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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Is the Birth Control Shot Safe?

The birth control shot, also called Depo-Provera, is a popular contraception option, but as with all kinds of birth control, it isn’t the right choice for everyone. Only you and your gynecologist can determine if the birth control shot is safe for you. Here are the facts you need to know.

What is the birth control shot?

Depo-Provera prevents pregnancy by suppressing ovulation and thickening the mucus in your cervix to prevent sperm from entering your Fallopian tubes, where fertilization occurs. It contains the hormone progestin and is taken via injection every three months. When used correctly, about three in 100 women will get pregnant when using the birth control shot.

What are the side effects?

The birth control shot can cause abdominal pain, acne, depression, breast soreness, low libido, and weight gain. Some people experience breakthrough bleeding that may clear up after prolonged use. Nervousness, weakness, and fatigue are also possible. Not everyone who gets the birth control shot will experience side effects. It’s important to discuss your side effects with your gynecologist. If they are troublesome to you, he or she may recommend that you switch to a new kind of birth control.

Is it safe?

The birth control shot is safe for most women, but your gynecologist will discuss your medical history with you before deciding if it is right for you. You shouldn’t take the shot if you have a history of breast cancer. One potential complication of the birth control shot is osteoporosis, so if you have osteoporosis, have a medical condition that increases your risk, or take other medications that cause bone thinning, you may need another form of birth control.

To explore birth control methods that could work for you, make an appointment with a gynecologist in Washington, D.C. at Washington Surgi-Clinic. Our providers also perform STD testing and treatment and pregnancy termination services. Schedule your visit today by calling (202) 659-9403.

Your Legal Right to Choose

Despite ongoing efforts by some legislators to curb reproductive rights, women do still have the legal right to choose in the U.S. Pregnancy termination is legal in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., although state laws can impose some restrictions. Since these laws are subject to change over time, you can consult a gynecologist regarding the current regulations on first and second trimester abortions.

It’s important for all women to understand their reproductive rights. Pregnancy termination rights do not apply to men. It is not lawful for a man to prohibit a woman from seeking an abortion, regardless of whether the couple is married or whether the man was the person who impregnated the woman. Similarly, it is not lawful for a man to force a woman to have an abortion against her will.

Washington Surgi-Clinic is committed to maintaining strict patient confidentiality at our clinic in Washington, D.C. Call (202) 659-9403 to request a consultation for a safe, legal pregnancy termination.

What Women Should Know About Plan B

Emergency contraception isn’t intended to be a primary method of birth control. Unfortunately, primary birth control methods aren’t always 100% reliable, which is one reason why gynecologists may recommend the morning after pill. This medication may be obtained from your gynecology clinic. It works by preventing ovulation, which you can learn more about when you watch this featured video.

This presentation explains that the fertilization of a woman’s egg doesn’t occur immediately after unprotected sexual intercourse. It may take up to five days, which is why using emergency contraception during this time can prevent conception. However, the sooner you use the pill after unprotected sex, the more effective it’s likely to be. Emergency contraception has no effect on an egg that is already fertilized.

If you think you need morning after pills and you live near Washington, D.C., you can turn to Washington Surgi-Clinic. Call (202) 659-9403 to inquire about our women’s healthcare services.

Top Concerns to Discuss with Your Gynecologist

Your gynecologist can help you with much more than just cervical cancer screenings through pap smears. During your appointment, you should feel free to discuss any health concerns you may have. Perhaps you’ve noticed unusual symptoms or you’re thinking about switching your birth control method. Your doctor genuinely wants to help you enjoy better health.

Atypical Vaginal Symptoms

Women can often tell when they have a yeast infection or a urinary tract infection based on their symptoms. But if your discomfort doesn’t go away, or it’s the first time you’ve experienced these symptoms, you should speak up. Your gynecologist can give you an accurate diagnosis, prescribe medications if necessary, and recommend lifestyle changes or at-home remedies to relieve itching and burning.

Sexual Discomfort

Pain during sex shouldn’t be perceived as normal, but many women feel a little awkward discussing it with their doctors. Often, painful sex is caused by vaginal dryness. Endometriosis and uterine fibroids are other possible causes. Your doctor can explain your treatment options.

Menstrual Abnormalities

Periods differ from woman to woman, but in general, they shouldn’t last longer than seven days, and they shouldn’t occur more than 35 days or less than 21 days apart from each other. Other abnormalities to tell your gynecologist about include:

  • Very heavy or very light menstrual flow
  • Bleeding after menopause, between periods, or after sex
  • Absence of three consecutive periods
  • Very painful periods
  • Periods accompanied by nausea and vomiting

Your treatment options will depend on the cause of the abnormalities, but may include birth control pills to regulate your period.

Sexual Assault

A significant percentage of sexual assaults go unreported. Even if you’re hesitant to seek help from the police, you should talk to your gynecologist. Your doctor can check your physical health, provide morning after pills if the assault occurred recently, and offer a sympathetic ear. Your provider can also point you in the direction of local resources you may be interested in, such as anonymous support groups or crisis hotlines.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we firmly believe that every woman deserves compassionate and sensitive healthcare delivered within a supportive environment. Our gynecology services are available in Washington, D.C. for ladies who need health screenings, birth control, or pregnancy termination. New and current patients can reach us at (202) 659-9403.

Choosing Between a Chemical and Surgical Abortion

In the U.S., women have the legal right to choose not to continue an unintended pregnancy. When a pregnancy test comes back positive and the news is unwelcome, consulting a gynecologist quickly can keep certain options open to you, such as a nonsurgical abortion. Talk to the doctor about the pros and cons of choosing a chemical abortion or a surgical procedure.

Availability

Some women prefer to end an unintentional pregnancy as quickly as possible. Surgical abortions are available during the first trimester, which is up to 12 weeks. However, the doctor has to wait until an ultrasound exam can detect the pregnancy, which will be no sooner than five weeks by menstrual age. Up to six weeks of pregnancy, women may choose the chemical method. Second-trimester abortions take place between 12 and 26 weeks of pregnancy. During this time, only the surgical method is available.

Method

Both types require the care of a gynecologist, but chemical abortions won’t take place in the clinic. Instead, the doctor will prescribe medications that you’ll take at home. These medications cause your body to expel the pregnancy in the same way that your uterus naturally sheds its lining during menstruation. After this point, you’ll have another appointment to confirm the termination. The surgical method does not require any incisions—it is minimally invasive. The gynecologist inserts specialized, sterile instruments through the cervix into the uterus to empty the contents of the uterus.

Effectiveness

Both chemical and surgical abortions are highly effective, but the surgical approach does have a slightly higher success rate. On the rare occasion that a woman doesn’t respond well to the medications, she can choose to have the procedure instead.

Safety

Both methods have a well-established, longstanding safety record. It’s well-known that pregnancy termination actually has a lower rate of medical complications compared to bringing a pregnancy to term. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that an abortion will affect fertility or future pregnancies in any way.

Surgical and nonsurgical abortions are available at Washington Surgi-Clinic, up to 26 weeks of pregnancy. Our pregnancy termination services fully comply with Washington, D.C. and federal regulations, and are delivered by friendly, courteous providers. Call (202) 659-9403.

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  • 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.