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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Recognizing the Early Signs of Pregnancy

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Every woman is different, especially when it comes to pregnancy. Some women experience the early signs of pregnancy even before noticing a missed period. Other women may not detect anything different until they visit a gynecologist because of menstrual delay. Many of the early signs of pregnancy, such as headaches and lower back pain, can mimic other health issues. If you have been sexually active, it’s best to err on the side of caution and take a pregnancy test or visit a local women’s clinic. Gynecologists often see women who experience the following symptoms.

Nausea

Early on in your pregnancy, your hormone levels will change dramatically. This leads to symptoms such as morning sickness. Many women find that they can relieve nausea and vomiting in the morning by nibbling on a few plain crackers. Gynecologists recommend keeping a package of crackers on the bedside table and eating a few before getting out of bed. Smaller, more frequent meals may also alleviate nausea.

Odor Sensitivity

Nausea may also be triggered by a heightened sensitivity to odors. Many women become hypersensitive to odors that they previously found unpleasant, in addition to previously pleasing odors such as perfume.

Food Aversions

Food aversions are an easily recognizable sign of pregnancy. It’s quite common for women to gag or feel nauseous when exposed to strong cooking odors. For some women, simply opening the refrigerator is enough to bring about a gag reflex. If your food aversions are intense, you may wish to ask your partner to cook while you step outside for some fresh air. Choosing bland foods may also help.

Fatigue

As early as the first week after becoming pregnant, excessive, unexplained fatigue may set in. Your gynecologist is likely to recommend getting more rest, rather than increasing your caffeine intake.

If you’re not ready to have children, you can evaluate your abortion options with the help of a caring gynecologist. Washington Surgi-Clinic provides safe, affordable abortions to women in Washington D.C., and throughout Maryland and Virginia. You can connect with a gynecologist by calling (202) 683-7336 or by visiting our website.

Who Should Get the HPV Cancer Vaccine?

There are many strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV), including those that cause cervical cancer. HPV has also been linked to throat and anal cancer, in addition to penile cancer in uncircumcised males. The HPV vaccine can prevent cancer caused by the HPV virus in both men and women. For the best possible protection, gynecologists recommend vaccinating boys and girls as preteens, before they are sexually active.

However, individuals who are older can also benefit from this vaccination, as you’ll learn by watching this video. In fact, doctors recommend the vaccine up to the age of 26. The expert in this video explains why getting the vaccine even after HPV exposure may be helpful.

For personalized and affordable gynecologic care in the Maryland and Virginia area, call Washington Surgi-Clinic at (202) 683-7336. Our women’s clinic provides a full range of gynecology services, including HPV treatment.

Finding the Right Birth Control Method for Your Body and Lifestyle

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These days, women have plenty of birth control options available to them. You can even choose to combine different methods for added protection, such as by using a hormonal birth control method and a barrier method. Visit a gynecologist at a women’s clinic to explore the options available to you. Discuss your medical history and personal preferences with the gynecologist to learn which options might be right for you.

Evaluating Your Family Planning Preferences

Consider whether you might like to have children at some point. If you’re positive that you don’t want to have children, you might consider permanent sterilization. This involves blocking the fallopian tubes to prevent sperm from fertilizing eggs. You may choose to freeze your eggs in the event that you change your mind later. If you think you might like children, but you’d like to wait a few years, consider Depo-Provera. Although it’s possible to become pregnant right after this injection wears off, it typically takes a while to conceive after discontinuing it. If you might like to have children sooner than that, a pill or a barrier method might be right for you.

Assessing Your Need for Convenience

Convenience is often a significant factor when making a decision about birth control. Many women find it convenient to take a pill every day, while others worry that they might forget. If you require more convenience than the pill offers, consider using the implant, which lasts up to three years. The injection works for 12 weeks. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) also last a long time.

Protecting Yourself from STDs

Gynecologists often recommend using a barrier method of birth control in addition to your primary method because it’s the only way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) – aside from abstinence. Male condoms are effective in safeguarding your health, while female condoms can lower the risk of certain STDs.

When you visit a gynecologist at Washington Surgi-Clinic, you’ll be given all the information you need to make a decision about birth control that is right for you. Our women’s clinic was founded on the principles of providing compassionate, personalized care that upholds each patient’s dignity and privacy. Call (202) 683-7336 to arrange an appointment with a gynecologist to discuss family planning.

Do Your Parents Have to Know You Take Birth Control Pills?

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If you feel uncomfortable discussing sexual relations and birth control pills with your parents, you do not need to do so. Doctors, including gynecologists, are bound to a code of confidentiality. That means they will not inform your parents that you scheduled an appointment at a women’s health clinic, nor will they tell them that you’re starting to take birth control pills. Furthermore, you do not need to obtain the permission of your parents or guardian to take the pill.

During your appointment with the gynecologist, you’ll discuss your medical history and learn about your birth control options. Your gynecologist will ask you if you’re already sexually active; it’s important to be honest. If you’ve already had intercourse, your gynecologist may recommend an exam and testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Remember that taking the pill does not protect you from STDs; you’ll still need to use a condom.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, our friendly gynecologists uphold the strictest standards of confidentiality for all of our patients. Young women throughout Maryland and Virginia can make an appointment to discuss birth control by calling (202) 659-9403.

The Difference Between a Pap Smear and Pelvic Exam

Women often confuse pelvic exams and pap smears as being the same procedure. However, they are two distinct wellness services. During a pelvic exam, the gynecologist examines the external genitalia and inserts a speculum into the vagina. The speculum enables the examination of the cervix. Then, the physician swabs the cervix to collect cells, which are examined in a lab. The pap smear is a screening tool, rather than a diagnostic test, to check for the presence of abnormal cells.

You can learn more about pelvic exams and pap smears by watching this video. This gynecologist discusses what will happen if abnormal cells and HPV infection are present, and what a physician may recommend if abnormal cells are present without an HPV infection.

Washington Surgi-Clinic is a fully equipped gynecology practice that provides women of the Maryland and Virginia areas with pap smears and a range of other women’s healthcare services. To schedule an affordable pap smear, call our office at (202) 659-9403.

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