways to confirm the viability of your pregnancy.
3. Ultrasounds confirm how far along you are
If you are considering taking the abortion pill, the FDA states you should only take it within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. That is about two and a half months after the first day of your last menstrual period. Since many women are off on their dates, the only way to confirm the exact timeline of your pregnancy is through an ultrasound.
It is important to confirm you meet gestational age requirements before scheduling an abortion in Florida.
Taking the abortion pill when more than 10 weeks pregnant increases your risk for an incomplete abortion, hemorrhage, retained placenta, or the need for a blood transfusion from heavy bleeding.
An ultrasound before an abortion is an important first step in knowing the safest options for you.
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