Ultrasounds provide vital information about your pregnancy! They confirm how far along you are in your pregnancy and whether or not the pregnancy is developing properly inside the uterus. Having this information will inform your abortion* options going forward!

Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?

The only way to know that your pregnancy is viable is through an ultrasound. There are three key things that determine your pregnancy: viability, gestational age, and if your pregnancy is located in the correct place.

Pregnancy Viability

A viable pregnancy means that the pregnancy is progressing properly. For example, at about six weeks, the embryo should have a heartbeat[2]. The goal is to rule out a nonviable pregnancy, such as a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy—in either case, abortion isn’t needed.

Gestational Age

How far along am I? Your ultrasound can answer that question! It’s important to know how far along you are (also known as your gestational age), as you can’t take the abortion pill past 10 weeks of pregnancy[3].

Ectopic Pregnancy

Some pregnancies implant in the wrong places which can be life-threatening. This can only be determined by an ultrasound.

Consider receiving a free ultrasound at our clinics. If your ultrasound determines that you’re too far along to take the abortion pill, we will help you explore all of your pregnancy options, so you can make the best choice for your health and future!

What is an ultrasound

There’s so much more to know about your pregnancy that only an ultrasound can reveal.

An ultrasound is an imaging procedure using echoes from high-frequency sound waves to reveal the contents of your uterus. Our technician applies a gel-like substance to your abdomen and rubs a wand-like instrument called a transducer through the gel.

An image forms on a computer screen from the echoes of the sound waves, and our sonographers can observe those images and explain what they’re seeing.

Don’t wait to get the care you deserve! 

Please be aware that this article is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Our limited ultrasound examination is strictly for the purposes of confirming your pregnancy, detecting fetal cardiac activity, and estimating gestational age. We cannot diagnose any medical problems you may be experiencing, pregnancy-related or otherwise.


  1. Questions and Answers on Abortion Care and Freedom of Expression in the District of Columbia. Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. (2023, January 13). Retrieved from https://oag.dc.gov/release/consumer-alert-questions-and-answers-abortion-care 

  1. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. (2021, December 16). Mifeprex (Mifepristone). U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information 
  2. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2022, September 3). Slide Show: Fetal Ultrasound. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/multimedia/fetal-ultrasound/sls-20076294?s=3#