Washington Surgi-Clinic
The Washington Surgi-Clinic provides a wide-range of complete gynecological and pregnancy termination services. We can also be reached at (877) 659-9403 or at (202) 659-9403.

Inform Yourself about HPV

Human papillomavirus, or HPV, affects at least half of sexually active people. There are over 100 different strains of the virus, and while some clear up on their own without causing symptoms or complications, others are linked to cancer. Your gynecologist can determine if you are at risk for HPV and i`f you need to be tested for the virus. Here are the facts you need to know.

How Does HPV Spread?

HPV is spread through sexual contact. You can catch it by coming into contact with the genital skin, mucous membranes, or bodily fluids of an infected person during sexual intercourse or oral sex. HPV generally doesn’t cause any symptoms, so you usually cannot tell if someone has it by looking at them; many people who are infected don’t know that they carry the virus. The only visible symptom of HPV is genital warts, which may appear alone or in clusters.

How Is HPV Diagnosed?

Many cases of HPV go undiagnosed because they clear up on their own without causing any symptoms. If genital warts are present, your gynecologist can diagnose HPV with a visual exam. In some cases, your gynecologist may recommend an HPV test, which can be performed during your Pap smear. HPV tests are usually not recommended for women under 30 unless there is a reason, such as an abnormal Pap test result.

How Can I Reduce My Risk of Getting HPV?

Abstaining from sexual contact is the only way to completely avoid HPV. You can reduce your risk of contracting it by using a condom and limiting your number of sexual partners. Choosing sexual partners who have also limited their own number of partners in the past will also reduce your risk.

If you are concerned about HPV, make an appointment at Washington Surgi-Clinic. We provide gynecology services near Washington, DC, including STD testing. You can schedule an appointment now by calling (202) 659-9403.

A Woman's Guide to Terminating a Pregnancy

If you are considering terminating a pregnancy, arming yourself with the facts will help you make the right choice for you. Your gynecologist can discuss pregnancy termination services with you and answer questions you may have. This information will also help you understand what to expect on the day of your abortion.

Medical Abortion

Medical abortion involves taking two pills. The first pill – often a medication called mifepristone—is usually taken while you are at the doctor’s office. Six to 72 hours after the first pill, a second one—misoprostol—is taken at home. This pill must be either dissolved inside your cheek or placed vaginally, depending on the doctor’s instructions. About one to four hours after the second pill is taken, the abortion will begin. Heavy bleeding and some cramping are common and may persist for several hours. Medical abortion is an option for women up to 10 weeks after the first day of their last period.

Aspiration Abortion

Aspiration abortion is performed in a gynecology office. During this procedure, a doctor will terminate the pregnancy using instruments inserted into the uterus via the vagina. The procedure takes about five to 10 minutes. Pain medication can be used to manage cramping that occurs during and after the procedure. Light bleeding is possible for up to one week. Aspiration abortion is available for women up to 12 weeks after the first day of their last period.

Both medical and aspiration abortions are between 98 and 99 percent effective. The right one for you depends on several factors, including how far along in your pregnancy you are. You can work with your doctor to evaluate your preferences and needs. At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we provide first and second-trimester abortion in Washington, DC, as well as a range of gynecological services, including STD testing and morning-after pills. To make an appointment, please call (202) 659-9403.

Comparing Surgical and Chemical Abortions

Pregnancy termination may be either chemical or surgical. In Washington, D.C., chemical abortions are only available through six weeks gestation by menstrual age. Also known as medical abortions, chemical pregnancy termination involves taking mifepristone and misoprostol, which are two medications that cause the uterine lining to break down and then to be expelled as with a normal period. Chemical abortions are non-invasive, although they can cause cramping, bleeding, and dizziness. Women who had a chemical abortion are asked to return to a gynecologist for a follow-up visit to ensure the completion of pregnancy termination.

In contrast, surgical abortion is available up to 26 weeks of pregnancy in Washington, D.C. Although it is an invasive procedure, patients can choose from local anesthetic, light sedation, or general anesthesia. During a surgical abortion, the gynecologist will gently remove the contents of the uterus through the vagina. Both surgical and chemical abortions are safe for women, with only a low risk of complications.

Washington Surgi-Clinic performs safe and legal chemical and surgical abortions, along with a full range of other gynecology services such as STD testing, HPV treatment, and Pap smears. You can call (202) 659-9403 to inquire about confidential pregnancy termination near Washington, D.C.

Choosing the Right Birth Control for You

Some women are able to find the right birth control pill after just one visit to a gynecologist. For many women; however, it can take some trial and error. This is because every woman’s needs and preferences are unique; what works well for one woman may not necessarily work well for another.

Before you visit your gynecologist, consider researching your options and watching this brief interview with a gynecologist. She discusses the importance of finding an ideal balance of progesterone and estrogen.

For help finding the right birth control pill for you, you can turn to Washington Surgi-Clinic – a leading provider of gynecology services near Washington, D.C. Call (202) 659-9403 to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist for birth control, STD testing, or vaginal infection treatment.

What Women with HPV Should Know

The human papilloma virus (HPV) includes over 150 different virus types, more than 40 of which can infect the genital region. HPV is a very common type of sexually transmitted infection (STI) that may be transmitted through oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse. Having HPV can be associated with a higher risk of cervical cancer. If you have tested positive for HPV, your gynecologist can help you understand its possible effects on your health and your HPV treatment options.

Normal Monitoring

An HPV infection doesn’t always require treatment. If you tested positive for HPV, yet your Pap smear was normal, your gynecologist may recommend having these tests again in one year. Quite often, women who test again in 12 months do not show signs of pre-cancerous changes or HPV. If this is the case for you, your gynecologist may instruct you to resume your normal testing schedule.

Additional Testing

If you tested positive for HPV and your Pap test results were abnormal, your gynecologist may recommend that you undergo additional tests. Your doctor may perform a colposcopy, which allows him or her to examine the cervix through magnification. Your doctor might also recommend a tissue biopsy. Depending on the results of the additional tests, you may be referred to a gynecologic oncologist.

HPV Treatment

It is not possible to treat the virus itself, as there is no cure. However, a gynecologist can recommend treatment options for problems caused by the virus. Your gynecologist can treat genital warts, for example. He or she might also recommend the removal of the abnormal cervical cells to prevent them from becoming cancerous later on. Your gynecologist may remove these cells during a colposcopy. Other methods of removing abnormal cells include cryotherapy and loop electrosurgical excision procedures (LEEP).

For HPV treatment in Washington, D.C., women can rely on the compassionate gynecology team at Washington Surgi-Clinic. Our gynecology practice provides comprehensive well-woman services, including first and second trimester abortion options, STD testing, and Pap smears. Call (202) 659-9403 for an appointment.

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  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

The office is closed on Sundays and on major federal holidays.