Hope Medical Clinic
Why You Need an Ultrasound Before You Decide
A positive pregnancy test (including a home test) is an indication of pregnancy, but not a confirmation. An ultrasound can confirm your pregnancy and it can indicate how far along you are by using measurements to estimate the gestational age of the fetus.
We offer limited ultrasounds to anyone who had a positive pregnancy test at our center. Our medical personnel will determine if you are eligible for a limited ultrasound after you have had a positive pregnancy test at our clinic.
What Does an Obstetric Ultrasound Do?
At our center, in most cases, we can determine:
the approximate age of your pregnancy.
if the fetus has a heartbeat.
the development of the fetus.
if there is a potentially life-threatening tubal pregnancy.
if your pregnancy is developing under normal conditions.
whether or not you are carrying a single fetus or multiples.
If you are considering an abortion, an ultrasound should be performed to determine how far along you are and will determine the cost of the abortion and if you qualify for the abortion pill. (At an abortion clinic, they can charge $300-$400.)
If you are considering making an adoption plan or desiring to parent your child, an ultrasound may not be required by your doctor but it can be a crucial part of your prenatal plan.
What Can I Expect?
At your first appointment, we will provide a free pregnancy test at our center. Depending on your last known 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.
Find out if you qualify for a free ultrasound with us. Request an appointment to come in for a free pregnancy testing appointment.
If the test is positive, we will schedule an ultrasound and talk about all your options.
Note: We do not perform ultrasounds to determine the gender of the fetus.