Unplanned pregnancies can feel like scary news. You may be wondering how this affects your future, with feelings of uncertainty and loss of control.

If you are considering abortion, it’s essential first to gather all the details about your pregnancy through a free ultrasound to protect your health and confirm your eligibility.

Confirm the Gestational Age

With an ultrasound, you will be able to confirm the gestational age of your pregnancy. The abortion pill is only FDA-approved through 10 weeks gestational age, so knowing the exact age will help you understand your available options.

Identify the Pregnancy Location

You will also identify the location of the pregnancy through an ultrasound. A normal, healthy pregnancy is located inside the uterus. If the pregnancy is outside the uterus, this is an ectopic pregnancy (ectopic means “out of”).

An ectopic pregnancy is potentially a life-threatening condition and requires immediate medical treatment, an intervention other than an abortion.

Confirm the Pregnancy’s Viability

Because 1 in 4 pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage, an ultrasound is necessary to determine if your pregnancy is still viable and developing.

Even if you have recently taken a positive pregnancy test, it is still possible that you have miscarried within the past few days. Pregnancy tests have a reactive strip to detect a pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin hCG. However, there may still be detectable levels in your body a few days after you have miscarried.

Only an ultrasound will be able to determine your pregnancy’s viability.

Schedule a Free Ultrasound

At Ridgeway Women’s Clinic, we offer free services to pregnant women in a safe, supportive environment, including free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds.

As part of a Pre-Abortion Screening, we offer ultrasounds to help you get the information you need to make an informed decision.

Contact us today to schedule a free and confidential appointment in the Freeport and Rockford areas (Loves Park).