During an ultrasound, high-frequency sound waves are emitted by a small wand and bounce off tissues in the body. The information gathered from these sound waves creates a picture, which can be visible on a screen.
Ultrasounds are used in a variety of medical situations, because they allow providers to look inside the body to diagnose, manage, or identify a number of conditions.
What Are Ultrasounds Used for During Pregnancy?
Ultrasounds can be very helpful during pregnancy. They can be used to determine whether a pregnancy is viable, or whether it is ectopic. An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that is located outside of the uterus, such as in the fallopian tubes. This type of pregnancy can be dangerous and requires immediate medical attention.
An ultrasound can also determine whether there are other issues or abnormalities during a woman’s pregnancy, as well as how far along she is. This information is important, because the type of abortion you can receive is based on your pregnancy’s gestational age. If you are fewer than ten weeks along, you are eligible for the abortion pill, otherwise known as a medical abortion.
Another issue that can occur during pregnancy is miscarriage. According to the Mayo Clinic, a miscarriage is “the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week.” 10-20% of pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage, so it is important to have an ultrasound to check for any signs of miscarriage.
Where Can I Go for an Ultrasound?
At Care Net Pregnancy Center of Albuquerque, we offer free pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds. Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be frightening. Perhaps you have questions or are looking for someone to talk to about your pregnancy options.
It is vital to remember that you are not alone! We are here for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at no cost to you.