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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A Quick Overview of Pap Smears

Having a regular Pap smear is an important part of preventative healthcare for women. The test is performed by your gynecologist and takes just minutes. This video explains more about the process.

During a Pap smear, your gynecologist will remove a sample of cells from your cervix with a small brush. These cells are screened for abnormalities that could indicate cancer. The test is performed in the doctor’s office and does not require any anesthesia. Mild discomfort is possible for a few seconds when your gynecologist brushes the cervix, but it resolves immediately after the test.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we offer comprehensive gynecology services in Washington, D.C. with a complete commitment to patient confidentiality. To make an appointment with a gynecologist today, please call (202) 659-9403.

Is a Nonsurgical Pregnancy Termination Right for You?

If you choose to have a pregnancy termination during the first trimester, a nonsurgical abortion, also called a chemical abortion, may be an option for you. There are several different factors involved in choosing the right method of termination, and your gynecologist can help you decide which option is the best for your situation. Here is a look at nonsurgical pregnancy termination and some signs that it could be the right choice for you.

What is nonsurgical pregnancy termination?

Nonsurgical termination uses medications to end the pregnancy rather than a surgical procedure. There are a few different medications your gynecologist can use, depending on the stage of your pregnancy. They can be administered orally, vaginally, or via an injection, and typically, the medications are taken in two parts. You will take the first medication at your doctor’s office and then take the second at home days later, as prescribed by your doctor. After taking the dose of medication at home, you will experience cramping as the fetus is expelled. About a week after taking the second dose of medicine, your gynecologist will perform an exam to ensure the abortion is complete.

Who can have a nonsurgical termination?

Nonsurgical termination is only used for first-trimester abortions in pregnancies less than six weeks old according to menstrual age. Menstrual age, also sometimes called gestational age, is the duration of the pregnancy measured from the first day of your last period. This is different from the conceptional age, which measures the length of your pregnancy starting from the time of conception.

Who is not a good candidate for nonsurgical termination?

Anyone further along in her pregnancy than six weeks cannot have a nonsurgical termination. Women who are anemic or who have liver, kidney, bowel, or seizure disorders may not be able to have non-surgical termination, as it could cause dangerous complications. Your gynecologist will consider your medical history when recommending the right procedure to you.

Get the information you need about your abortion options at Washington Surgi-Clinic. We offer safe and confidential first and second trimester abortions in Washington, D.C., with complete support throughout the process. Make an appointment by calling (202) 659-9403.

How to Talk to Your Teenage Daughter About Sexual Health

Mothers play a central role in shaping their daughters’ knowledge of and attitudes about sexual health. Having the talk isn’t always easy, but it is important. By having open communication with your daughter, you can help her protect herself from STDs and unwanted pregnancies and see going to the gynecologist for checkups as a normal part of well-being. Although the conversation can be tricky, these tips will help you get started.

Don’t Wait for the Right Moment

There is no perfect time to start talking to your teen about sexual health. Instead of waiting for the exact right moment, seize on opportunities that arise. Something on a television show or movie or a snippet of an overheard conversation can be all that you need to broach the subject. Your daughter may be resistant to having the conversation, but the message you want to deliver will still get through. Keep bringing up the subject when you see an opportunity, as sexual health should be an ongoing conversation as your teen daughter grows.

Get Real About the Pressures

You may not want to think about the pressures your teen is likely to be facing, but ignoring them could put your daughter at risk. Be upfront and honest as you discuss issues of sexual activity, STDs, and birth control pills. Tell your daughter how to protect herself and how to get help if she thinks she needs STD testing or could have an unwanted pregnancy.

Involve a Gynecologist

Your daughter should have her first gynecology checkup by age 18—or earlier, if she is sexually active. Help your daughter find a gynecologist she feels comfortable talking to, and give her the freedom to talk to the doctor on her own about her sexual health concerns.

The compassionate team at Washington Surgi-Clinic offers supportive care to women of all ages for everything from Pap smears to STD treatment and pregnancy termination in Washington, D.C. For an appointment, please call (202) 659-9403.

Signs of Cervical Cancer

It is possible for a gynecologist to detect early cervical cancer and pre-cancerous changes by performing a Pap smear. Routine Pap tests can save lives, especially since cervical cancer often does not cause unusual symptoms in its early stages. By the time the symptoms develop, the cancer is typically already in an advanced stage.

These signs and symptoms are generally localized, such as pain during sexual intercourse, and an abnormal vaginal discharge that may occur between periods and may contain blood. Abnormal vaginal bleeding is another possible sign of cervical cancer. It may occur after douching, after a pelvic exam, after vaginal sex, between periods, and after menopause. Systemic health problems can also occur when cervical cancer spreads. These include fatigue and unintentional weight loss.

Women can schedule an exam and Pap smear in Washington, D.C. at Washington Surgi-Clinic. Call us at (202) 659-9403 and visit us online to read about our other women’s health services, including HPV treatment and pregnancy termination.

How Are Due Dates Calculated?

Using birth control methods such as pills as prescribed by your gynecologist is an effective way to prevent unintended pregnancies. But it’s important to remember that it’s still possible for an unintended pregnancy to occur, especially if you miss a few days of pills. If you think you might be pregnant, you should see a gynecologist right away for a lab test. The estimation of your due date will be a significant factor in determining which type of pregnancy termination is available to you.

Watch this video for an introduction about calculating due dates. This doctor explains that your due date is calculated from the first day of your last period. From this point, you can count 280 days forward to arrive at an estimated due date.

The gynecologists at Washington Surgi-Clinic provide safe and legal chemical pregnancy terminations up to six weeks’ gestation, as well as surgical pregnancy termination. You can learn more about pregnancy termination near Washington, D.C. by calling (202) 659-9403.

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