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.

Questions to Ask Your Gynecologist About Your Period

Periods are such a common part of life for women that it is easy to overlook the importance of discussing them with your gynecologist. You don’t have to wait until you have a problem with your period to bring it up during your next gynecology appointment. When you see your doctor, consider asking these questions.

How do I know if my flow is too heavy?

There is a wide range of normal when it comes to menstrual flow. It’s even normal for the same woman to experience an extremely heavy period followed by an extremely light one. However, if you have to change a pad or tampon at least once an hour, your flow may be excessively heavy. There are a few conditions that can cause an excessive menstrual flow, which your gynecologist can easily screen you for.

What is a normal cycle?

The only kind of normal menstrual cycle is what is normal for you. Some women get their periods like clockwork, while others experience irregular periods as a rule. Keep track of your periods so you can begin to notice patterns in your cycle, and report things that seem off-kilter to your gynecologist. If you start skipping periods or if your periods are coming more often than normal, an underlying medical condition could be to blame.

Does having my period mean I can’t get pregnant?

Getting pregnant during your period isn’t likely, but it is possible. Some women ovulate early in their cycles, and because sperm can live in your reproductive tract for five days, you could have sex during your period and then have your period end and ovulate while sperm is still there. Don’t use your period as birth control if you want to avoid a pregnancy.

Getting informed about your period is an important step in taking control of your health. At Washington Surgi-Clinic, our gynecologists can help with everything from period tips to Pap smears and birth control methods. Schedule an appointment with a gynecologist in Washington, DC by calling (202) 659-9403.

What to Expect When You Take the Morning After Pill

If you have sex without using any kind of birth control or if you think your pregnancy prevention method may have failed, the morning-after pill can reduce the chances of an unwanted pregnancy. It’s important to note that the morning-after pill is not the same thing as an abortion. It doesn’t terminate an existing pregnancy but rather makes it more difficult to become pregnant. If you take this form of emergency birth control, here is what you can expect.


Nausea is one of the most common side effects women have after taking the morning-after pill. The nausea usually peaks within 24 hours of taking the medication and resolves completely within a day or two. In most cases, over-the-counter anti-nausea medications are effective in managing the symptoms, but call your gynecologist if you develop diarrhea or vomiting within a few hours of taking the morning-after pill, as the effectiveness of the medication may be impacted.

PMS-Like Symptoms

The morning-after pill contains high doses of hormones that are similar to the ones used in birth control pills. As such, side effects that mimic PMS are common. Women may experience cramps, breast tenderness, mood swings, and back pain. These symptoms can vary from woman to woman, but they usually subside within 24 hours of taking the pill.


Irregular bleeding is common with the morning-after pill. In some cases, spotting occurs the same day you take the pill and may continue until your next period. Some women get their next period earlier or later than normal after taking the morning-after pill. If your period doesn’t start within five days of when you expected it, talk to your gynecologist. You may need to take a pregnancy test.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we empower you to make the right choices for your reproductive health by providing variety of birth control methods and pregnancy termination services in Washington, DC. To make a confidential appointment, call (202) 659-9403.

The Importance of Pap Smears

Not every woman needs a pap smear every single year, but every woman (except those without a cervix) should get them on a regular basis. Your gynecologist will let you know how often you should have this important preventive health screening. Pap smears involve taking a sample of cells from the cervix and examining them in a lab. The purpose is to identify potentially abnormal changes of the cervix, called cervical dysplasia. If abnormal changes are detected, the patient can receive treatment before the abnormality develops into cervical cancer.

Pap smears are uncomfortable, but they shouldn’t be painful. If you’ve been avoiding pap smears because of an unfavorable experience in the past, you should find a gynecologist you can trust. Talk to the doctor about your concerns. As advocates of women’s health, gynecologists generally want to do everything possible to help their patients have a stress-free, positive experience.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we’re known for our warm and caring professionals, whom you can consider your partners in health. Call (202) 659-9403 to schedule your next pap smear in Washington, D.C.

Spotting the Signs of Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted via oral, anal, and vaginal sex, and even through skin to skin contact. Chlamydia is quite common, and women often don’t realize they have it because symptoms don’t always occur. If you’re sexually active, consider talking to a gynecologist about STD testing.

Watch the accompanying video to learn the signs of chlamydia. This doctor explains the symptoms in both men and women. For women, the red flags include abnormal vaginal discharge, pelvic pain, pain during sex, and bleeding between periods. For this particular STD, the treatment is a course of antibiotics.

Washington Surgi-Clinic offers confidential STD testing services in Washington, D.C. You can call our women’s health clinic at (202) 659-9403 to request an appointment with one of our compassionate gynecologists.

Preparing for a Second Trimester Abortion

A second trimester abortion is performed any time between 12 and 26 weeks. This is past the point at which a woman can have a medical abortion with medications, and so a minimally invasive procedure is necessary. When you speak with your gynecologist about pregnancy termination, she will give you all the information you need to prepare for the procedure and have a healthy recovery.

Consultation and Exam

A second trimester abortion can usually be performed in two visits, although sometimes three visits are needed. Occasionally, just one visit is necessary. First, you’ll speak with the gynecologist about the procedure. Take your time learning about it and what you can expect, and ask any questions you have. You’ll have a physical exam, including an ultrasound exam.

Medications and Alcohol Use

You may be asked to adjust your medication dosage schedule, if applicable. Let the gynecologist know about all over-the-counter (OTC) and prescribed medications you’re using, along with your supplements, if applicable. Some medications can interfere with blood clotting, and you may be asked to temporarily discontinue these. You should also avoid alcohol use for 24 hours prior to the procedure.

Laminaria Insertion

Laminaria sticks are thin, sterile rods made of seaweed. Your doctor may need to insert them into your cervix and leave them there overnight before performing the rest of the procedure the next day. They work by gently dilating the cervix. If you’ve taken a prescription pain reliever or anti-anxiety medication for the laminaria insertion, someone else will need to drive you home. You’ll be asked to avoid eating or drinking anything after midnight. A responsible adult should drive you to the clinic the next day. Before your procedure, you’ll have your choice of local, conscious, or general anesthesia.

Women choose Washington Surgi-Clinic because of our commitment to the highest standards of patient care and safety. Our abortion providers in Washington, D.C. are highly trained, board-certified doctors who firmly believe in giving each patient the compassionate and respectful care she deserves. Schedule an appointment today by calling (202) 659-9403.

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