A positive pregnancy test doesn’t necessarily confirm your pregnancy. The best way to determine whether or not you’re pregnant is with an ultrasound. At Open Door Pregnancy Center, we offer free confidential limited obstetrical ultrasounds. Let’s schedule yours today!

What is ultrasound?

An ultrasound is an imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a visual image of the inside of your uterus. It’s a non-surgical procedure and can be done in a single appointment. Usually, a woman has an ultrasound early in her pregnancy to confirm she’s actually pregnant.

Our medical technician applies a gel-like substance to your abdomen. The gel helps transmit sound waves. A hand-held device called a transducer is rubbed over the gel to record the echoes of the sound waves it picks up. It’s those echoes that create an image on a computer screen.

Why do I need an ultrasound?

You’d think a positive pregnancy test is all you need, but there’s still more to learn about your pregnancy. According to the famous Mayo Clinic, at least 10% to 20% or more of known pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage. You can still get a positive test result days after a miscarriage because it takes your body time to realize you’re no longer pregnant.

In addition, if you are considering abortion, you need to find out how far along your pregnancy is. The number of weeks you’ve been pregnant determines which abortion procedure you can have. Finally, there’s a possibility your pregnancy isn’t located in your uterus. This is very dangerous and a follow-up meeting with your health care provider should be scheduled immediately.

What do I learn from ultrasound?

Our free limited OB ultrasound can determine the following:​

  • The number of weeks you’ve been pregnant.
  • If the fetus has a heartbeat or you’ve already had a natural miscarriage.
  • Where the pregnancy is located in your body
  • If your pregnancy is capable of developing under normal conditions.

Abortion and ultrasound

Knowing how far along you are in your pregnancy is essential if you’re considering abortion. The medication abortion method can only be used if your pregnancy is 10 weeks or less. After 10 weeks, you will have to have some form of a surgical abortion.

In addition, it’s important to know whether you’ve miscarried or not. There’s no need to visit an abortion clinic if you’ve already miscarried. If you have an ectopic pregnancy (where the pregnancy is not located in the uterus), an abortion will not solve the problem.

What is my next step after my ultrasound?

After your ultrasound, you will have all of the information you need to make a confident decision about your unplanned pregnancy. We offer confidential counseling to talk about your current life situation, your goals for your future, and all of your pregnancy options. You don’t have to make this decision on your own. Schedule your confidential appointment today.