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.
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FAQs About Birth Control and STD Prevention

It’s often said that the only foolproof way of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is sexual abstinence. But since lifelong abstinence isn’t always practical, and women have a high risk of being sexually assaulted at some point, it’s also important to know the basics of gynecology care. Every woman should build a relationship with a trusted gynecologist with whom they feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues.

Is it possible for condoms to fail?

Aside from sexual abstinence, the barrier method is the only way to prevent both STDs and unintentional pregnancies. Even condoms can fail, unfortunately. Using condoms correctly (including during oral sex), and using only latex condoms will improve the effectiveness of the barrier method. Some individuals have latex allergies, and may choose lamb skin condoms instead. Know that this type does not protect against HIV infection. Additionally, follow these tips:

  • Never use expired condoms.
  • Avoid using condoms that were stored in a wallet, car, or in extreme temperatures.
  • Don’t use teeth or fingernails to rip open condom packaging.
  • Use a new condom for each vaginal, oral, and anal sex act.

Can I get vaccinated against STDs?

There are vaccines available to protect individuals from certain STDs. One of them, the HPV vaccine, can even protect women and men from cervical and oropharyngeal cancers caused by human papillomavirus. Vaccines are also available to prevent hepatitis A and B. Talk to your doctor if you’re unsure of whether you’ve received these vaccines. Remember that you’ll still have to use protection to prevent unintentional pregnancy and other STDs.

What are my options if I’m sexually assaulted?

Unfortunately, sexual assault and rape are far more common than many people realize. The best course of action is to call the police and get to an emergency room, where a doctor can do a rape kit in case you decide to press charges. However, many women choose not to report the assault right away. You should still see your gynecologist as soon as possible, even if you aren’t sure whether you want to get the police involved. Your gynecologist respects patient confidentiality, and can give you the morning after pill to protect you from pregnancy. The doctor can also test and treat you for STDs.

Bring your gynecology questions with you when you arrive for an appointment at Washington Surgi-Clinic. Our gynecologists in Washington, D.C. firmly believe in the importance of patient education and proactive self-advocacy. You can get in touch with a friendly staff member at (202) 659-9403.

When Can You Take the Morning-After Pill?

The morning-after pill can help to prevent pregnancy if your regular birth control method failed or if you didn’t use birth control during a sexual encounter. Contrary to popular belief, the morning-after pill is not the same thing as an abortion. The pill will not terminate a pregnancy that has already occurred but will instead ensure that an egg cannot implant itself on the lining of your uterus. Some forms of the morning-after pill also delay ovulation.

Ideally, the morning-after pill should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse. Over-the-counter forms of the morning-after pill can generally be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, while a prescription form of the pill can be used for up to five days after sex. In each case, the sooner you take the pill, the more likely it is to be effective.

If you have had unprotected intercourse, don’t panic. Make an appointment with a gynecologist in Washington, DC at Washington Surgi-Clinic. Your gynecologist can help with pregnancy prevention and STD testing you may need after having unprotected sex. You can make an appointment by calling (202) 659-9403.

What Causes Painful Sex?

Painful sex happens to many women, and often, they are hesitant to talk to their gynecologists about the issue. In reality, you don’t have to live with painful intercourse. Your gynecologist has treatments that can help.

Watch this video to learn more about the causes of painful sex and how your gynecologist can help. Sometimes, simply treating an underlying vaginal infection is all that is needed to make sex more comfortable.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we offer confidential gynecology services in Washington, DC, from STD testing to birth control consultations. Don’t let painful sex interfere with your relationships or self-confidence. Schedule an appointment with a provider today by calling (202) 659-9403.

What Are the Early Signs of Pregnancy?

Recognizing the early signs of pregnancy will help you have the time to make the decision that is right for you, whether you opt to have a child or choose abortion. Although not every woman experiences notable early symptoms, there may be some indications that you are pregnant before you miss a period. If you have these symptoms and believe you could be pregnant, consider making an appointment with your gynecologist.

Tender Breasts

Hormonal changes in early pregnancy can have a pronounced effect on your breasts. You may notice that your breasts feel tender or that they seem to be fuller or heavier. The changes may feel similar to the changes you experience in your breasts before your period begins. Changes in your breasts may be one of the first indicators of pregnancy, as you may notice symptoms as little as two weeks after conception occurs.

Spotting

Vaginal bleeding doesn’t necessarily mean that you have your period. Implantation bleeding can occur when a fertilized egg becomes implanted in the lining of your uterus. Typically, you will experience this kind of bleeding around 10 to 14 days after conception. Cramping may also occur. This spotting usually occurs before you were due to get your period, and it is often lighter and less intense than menstruation, so it is easy to spot the difference.

Fatigue

During the early stages of pregnancy, many women feel overwhelmingly fatigued. This is because of a surge of the hormone progesterone, which causes drowsiness. Early in pregnancy, you may also experience lowered blood pressure and blood glucose levels alongside increased blood production, which can all further zap your energy.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean that you are pregnant, but if you experience them, consider making an appointment at Washington Surgi-Clinic to determine what is causing them. If you are pregnant, your gynecologist can help with everything from recommending an obstetrician to helping you understand your options for abortion in Washington, DC. Schedule your appointment by calling (202) 659-9403.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Your First Pelvic Exam

For many women, visiting a gynecologist for the first time for a pelvic exam can provoke a little bit of anxiety. Fortunately, your doctor will be used to seeing patients for the first time and will make sure you are comfortable and informed throughout the entire experience. When you schedule your appointment, make sure you inform the staff that it will be your first pelvic exam, so that your doctor already understands your situation when you come in. Here are some good questions to ask during your exam.

Do I really need to have a pelvic exam if I am not sexually active?

Being a virgin or not being currently sexually active doesn’t impact your need for preventive care like pelvic exams. In most cases, women should have their first exams when they are 21 or as soon as they become sexually active, but you may need one sooner if you are experiencing symptoms like menstrual irregularities, pelvic pain, and vaginal discharge. If you are a virgin, having a pelvic exam will not affect your hymen in any way.

Will the exam be painful?

Pelvic exams are not normally painful, but sometimes, if you are nervous and tense up, it can be more uncomfortable than usual. Tell your gynecologist if you are feeling anxious, so that he or she can go slowly with the exam. Take deep breaths and relax your muscles as much as possible. Speak up if something feels uncomfortable. Your gynecologist wants to make sure the experience is not painful for you.

What can I do to improve my health?

Your gynecologist is an excellent source of information about a variety of women’s health needs. He or she may recommend ways to reduce your risk of vaginal infections, perform STD testing or treatment, and offer general hygiene advice. He or she can also discuss birth control options with you and help you decide which choice could be the best for you.

Washington Surgi-Clinic is pleased to offer women of all ages comprehensive gynecology services with complete patient confidentiality. To schedule an appointment for a pelvic exam, Pap smear, or any of our other services, please call (202) 659-9403.

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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.