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.

Why Am I Getting Two Periods Per Month?

Generally, women should get their periods every 21 to 35 days, or every 21 to 45 days during their teenage years. However, it’s possible for periods to come closer together in some cases, including two times in the same four-week period. If this change occurs during your menstrual cycle, consult with your gynecologist. In some cases, having more than one period in a month could indicate an underlying medical condition that needs to be treated. Here is a look at some of the potential causes of experiencing a shorter menstrual cycle.

Thyroid Problems

Your thyroid is a gland in your neck that produces a hormone that is required for a number of different activities in your body. When your thyroid either becomes overactive and produces too much hormone or underactive and produces too little, your menstrual cycle can be affected. If you are having multiple periods in a month, your gynecologist may perform a blood test to check your thyroid levels.


At the onset of menopause, it’s common for periods to become irregular before they stop. Often, women will experience heavier periods than normal or have periods that come closer together than they used to. This is especially common in early-onset menopause. If your gynecologist determines that you’re entering menopause, he or she may recommend hormone replacement therapy to ease your symptoms.

Weight Fluctuations

Changes in your weight can have a significant impact on your menstrual cycle. Extreme weight loss or a sudden, extreme increase in weight can both change the length of your menstrual cycle and cause you to experience more than one period in a month. This can also occur as a result of extreme weight loss efforts, such as a sudden, drastic increase in exercising or decrease in calories.

Make an appointment with a gynecologist in Washington, D.C. at Washington Surgi-Clinic if you are experiencing changes in your menstrual cycle. Contact us today to schedule a visit by calling (202) 659-9403.

Basic Facts About the Abortion Pill

If you decide to end your pregnancy, a chemical abortion using the so-called abortion pill is one of the options your gynecologist will discuss with you. This method is typically recommended up to the 10 th week of pregnancy, at which point a surgical procedure may be necessary instead.

Watch this video to learn more about the abortion pill. There are actually two medications involved in this kind of first-trimester abortion. You will take the medications at home and will experience bleeding and cramping for up to 24 hours. Approximately a week after the procedure, your gynecologist will perform an exam to ensure the abortion was effective.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we’re committed to helping women make informed choices about their health. If you need more information about abortion in Washington, D.C., call us at (202) 659-9403.

FAQs and Answers About HIV Testing

Getting tested for HIV is a major step in taking control of your health. Although the idea of testing may be overwhelming, it is actually a simple, confidential process. Your gynecologist can answer all of the questions you have along the way so that you can make the right choices for your own health. Here is a look at some questions patients who are undergoing HIV testing frequently have, so you can arm yourself with the facts.

How is HIV testing done?

HIV testing can be done using a blood sample or oral swab. This sample is tested to see if it contains any antibodies consistent with HIV infection. The amount of time it takes to get test results depends on the kind of testing being performed. In some cases, results are available in as little as 30 minutes, while other tests can take a few weeks to come back. Your gynecologist will discuss the testing method he or she is using with you and tell you what to expect.

Who should get tested?

If you have been sexually active with someone whose HIV status you don’t know, you should consider getting tested. You should also consider getting tested after sharing needles, exchanging sex for money or drugs, or having sex with anyone who has engaged in those behaviors. Being sexually assaulted, having another STD, or having hepatitis or tuberculosis also means you have an increased risk of HIV and should consider getting tested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that everyone should be tested at least one time. Your gynecologist can help you decide if you should get tested more often.

What happens when I get my test results?

If your results are negative, your gynecologist will discuss safe sex strategies you can use to continue to avoid infection. If your results are positive, after confirming the results with another test, your doctor will discuss your HIV treatment options with you. There are many treatments available today that allow people to live long healthy lives while being HIV positive.

Let Washington Surgi-Clinic guide you through the process of HIV testing and treatment in Washington, D.C. To make an appointment for STD testing or other gynecology services, please call (202) 659-9403.

How Effective Are Condoms in Preventing Pregnancy?

To make an informed decision about pregnancy prevention, it’s important to know the effectiveness of different birth control methods. One such method you may wish to discuss with your gynecologist is condoms. Condoms are popular choices for birth control because they don’t require daily use and don’t involve hormones, but are they effective? Here is what you need to know.

Condoms are approximately 98% effective, as long as they are used correctly. Using a sharp object to open the condom wrapper, using an oil-based lubricant, or putting the condom on incorrectly or at the wrong time can all lessen the effectiveness. Unlike some birth control methods, condoms also protect against STDs. Some people choose to use another method, such as birth control pills, in conjunction with condoms in order to prevent both pregnancy and STDs as effectively as possible.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we’re here to help you understand your options for birth control as well as your choices for pregnancy termination in Washington, D.C., should an unwanted pregnancy occur. You can schedule an appointment today by calling (202) 659-9403.

What Are Some Signs That You Should Consider a Different Birth Control?

With so many birth control options available, there is no reason to suffer through undesirable side effects or other disruptions that can ultimately interfere with your method’s effectiveness. When you don’t love your birth control method, you’re less likely to use it correctly, which could lead to unwanted pregnancy. If you experience any of these signs that your birth control isn’t working for you, schedule an appointment with your gynecologist to discuss other options that may be better suited to your needs.

You have breakthrough bleeding.

Breakthrough bleeding occurs when you experiencing bleeding outside of menstruation. It’s not uncommon for women to experience a small amount of spotting between periods when they first begin a new birth control pill or other hormonal birth control method. However, if breakthrough bleeding is happening every month, talk to your gynecologist. Using a different pill or other methods of birth control can resolve the bleeding.

You’re feeling nauseous or bloated.

When you are on the wrong mix of hormones for your body, you may experience symptoms of PMS sporadically throughout your cycle. This includes feelings of nausea and bloating that you may be more used to having right before your period. These symptoms are not just part of taking hormonal birth control that you have to accept. See your gynecologist to discuss the symptoms you’re having. A different combination of hormones may work better for you, or you may decide that hormonal birth control is not right for you at all and that you could benefit from copper IUDs or barrier methods instead.

You’re struggling to use it correctly.

Even the most reliable form of birth control can’t deliver results if you don’t use it the right way. If you are having difficulty remembering to take your birth control pills at the right time or use your barrier method correctly, then consider switching to another kind of contraception to reduce your chances of an unwanted pregnancy.

Let Washington Surgi-Clinic help you explore your options birth control methods in Washington, D.C. to find the best solution for your needs. Schedule a consultation with a gynecologist today by calling (202) 659-9403.

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