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    Do Your Parents Have to Know You Take Birth Control Pills?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you feel uncomfortable discussing sexual relations and birth control pills with your parents, you do not need to do so. Doctors, including gynecologists, are bound to a code of confidentiality. That means they will not inform your parents that you scheduled an appointment at a women’s health clinic, nor will they tell them that you’re starting to take birth control pills. Furthermore, you do not need to obtain the permission of your parents or guardian to take the pill.

    During your appointment with the gynecologist, you’ll discuss your medical history and learn about your birth control options. Your gynecologist will ask you if you’re already sexually active; it’s important to be honest. If you’ve already had intercourse, your gynecologist may recommend an exam and testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Remember that taking the pill does not protect you from STDs; you’ll still need to use a condom.

    At Washington Surgi-Clinic, our friendly gynecologists uphold the strictest standards of confidentiality for all of our patients. Young women throughout Maryland and Virginia can make an appointment to discuss birth control by calling (202) 659-9403.

    The Difference Between a Pap Smear and Pelvic Exam

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Women often confuse pelvic exams and pap smears as being the same procedure. However, they are two distinct wellness services. During a pelvic exam, the gynecologist examines the external genitalia and inserts a speculum into the vagina. The speculum enables the examination of the cervix. Then, the physician swabs the cervix to collect cells, which are examined in a lab. The pap smear is a screening tool, rather than a diagnostic test, to check for the presence of abnormal cells.

    You can learn more about pelvic exams and pap smears by watching this video. This gynecologist discusses what will happen if abnormal cells and HPV infection are present, and what a physician may recommend if abnormal cells are present without an HPV infection.

    Washington Surgi-Clinic is a fully equipped gynecology practice that provides women of the Maryland and Virginia areas with pap smears and a range of other women’s healthcare services. To schedule an affordable pap smear, call our office at (202) 659-9403.

    Maintaining Your Birth Control Schedule While Visiting a Different Time Zone

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you’re making summer travel plans, birth control may be the last thing on your mind. In fact, many women forget to take the pill or use another method of birth control while on vacation, often because of jet lag or confusion over time zone differences. You can prevent an unintentional pregnancy by taking a few simple steps to maintain your birth control schedule. First, make an appointment with a gynecologist at a women’s clinic to discuss taking birth control while on vacation.

    Visiting Your Gynecologist

    If you have any confusion over how to maintain your birth control schedule while traveling, your gynecologist can help you. You’ll also need to visit your gynecologist if you’re taking the birth control injection, Depo-Provera, and need a shot before you depart. If you’re taking the pill, make sure you have enough to take with you.

    Traveling with Birth Control

    Keep your birth control pills in their original container while traveling. Pack them in your carry-on bag if you plan to fly, rather than in your checked baggage. Doing so will help you maintain your schedule even if your checked baggage is lost. While out sightseeing, keep your pills in your handbag to enable you to take one on time, rather than having to rush back to the hotel.

    Knowing When to Take the Pill

    Even though you’re traveling between time zones, your body is still accustomed to taking the pill at your usual time. Take the pill at the normal time, rather than the time indicated in your new time zone. For example, if you usually take the pill at 6 p.m. and your new time zone is three hours behind, you should take the pill at 3 p.m. Remind yourself to take the pill by setting an alarm.

    Women throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia will find confidential, affordable women’s healthcare services at Washington Surgi-Clinic. Our gynecologists will be happy to help you learn about your birth control options and how to maintain your schedule while you’re travelling this summer. Give us a call today at (202) 659-9403 or visit us online to view the services available at our women’s clinic.

    Understanding the Difference Between Emergency Contraception and Abortion

    Last updated 1 month ago

    There has been plenty of controversy with regard to emergency contraception. It’s a common misconception that emergency contraception causes a chemical abortion because it’s taken after sex. In fact, emergency contraception and abortion work in different ways and are not the same. If your primary method of birth control has failed, you can go to a women’s health clinic or pharmacy to obtain emergency contraception. If you do not take emergency contraception and later become pregnant, you can make an appointment with a gynecologist for an abortion.

    How Emergency Contraception Works

    Scientific studies support the assertion that emergency contraception works by preventing pregnancy, rather than facilitating an abortion. Plan B, commonly referred to as “the morning after pill,” works by preventing ovulation. When the ovaries are prevented from releasing an egg, the egg cannot become fertilized. Additionally, if fertilization does occur, emergency contraception prevents the egg from implanting in the uterus—a critical step for pregnancy to occur. Many fertilized eggs never become implanted to the uterine wall due to natural causes. In fact, experts propose that up to half of all fertilized eggs simply pass out of the woman’s body instead of establishing pregnancy. Taking emergency contraception can help ensure that this will occur.

    How Chemical Abortions Work

    Chemical, or non-surgical, abortions are a safe, legal option for women who are less than six weeks pregnant. They are accomplished by taking a pill known as mifepristone, also sometimes called RU-486. This pill isn’t the same as emergency contraception because it works by terminating an established pregnancy, rather than preventing one. After taking the pill, the woman’s body rejects the pregnancy in a manner much like a miscarriage. The drug works by changing the uterine lining to prevent the egg from staying attached. Misoprostol is given along with mifepristone to encourage the uterus to contract to expel the pregnancy tissue.

    The gynecologists of Washington Surgi-Clinic provide confidential women’s healthcare services at an affordable fee. Our women’s clinic offers safe surgical and non-surgical abortions, STD testing, and birth control, including emergency contraception. Those in Washington, D.C. and beyond can schedule an appointment by calling (202) 659-9403.

    Good Candidates for Chemical Abortions

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Women in need of pregnancy termination might be eligible for a chemical abortion if they are still within the first trimester of their pregnancies. Specifically, a chemical abortion is an option for women who have not yet surpassed six weeks of pregnancy. In contrast to a surgical abortion, which is performed entirely within an abortion clinic, a chemical abortion can be carried out within the patient’s home. The medication given to the patient leads to the cessation of the pregnancy. A chemical abortion also causes contractions so that the tissues of the uterus can leave the body. Women who suspect they may be pregnant should consult a gynecologist about their chemical abortion options as soon as possible, as more advanced pregnancies may require surgical abortions.

    Do you have more questions about chemical abortions? If so, call Washington Surgi-Clinic at (202) 659-9403 to speak with an associate at our women’s clinic. We provide both surgical and chemical abortions for eligible patients in the greater Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. regions.

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