An ultrasound, also called sonography is a painless, medical scan that uses sound waves to produce an image.
There are many reasons you would have an ultrasound performed if you’re pregnant. The most common is to verify the gestational age of the fetus. This is especially helpful if you tend to have irregular periods, spotting or aren’t sure of when your last menstrual period was.
Another reason for an ultrasound it to confirm that you have a viable intrauterine pregnancy. An ultrasound can reveal if the fetus is growing outside of the uterus, causing an ectopic pregnancy which can be life-threatening for the mother and the unborn child. Many women are not aware that a pregnancy may grow inside the fallopian tube or attached to her cervix, abdominal cavity or the ovary where a baby cannot survive. In most cases the cause of a tubal pregnancy is unknown, however, a woman is more likely to have a tubal pregnancy is she has had an STD such as gonorrhea or chlamydia, has had pelvic infection from an IUD (intrauterine device) or gets pregnant while having an IUD inside her uterus. A tubal pregnancy is a medical emergency.
If you’re considering a termination of your pregnancy, an ultrasound is beneficial for the same reasons. Also, Virginia state law requires an ultrasound to confirm your pregnancy is viable at least 24-hours before an abortion procedure can be performed. Again, you need proof that the pregnancy is viable for various reasons. Not only will the gestation of your fetus determine the type of abortion procedure you are eligible for, but for example, if your pregnancy is ectopic, and the fetus is growing in your fallopian tubes, a surgical abortion may not end your pregnancy. The fetus could continue to grow, possibly causing your fallopian tube to burst, which might put your life at risk. Too, 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, which the ultrasound may also reveal.
Mosaic Virginia can provide a viability ultrasound for you if your pregnancy test is positive and depending on our Nurses assessment. The ultrasound at Mosaic is no-cost to you. Schedule an appointment for your free ultrasound at Mosaic Virginia today: https://mosaic-virginia.org/contact/schedule/ or call 703-729-1123.