You need an ultrasound to confirm the presence of a viable (detectable heartbeat) uterine pregnancy. There’s much more information you need to know about your pregnancy, so we offer free onsite ultrasound exams to women who qualify.
Why Do I Need An Ultrasound?
There are three fundamental questions only an ultrasound can answer.
1. Is your pregnancy viable (growing with a detectable heartbeat)?
If the Mayo Clinic reports that up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage, you’ll need an ultrasound to determine if yours is viable. A viable or growing pregnancy means you haven’t miscarried. If you have miscarried, there would be no reason to schedule an abortion.
2. How far along is your pregnancy?
The type of abortion you are eligible for is determined by how long you’ve been pregnant. Dating your pregnancy begins on the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP). If it sounds confusing, it is. Only ultrasound can accurately determine gestational age.
3. Where is the pregnancy located?
Some pregnancies form on the outside of the uterus. This type of pregnancy is known as an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is extremely dangerous and could be fatal.
Before Your Abortion
If you’re considering abortion, take advantage of our free and confidential medical services first. In Kentucky, a patient must undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion, and the provider must show and describe the image to the patient.
We can help you. Schedule an appointment to begin receiving medical services for free.