Provider of Medical (Non-Surgical or Chemical) and Surgical Abortion
Established in 1999, the Fort Lauderdale Women’s Center is a spacious modern facility conveniently located to both the Florida Turnpike and I-95. We specialize in non-surgical and surgical abortion methods from early to late second trimester. Our women’s center uses the latest medications for medical abortions (RU486, Mifeprex, Mifegyne, Mifepristone, early options French abortion pill), Tamoxifen, Methotrexate and Cytotec from 3 to 24 weeks pregnant electively. All of our procedures are performed compassionately and safely by a team of highly dedicated and supportive medical staff. The safety standards of our physicians remain unparalleled and they consistently maintain the lowest complication rates throughout the nation.
We perform the Same Day Abortion Procedure with medications that are taken during the first visit and cause the abortion to occur within 4 to 6 hours (some can occur as soon as 30 minutes after administration) for patients who are 3 to 12 weeks. With the use of Mifepristone and Misoprostol, 50% of patients complete within 4 to 6 hours; 75 to 80% within 12 hours; and 90% are completed within 24. Advanced second trimester and late term pregnancies (those that are 17 to 24 weeks or greater) can be completed 99% of the time without the need for surgery and with the risk of only minimal to no complications.
Many women are concerned about surgical abortion procedures because of the potential for post-operative complications. Most surgical abortions are very safe; however, there are risks such as perforation of the uterus, cervical tears, bowl and bladder injuries, and possible damage to the fallopian tubes and ovaries.
Privacy is a main concern for most women. Complete privacy and confidentiality can be assured with the Same Day Procedure. A driver or escort is not required and patients who do not wish to remain after taking the medications are permitted to return on the following day or as soon as possible thereafter if they are less than 12 weeks. The Same Day Abortion Procedure is proven to be extremely safe and highly effective.
There are some patients who may still prefer the surgical procedure because it is completed during the very first visit. For those women who prefer the surgical process we are able to offer Advanced IV Sedation which provides a safe, three-minute, painless procedure. Patients become fully awake and able to engage in conversation with the medical staff in only a matter of a few minutes. Within approximately 45 minutes, patients can be discharged and they are able to drive themselves home without any lingering side effects.
Patients who receive the Advanced IV Sedations are not required to discontinue eating after midnight the evening before their procedure and they may drink clear liquids up to 2 hours before surgery. Recent medical studies have found that patients who are allowed to eat and drink as soon as 4 hours prior to surgery experience less stress and anxiety, and they have fewer side effects such as dehydration or low blood sugar. Advanced IV Sedations mediations deliver a rapid onset of sleepiness and tremendously reduce nervousness. There are much fewer risks and unwanted side effects with the Advanced IV Sedation compared to most of the sedation narcotics commonly used today. Within only a minutes after administration of the Advanced Sedation, there are no residual after affects because the medications do not remain in the body.
Emergency Contraception is offered at all of our facilities. Because a woman can ovulate as soon as six days after an abortion procedure, we highly recommend that patients take advantage this low cost service.
For patients who may be facing financial difficulties, we are able to offer greatly reduced fees for those who qualify. From time to time we may provide services at no cost and therefore recommend that patients visit our website often to check for special pricing.
We understand the busy and limited time frames of cruise line employees and will make every possible effort to accommodate their schedules. We see patients Monday through Saturday and have later appointments available. In many cases an appointment may not be necessary and a patient can be seen on a walk in basis. We will always endeavor to assist cruise line patients with any necessary travel arrangements.
All of our services including abortion, family planning, birth control and gynecology are provided in an atmosphere of warmth and compassion. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of healthcare at the lowest possible cost and our offices are managed by women who care how women feel. If you are faced with an unplanned or complicated pregnancy, we’re here to help.
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