Free and Confidential Ultrasounds
After a positive pregnancy test, your next step is to confirm your test results with an ultrasound. When it comes to pregnancy, you want to be confident every test you take is accurate. At the Women’s Resource Center, we offer free and confidential ultrasounds to women who have a positive pregnancy test in our center.
What is an Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body. The test takes place on the outside of your body, and you do not hear any sound. Plus, it is entirely painless.
Our trained medical professional applies a lubricating gel to your stomach and then rubs a hand-held device (transducer) on your skin. The transducer sends sound waves into your body, collects the echoes that bounce back, and sends those to a computer, which creates an image.
Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound allows you to confirm your pregnancy. Our medical professional will locate the pregnancy to confirm the positive result and determine if it is viable. Viability means a heartbeat is detected. If there is no heartbeat, then it may be too early in your pregnancy, or there is a chance you have naturally miscarried.
Once a heartbeat is detected and the pregnancy located, the technician will measure the fetus and estimate, based on its size, how far along you are. This information will determine what options are available to you.
If your pregnancy has implanted anywhere outside of the uterus, it is considered an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies are dangerous. If this is the case, you should seek immediate medical attention.
After the Ultrasound
When the ultrasound is complete, your client advocate will sit down with you and discuss the results. You will know the date of conception, if a heartbeat was detected, and where your pregnancy is located. You can have confidence you are getting the most information possible.
Now that you had pregnancy testing and ultrasound, you will need to decide about your unplanned pregnancy. It is a lot to take in, but your personal advocate will walk through every aspect with you. She will ask you about your personal goals and help you understand your options.
Talk to your advocate and share your concerns. You can trust that everything you share will be kept in strictest confidence. Your advocate may schedule a follow-up appointment in case you have additional questions or concerns. We are here for you.