ased on the principals of excellence, compassion, integrity and service, Women’s Medical Center of Rhode Island provides quality, safe, accessible reproductive healthcare.
Our experienced medical and support staff are dedicated to treating patients who seek our services with dignity and compassion. It is our goal to meet the physical, emotional, and educational needs of our patients in an accessible, confidential, and comfortable setting.
- MUST bring a valid photo ID & insurance card (will not be seen without it).
- NO recreational drugs, alcohol, or Aspirin products for 48 hours before procedure.
- You may have someone accompany you to your appointment, however they will be required to wait in the waiting room for the duration of your appointment, as only patients are permitted in the back.
- NO children, food/drink, or cell phone use are allowed inside the office.
First Trimester Surgical Abortion with Local Anesthetic
First trimester surgical abortion can be completed up to 11 weeks in a pregnancy. The surgical method we use is called vacuum aspiration, which is a quiet, safe and gentle suctioning of the uterus. The cervix, or opening to the uterus, is dilated, or opened, and a small tube attached to the suctioning device is inserted into the uterus to remove the pregnancy. The entire procedure takes between 5 and 15 minutes in duration, and your visit to our Center will last between 2 and 3 hours.
When you arrive at our Center, you will be checked in by our front-desk staff and asked to complete intake forms. You will have an ultrasound to determine gestational age and laboratory work (urine pregnancy test and finger stick). A nurse or counselor will review your medical history, answer any questions you may have and obtain your informed consent for the procedure. You may be given a drug called Misoprostol to help soften the cervix and make dilation easier. To increase relaxation you will be given an anti-anxiety medication. In a private room, the physician will do a pelvic exam to confirm the size of your pregnancy. The physician will inject a numbing agent called lidocaine (similar to novocaine used for dental procedures) into your cervix. This will lessen discomfort but you may experience some cramping and discomfort during the procedure. The physician will then perform the aspiration procedure. At all times during the pelvic exam and procedure a nurse or medical assistant will also be in the room with you and the physician. After surgery, you will be monitored by our medical staff until you are medically cleared to return home. A ride home is not required for this procedure, however it is encouraged. Before leaving the office, you will be given detailed after-care instructions.
Services available from Women’s Medical Center of Rhode Island include: