WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR INITIAL VISIT
Everything will be completely
confidential and private. Absolutely no information will be released without your prior
When you arrive to the All Women’s
Clinic, you will first be greeted by a friendly receptionist that is able to
talk to you in either English or Spanish. You will be given a medical intake
form to complete. Your vital signs (pulse, blood pressure and temperature) will
also be taken.
If your visit is about a
pregnancy, you will be asked to provide us a urine sample for pregnancy
testing. If your urine test is
negative or your menstrual period is only a few days late, you may be offered a
blood pregnancy test. The results take about ten minutes.
If the pregnancy test is positive,
you will receive printed materials to complete and sign.
Click on Pregnancy Testing
Once you have completed the printed materials, you will be escorted to a counseling room where you and your companion will have an opportunity to discuss in
private any issues or concerns about your pregnancy, including all the alternatives to abortion and contraception. During your counseling session you can
ask any questions you may need answered to make a well informed decision about your
If you ultimately decide to terminate the pregnancy, you then will
be able to chose the method of abortion that is best for you. If you are having
a surgical procedure, you will be shown to a private waiting area and be given
three tablets of pre-medication (Please click here for details on
anesthesia; or click here for details
When it is time for you to see the
physician, we will escort you first to the dressing room and then to our procedure
Informed Consent to Abortion
The new Florida
Statute that governs the Informed Consent
to Abortion mandates that before the patient signs the Informed Consent to Abortion, the physician who is to perform the termination of pregnancy personally verifies that she has given due consideration to parenting, adoption or foster
care; offers to provide her with printed materials on these alternative options to abortion; and asks the patient if she would like him to show and explain to her the findings on her ultrasound examination. This law also gives patients the right to accept or decline these offers.
For details, please click here for Additional Counseling.
The physician will then perform a pelvic exam and an ultrasound which can be described as follows:
The woman comfortably lies on the operating table with her legs in knee rests. The doctor will gently insert one lubricated finger into the vagina while his other hand will gently press on the abdomen to determine the size of the womb. Next, the doctor will perform a diagnostic ultrasound. The ultrasound is also called sonogram because sound waves are used to safe and painlessly "visualize the inside" and take measurements of the contents of the uterus and other abdominal and pelvic organs. The ultrasound may be done vaginally or through the abdomen, depending on the size of the uterus.
The physician will then administer you the intravenous moderate sedation.
Many women are afraid of needles. You can be reassured knowing that Doctor Lehrer's intravenous technique is excellent and that we routinely use only a single intravenous puncture to administer the intravenous anesthesia and to draw the blood specimen for laboratory testing (Rh type, hCG titer, etc), all in a single step. This way we can save you one of the vein punctures.
The advanced intravenous sedation that we use will safely make you comfortable and able to tolerate the procedure well. The intravenous sedation will take full effect within minutes and lasts about two hours.
The termination procedure can be briefly described as follows:
First the doctor will gently wash the vagina with an antiseptic solution (usually Betadine) to reduce the risk of infection. A closed lubricated speculum is inserted into the vagina. which the doctor then opens to hold the vaginal walls apart and proceed to numb the cervix with a local anesthetic. The doctor will then wait a few minutes to get the full effect of the local anesthesia before proceeding to dilate the cervix and evacuate the pregnancy.
For details about these two steps please click here
Dr. Lehrer is known to be very gentle. He will explain each step of the procedure, so that you are prepared in advance. You should feel reassured knowing that Doctor Lehrer's 35-year safely record is second to none; the procedure takes only a few minutes to complete; and that you will be as comfortable as possible.
All Women's Clinic has an above average rate of patient satisfaction. We would be happy to show you copies of our Customer Satisfaction Surveys.
Patients are usually able to go
home within 30 minutes after the procedure is performed. Patients in the second
trimester of pregnancy remain in recovery for 45 minutes to an hour.
During this time vital signs will
be taken and bleeding monitored. It is normal to experience mild cramping after
the procedure is completed. In recovery, our patients are provided with drinks
and snacks while having their post operative condition and vital signs
monitored. Our recovery areas have comfortable recliners, heating pads,
blankets, cable TV and a private restroom. The recovery areas are staffed by
a Registered Nurse and qualified, compassionate medical assistants at all times. Patient receives written post-operative
instructions; contact information; take-home
medication; and samples of birth control pills as well as other items prior to
being escorted from the building to her companion’s car.
With your prior authorization, expect a follow-up call in 24-48 hours from our doctor or registered nurse to assess your recovery and hear about your satisfaction and comments regarding your experience at our clinic.
Please click in one of the following links for details:
Early Vacuum Aspiration (EVA)
First Trimester Abortion
Second Trimester Abortion