What Is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is an imaging technique that uses sound waves to create a picture of the inside of your body. During an ultrasound, a technician rubs a transducer (a wand-like instrument) over a gel to send sound waves through your abdomen or vagina.

The sound waves bounce back, and the echoes form an image on a computer screen.

Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?

You may think a positive pregnancy test and a missed period are enough to confirm your pregnancy, but you should have an ultrasound exam, too. Why? Because ultrasound answers three fundamental questions:

1. How Far Along Am I?

Even if you use a period tracker app, you might be surprised at the number of weeks you’ve been pregnant. Many period tracker apps are unreliable when determining the ovulation date (when you’re most likely to get pregnant).

If you are considering an abortion, it’s essential to have the exact gestational date (how far along you are in your pregnancy).

2. Is The Pregnancy Growing, or Have I Miscarried?

Experts estimate that as many as 26% of all pregnancies end in a miscarriage. That’s over one in four pregnancies! It is still possible to get a positive pregnancy test days or even weeks after a miscarriage.

3. Where Is The Pregnancy Located?

Most pregnancies develop in the uterus. Although rare, some pregnancies form outside the uterus. These are known as ectopic pregnancies. If left unchecked, an ectopic pregnancy can be extremely dangerous, even life-threatening.

Where Can I Get An Ultrasound?

Hope’s Choice offers free ultrasound referrals. We know this is an essential step in confirming your pregnancy.

What Should I Do When My Pregnancy Is Confirmed?

Once you have a positive confirmation of your pregnancy, it is time to discuss your options. We offer free options consultations. Our client advocates provide comprehensive information on all of your choices.

We do not benefit financially from any decision you make. Although we do not perform or refer for abortion, we can provide factual information on procedures and risks.

We cannot place your child for adoption but can provide referrals to agencies or assist you if you choose to parent. We’re here for you.