Our Services – In-Office Procedures
Every woman who is a patient at A Preferred Women’s Health Center will have an ultrasound. This advanced diagnostic technique is used 5 weeks or more after the last menstrual period to determine the correct length of the pregnancy. It is an important procedure that improves the accuracy of the physician’s preoperative diagnosis and further assures the safety of the patient and the procedure.
Further laboratory work is completed to screen all potential patients. Routine laboratory analysis includes Rh typing, hemoglobin testing, urinalysis, and basic vitals. Rhogam is administered for an additional charge to Rh-negative candidates.
With the completion of the laboratory testing, a RN will evaluate your health. Within this evaluation, the patient will complete a physical and answer questions about her medical history. Each patient is pre-screened for anesthesia risks. Our clinic is concerned with the success of your termination and we want to make sure that your current health and size of your pregnancy will allow the safest of procedures.
Counseling has proven to be one of the most important assurances for patients scheduled for abortion services. Each woman gets personalized, confidential attention and care throughout her visit. Counseling services provide information about the abortion and birth control. Counselors are also here to help with any emotional concerns related to the termination. Our counselors treat each patient with warmth, understanding, and sensitivity.
VACUUM ASPIRATION PROCEDURE
A Preferred Women’s Health Center performs abortions by using the vacuum aspiration method, the most common method of abortion available today. The procedure involves the gradual widening of the cervix followed by the insertion of a thin flexible tube attached to a vacuum aspirator, which gently removes the uterine contents.
Every patient receives a local anesthetic. It is given through an injection, which numbs the cervix. During the procedure, the doctor will be explaining what he/she is doing so that there are “no surprises”.
A patient choosing to have the Deluxe anesthesia will be administered an inner muscular sedation. The patient will remain conscious. More often than not the patient will have little or no recollection of the procedure.
All abortion procedures are performed on an ambulatory basis with the pre-abortion work-up and procedure all performed on the same day. Rhogam will be administered for an additional charge to Rh-negative candidates.