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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Smart Strategies for Staying Comfortable During a Medical Abortion

A medical abortion involves taking two pills at home to terminate your pregnancy. They are usually recommended for pregnancies less than six weeks along according to menstrual age. Although having the abortion at home makes many women more comfortable, there are side effects to the pills. Follow this advice to manage the side effects and to stay as comfortable as possible during the abortion.

Take Pain Medicine

Because medical abortion causes cramping that can last for several hours, use an over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, to ease your discomfort. It can help to take the pain medicine about 30 minutes before you take the second pill in the abortion procedure, since it causes the most intense cramping. Talk to your gynecologist about which pain medicine he or she recommends, but avoid taking aspirin, which will intensify your bleeding. In addition to pain medications, a heating pad or hot water bottle can also help with cramping.

Discuss Nausea Medication

Some women experience nausea and vomiting during a medical abortion. Ask your gynecologist if you should take an anti-nausea medicine to help you feel more comfortable. Although you can eat or drink as normal during the procedure, you may not feel up to it. Eating a small meal before you start taking the pills can help. During the abortion, try to drink liquids even if you can’t eat so you don’t risk dehydration. Ginger ale can help to keep you hydrated and settle your stomach.

Give Yourself Time to Rest

You will need to rest during the abortion itself, as the medications can make you feel tired. Set yourself up in a comfortable place and make sure you have things to distract you, like movies, snacks, and books. Although you can return to your normal activities the next day, you may be more comfortable if you give yourself a few days to recover.

If you’re considering abortion in Washington, D.C., Washington Surgi-Clinic can help. Visit our office to get the facts you need about your options for first and second-trimester abortions, morning after pills, and more. To make an appointment, dial (202) 659-9403.

How Can Gynecologists Prevent Teen Pregnancies?

Gynecologists are on the front lines of helping teens avoid pregnancy. There are many things doctors can do to help teens understand how to prevent pregnancy and what to do if they think they could be pregnant. Here are some steps that gynecologists can take to support their teenage patients and help them make the right choices about their sexual health.

Create a Safe Zone

Teens who visit the gynecologist often have concerns that they are reluctant to discuss with their parents. If a teen visits the gynecologist with a parent or guardian, allow time in the appointment for a confidential conversation directly with the teen. If a teen visits without a parent, reassure her that your discussions are completely confidential. Give teens the opportunity to talk about birth control and STD testing without any fears of parents finding out. Teens who are worried that their parents will find out if they take birth control or think they could have an STD are less likely to ask for help.

Discuss All Aspects of Sexual Activity

For teens who are sexually active, discuss ways of being intimate that don’t include a pregnancy risk and carefully review all birth control options. Remind teens that having been sexually active doesn’t mean that they need to continue to be if it doesn’t feel like the right decision. If a teen is not sexually active, highlight the advantages of delaying sex. Remind teens about the steps they should take before becoming sexually active, such as making a decision about which birth control to use.

Provide Teens with Options

Teens aren’t excluded from taking any kind of birth control because of their age, so discuss all appropriate pregnancy prevention methods with them. Make sure teens understand their options if they do become pregnant, including abortion.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, our gynecologists provide completely confidential care to patients of all ages. Whether you think you need STD treatment or need help choosing a birth control method, make an appointment with a gynecologist in Washington, D.C. today by calling (202) 659-9403.

Protect Yourself from Treatment-Resistant Gonorrhea

A common sexually transmitted disease, gonorrhea has long been treatable by antibiotics. Now, the bacterial infection has become increasingly resistant to medications provided by your gynecologist. Preventing gonorrhea infection is more important than ever before because of this new, treatment-resistant strain.

To reduce your chances of contracting gonorrhea, use a condom every time you have sex. If you are entering a new relationship, talk to your partner about you both undergoing STD testing before becoming sexually active. Limiting your sexual partners and only having one sexual partner at a time can also reduce your risk of contracting gonorrhea. Keep in mind that approximately 72 million people have gonorrhea, and you can’t tell by looking at someone if they are infected.

Being informed about your sexual health is important for you and your partners. Talk to your gynecologist at Washington Surgi-Clinic to see if STD testing is right for you. We also provide birth control, well woman exams, and abortion services in Washington, D.C. Call us at (202) 659-9403 for more information or to make an appointment.

Why Is an Ectopic Pregnancy Dangerous?

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus. Because this kind of pregnancy can be life threatening, it is important to talk to your gynecologist about your risk and the signs of a problem you should look for.

Watch this video to learn more about ectopic pregnancies. An ectopic pregnancy is not viable and should be terminated by your gynecologist before it ruptures. Ruptures can cause heavy, life-threatening blood loss and shock and require immediate emergency care.

Washington Surgi-Clinic is committed to empowering women with knowledge they need about healthy pregnancies and their sexual health. Our gynecologists in Washington, D.C. can assist with pregnancy termination, birth control, and STD testing. To make an appointment, please call (202) 659-9403.

Why Women's Clinics Are the Only Safe Choice for Abortion

In order to restrict access to abortion, lawmakers have turned to laws that indirectly affect the ability of women’s clinics to perform pregnancy terminations rather than trying to overturn Roe vs. Wade outright. These efforts force women to put themselves at risk when they decide abortion is the right choice for them. Women’s clinics exist to give women the information they need to make an informed choice about their pregnancy and access to safe abortions when they decide to terminate. Here is a look at the risks of having abortions elsewhere and how laws are affecting women’s clinics.

Unsafe Abortion Risks

There are approximately 42 million abortions per year worldwide, and approximately 68,000 women die from unsafe abortions. In developing nations, where access to women’s clinics is limited or non-existent, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that a woman dies every 8 minutes from complications from unsafe abortions. These rates of death from unsafe abortions make it one of the top causes of maternal mortality.

Abortion Restriction Laws

Texas’ H.B 2 law is an example of ways politicians opposed to abortion are chipping away at women’s access to clinics that perform safe terminations. The bill requires physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic—an impossibility in many rural areas—and that women’s clinic meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, which means many clinics cannot operate without spending millions on renovations. The law also restricts chemical abortion access. Women around the world turn to dangerous, untrained providers to perform abortions and to drinking turpentine and bleach to try to end pregnancies, all at great risk to their own health.

The Role of Women’s Clinics

Women’s clinics represent the only option many women have for affordable, safe gynecological care and pregnancy termination services. Clinics also provide birth control, an important factor in reducing the number of abortions. They play a central role in women’s health and safety.

Washington Surgi-Clinic provides the support women need to make their own choices about abortion, birth control, and more. Make an appointment with a gynecologist in Washington, D.C. today by calling (202) 659-9403.

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