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.

Understanding the Types of Abortion

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Not all abortions require an invasive procedure. Sometimes, a pregnancy termination can be accomplished with medications, which is known as a medical abortion. The type of abortion you can have will depend on how far along in your pregnancy you are. A gynecologist at a women’s clinic can explain the type of abortion that may be right for you.

Medical Abortion

Medical abortions are sometimes called chemical abortions because they involve the use of pharmaceuticals, or medications. This type of abortion may be used during the first trimester, provided the pregnancy is less than six weeks along. The gynecologist will provide medications that prevent the pregnancy from growing further and will expel it during an event that is comparable to a miscarriage. Medical abortions have a high rate of success. They can be accomplished with a series of pills or with a single dose. If you choose a medical abortion, you can expect to pass tissue and to bleed in a manner that is similar to heavy menstruation. After this occurs, you’ll visit the gynecologist again to confirm the success of the abortion.

Suction Dilatation and Curettage (D&C)

If you are too far along in your pregnancy for a medical abortion or if you prefer a surgical abortion, your gynecologist can recommend a D&C if you are no further along than 12 weeks. The gynecologist will dilate the cervix and gently suction out the contents of your uterus.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E)

D&E is considered to be the safest method of abortion for women in their second trimesters, or between 12 and 26 weeks of pregnancy. A D&E may require more than one office visit. First, the gynecologist will gently insert disposable laminaria sticks to dilate the cervix. They may be left in place overnight. The next morning, the gynecologist completes the evacuation of the uterine contents.

Washington Surgi-Clinic is proud to serve women throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia with safe, legal abortions, including chemical abortions and surgical abortions. Our gynecology and family planning services are very affordable and strictly confidential. If you have any questions about the services available at our women’s health clinic, call (202) 683-7336.

Chlamydia Symptoms to Know

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Chlamydia is a type of sexually transmitted disease (STD). If you suspect you’re experiencing some of the symptoms of chlamydia, it’s advisable to make an appointment at a gynecology office right away. If left untreated, this STD can lead to infertility and an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy. It is possible to have chlamydia and not experience any symptoms. When symptoms do arise, they typically do so several weeks after you had unprotected sex.

Women with chlamydia will typically experience symptoms such as a burning sensation while urinating and unusual vaginal discharge. Women may also notice abnormally painful periods, bleeding between periods, and pain during intercourse. The area in and around the vagina may itch and burn. Additionally, patients may suffer from abdominal pain, accompanied by a fever. If the rectum is infected with chlamydia, rectal pain, bleeding, and unusual discharge can occur.

For all of your reproductive health needs, including safe and legal abortions, turn to the gynecologists at Washington Surgi-Clinic. You can reach our women’s health clinic in Washington, D.C. by calling (202) 683-7336.

Tips for Preventing Vaginal Infections

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It is common for women to experience vaginal infections; some women even suffer from recurrent infections. Contrary to popular belief, not all vaginal infections are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as yeast infections. While different vaginal infections can have different symptoms, gynecologists recommend making an appointment any time you experience itching, burning, or painful sensations in the area. You should also see a local gynecologist if you experience abnormal vaginal discharge.

Practice Good Hygiene

To help you avoid a recurrence of a vaginal infection, your gynecologist is likely to recommend that you practice good hygiene habits. You can reduce your risk of infections by bathing daily, including washing the outside of your vagina. Wear clean underwear every day to avoid the spread of germs. Additionally, wipe front to back after you use the powder room.

Be Careful with Your Wardrobe

Bacteria thrive under moist, hot conditions. You can reduce your risk of a vaginal infection by changing out of workout clothes and bathing suits immediately after you exercise. Additionally, wear underwear made of a natural fiber, such as cotton, and avoid wearing very tight pants.

Avoid Potentially Harmful Products

Certain products can irritate the vagina area and may increase your risk of an infection. These include scented tampons, pads, and bubble bath. Additionally, gynecologists advise against douching because this disrupts the balance of bacteria in the vagina area.

Drink Plenty of Fluids

Drinking enough water doesn’t only keep you from getting dehydrated; it can also help prevent a urinary tract infection (UTI). Talk to your doctor about how much water you should drink every day.

Reconsider Your Diet

You may be able to reduce the risk of a yeast infection by limiting the amount of sugar you eat. This is because yeast feeds on sugar. Additionally, consider eating yogurt with active cultures every day to combat the spread of yeast.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, you’ll find caring gynecologists who can answer any questions you may have about women’s health. Our women’s health clinic also provides safe abortions and testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Women throughout the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas can call (202) 683-7336 to request more information about our services or to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist.

Understanding Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is a type of infection of the vagina that occurs when the balance of beneficial and harmful bacteria becomes disrupted. While it isn’t yet known exactly what causes it, gynecologists have identified some risk factors. Women who smoke, douche, and have multiple sexual partners are at a higher risk of acquiring this infection. If you suspect you might have bacterial vaginosis, see a gynecologist promptly for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

You can learn more about this common infection by watching this video. This doctor explains the typical symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, discusses the risk factors, and offers in-depth explanations about the treatment options. He also explains under which circumstances a woman’s partner should be tested for this infection.

The gynecology team at Washington Surgi-Clinic offers a range of gynecologic services, including testing and treatment of infections and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Women in the Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. areas can contact us by calling (202) 683-7336.

Breaking Down Myths About Abortion

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Although gynecologists perform safe, legal abortions every day in the U.S., there are still plenty of myths regarding these procedures. Under U.S. law, women have the right to decide to terminate a pregnancy. Unfortunately, anti-abortion advocates and those who are ignorant of the procedure have made many claims that can be damaging to these legal rights. If you have any questions about pregnancy termination, you should feel free to discuss them with a gynecologist.

Myth: Abortions Are Dangerous for Women

Abortions are actually among the safest types of procedures a woman can have. The risks of serious complications and fatalities are extremely low. Women are more likely to suffer from complications of labor and birth than they are to experience medical problems with an abortion.

Myth: Abortions Are Detrimental to Psychological Health

One of the most common myths about this procedure is that women who have abortions will experience some form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental health challenges. In fact, scientific evidence does not support this idea. Gynecologists have long observed that having an abortion is not more mentally damaging than placing a child for adoption or raising an unwanted child.

Myth: Abortions Are Cruel Toward the Fetus

Researchers tend to agree that the fetus is incapable of feeling pain during the first and second trimesters. The vast majority of all abortions are performed during this time period.

Myth: Abortions Are a Sign of Poor Character

Unfortunately, many people condemn women who have abortions as having poor moral character. It’s a common myth that all women who have this procedure failed to use birth control properly. In fact, the majority of women who choose pregnancy termination did use birth control; however, birth control can sometimes fail and lead to unintended pregnancies. Additionally, many women choose pregnancy termination after surviving rape.

If you are considering having an abortion, Washington Surgi-Clinic invites you to schedule a consultation with one of our friendly gynecologists. Our women’s health clinic in Washington, D.C. provides non-surgical and surgical abortions that are safe, legal, and affordable. You can reach our abortion clinic by calling (202) 683-7336 if you wish to learn more about your pregnancy termination options.

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