Even if you have pregnancy symptoms or have taken a home test, an ultrasound is the only way to confirm a viable pregnancy, meaning there is a heartbeat and the pregnancy is located in the uterus. Outlook Women's Services provides laboratory-quality pregnancy tests that are 99% accurate and offers a limited OB ultrasound at no cost to confirm the viability of your pregnancy and to determine how far along you are. Before getting any type of abortion, you first need to know if you are actually pregnant.
An ultrasound is an important step if you are considering terminating your pregnancy. Different abortion methods are used at different stages of pregnancy. An ultrasound will tell you how many weeks pregnant you are, which will tell you more about the options available to you. An ultrasound will also tell you if your pregnancy is viable (meaning there is a heartbeat and the pregnancy is located in the uterus) or if you might naturally miscarry.
Before choosing an abortion clinic, get tested for STDs. Many women with STDs are asymptomatic and do not realize they are infected. Women who undergo a termination procedure with an untreated STD are up to 25% more likely to develop PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease) following the abortion procedure. PID can lead to serious consequences including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, abscess formation and chronic pelvic pain.
When faced with an unintended pregnancy everyone wants to give their opinion about what you should do. But it's YOUR decision, and no one should decide for you. Our medical staff and patient advocates will give you the guidance and support you need to make an informed decision for yourself. No one can force you to terminate your pregnancy, even if you are a minor.