Each patient receives an ultrasound examination. The majority of the ultrasounds are transvaginal. Occasionally, an abdominal ultrasound may be necessary. The entire ultrasound exam takes only a few minutes. Women do not need a full bladder for ultrasounds in our office. However, we will need a urine sample at your first visit.
The ultrasound is invaluable. It confirms the pregnancy is in the uterus and provides accurate pregnancy dating. Most importantly, it provides you and the provider with a sound basis for counseling regarding the options available to you.
Diagnosis of a tubal or ectopic pregnancy
Approximately 2 percent of pregnancies are diagnosed as an ectopic pregnancy. While an ectopic pregnancy will not be resolved by either a medical or surgical abortion procedure, the ultrasound is an invaluable tool in diagnosing this potentially serious problem in its earliest stages. This enables the patient to receive prompt, appropriate medical treatment. When an ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed, we facilitate the patient resuming care with her gynecologist or the patient is offered care from our providers if she currently does not have a provider.
On-site Detailed (Level II) Ultrasound and Laboratory (Phlebotomy) Services
An established ultrasound facility is available on site to assist in the evaluation of unusual ultrasound findings. In addition, a full service accredited laboratory is on site to obtain bloodwork as required. For patients requiring these services, results will be available the same day.
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Exhale offers a free, After-Abortion Talkline
that provides emotional support, resources
and information to women who have had
abortions and to their partners, friends,
allies and family members. All calls are completely confidential and counselors are non-judgmental.
Frequently Asked Questions
National Organization for Women
Rochester, NY Chapter
Monroe County Medical Society
Medical Society of the State of New York
National Abortion Federation
J Fam Pract. 1997