If you have a positive pregnancy test at LWC, a free limited ultrasound may be performed or scheduled. This safe and painless procedure allows you to see inside the womb using sound waves and may reveal important information.
Timing is important for a number of reasons. If you’re considering abortion, how far along you are will determine the type of abortion procedure you can pursue. In the state of Missouri, an abortion must be obtained before the point of viability outside the womb, which is 24 weeks*. In Kansas, an abortion must be performed before 22 weeks**. Depending on how far along you are, there are different medication and surgical abortion procedures.
If you’re considering parenting, the timing is also important. A limited ultrasound will reveal how far along you are to give an estimated due date.
An ultrasound is the best way to confirm your pregnancy is progressing as expected. This is important because studies show that 10-25% of all clinically-recognized pregnancies end in natural miscarriage (American Pregnancy Association, 2017).
Maybe you’ve taken a home test but want your results confirmed, or maybe you’re pregnant and need more information about your options. In either case, your next step should be a nurse appointment to discuss your eligibility for an ultrasound. All of our services are free of charge.
Schedule your appointment today. You and your health are worth it!