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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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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Pap Smears

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When was the last time you received a Pap smear? If you do not remember, or if you have never gotten this test, you may want to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist as soon as possible. This fast and painless procedure can provide important lifesaving benefits for women of all ages.

What happens during a Pap smear?

A Pap smear is a common part of a gynecological exam. In addition to performing a clinical breast and uterine examination, a gynecologist may evaluate the cervix to determine if any abnormalities might be present. The doctor may insert a small swab into the vagina that can take sample cells from the surface of the cervix. The test takes only moments to perform, and many patients feel nothing at all during the procedure.

Should I get a Pap smear?

All adult women should receive Pap smears. How often you have a Pap smear depends on your personal health, medical history, and lifestyle. Some doctors may recommend annual Pap smears for women of child-bearing age who are also sexually active. Post-menopausal women with no history of cervical cancer may require less frequent Pap smears. Talking to your doctor about your individual health issues can help you determine how often you should undergo this procedure.

What are the benefits of getting a Pap smear?

As with any other cancer, the early detection of cervical cancer can potentially avert life-threatening consequences. In fact, a Pap smear can detect cell irregularities that precede the onset of cervical cancer. With early treatment, you can avoid cervical cancer and its more serious complications.

Is it time for you to get your Pap smear? Washington Surgi-Clinic can help you stay on track with your gynecological health. To speak with a representative about our preventive health services, or to schedule an appointment for a Pap smear, call (202) 659-9403. You can also visit our website for information on our other health services, including first- and second-trimester abortions, for women in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Understanding Your Options for an Unexpected Pregnancy

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Have you recently found out that you are pregnant? If so, you have choices. To help you decide which choice is the best option for you, you may want to talk with a women’s clinic professional who can explain in detail how each choice may impact your future.

Should you decide that you do not want to have a child or be pregnant, you can choose to have an abortion. Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, you may have multiple options for termination. Alternatively, if you decide that you want to become a mother, you can carry the pregnancy to full term. If you want to continue the pregnancy but do not want to raise a child, you can put up the child for adoption after childbirth.

Washington Surgi-Clinic can guide you through your choices if you have an unexpected pregnancy. If you would like to speak with a representative at our Washington, D.C. women’s clinic, call (202) 659-9403. You can also visit our website for more information on our abortion services.

A Look at Your Medical Abortion Options

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If you want to end a pregnancy, you may be able to have a medical abortion. This type of abortion, which entails the use of medications, is often an option for women who have not yet passed their ninth week of pregnancy. If you are early enough in your pregnancy and you would prefer taking medications to undergoing a surgical procedure, your gynecologist may prescribe one or more of the following medications to induce an abortion.

Mifepristone

To sustain a pregnancy, the placenta must provide nutrients to the growing embryo. An increase in the production of progesterone allows the placenta to thicken throughout the pregnancy so that it can fulfill this function. If the placenta does not grow, the pregnancy may end. The drug mifepristone can obstruct production of progesterone and the ability of the placenta to grow during a pregnancy, thereby facilitating the end of the pregnancy. You may know mifepristone as the drug RU-486.

Methotrexate

Methotrexate is a drug that works in much the same way as mifepristone. If you would like to end a pregnancy, a gynecologist can prescribe methotrexate to accomplish this. While this drug can be effective at prohibiting the placenta from thickening during pregnancy, it may require more time than mifepristone to complete this step of a medical abortion.

Misoprostol

The reason why many gynecologists prescribe several medications to induce abortion is because they can more successfully accomplish this task than when any one drug is used by itself. In addition to prescribing either mifepristone or methotrexate, an abortion doctor may also give you the drug misoprostol. This medication induces contractions, which is necessary so that the tissues of the uterus and placenta can pass out of your body.

Do you have more questions about medical abortions? If so, call Washington Surgi-Clinic at (202) 659-9403 to set up a consultation. Our women’s clinic offers both medical and surgical abortion services to residents in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

 

The FDA Approves Morning-After Pill for Girls Ages 15 and Up

The morning-after pill is a medication that can prohibit conception after sexual intercourse. This video reports on who can have access to this drug.

The FDA has recently approved usage of the morning-after pill without a prescription for girls who are 15 years old or older. Individuals who intend to use this type of drug should be aware of what it can and cannot do. The morning-after pill can delay ovulation of an egg; however, if insemination has already taken place, this medication cannot and will not terminate the pregnancy.

Are you in need of the morning-after pill? If so, call Washington Surgi-Clinic at (202) 659-9403. Our women’s clinic provides the morning-after pill for all eligible patients in the greater Virginia and Maryland regions.

Deciding Whether or Not to Have an Abortion

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If you have found out that you are unexpectedly pregnant, you must next decide if you wish to remain so. Deciding whether to have an abortion is likely one of the most important choices you will make in your life. Knowing if it is right for you is a decision that only you can make. Talking to individuals you trust can help you make your choice. However, it is essential that you take the time to make the best decision for your current and future needs.

Consider Your Other Options

Prior to undergoing an abortion, you may want to consider what your life would be like if you followed another path. For instance, what would your life be like if you decided to continue the pregnancy and become a parent? Five or 10 years from now, will you be at peace or regretful of your decision to have an abortion? If becoming a parent is not an option for you, think about whether placing the child for adoption is a viable option.

Think About Your Personal Beliefs

Many people have strong views on parenthood, adoption, and abortion. Contemplate how you feel about each of these options. Your beliefs about each choice may be the result of your religious upbringing, political stance, or other factors. Consider if your feelings may be different now that you are pregnant. You may also want to ponder if your beliefs about abortion will remain consistent should you undergo one.

Take Into Account Your Resources

When deciding if abortion is the best choice, contemplate your current resources. For instance, if you were to continue the pregnancy, would you have the financial security needed to raise a child? Can you commit to the time and energy that a growing baby requires? Do you have friends and family who would support your decision to have a child? Knowing where you stand with your emotional, social, and financial resources can help you make the choice that is right for you.

Washington Surgi-Clinic offers abortion services at our private, secure, and compassionate Washington, D.C. office. If you live in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, we welcome you to call our office at (202) 659-9403 for an appointment. Together we can help you decide if having an abortion is the best choice for your circumstances.

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