If you wonder what an ultrasound is or why you need one, we can help. We want you to have as much information about your pregnancy as possible for your health and safety. That’s why we offer free limited ultrasounds.

An ultrasound scan uses high-intensity sound waves to create an image of the inside of your body. Here’s what you need to know about this imaging technique.

What Is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is an imaging test that doesn’t use radiation, like X-rays, to create an image. A healthcare professional applies a gel-like substance to your abdomen during an abdominal ultrasound. They take a small wand-like instrument called a transducer and rub it through the gel.

The transducer picks up the sound waves bouncing off shapes inside your body. The echoes of those sound waves create an image on a computer screen.

There are two types of ultrasound: abdominal on the outside and transvaginal, which views your body from the inside. We offer both a limited abdominal and transvaginal ultrasound at PCS Health.

Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?

To Confirm Your Pregnancy

A pregnancy test only indicates the possibility of a pregnancy. Ultrasound confirms the pregnancy is growing by detecting a heartbeat.

Experts estimate over one in four of all pregnancies ends in a miscarriage within the first 12 weeks. It is entirely possible to get a positive pregnancy test result after a miscarriage because it takes your body time to return to its pre-pregnancy hormone level.

In other words, you may no longer be pregnant, but only an ultrasound can tell you.

To Find Out How Far Along You Are

The first day of your last menstrual period is the starting point for determining how far along you are in your pregnancy. If your periods are irregular or you don’t keep a regular calendar, it may be hard to figure out the number of weeks.

Determining the exact ovulation date (when you’re most likely to get pregnant) is also complicated. Even period tracker apps fall short in guessing.

Many women are surprised to learn how long they have been pregnant once they have an ultrasound. It’s the most accurate way to determine how far along you are.

To Learn Your Pregnancy’s Location

Why would you need to know the location of your pregnancy? Not all pregnancies form in the correct location. Some pregnancies develop outside the uterus. They are known as an ectopic pregnancy.

If your pregnancy is ectopic, you run the risk of a serious health concern. An ectopic pregnancy can even be life-threatening. Ultrasound reveals the location of your pregnancy and protects your health.

How Do I Get My Free Limited Ultrasound?

Schedule a free and confidential pregnancy confirmation appointment with us. We can confirm your pregnancy with a free pregnancy test and limited ultrasound.

Take care of your health and safety with free pregnancy services at PCS Health.

*PCS Health does not perform or refer for abortions.