Why do I need an ultrasound?

Are you wondering why you need an ultrasound if your pregnancy test was positive?

There is much more information you need to make a confident decision about your next steps. Ultrasound is the only way to get the answers you need.

Consider these questions:

  • Did you know it’s possible to get a positive result on a pregnancy test and not be pregnant?
  • Were you aware that all abortion procedures are determined by how far along your pregnancy is?
  • Some pregnancies implant in the wrong place. Did you know the location of your pregnancy is essential?

You May No longer be Pregnant

The Mayo Clinic reports up to 20% of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. The number is likely higher because many miscarriages occur before a woman realizes she’s pregnant.

It is possible to get a positive result on a pregnancy test even though you’ve already miscarried. Hormones flood your body, and it takes time to realize you are no longer pregnant.

Ultrasound reveals if you have miscarried or have a viable pregnancy. Viable means your pregnancy is growing and has a recognizable heartbeat.

Knowing How Far Along You Are

You may have a general idea of when you got pregnant, but are you sure? The abortion procedure you have is determined by how many days or weeks you’ve been pregnant.

In the early months, pregnancies grow approximately the same size at every stage. Our licensed nurse can get a more precise conception date (gestational age) by measuring the fetus through ultrasound.

Knowing the location of your pregnancy

Although rare, some pregnancies form outside of a woman’s uterus. An ectopic pregnancy means the pregnancy is growing in a fallopian tube (which leads to the uterus).

An ectopic pregnancy is dangerous to your health. Ultrasound shows precisely where your pregnancy is growing.

How We Can Help

Alpha House offers limited ultrasound at no charge. A licensed nurse performs every ultrasound so you can be confident the results are correct.

To learn more about our ultrasounds and schedule an appointment, please call or text our 24-hour hotline: 417-777-2273. We’re here to help you.