Do I Need an Ultrasound Before an Abortion?

We provide free limited ultrasounds to anyone facing an unexpected pregnancy and considering abortion. Regardless of your choice, you deserve to be able to make a fully informed decision without the added cost of an expensive ultrasound from another provider. 

All our services are discreet and confidential. Contact us to learn more or to make an appointment today.

Why You Should Have an Ultrasound Before an Abortion

An ultrasound can help determine:

  • if the pregnancy is viable (able to continue).
  • how far along you are.
  • if a heartbeat is detected.
  • confirm an intrauterine pregnancy (one occurring outside the uterus or ectopic).
  • the type of abortion that is FDA-approved and legal.
  • abortion costs based on fetal age and single or multiple pregnancies.

If you are considering an abortion, an ultrasound is an important health and safety step that can determine how far along you are and can determine the cost of the abortion and if you qualify for the abortion pill. (Note: We do not provide or refer for abortion services.)

The abortion pill is only FDA-approved up through 10 weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period (LMP) and should not be taken before 4 weeks. Taking the abortion pill before you are 4 weeks pregnant is dangerous. 

Note: We do not calculate abortion costs at your ultrasound appointment. The ultrasound provides information that can determine possible costs. 

What Can I Expect?

At your first appointment, we will provide a free pregnancy test at our center. Depending on your last menstrual period (LMP) and our availability, we will either perform an ultrasound during your appointment or schedule one for a future date. 

Before your ultrasound appointment, the nurse may direct you to drink several glasses of water to ensure a full bladder. This can help our medical personnel see more clearly during an intravaginal ultrasound. If you are in your second or third trimester, an abdominal ultrasound could be performed. 

You can also talk about your medical history, pregnancy concerns, or ask questions about the abortion pill or the various types of surgical abortions. 

What’s Next? 

Find out if you qualify for a free ultrasound with us.  Request an appointment to come in for a free pregnancy testing. 

If the test is positive, we will schedule an ultrasound and talk about all your options.

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