Pregnancy is no doubt the most beautiful period in a woman’s life. However, for some women, an unplanned pregnancy can turn their life in a different direction. Many times, the woman or her partner is not prepared to take up the responsibilities that come along with parenthood. The decision to have a baby requires mutual contemplation from couples since any wrong move can result in a big problem. Despite all the precautionary measures if a woman becomes pregnant unwillingly, abortion is the only way to avoid parenthood. Since ultrasound plays a critical role in maternity-related issues, undergoing a 3D/4D ultrasound is advisable before proceeding with the decision to abort the child.
In this article, we shed light on the significance of 3D/4D ultrasound while planning an abortion.
Why 3D/4D Ultrasound Matters?
Before finalizing their abortion plans, pregnant women must avail the 3D/4D ultrasound services to find answers to some important questions. The ultrasound results make a direct impact on the decision of abortion. A January 2014 study by the University of California analyzed the records from over 15,000 women seeking abortion from a clinic in Los Angeles. The study was performed on women who have fixed appointments for abortions and they were assessed based on the certainty of their decision to abort. The records under analysis divided women into three categories: high decision certainty, medium decision certainty, and low decision certainty. Overall, 42% of the 15,000 women opted for looking at the ultrasound images. Hence, ultrasound is crucial before taking the big step of abortion.
Now let us explore the advantages of 3D/4D ultrasound in the process.
Ultrasound confirms pregnancy’s viability
In simple words, ultrasound confirms if the baby’s heart is beating and the baby is alive. About 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, hence an ultrasound can tell if the pregnancy is viable and likely to last the complete 40-weeks journey. If it is detected that the baby’s heart is not beating, the pregnant lady may not have to endure the health risks of having an abortion.
Ultrasounds diagnose ectopic pregnancies
Ectopic pregnancy is considered an abnormal pregnancy i.e. it occurs when the fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the uterus. It could be in the fallopian tube, inside the ovary, in the abdominal cavity or cervix. Ectopic pregnancies are not viable and cannot be diagnosed without ultrasound.