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FAQs | A Private Abortion Clinic in Southern Florida

FAQs are helpful in your decision-making process.

Why should I choose Presidential Women’s Center, a private abortion clinic for my procedure?

Presidential Women’s Center has been South Florida’s premier abortion clinic for over 33 years. Exceptional patient care is our priority.

You will find that our staff will go above and beyond expectations to ensure your experience with us is excellent. Your appointment includes an informative session with an experienced staff member to make certain all your questions are answered and that we are meeting your needs. In addition to our outstanding patient care, our beautiful facility is state-of-the-art.

Our current Center is a stand-alone building with private parking and comfortable, well-appointed waiting areas. Our staff of highly trained  Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician’s Assistants, Registered Nurses, a Psychologist and counselors pride themselves by serving you in a respectful, dignified and compassionate manner.

Do you offer private appointments?

For many reasons, some women choose to have a more private appointment at our Center. We offer several options for private appointments.

Private Abortion is offered in the following ways.

  1. Private Area
    You can choose to have the procedure during regular hours with the accommodation of entering our Center through a separate entrance and remaining in a private room. Your procedure and recovery will be in the same room, and you will have your own nurse to care for you. A staff member will escort you to the areas where your ultrasound and lab work will be performed. Family or friends can join the patients following the procedure. Patients who choose this arrangement appreciate the availability of the private areas and the comfort of having the recovery room to themselves.
  2. Semi-Private Option
    You will enter our Center through a separate entrance and remain in a private room prior to the procedure. A staff member will escort you to the areas where your ultrasound and lab work will be performed. After the procedure you will be in a shared recovery area with other patients. With this option, only one female family member or friend would be able to join you in the recovery room.
  3. Services Offered After Hours
    The other option is to reserve the entire Center before or after our regular hours with a limited number of staff. The Physician, counselor and nurse will be available to meet all of your needs and provide you with a safe and personal procedure.

Please indicate your preference to the staff member making your appointment, and she will coordinate the arrangements.

When can a pregnancy be terminated?

For the abortion by pill, you must be between five and ten weeks (70 days) from your last normal menstrual period.

For the surgical procedure, you must be between five and twenty-three weeks from your last normal menstrual period.

Will I experience discomfort?

This is the most common question asked by patients. For the surgical procedure, an I.V. twilight sedation is administered to relax the patient, making the procedure virtually painless. For the abortion by pill, it is common to experience strong cramping, but pain medicine is prescribed to make the process more comfortable. Your safety and comfort is our utmost priority.

How will I feel after the procedure?

After the procedure you may experience cramping, which can range from mild to moderate, occasionally lasting through the following 2 weeks. You may have vaginal bleeding after the surgery. Bleeding after the procedure is different for each woman. It can be very similar to a period. The bleeding may continue on and off for up to 3 weeks after the procedure. Some women have no bleeding at all.

Is the procedure safe?

When performed by an experienced Physician, abortion is a very safe medical procedure. At Presidential Women’s Center our Board Certified OB/GYN’s perform the procedure. According to the National Abortion Federation, less than .5% of women experience major complications from a surgical abortion, which makes abortion 8-10 times safer than carrying a pregnancy to term. It is also the most frequently performed surgery in the United States. Our staff is trained to offer the highest standard of medical care available. Both abortion by pilll and surgical termination methods are very safe.

Will having an abortion have any effect on future pregnancies?

This is a very important question to ask. There is no evidence that having an abortion under safe and legal circumstances has any effect on future pregnancies. The possible risks involved with abortion surgery are very minimal.

Can I get birth control from Presidential Women’s Center?

We offer birth control to our patients immediately after the pregnancy termination. We will evaluate your needs and assist you with the appropriate birth control method. Click here to learn more about our birth control options.

How soon can I return to work or school after having an abortion?

Most women return to work or school the day after the procedure. Please discuss with a staff member if you have a job that requires physical labor or heavy lifting, so that we can provide you with a doctor’s note, if you so desire.

Can a friend or family member be with me?

We encourage you to have someone with you. They are welcome to stay with you in the waiting areas. If you choose to have I.V. sedation during the procedure, you will need someone to drive you home. If you prefer, he or she can join you during your information session with our staff. We ask that you only bring one person with you. However, If you are unable to bring someone with you, local sedation can be administered during the procedure if you are 12 weeks or less from you last normal menstrual period and you can drive yourself home.

When can I eat?

You should eat as soon as you leave our Center. We recommend having a carbonated beverage and a light meal.
Prior to your procedure, it is important that you arrive at our Center with an empty stomach. When you set up your appointment, we will provide eating instructions.

How soon can I have sexual intercourse after the procedure?

It is very important to wait the full two weeks, or until you have your follow-up appointment at our Center before having sexual intercourse.

Will someone be available when your Center is closed if I have a problem?

In case of emergency, our phones are answered 24-hours per day. If you reach us after-hours, you will be assisted by an operator, who will page a staff member. The staff member will call you back immediately. If you are not experiencing an emergency, we are at the office six days per week, and we encourage you to call with any questions. Click here for contact information.

Do I need to take medications after the abortion?

Yes, there are three prescriptions to be taken after the procedure. The prescriptions are: an antibiotic to prevent infection, a medication that will help your uterus contract and decrease bleeding, and a third medicine to decrease cramping.

Do I have to make an appointment?

Yes. We offer this procedure on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For your convenience, phone counselors are on hand Monday through Saturday to answer your questions and schedule appointments. Click here for contact information.

Can I have a Tubal Ligation at the same time as my abortion?

Yes. As long as the pregnancy measures less than 14 weeks from your last normal menstrual period, you may have a tubal ligation at the same time as the abortion procedure. When you call our office for your appointment, please indicate that you are interested in tubal ligation so that we can set up the proper appointment.

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