Abortion, when we hear this we become judgmental. But before pointing out at someone you should understand the issue. The decision taken by a couple is very serious and their must be valid reasons. And the couple needs to know many facts before going for abortion. One of them is ultrasound before abortion.
Ultrasound (also called sonogram) is a prenatal test offered to most pregnant women. It uses sound waves to show a picture of your baby in the uterus (womb). Ultrasound helps your health care provider check on your baby’s health and development.
You may be thinking, “I’ve already made up my mind to have an abortion. This pregnancy was unplanned and unwanted. I have college plans and career goals that I’m not willing to sacrifice for this unexpected situation. So why then, do I need an ultrasound first?”
While an ultrasound may be the last thing you want to see when you’re considering an abortion, there are crucial reasons to have one completed before moving forward with a termination.
Reasons to Have an Ultrasound Before Abortion
Ultrasounds can help see if something is developing abnormally
While a positive pregnancy test does indicate that you are pregnant, it does not determine if your pregnancy is in utero (within the uterus). Ectopic (or tubal) pregnancies occur when a fertilized egg attaches outside of, rather than inside a woman’s uterus. While ectopic pregnancies are not viable (likely to carry to term) they pose a life-threatening risk to the mother. An ultrasound is the only way a licensed medical professional can see if you’re at-risk for an ectopic pregnancy and refer you to the proper specialist, if necessary. An abortion procedure will not take care of an ectopic pregnancy, because an abortion focuses on emptying the uterus and an ectopic pregnancy is not located there. Ultrasound helps to screen for birth defects, like spina bifidaor heart defects. Screening means seeing if your baby is more likely than others to have a health condition; it doesn’t mean finding out for sure if your baby has the condition. After an ultrasound, your provider may want to do more tests, called diagnostic tests, to see for sure if your baby has a birth defect. Birth defects are health conditions that a baby has at birth. Birth defects change the shape or function of one or more parts of the body. They can cause problems in overall health, in how the body develops, or in how the body works. This will allow you to confirm your decision of abortion. Helping to make a right choice.
Ultrasounds determine how far along you are
Due to the fact that select abortion procedures are available for you during specific stages of pregnancy, it is important that you understand how far along you are in the pregnancy. Once you have these results, you will be equipped with one more tool to make the best decision that is right for you.
Ultrasounds confirm viability
According to March of Dimes,up to half of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. An ultrasound can help determine the viability of your pregnancy and the likelihood that you will carry to term. If your pregnancy is non-viable (such as you have a blighted ovum (A blighted ovum (also known as “anembryonic pregnancy”) happens when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall, but the embryo does not develop)) an ultrasound will allow you to avoid the unnecessary health risks associated with an abortion.
Ultrasounds allow you to be fully informed
It is important that you are fully informed before making any decision. An ultrasound provides you with necessary information that allows you to make the best choice that is right for you. Receiving relevant and important information about her pregnancy options helps a woman choose what is best for her life instead of relying on others making the decision for her. Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy is stressful for many women, and sorting through emotions takes time. True Care provides brochures with accurate and educational information on abortion, adoption, and parenting, and by reading these resources, a woman can make an informed choice about her pregnancy.
Ultrasounds give you the peace of mind
It give you the peace of mind that your choice is what’s right for you. Women need to be completely sure about abortion.
So remember, if you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, we want you to realize that you are not alone. Your doctors are there to help you out. You may experience a range of emotions after an abortion. If you need to discuss how you’re feeling, contact the abortion service or ask your GP about post-abortion counseling.
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