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Although gynecologists perform safe, legal abortions every day in the U.S., there are still plenty of myths regarding these procedures. Under U.S. law, women have the right to decide to terminate a pregnancy. Unfortunately, anti-abortion advocates and those who are ignorant of the procedure have made many claims that can be damaging to these legal rights. If you have any questions about pregnancy termination, you should feel free to discuss them with a gynecologist.
Myth: Abortions Are Dangerous for Women
Abortions are actually among the safest types of procedures a woman can have. The risks of serious complications and fatalities are extremely low. Women are more likely to suffer from complications of labor and birth than they are to experience medical problems with an abortion.
Myth: Abortions Are Detrimental to Psychological Health
One of the most common myths about this procedure is that women who have abortions will experience some form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health challenges. In fact, scientific evidence does not support this idea. Gynecologists have long observed that having an abortion is not more mentally damaging than placing a child for adoption or raising an unwanted child.
Myth: Abortions Are Cruel Toward the Fetus
Researchers tend to agree that the fetus is incapable of feeling pain during the first and second trimesters. The vast majority of all abortions are performed during this time period.
Myth: Abortions Are a Sign of Poor Character
Unfortunately, many people condemn women who have abortions as having poor moral character. It’s a common myth that all women who have this procedure failed to use birth control properly. In fact, the majority of women who choose pregnancy termination did use birth control; however, birth control can sometimes fail and lead to unintended pregnancies. Additionally, many women choose pregnancy termination after surviving rape.
If you are considering having an abortion, Washington Surgi-Clinic invites you to schedule a consultation with one of our friendly gynecologists. Our women’s health clinic in Washington, D.C. provides non-surgical and surgical abortions that are safe, legal, and affordable. You can reach our abortion clinic by calling (202) 683-7336 if you wish to learn more about your pregnancy termination options.
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Parental consent and notification laws for abortion vary from state to state. In some states, the law requires that all girls under the age of 18 obtain permission from at least one parent to obtain an abortion. In other states, girls can visit a women’s clinic for an abortion without the need for permission if they are the victims of abuse or neglect. Girls might also bypass the permission requirement by seeking consent from a judge.
For example, Virginia law requires that at least one parent give permission for an abortion; however, a judge may waive this requirement. In Maryland, one parent must be told of the decision to have an abortion, yet permission is not needed. A judge may also waive the notification requirement. In Washington, D.C., girls may obtain an abortion legally, without the need for any sort of parental involvement. When a patient visits a women’s clinic, she can rest assured that the gynecologist will protect her confidentiality and uphold the law.
The gynecologists of Washington Surgi-Clinic in Washington, D.C. are firmly committed to upholding the highest standards of patient confidentiality. Girls and women throughout the area are welcome to contact our women’s clinic at (202) 683-7336 to schedule a visit.
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Every woman is different, especially when it comes to pregnancy. Some women experience the early signs of pregnancy even before noticing a missed period. Other women may not detect anything different until they visit a gynecologist because of menstrual delay. Many of the early signs of pregnancy, such as headaches and lower back pain, can mimic other health issues. If you have been sexually active, it’s best to err on the side of caution and take a pregnancy test or visit a local women’s clinic. Gynecologists often see women who experience the following symptoms.
Early on in your pregnancy, your hormone levels will change dramatically. This leads to symptoms such as morning sickness. Many women find that they can relieve nausea and vomiting in the morning by nibbling on a few plain crackers. Gynecologists recommend keeping a package of crackers on the bedside table and eating a few before getting out of bed. Smaller, more frequent meals may also alleviate nausea.
Nausea may also be triggered by a heightened sensitivity to odors. Many women become hypersensitive to odors that they previously found unpleasant, in addition to previously pleasing odors such as perfume.
Food aversions are an easily recognizable sign of pregnancy. It’s quite common for women to gag or feel nauseous when exposed to strong cooking odors. For some women, simply opening the refrigerator is enough to bring about a gag reflex. If your food aversions are intense, you may wish to ask your partner to cook while you step outside for some fresh air. Choosing bland foods may also help.
As early as the first week after becoming pregnant, excessive, unexplained fatigue may set in. Your gynecologist is likely to recommend getting more rest, rather than increasing your caffeine intake.
If you’re not ready to have children, you can evaluate your abortion options with the help of a caring gynecologist. Washington Surgi-Clinic provides safe, affordable abortions to women in Washington D.C., and throughout Maryland and Virginia. You can connect with a gynecologist by calling (202) 683-7336 or by visiting our website.
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There are many strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV), including those that cause cervical cancer. HPV has also been linked to throat and anal cancer, in addition to penile cancer in uncircumcised males. The HPV vaccine can prevent cancer caused by the HPV virus in both men and women. For the best possible protection, gynecologists recommend vaccinating boys and girls as preteens, before they are sexually active.
However, individuals who are older can also benefit from this vaccination, as you’ll learn by watching this video. In fact, doctors recommend the vaccine up to the age of 26. The expert in this video explains why getting the vaccine even after HPV exposure may be helpful.
For personalized and affordable gynecologic care in the Maryland and Virginia area, call Washington Surgi-Clinic at (202) 683-7336. Our women’s clinic provides a full range of gynecology services, including HPV treatment.
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These days, women have plenty of birth control options available to them. You can even choose to combine different methods for added protection, such as by using a hormonal birth control method and a barrier method. Visit a gynecologist at a women’s clinic to explore the options available to you. Discuss your medical history and personal preferences with the gynecologist to learn which options might be right for you.
Evaluating Your Family Planning Preferences
Consider whether you might like to have children at some point. If you’re positive that you don’t want to have children, you might consider permanent sterilization. This involves blocking the fallopian tubes to prevent sperm from fertilizing eggs. You may choose to freeze your eggs in the event that you change your mind later. If you think you might like children, but you’d like to wait a few years, consider Depo-Provera. Although it’s possible to become pregnant right after this injection wears off, it typically takes a while to conceive after discontinuing it. If you might like to have children sooner than that, a pill or a barrier method might be right for you.
Assessing Your Need for Convenience
Convenience is often a significant factor when making a decision about birth control. Many women find it convenient to take a pill every day, while others worry that they might forget. If you require more convenience than the pill offers, consider using the implant, which lasts up to three years. The injection works for 12 weeks. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) also last a long time.
Protecting Yourself from STDs
Gynecologists often recommend using a barrier method of birth control in addition to your primary method because it’s the only way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – aside from abstinence. Male condoms are effective in safeguarding your health, while female condoms can lower the risk of certain STDs.
When you visit a gynecologist at Washington Surgi-Clinic, you’ll be given all the information you need to make a decision about birth control that is right for you. Our women’s clinic was founded on the principles of providing compassionate, personalized care that upholds each patient’s dignity and privacy. Call (202) 683-7336 to arrange an appointment with a gynecologist to discuss family planning.