Phone: (904) 398-8005

Toll-Free: (800) 733-7993

3599 University Boulevard South, Building #1200

Jacksonville, Florida

Patient Reviews

  • “Everything was great. Staff was very friendly and comforting. The Doctor also gave a lot of helpful info, answered all of my questions, made me feel comfortable, and explained the process in depth.”

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • “I was referred by my best friend and she told me that the nurses, doctor and atmosphere made her feel at ease. The nurses and doctor were so calming and truly understand what this decision means to a woman. Calming music and clean atmosphere. They truly understood and this was exactly what I needed on this day. Thank you very much for caring and the inspiring words”

    -Nahunta, GA
  • “Everything was so efficient. Everyone was so nice and pleasant and I would recommend anyone to this facility. The doctor was great. I was nervous and everything was quickly over and I didn’t recall a thing about the procedure. The information provided was very knowledgeable and helpful.”

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "I'm a nurse in Jacksonville, and I heard that your facility offered the best care to patients. You treated me with such professionalism and kindness, and I am so pleased. I will recommend your facility and to everyone!"

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "Your facility is run by a doctor, and I was referred by my own doctor specifically because of the doctor's reputation. I trusted the recommendation of my doctor, and he was absolutely correct. Thank you for your care and assistance. You saved me!"

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "My advice is to put a section in your website describing the wonderful personal attention that was provided to me by your staff. I never once felt alone. I really appreciate how caring and patient all the staff were, making this process the best is could possibly be."

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "My family doctor at the Mayo Clinic specifically recommended that I come to Florida Women's Center for this procedure. They told me I would be in good hands and I trusted their opinion. Thank you for your kindness."

    -Jacksonville, FL

  • "I came to you because I didn't want to have to go to a typical "abortion clinic" with an unknown doctor. You made me so comfortable. Thank you so much for being here for me."

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "Just amazing. You exceeded every one of my expectations and have made me feel like family. Everyone is just so knowledgeable, pleasant, and I have never been so comfortable at the doctor before. Thank you."

    -Tallahassee, FL
  • "I was so very nervous, and the doctor made me feel so safe. I realized that it was my own personal misconceptions and the things that people say about the abortion process that made me so scared. The procedure was amazing, and I didn't even realize that I was done because it was so smooth and quick. I want to thank the entire staff for being there and making me feel like I mattered."

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "I've never met a group of more professional and friendly people like you. I truly just want to say thank you for being there for me. And thank you so very much for helping me. I will never forget you."

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "The staff and doctor were very respectful and knowledgeable. You were the most caring, gentle, and comforting staff I have ever met."

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "The service here was wonderful. The whole staff was just so loving and caring. I have never been treated so well in a medical facility."

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "You are the most organized and efficient doctor I have ever been to. I am truly amazed at how kind and down to earth everyone is. Thank you will all my heart."

    -Daytona, FL
  • "I have had this procedure before, and your facility was much more personalized and professional than the other places I have been to. This is, by far, the kindest and most comfortable visit to a doctor that I have ever had. I am simply amazed at how nice everyone was!"

    -St. Augustine, FL
  • "You took care of me and made me feel like family, despite my anxiety and anger at myself. You made me realize that I am a normal woman who needed normal care during a tough time. Both doctors who cared for me were so competent and professional. I have my life back, and you gave it to me."

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "You were highly recommended by the OBGYN specialists, and my own gynecologist refused to let me go anywhere else but to you. I now know why! The doctor and the staff were phenomenal."

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "I researched the facilities and clinics and then asked my gynecologist's office where I should go. They told me to come to you in Jacksonville because of your well-known reputation. I am so glad they did and thank you so much."

    -Tallahassee, FL
  • "The staff was WONDERFUL!! As many hospital facilities as I've been to, this one is by far the best."

    -Pensacola, FL
  • "I was referred by my OBGYN. This place was absolutely perfect. It was so quiet, professional, clean, and efficient. I am so pleased that you are here. Thank you so much!"

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "Your one-on-one attention is very comforting. I have been to one other office before, and it took over 5 hours and I felt like cattle. Your office was so comfortable and you staff was professional and caring. Thank you so much for what you do."

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "Your staff was amazing! I had a difficult time and they were all understanding, comforting, and supportive— exactly what I needed. This was more than I could have asked for, genuine people who genuinely cared. Thank you! I'll always recommend this facility and staff."

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "Your staff was courteous, funny, and caring. Everyone seemed efficient and focused on good patient care! Very impressed with the great care!"

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "Your doctor was recommended by the North Florida OBGYN group in town."

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "My only comment is a compliment. Every staff member was supportive, kind, and positive. I left wanting to hug each one, especially the doctor, for making me feel as if I was in extremely kind and competent hands. Thank you."

    -Orange Park, FL

  • "Everyone was so kind, from the woman who made my appointment, to the nurse in recovery. You truly offer an exceptional service, unlike anything I thought it would be. I will definitely refer anyone who is in need of your services to you. Thank you."

    -Brunswick, GA
  • "My physician recommended your facility to me, and I am grateful that she did. I trusted her advice and you have exceeded all of my expectations. I still can't believe how comfortable you kept me."

    -St. Augustine, FL
  • "The service and atmosphere were impeccable. I could not have asked for anything more. The office/rooms/clinic was very clean and sterile which was so reassuring. The anesthesia was amazing."

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "My doctor told me to come to Florida Women's Center because of the doctor's experience and the privacy. I looked you up on the website and everything was exactly as you described. Thank you so much for helping me. I'll never forget how nice everyone was."

    -Jacksonville, FL
  • "My friend told me how wonderful everyone was and that I would be very happy with my decision to make the drive to come here. I have been to a clinic before, and words cannot describe how different that was. Thank God she told me about you. You have helped me in a way I will always remember. God bless you."

    -Savannah, GA

  • "You will always be my only choice and your kindness will never be forgotten."

    -Albany, GA

  • "My doctor in Savannah specifically told me to come only to your facility. Thank you so much for all your help during this difficult time."

    -Savannah, GA

  • "Thank you so much for everything. You made me feel so comfortable the entire time I was there. You have helped me close a chapter in my life and start a new one. For that, I am very appreciative. The whole staff was incredible and so wonderful. You are amazing."

    -Texas

  • "Even though I live in Tallahassee, my mother told me to come to your facility and she spoke with her own doctor about where to go. I trusted my mother's advice, and I am so pleased that she told me to come here. You have helped me so much!"

    -Tallahassee, FL

  • "I was referred from my gynecologist in Gainesville, who knows of your doctor and this facility. I still can't believe how comfortable you made me."

    -Gainesville, FL

  • "All of my friends know about this place and told me this was the best facility. Everyone was so wonderful."

    - Valdosta, GA

  • "I read your website and researched this area. Everyone I spoke with recommended your facility. It was clear to me that this was the place to come to. Thank you so very, very much."

    -St. Augustine, FL

  • "I found you on the internet and after reviewing your information realized your facility seemed like a truly professional physician run medical office. The experience was even better than the website, which is impressive. I drove from Miami; it was absolutely worth it. Thank you."

    -Miami

  • "This is seriously the BEST EXPERIENCE I have had at any doctor's officer ever."

    -Tallahassee, FL

  • "My college friends I asked in Tallahassee told me about your facility and how I should definitely go to you. Now I know why. I'm a little amazed."

    -Tallahassee, FL

  • "Your office is quiet, clean, professional, and unbelievably efficient. Your staff and the doctor treated me like they knew me all my life and gave me such peace of mind during this difficult time. I cannot thank you enough for how I was treated."

    - Jacksonville, FL

  • "Everything was great. Staff was very friendly and comforting. The Doctor also gave a lot of helpful info, answered all of my questions, made me feel comfortable, and explained the process in depth."

    - Jacksonville, FL
  • "I was referred by my best friend and she told me that the nurses, doctor and atmosphere made her feel at ease. The nurses and doctor were so calming and truly understand what this decision means to a woman. Calming music and clean atmosphere. They truly understood and this was exactly what I needed on this day. Thank you very much for caring and the inspiring words"

    - Jacksonville, FL
  • "Everything was so efficient. Everyone was so nice and pleasant and I would recommend anyone to this facility. The doctor was great. I was nervous and everything was quickly over and I didn't recall a thing about the procedure. The information provided was very knowledgeable and helpful."

    - Jacksonville, FL

Safe, Private Abortion Care and Services in Jacksonville, FL


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Private and individualized abortion care in Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville is one of the very few cities in Florida that provides women the option of obtaining a safe abortion procedure.  Our dedicated medical doctors and full time medical support staff at Florida Women’s Center provide truly safe, comfortable and confidential abortions and abortion services.  Our fully licensed and exceptionally experienced full time medical doctor has been assisting women by providing abortion care for over 20 years and we provide care to women who have made the choice to obtain abortion care in a dignified, personalized and professionally run, private and safe medical environment.

As an extremely private and personal decision, a woman’s right to reproductive freedom and personal choice is protected by our United States Constitution. We realize that beyond the emotional and often difficult decisions to terminate a pregnancy is the need and responsibility to provide women with the opportunity to have a safe surgical abortion or medically induced abortion in a professional and safe medical environment. We know and respect how difficult the decision to terminate a pregnancy can often be, and we are dedicated to provide you with information you may need to come to a decision that is right for you and your individual situation. Our goal to make sure women always have a safe facility and experienced pro-choice physician to go to when this decision is being made.

No one ever wants to be faced with the decision to have an abortion. We know this is true. Often we go through our life thinking “this will never happen to me.” But as a woman between the ages of 13–50 years old, it is likely that there will be a time in your life that you will be faced with an unplanned and even impossible unintended pregnancy. The chances that a woman in her reproductive years will elect to have an abortion is almost 1 out of every 2 sexually active women of reproductive age. For some women, the choice is very clear. For others, the choice can be more difficult.  We recognize and support the fact that this is now about making a decision and choice that is right for you and your personal, individual situation at this time in your life. If you decide to terminate a pregnancy, we are here to help you safely transition through that decision with safety, comfort, and understanding.

Be assured that if you are making a decision to have an abortion, you are definitely not alone. The surgical abortion in the first trimester is now one of the most common procedures performed in the United States.  Although women understandably keep their medical decisions private and personal, we want you to know that if you choose to have an abortion, our physicians and staff are here to assist you in every way we can.


Parental Notification Laws in Florida

In Florida, the State legislature has implemented and imposed a requirement that any patient under the age of 18 seeking a pregnancy termination who is not an emancipated adult must comply with what are called parental notification and parental consent statutes before being able to obtain a pregnancy termination.  As we have always requested that minors seeking medical care to bring a parent with her to her appointment even before this law was implemented, this simple requirement has never interfered with our ability to provide safe and immediate medical care of patients under the age of 18 years old, but in compliance with this statute, we remind minors and parents of minors under the age of 18 to please have a parent present with them at your appointment.  Safety is always our highest and primary concern.  For additional information, our friendly phone staff can assist you with the details of this requirement.

 

Alternatives to Opioids – Florida HB 743

 

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Alternatives to opioids

Talk to your health care provider about how to treat your pain. create a safe and effective treatment plan that is right for you.

Alternative Medications

Advantages:

• Can control and alleviate mild to moderate pain with few side effects. • Can reduce exposure to opioids and dependency.

Disadvantages:

• May not be covered by insurance.
• May not be effective for severe pain.

Non-opioid Medications

Descritions, additional advantages & disadvantages

acetaminophen (tylenol)

Relieves mild–moderate pain, and treats headache, muscle aches, arthritis, backache, toothaches, colds and fevers.

Overdoses can cause liver damage.

non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nSaids): Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)

Relieve mild–moderate pain, and reduce swelling and inflammation. Risk of stomach problems increases for people who take NSAIDs regularly. Can increase risk of bleeding.

nerve Pain Medications:

Gabapentin (Neuraptine), Pregabalin (Lyrica)

Relieve mild–moderate nerve pain (shooting and burning pain). Side effects include: drowsiness, dizziness, loss of coordination, tiredness and blurred vision.

antidepressants:

Effexor XR, Cymbalta, Savella

Relieve mild–moderate chronic pain, nerve pain (shooting and burning pain) and headaches. Depending on medication, side effects can include: drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, constipation, weight loss or gain.

Medicated creams, Foams, Gels, lotions, ointments, Sprays and Patches:

Anesthetics (Lidocaine), NSAIDs, Muscle Relaxers, Capsaicin, Compound Topicals

Can be safer to relieve mild-moderate pain because medication is applied where the pain is. Anesthetics relieve nerve pain (shooting and burning pain) by numbing an area; NSAIDs relieve the pain of osteoarthritis, sprains, strains and overuse injuries; muscle relaxers reduce pain by causing muscles to become less tense or stiff; and capsaicin relieves musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain. Compounded topicals prepared by a pharmacist can be customized to meet a patient’s specific needs. Skin irritation is the most common side effect. Capsaicin can cause warmth, stinging or burning on the skin.

interventional Pain Management

Includes anesthetic or steroid injections around nerves, tendons, joints or muscles; spinal cord stimulation; drug delivery systems; or permanent or temporary nerve blocks. Medicates specific areas of the body. Can provide short-term and long- term relief from pain. Certain medical conditions and allergies can cause complications.

non-opioid anesthesia

Opioids can be replaced with safer medications that block pain during and after surgery. A health care provider or an anesthesiologist can provide options and discuss side effects.

Alternative Therapies

Advantages:

  • Can control and alleviate mild to moderate pain with few side effects.

  • Can reduce exposure to opioids and dependency.

  • treatment targets the area of pain—not systemic.

  • Providers are licensed and regulated by the state of Florida.* (appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/MQAsearchservices)

Disadvantages:

• May not be covered by insurance.
• Relief from pain may not be immediate. • May not be effective for severe pain.

Therapies

Descriptions, additional advantages & disadvantages

Self-care

Cold and heat: Ice relieves pain and reduces inflammation and swelling of intense injuries; heat reduces muscle pain and stiffness. Can provide short-term and long-term relief from pain. Too much heat can increase swelling and inflammation.

exercise and movement: Regular exercise and physical activity can relieve pain. Simply walking has benefits. Mind-body practices like yoga and tai chi incorporate breath control, meditation and movements to stretch and strengthen muscles. Maintaining daily exercise and overcoming barriers to exercise can be a challenge.

complementary therapies

Acupuncture: Acupuncturists* insert thin needles into the body to stimulate specific points to relieve pain and promote healing. Can help ease some types of chronic pain: low-back, neck and knee pain, and osteoarthritis pain. Can reduce the frequency of tension headaches. Bleeding, bruising and soreness may occur at insertion sites.

Chiropractic: Chiropractic physicians* practice a hands-on, approach to treat pain including manual, mechanical, electrical and natural methods, and nutrition guidance. Can help with pain management and improve general health. Aching or soreness in the spinal joints or muscles sometimes happens—usually within the first few hours after treatment.

Osteopathic Manipulative treatment (OMt): Osteopathic physicians use OMT—a hands-on technique applied to muscles, joints and other tissues—to treat pain. Clinically-proven to relieve low-back pain. Soreness or stiffness in the first few days after treatment is possible.

Massage therapy: Massage therapists* manually manipulate muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments. Can relieve pain by relaxing painful muscles, tendons and joints. Can relieve stress and anxiety—possibly slowing pain messages to and from the brain. At certain points during a massage, there may be some discomfort—especially during deep tissue massage.

transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (tens): TENS is the application of electrical current through electrodes placed on the skin with varying frequencies. Studies have shown that TENS is effective for a variety of painful conditions. The intensity of TENS is described as a strong but comfortable sensation. Allergic reactions to adhesive pads are possible.

rehabilitation therapies

Occupational therapy: Occupational therapists* treat pain through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Can relieve pain associated with dressing, bathing, eating and working. Therapy includes activities that increase coordination, balance, flexibility and range of motion. Therapy interventions and recommendations will not help if the patient does not practice as instructed.

Physical therapy: Physical therapists* treat pain by restoring, enhancing and maintaining physical and functional abilities. Therapy interventions and recommendations will not help if the patient does not practice as instructed.

Behavioral and Mental Health therapies

Psychiatrists*, clinical social workers*, marriage and family therapists* and mental health counselors* provide therapies that identify and treat mental disorders or substance abuse problems that may be roadblocks to pain management. When used to manage pain, these therapies can take time.

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Sources: american college of Surgeons, centers for disease control and Prevention, national institutes of Health, the Food and drug administration, Harvard Health and Wexner Medical center (ohio State University)

Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications, 09-20-19


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  • Phone: (904) 398-8005
  • Toll-Free: (800) 733-7993
  • Florida Women’s Center
  • 3599 University Boulevard South
  • Building #1200
  • Jacksonville, Florida 32216