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    Why Pap Smears Are So Important

    Last updated 5 days ago

    All women who are sexually active and those who are 21 years of age and older should visit a gynecologist once per year for a checkup, including a breast exam and Pap smear. These exams are critical steps in safeguarding your health. While the breast exam checks for abnormalities that could indicate breast cancer, a Pap smear is a lab test of your cervical cells to check for gynecological cancer. By having these tests annually, you can facilitate the early detection of cancer, which could save your life.

    You can watch this video to hear more about the importance of the annual visit to the gynecologist’s office. You’ll hear a doctor explain what you can expect during your visit and why an abnormal Pap smear is not necessarily cause for alarm.

    At Washington Surgi-Clinic, you’ll find a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere with caring gynecologists who are committed to helping you safeguard your health. Women throughout Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. can call our women’s clinic at (202) 683-7336.

    Advice for Talking to Your Partner About STDs

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Many women follow preventive healthcare guidelines by visiting a gynecologist each year for an exam and Pap smear. Unfortunately, even when women are generally proactive about their health, it’s all too easy to avoid discussing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) with a partner. Often, the question isn’t raised until after a partner begins to notice symptoms and schedules testing at a women’s clinic. If you’ve met a special someone and are anticipating intimacy, it’s best to discuss STDs sooner, rather than later.

    Visit Your Gynecologist

    If you’ve already been intimate with your partner or you’ve previously had sexual relations with someone else, it’s a good idea to visit your gynecologist. Ask to be tested for STDs. STD testing is easy, affordable, and confidential. After you’ve been tested, you can either share your clean bill of health with your partner or discuss how to keep your partner safe.

    Ask a Direct Question

    When it’s time to have the conversation with your partner, be open and direct about the issue. Instead of trying to hint that you’re curious about your partner’s sexual health, simply ask if he or she has ever been diagnosed with an STD. If your partner has had prior sexual relations and has never been tested for an STD, you can suggest that he or she get tested. Explain that you’ve been tested to ensure his or her sexual health and that you’d appreciate reciprocity.

    Explain Your Health Issues

    If your gynecologist did discover that you have an STD, be honest when explaining this to your partner. Explain that you’re undergoing treatment for the infection. Some STDs are curable, while others must be managed with medications.

    Agree on Preventive Measures

    Even if you’re on another form of birth control, gynecologists strongly recommend the use of condoms. Hormonal birth control such as the pill cannot prevent STD transmission, while condoms can. Explain to your partner that it’s important to you that condoms are used to protect the health of each partner.

    Women throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia can find comprehensive gynecology and family planning services at Washington Surgi-Clinic. Our gynecologists offer affordable testing for STDs, including herpes, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. If you wish to schedule an appointment at our women’s clinic, please call (202) 683-7336.

    Understanding the Types of Abortion

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Not all abortions require an invasive procedure. Sometimes, a pregnancy termination can be accomplished with medications, which is known as a medical abortion. The type of abortion you can have will depend on how far along in your pregnancy you are. A gynecologist at a women’s clinic can explain the type of abortion that may be right for you.

    Medical Abortion

    Medical abortions are sometimes called chemical abortions because they involve the use of pharmaceuticals, or medications. This type of abortion may be used during the first trimester, provided the pregnancy is less than six weeks along. The gynecologist will provide medications that prevent the pregnancy from growing further and will expel it during an event that is comparable to a miscarriage. Medical abortions have a high rate of success. They can be accomplished with a series of pills or with a single dose. If you choose a medical abortion, you can expect to pass tissue and to bleed in a manner that is similar to heavy menstruation. After this occurs, you’ll visit the gynecologist again to confirm the success of the abortion.

    Suction Dilatation and Curettage (D&C)

    If you are too far along in your pregnancy for a medical abortion or if you prefer a surgical abortion, your gynecologist can recommend a D&C if you are no further along than 12 weeks. The gynecologist will dilate the cervix and gently suction out the contents of your uterus.

    Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)

    D&E is considered to be the safest method of abortion for women in their second trimesters, or between 12 and 26 weeks of pregnancy. A D&E may require more than one office visit. First, the gynecologist will gently insert disposable laminaria sticks to dilate the cervix. They may be left in place overnight. The next morning, the gynecologist completes the evacuation of the uterine contents.

    Washington Surgi-Clinic is proud to serve women throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia with safe, legal abortions, including chemical abortions and surgical abortions. Our gynecology and family planning services are very affordable and strictly confidential. If you have any questions about the services available at our women’s health clinic, call (202) 683-7336.

    Chlamydia Symptoms to Know

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Chlamydia is a type of sexually transmitted disease (STD). If you suspect you’re experiencing some of the symptoms of chlamydia, it’s advisable to make an appointment at a gynecology office right away. If left untreated, this STD can lead to infertility and an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy. It is possible to have chlamydia and not experience any symptoms. When symptoms do arise, they typically do so several weeks after you had unprotected sex.

    Women with chlamydia will typically experience symptoms such as a burning sensation while urinating and unusual vaginal discharge. Women may also notice abnormally painful periods, bleeding between periods, and pain during intercourse. The area in and around the vagina may itch and burn. Additionally, patients may suffer from abdominal pain, accompanied by a fever. If the rectum is infected with chlamydia, rectal pain, bleeding, and unusual discharge can occur.

    For all of your reproductive health needs, including safe and legal abortions, turn to the gynecologists at Washington Surgi-Clinic. You can reach our women’s health clinic in Washington, D.C. by calling (202) 683-7336.

    Tips for Preventing Vaginal Infections

    Last updated 1 month ago

    It is common for women to experience vaginal infections; some women even suffer from recurrent infections. Contrary to popular belief, not all vaginal infections are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as yeast infections. While different vaginal infections can have different symptoms, gynecologists recommend making an appointment any time you experience itching, burning, or painful sensations in the area. You should also see a local gynecologist if you experience abnormal vaginal discharge.

    Practice Good Hygiene

    To help you avoid a recurrence of a vaginal infection, your gynecologist is likely to recommend that you practice good hygiene habits. You can reduce your risk of infections by bathing daily, including washing the outside of your vagina. Wear clean underwear every day to avoid the spread of germs. Additionally, wipe front to back after you use the powder room.

    Be Careful with Your Wardrobe

    Bacteria thrive under moist, hot conditions. You can reduce your risk of a vaginal infection by changing out of workout clothes and bathing suits immediately after you exercise. Additionally, wear underwear made of a natural fiber, such as cotton, and avoid wearing very tight pants.

    Avoid Potentially Harmful Products

    Certain products can irritate the vagina area and may increase your risk of an infection. These include scented tampons, pads, and bubble bath. Additionally, gynecologists advise against douching because this disrupts the balance of bacteria in the vagina area.

    Drink Plenty of Fluids

    Drinking enough water doesn’t only keep you from getting dehydrated; it can also help prevent a urinary tract infection (UTI). Talk to your doctor about how much water you should drink every day.

    Reconsider Your Diet

    You may be able to reduce the risk of a yeast infection by limiting the amount of sugar you eat. This is because yeast feeds on sugar. Additionally, consider eating yogurt with active cultures every day to combat the spread of yeast.

    At Washington Surgi-Clinic, you’ll find caring gynecologists who can answer any questions you may have about women’s health. Our women’s health clinic also provides safe abortions and testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Women throughout the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas can call (202) 683-7336 to request more information about our services or to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist.

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