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    Spotlight on Patient Confidentiality

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Gynecologists and other healthcare providers understand that patient confidentiality is essential. If a patient feels that healthcare information is not kept private, that individual may become reluctant to seek care or to fully advise the doctor of health issues. Health information privacy is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). This important privacy act dictates who has the authority to receive and access a patient’s health information.

    HIPAA requires compliance from every healthcare provider in the U.S., including gynecologists, in addition to health insurance providers and healthcare clearinghouses. The law protects health information that can identify a patient. It also provides for certain patient rights, such as the rights to correct errors in records, to receive a copy of records, and to request confidential communications.

    At Washington Surgi-Clinic, our gynecologists maintain the strictest standards of patient confidentiality and care. In Washington, D.C., parental or guardian consent is not required for an individual to seek gynecology services, including abortions and STD treatments. You can schedule an appointment at our women’s clinic by calling (202) 683-7336.

    What Are Morning After Pills?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Morning after pills are used to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the event of a failure of your primary birth control method. For example, if you use condoms, you can take a morning after pill if a condom breaks. It is most effective when taken within 12 hours of birth control failure. However, it may be used up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.

    When you watch this video, you’ll hear a gynecologist explain the morning after pill. She emphasizes that it is not intended to be a primary method of birth control and should only be used in the event of failure of your usual birth control method. This gynecologist also recommends that women who only use condoms keep a morning after pill in their medicine cabinet in case a condom fails.

    Washington Surgi-Clinic is a women’s health clinic in Washington, D.C. that offers a full range of gynecology services, including birth control and abortions. Women throughout Maryland and Virginia can reach us at (202) 683-7336.

    Answering Common Questions about Abortions

    Last updated 2 months ago

    If you’ve recently discovered that you’re pregnant, you can turn to a women’s health clinic for support. You have the right to choose to abort the pregnancy, if you wish. When you visit a gynecologist to discuss having an abortion, you’ll receive counseling on what type of procedure you might have, what to expect from the procedure, and what the benefits and risks are. You may wish to write down a list of your questions and bring it along to your appointment. Here are some common questions that women considering abortions have.

    Are Abortions Safe?

    Many women are understandably concerned about the safety of abortions. Every medical procedure carries certain risks; however, abortions are among the safest types of medical procedures. In fact, childbirth is known to have higher rates of complications than pregnancy terminations. Your healthcare provider will assess your health, discuss your anesthesia options, and counsel you as to the potential risks.

    What Are Chemical vs. Surgical Abortions?

    It isn’t always necessary to have a surgical abortion. In pregnancies of less than six weeks, you may choose to have a chemical abortion. This involves taking medications to cause termination of the pregnancy, which is then expelled much like a miscarriage. Surgical abortions can be performed during the first and second trimesters. There are different techniques that may be used, such as suction dilatation and curettage (D&C), and dilatation and evacuation (D&E).

    Can Abortions Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer?

    More than 100 of the world’s leading experts on women’s health met in 2003 to study this issue. After exhaustively reviewing the scientific evidence, they determined that having an abortion does not increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

    If you have additional questions about abortions, the gynecology team at Washington Surgi-Clinic will be happy to assist you. Our caring gynecologists are sensitive to the needs of women and we strive to provide services that uphold our patients’ dignity and privacy. To discuss having an affordable abortion at our clinic in Washington, D.C., call (202) 683-7336 or visit us online for more information.

    Recovering After an Abortion

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Before you have an abortion at a women’s clinic, you’ll speak with the gynecologist about the procedure and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Be sure to ask what you can expect from the recovery process and which symptoms warrant a call to the women’s clinic. Continue reading to find out more about recovering after an abortion.

    Resuming Normal Activities

    Follow your gynecologist’s instructions for recovering from your abortion. You should rest for the remainder of the day after the procedure. Most women can resume normal activities the next day; however, avoid strenuous activities if they cause you pain. If you’re taking prescription pain relievers, you’ll need to refrain from driving.

    Managing Bleeding

    It’s normal to bleed for up to a week after a pregnancy termination. Some women may bleed intermittently for a few weeks afterwards. You may also pass small blood clots and experience cramping. Use a sanitary pad, rather than a tampon, and call your gynecologist if the bleeding is very heavy or the pain increases.

    Preventing Infection

    You can reduce the risk of contracting a pelvic infection by avoiding vaginal intercourse, douching, and the use of tampons for two weeks following the abortion. It’s advisable to shower, rather than take baths. Additionally, take any antibiotics you may have been given according to their instructions.

    Expressing Emotions

    Some women experience complex emotional challenges after having an abortion. This can include those who wholeheartedly embrace a woman’s right to choose. You may wish to share your feelings with a close friend or with a professional counselor. Stress management activities, such as writing in a journal, may help you come to terms with your feelings.

    At Washington Surgi-Clinic, our gynecologists are courteous professionals who will listen carefully to your needs and concerns, and provide personalized care. You can view our range of gynecology services on our website or call our women’s clinic at (202) 683-7336 to learn more. Our gynecology team is pleased to serve women in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

    Get to Know Washington Surgi-Clinic

    Last updated 3 months ago

    In 1973, Washington Surgi-Clinic was founded with the mission of providing women throughout the Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland areas with high-quality, compassionate well woman care. Our founders believed that every woman should have access to safe, legal abortions at affordable prices, and that every woman should be treated with the respect and dignity she deserves. For the last 30 years, our team of caring gynecologists has upheld these values and remains firmly committed to providing each of our patients with the support they need.

    When women enter our fully-equipped medical office, they are greeted by courteous staff members and are invited to relax in our comfortable, private waiting area. Our gynecology patients have access to an array of healthcare services, including safe abortions, birth control, Pap smears, STD testing, and HPV treatment. All of our healthcare services are delivered by our highly trained, board-certified gynecologists.

    To schedule an appointment at Washington Surgi-Clinic, please call (202) 683-7336. We also invite women throughout the Washington, D.C. area to explore our gynecology services on our website.

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