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If you receive a positive pregnancy test in our office, you may be eligible for a free ultrasound. Our staff will determine who is eligible for the ultrasound based on established criteria.
Ultrasounds are performed by medical staff specifically trained in limited ultrasound.
Why have an ultrasound before making a pregnancy decision?
Confirm a viable pregnancy – A positive pregnancy test does not mean that you have a healthy pregnancy. The test could be inaccurate, or you could be experiencing a miscarriage. Between 10-20% of pregnancies will end in miscarriage (1). An ultrasound is an accurate confirmation of a viable pregnancy.
Give an estimate of the age of the pregnancy – If you are wondering when you might have conceived or cannot remember when your last period was, an ultrasound will give you a measurement of the age of your pregnancy. If you consider having an abortion, knowing how far along the pregnancy is will determine your options.
May determine if pregnancy is in the correct position – On rare occasions, the pregnancy may be growing outside of the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy (or pregnancy growing outside of the uterus) is life-threatening to the mother. Sometimes, this type of pregnancy can be detected by ultrasound. You will need to immediately see your healthcare provider for a pelvic exam if you suspect you have an abnormal pregnancy.
Make an appointment online or call (706) 305-9042 if you have any questions.
This education is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice.