3 Things Needed Before an Abortion

Before scheduling an abortion, obtaining a high-quality pregnancy test, an ultrasound, and information about abortion and your other options will provide you with the information you need to make safe and confident choices. You deserve to have all the facts when making such a significant decision.

Pregnancy Testing

Though you might have taken a drugstore pregnancy test at home, repeating it with a high-quality test at Reach Out Pregnancy Center is worthwhile. Most home pregnancy tests claim accurate responses, but user errors like applying too much urine to the applicator or reading the response too late can cause false positives. 


Many women intent on abortion fail to understand the importance of obtaining an ultrasound prior to the procedure. An ultrasound is crucial to protecting your health and safety during the abortion process. This simple diagnostic test provides vital details about your pregnancy before a termination procedure.

  • Viability—verifying a heartbeat through ultrasound is the only way to confirm a pregnancy. Around 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and pregnancy tests can return positive results for weeks after a miscarriage. Without an ultrasound, a woman may put herself at unnecessary risk by obtaining an abortion when it might not be indicated.
  • Date—your pregnancy date provides your medical team with the information they need to determine which procedure is right for you. For example, the FDA has only approved medical abortion for pregnancies up to 10 weeks.
  • Location—a fertilized egg is meant to implant on the uterine wall. However, it implants outside the uterus in some pregnancies, resulting in ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy can have life-threatening complications if left untreated, but abortion is not an effective treatment for ectopic pregnancy.

Options Information

If you are considering an abortion, you should have the information you need to protect your health and safety. Like every medical procedure, abortion has side effects and risks that should not be taken lightly. Discuss abortion procedures with our staff at Reach Out Pregnancy Center to become more familiar with this option.

Many women facing an unexpected pregnancy terminate because they feel they have no other option. Perhaps they don’t think they can handle the financial burden of pregnancy or are worried that their family will be disappointed. Whatever your fears, learning about your other options, parenting, and adoption, can help you make a more confident decision. 

Get the Service You Deserve

Schedule an appointment with Reach Out today. Get the pregnancy test, ultrasound, and necessary information with a no-cost visit.