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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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Answering Common Questions about Abortions

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If you’ve recently discovered that you’re pregnant, you can turn to a women’s health clinic for support. You have the right to choose to abort the pregnancy, if you wish. When you visit a gynecologist to discuss having an abortion, you’ll receive counseling on what type of procedure you might have, what to expect from the procedure, and what the benefits and risks are. You may wish to write down a list of your questions and bring it along to your appointment. Here are some common questions that women considering abortions have.

Are Abortions Safe?

Many women are understandably concerned about the safety of abortions. Every medical procedure carries certain risks; however, abortions are among the safest types of medical procedures. In fact, childbirth is known to have higher rates of complications than pregnancy terminations. Your healthcare provider will assess your health, discuss your anesthesia options, and counsel you as to the potential risks.

What Are Chemical vs. Surgical Abortions?

It isn’t always necessary to have a surgical abortion. In pregnancies of less than six weeks, you may choose to have a chemical abortion. This involves taking medications to cause termination of the pregnancy, which is then expelled much like a miscarriage. Surgical abortions can be performed during the first and second trimesters. There are different techniques that may be used, such as suction dilatation and curettage (D&C), and dilatation and evacuation (D&E).

Can Abortions Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer?

More than 100 of the world’s leading experts on women’s health met in 2003 to study this issue. After exhaustively reviewing the scientific evidence, they determined that having an abortion does not increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

If you have additional questions about abortions, the gynecology team at Washington Surgi-Clinic will be happy to assist you. Our caring gynecologists are sensitive to the needs of women and we strive to provide services that uphold our patients’ dignity and privacy. To discuss having an affordable abortion at our clinic in Washington, D.C., call (202) 683-7336 or visit us online for more information.

Recovering After an Abortion

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Before you have an abortion at a women’s clinic, you’ll speak with the gynecologist about the procedure and you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Be sure to ask what you can expect from the recovery process and which symptoms warrant a call to the women’s clinic. Continue reading to find out more about recovering after an abortion.

Resuming Normal Activities

Follow your gynecologist’s instructions for recovering from your abortion. You should rest for the remainder of the day after the procedure. Most women can resume normal activities the next day; however, avoid strenuous activities if they cause you pain. If you’re taking prescription pain relievers, you’ll need to refrain from driving.

Managing Bleeding

It’s normal to bleed for up to a week after a pregnancy termination. Some women may bleed intermittently for a few weeks afterwards. You may also pass small blood clots and experience cramping. Use a sanitary pad, rather than a tampon, and call your gynecologist if the bleeding is very heavy or the pain increases.

Preventing Infection

You can reduce the risk of contracting a pelvic infection by avoiding vaginal intercourse, douching, and the use of tampons for two weeks following the abortion. It’s advisable to shower, rather than take baths. Additionally, take any antibiotics you may have been given according to their instructions.

Expressing Emotions

Some women experience complex emotional challenges after having an abortion. This can include those who wholeheartedly embrace a woman’s right to choose. You may wish to share your feelings with a close friend or with a professional counselor. Stress management activities, such as writing in a journal, may help you come to terms with your feelings.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, our gynecologists are courteous professionals who will listen carefully to your needs and concerns, and provide personalized care. You can view our range of gynecology services on our website or call our women’s clinic at (202) 683-7336 to learn more. Our gynecology team is pleased to serve women in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

Get to Know Washington Surgi-Clinic

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In 1973, Washington Surgi-Clinic was founded with the mission of providing women throughout the Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland areas with high-quality, compassionate well woman care. Our founders believed that every woman should have access to safe, legal abortions at affordable prices, and that every woman should be treated with the respect and dignity she deserves. For the last 30 years, our team of caring gynecologists has upheld these values and remains firmly committed to providing each of our patients with the support they need.

When women enter our fully-equipped medical office, they are greeted by courteous staff members and are invited to relax in our comfortable, private waiting area. Our gynecology patients have access to an array of healthcare services, including safe abortions, birth control, Pap smears, STD testing, and HPV treatment. All of our healthcare services are delivered by our highly trained, board-certified gynecologists.

To schedule an appointment at Washington Surgi-Clinic, please call (202) 683-7336. We also invite women throughout the Washington, D.C. area to explore our gynecology services on our website.

Choosing a Birth Control Method

It can be a challenge to figure out which method of birth control is best for you, but your gynecologist can help. Be sure to mention any medical conditions you may have, as this can affect your birth control choices. Many women use birth control pills, of which there are many different options. Other women have trouble remembering to take a pill every day or cannot use the pill safely. These women might consider using birth control injections, birth control patches, or an intrauterine device (IUD).

When you watch this video, you’ll hear a gynecologist discuss how you can determine which birth control method is best for you. She explains that the most effective type of birth control is the method that you’ll remember to use consistently.

Washington Surgi-Clinic, located in Washington, D.C., offers a range of gynecology services, including birth control. For more information about our affordable gynecology services, call our office at (202) 683-7336.

Tips for Choosing a Gynecologist

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Finding the right gynecologist for you may take some trial and error. You may need to meet with several local gynecologists to find one you feel comfortable with, particularly since gynecology services are highly personal in nature. Listed below are a few tips to help you when you are choosing a gynecologist.

Consider Your Gynecology Needs

Of course, it can be impossible to predict all of the gynecology services you may need in the future. However, you’re likely to have a good idea of your required services when considering your family planning preferences. For example, you may wish to make sure that the gynecology office you select offers your preferred type of birth control. Unfortunately, even the most effective method of birth control can sometimes fail. Because of this, you might also wish to look for a gynecology office that provides safe, legal abortions.

Do a Little Investigative Work

After you’ve determined what specific types of gynecology services you’re looking for, it’s time to evaluate gynecologists in your area. You might ask for referrals from friends and family members, or you might prefer to visit the websites of different gynecology offices. No matter what, make sure the doctor you choose is board-certified.

Evaluate the Gynecology Office

Visit the gynecology office or take a virtual tour of it to assess whether it might be right for you. Consider factors such as the affordability of the services offered. If you decide to visit the office, consider whether the staff treats you courteously and warmly, and whether you feel comfortable within that setting.

Schedule an Appointment

When you meet a new gynecologist for the first time, consider whether his or her bedside manner appeals to you. Your physician should treat you respectfully and should carefully listen to all of your concerns. You should feel comfortable that your doctor has fully answered any questions you may have.

The gynecologists of Washington Surgi-Clinic are friendly professionals that treat every patient with respect and provide personalized well woman care. At our state-of-the-art gynecology office, you’ll find an array of services, including affordable abortions and STD testing. To schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained gynecologists, please call our office in Washington, D.C. at (202) 683-7336.

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