If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and exploring the option of abortion, there are some important details you will need to know before you can move forward that involve more than just a positive pregnancy test. This blog will share the important pregnancy confirmation details needed that will determine what abortion options you have.

These pregnancy confirmation steps are all offered free of charge at Alpha Pregnancy Care Center to help you get the facts you need and learn what options you have.

Here are three things needed before abortion:

1. Be Sure You’re Pregnant 

You may have already taken an at-home pregnancy test and think that is all that is needed to confirm a pregnancy but that is often not the case. While at-home pregnancy tests are usually very accurate there is a chance that you may get a false positive. 

A pregnancy test can be taken as early as one day after your missed period, although if your cycle is usually irregular it may be best to wait a few more days before testing. The most accurate type of pregnancy tests are medical-grade pregnancy tests administered at a health clinic.

2. Receive an Ultrasound

If a medical-grade pregnancy test confirms your pregnancy, the next step is to receive an ultrasound scan. Ultrasound scans go a step further revealing vital details about your pregnancy.

First, a scan will determine the viability of your pregnancy. Up to 10-20% of pregnancies end with a natural miscarriage, meaning a procedure like abortion is unnecessary. 

An ultrasound can also detect if you have an ectopic pregnancy. This is a serious complication that occurs when a pregnancy begins to grow in the wrong location, like in a fallopian tube rather than your uterus. Ectopic pregnancy can be dangerous to your health so it is important to get medical intervention right away if the complication is detected.

An ultrasound scan is also used to learn the age of your pregnancy. This is very important information as it will determine what type of abortion options are available to you. A medical abortion, for example, is only approved by the FDA in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. 

3. Get Your Questions Answered

Once you have all this information you will probably have even more questions—but the good news is you will also have the facts you need to help you make the best decision for your health. 

The team at Alpha Pregnancy Care Center not only offers free pregnancy tests and ultrasound scans, but we also will take the time to answer all your questions and hear your concerns. It’s your body and your future, so you deserve to get all the details you need to make the best decision.

Contact us today to schedule your free and confidential appointment.