With anything new, you want to be prepared and know what to expect. Here is more information about how ultrasounds work so you can move forward with confidence.
What Is An Ultrasound?
An ultrasound is also known as a sonogram. Ultrasound has the keen ability to create pictures with sound waves. An imaging method with high-frequency sound waves is used to capture images of what’s inside your body. A handheld device called a transducer is rubbed over gel put on your stomach to reveal the contents of your uterus. This device then sends sound waves into your body and receives the echoes that bounce back, creating images on a screen.
Though a positive pregnancy test can tell you that you’re pregnant, an ultrasound confirms if you have a viable pregnancy. It’s essential to know when continuing with your pregnancy or considering abortion. Here are three things an ultrasound does:
- Shows you how far along you are
- Reveals the location of your pregnancy (if it’s located within your uterus)
- Indicates if it’s a viable pregnancy
Your pregnancy could possibly be located outside of the uterus. This is called an ectopic pregnancy and is dangerous to your health. An ultrasound can alert you to any pregnancy complications like this.
When Should You Receive One?
The first ultrasound is typically done during the first trimester, around six weeks. Once you receive an have the appointment and feel informed about your pregnancy details, it is time to look at your options.
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If you need an ultrasound, our Assure Women’s Center offers free and confidential limited obstetric ultrasounds. Receive the information you need to make an empowered decision for your future.
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The information provided here is general in nature. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.