In order to diagnose pregnancy, we provide a pregnancy test and an ultrasound. Both of these services are Free and both are required to accurately verify a pregnancy.
The pregnancy test we use detects human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in human urine for the early detection of pregnancy. HCG is a hormone produced by the placenta and when present in urine typically provides an early indication of pregnancy.
However, hCG may be detectable in some conditions other than normal pregnancy, which should be ruled out. Some of these conditions include the following:
- Low titer elevations of hCG can occur in normal, non-pregnant women
- Ectopic pregnancy cannot be distinguished from normal pregnancy from hCG measurements alone.
- Positive hCG levels may be detectable for several weeks following delivery, miscarriage or abortion.
The results must be evaluated with other data by a licensed medical practitioner before diagnosing pregnancy. At LivingWell, our next step in providing you with a reliable, accurate diagnosis of pregnancy is to provide a free ultrasound.
A prenatal ultrasound test uses high-frequency sound waves that are transmitted through the abdomen via a device called a transducer to look at the inside of the abdomen. The sound waves are recorded and transformed into a photographic image of the fetus. We typically perform ultrasounds topically on the surface of the abdomen. When necessary a trans-vaginal ultrasound, in which a tubular probe is inserted into the vaginal canal, may instead be performed.
The ultrasound can be used during pregnancy to show images of the fetus, amniotic sac, umbilical cord, placenta, and ovaries. The ultrasound allows us to verify that the fetus is growing properly, within the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the embryo implants outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes. This is very dangerous for the woman and can be life threatening. Women with ectopic pregnancies usually need medical intervention, and early detection is best.
Whether you are planning to carry or terminate your pregnancy, an ultrasound provides critical information. Prior to any type of abortion, you want to make sure you have all the facts. An ultrasound can help you in the following ways:
- It will confirm that you are in fact pregnant. Since a pregnancy test only measures hormone levels, a positive pregnancy test sometimes indicates other health conditions besides pregnancy. A pregnancy test alone is not 100% conclusive of pregnancy. Before paying for an abortion, get an ultrasound and make sure you are really pregnant.
- An ultrasound verifies that you have a normal pregnancy developing in the uterus versus an ectopic pregnancy. Having an abortion, unaware of an ectopic pregnancy will be ineffective and could possibly even incur life threatening results.
- An ultrasound allows you to see the developing baby, if you choose to. Abortion is an irreversible decision and should not be made quickly or without an awareness of what is really happening with your body. This is vital information that helps you to have all the facts.