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.
202.659.9403

Understanding Limitations for Terminating a Pregnancy

When you choose to terminate a pregnancy, one of the first things your doctor will discuss with you is the stage of your pregnancy. There are time limitations for pregnancy termination that your doctor must adhere to. Further, first trimester abortion and second trimester abortion procedures are different, so knowing your pregnancy stage is an important part of your care.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we can terminate pregnancies up to 26 weeks, based on the start date of your last period. For a first trimester abortion, we offer both surgical and chemical procedures. Surgical abortions are used when the pregnancy can be seen on an ultrasound, beginning at about five weeks of menstrual age. Chemical abortions are performed before six weeks of menstrual age. For second trimester abortions, between 12 and 26 weeks of pregnancy, surgical abortion using dilation and evacuation (D&E) is performed.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, our supportive staff offers complete guidance and support as you make a decision about pregnancy termination near Washington, D.C., and total patient privacy is guaranteed for patients of all ages. To schedule a consultation, call (202) 659-9403.

Developments in Contraception

Whether you are currently using birth control or want to start birth control for the first time, it is always a good idea to periodically review your options with your gynecologist. Contraception choices are constantly evolving, and a new, better method may be available to you.

Watch this video to learn more about advances in birth control methods. Birth control pills, IUD devices, and other implants are more effective than ever, and because they have fewer side effects, more women can use them safely.

Review your birth control options at your appointment with your gynecologist at Washington Surgi-Clinic. We provide comprehensive women’s health service, from Pap smear services to pregnancy termination in Washington, D.C. To make an appointment, call (202) 659-9403.

A Woman's Guide to Pap Tests

A Pap test, sometimes called a Pap smear, is performed to detect abnormal cervical cells that could indicate cervical cancer. Women between ages 21 and 65 should generally have Pap tests every three years, though after age 30, women may be able to have the tests every five years, as long the test is combined with an HPV test. However, your gynecologist will help you determine the appropriate testing schedule for you. Here is a look at what you can expect when you have a Pap test.

Preparation

In your gynecologist’s office, your doctor will review your medical history and current medications with you. Next, you will be asked to undress, either completely or only from the waist down, and given a gown to cover yourself. You will then lie down on the exam table and place your heels in stirrups with your knees bent towards your chest and your buttocks at the edge of the table. Your doctor or the nurse assisting in the test will help you get into a position that is comfortable for you and that allows your doctor to perform the test.

Test Procedure

To perform the Pap test, your doctor will gently insert a speculum into your vagina. He or she will ensure that the speculum is a comfortable size and temperature and may use lubrication to make insertion easier. You may feel pressure when the speculum is inserted and when your doctor opens it gently to hold the vagina open to access the cervix. Your doctor will gently scrape cells off of your uterus using a flat spatula or soft brush. These cells are put on a slide to be examined.

Recovery

You can resume your normal activities after a Pap test. Most women don’t experience any discomfort, though some mild tenderness is possible. Your gynecologist can tell you when to expect the Pap test results.

Washington Surgi-Clinic is committed to making your Pap smear in Washington, D.C. as comfortable as possible, and we are available to help with questions about birth control methods and more. Make an appointment today by calling (202) 659-9403.

Spotting the Symptoms of Gardnerella

Gardnerella is a type of bacteria that is associated with a vaginal infection called bacterial vaginosis. Although many women with a gardnerella infection do not experience any symptoms, those that do often mistakenly believe they have a yeast infection and attempt to treat it with over-the-counter remedies rather than visiting the gynecologist for a diagnosis. If you have these vaginal infection symptoms, visit your doctor. Determining the proper diagnosis is essential for effective vaginal infection treatment.

Odor

Odor is one of the most defining characteristics of a gardnerella infection that sets it apart from other vaginal issues. The odor usually described as having a fishy odor. Your gynecologist may screen for this odor using a process called the whiff test. A small amount of vaginal discharge is placed on a slide and combined with a drop of potassium hydroxide. If this creates a fishy odor, gardnerella could be present.

Discharge

Many type of vaginal infections cause a discharge, so your gynecologist will examine the type of discharge you have closely. Typically, bacterial vaginosis associated with gardnerella is thin and yellowish or white in color. This characteristic helps to distinguish between gardnerella and yeast infections, which usually cause a thicker, clumpier discharge. Gardnerella discharge is not usually accompanied by vaginal irritation, as the discharge caused by yeast infections often is. Your gynecologist may also test the pH of the discharge. Bacterial vaginosis causes a low acidity discharge with a pH higher than 4.5.

White Coating

A white coating frequently appears on the vaginal walls with this type of infection. Your gynecologist can identify this coating during a pelvic exam. Typically, patients are diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis if they have this symptom along with other symptoms, rather than by having this symptom alone.

If you have the symptoms of a vaginal infection, visit a gynecologist in Washington, D.C. at Washington Surgi-Clinic for a fast diagnosis and treatment. We’re committed to providing compassionate care with complete patient confidentiality. Call (202) 659-9403 for more information.

When to Get STD Tested

Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are diseases that can pass from one partner to another during sex. STD testing is fast and easy, and typically only requires a blood sample, urine sample, or small tissue sample, such as a pap smear. There are several reasons to schedule STD testing, such as seeing a new sexual partner or engaging in sexual activities with several partners. Additionally, if you have had unprotected sex with a partner that has not undergone recent STD testing, it’s also a good idea to contact your gynecologist for an STD test. Because many sexually-transmitted diseases do not cause immediate or noticeable symptoms, it’s important to get tested even if you have not developed any new or concerning symptoms. Even if you are in a monogamous relationship, you may still wish to get tested once a year during your gynecological exam for convenience.

Washington Surgi-Clinic offers STD testing and STD treatment as part of our gynecology services near Washington, D.C., including testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and HIV. You can learn more about STD testing, birth control, and reproductive health on our website, or call (202) 659-9403 to speak with a staff member today.

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Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

The office is closed on Sundays and on major federal holidays.