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.

What Are the Early Signs of Pregnancy?

Recognizing the early signs of pregnancy will help you have the time to make the decision that is right for you, whether you opt to have a child or choose abortion. Although not every woman experiences notable early symptoms, there may be some indications that you are pregnant before you miss a period. If you have these symptoms and believe you could be pregnant, consider making an appointment with your gynecologist.

Tender Breasts

Hormonal changes in early pregnancy can have a pronounced effect on your breasts. You may notice that your breasts feel tender or that they seem to be fuller or heavier. The changes may feel similar to the changes you experience in your breasts before your period begins. Changes in your breasts may be one of the first indicators of pregnancy, as you may notice symptoms as little as two weeks after conception occurs.


Vaginal bleeding doesn’t necessarily mean that you have your period. Implantation bleeding can occur when a fertilized egg becomes implanted in the lining of your uterus. Typically, you will experience this kind of bleeding around 10 to 14 days after conception. Cramping may also occur. This spotting usually occurs before you were due to get your period, and it is often lighter and less intense than menstruation, so it is easy to spot the difference.


During the early stages of pregnancy, many women feel overwhelmingly fatigued. This is because of a surge of the hormone progesterone, which causes drowsiness. Early in pregnancy, you may also experience lowered blood pressure and blood glucose levels alongside increased blood production, which can all further zap your energy.

These symptoms do not necessarily mean that you are pregnant, but if you experience them, consider making an appointment at Washington Surgi-Clinic to determine what is causing them. If you are pregnant, your gynecologist can help with everything from recommending an obstetrician to helping you understand your options for abortion in Washington, DC. Schedule your appointment by calling (202) 659-9403.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Your First Pelvic Exam

For many women, visiting a gynecologist for the first time for a pelvic exam can provoke a little bit of anxiety. Fortunately, your doctor will be used to seeing patients for the first time and will make sure you are comfortable and informed throughout the entire experience. When you schedule your appointment, make sure you inform the staff that it will be your first pelvic exam, so that your doctor already understands your situation when you come in. Here are some good questions to ask during your exam.

Do I really need to have a pelvic exam if I am not sexually active?

Being a virgin or not being currently sexually active doesn’t impact your need for preventive care like pelvic exams. In most cases, women should have their first exams when they are 21 or as soon as they become sexually active, but you may need one sooner if you are experiencing symptoms like menstrual irregularities, pelvic pain, and vaginal discharge. If you are a virgin, having a pelvic exam will not affect your hymen in any way.

Will the exam be painful?

Pelvic exams are not normally painful, but sometimes, if you are nervous and tense up, it can be more uncomfortable than usual. Tell your gynecologist if you are feeling anxious, so that he or she can go slowly with the exam. Take deep breaths and relax your muscles as much as possible. Speak up if something feels uncomfortable. Your gynecologist wants to make sure the experience is not painful for you.

What can I do to improve my health?

Your gynecologist is an excellent source of information about a variety of women’s health needs. He or she may recommend ways to reduce your risk of vaginal infections, perform STD testing or treatment, and offer general hygiene advice. He or she can also discuss birth control options with you and help you decide which choice could be the best for you.

Washington Surgi-Clinic is pleased to offer women of all ages comprehensive gynecology services with complete patient confidentiality. To schedule an appointment for a pelvic exam, Pap smear, or any of our other services, please call (202) 659-9403.

What Happens If the Abortion Pill Doesn't Work the First Time?

Pregnancies of fewer than six weeks—calculated by menstrual age—may be terminated with abortion pills. Also known as a chemical abortion, the pills work by halting the progression of the pregnancy and expelling it. This occurs much like a natural miscarriage does. Although rare, it’s possible for the pills to complete the termination. You can reduce the risk of this happening by letting your gynecologist know if you’ve been having morning sickness. You could take an anti-nausea drug to prevent yourself from throwing up the pills.

If your next appointment reveals that the termination is incomplete, you may have the option of taking the pills again. If you prefer to have an in-office procedure, your doctor can schedule this appointment promptly. Some women may have to have a surgical abortion, such as if they are past the six-week point when it becomes apparent that the termination failed.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, our team of compassionate gynecologists in Washington, D.C. is committed to maintaining strict standards of patient confidentiality. For safe, legal abortions, call (202) 659-9403.

What Not to Do Before Your Pap Smear

Even if you’ve had a pap smear before, you might not be familiar with everything you should and shouldn’t do before you see your gynecologist. For instance, you shouldn’t schedule your appointment for the week that you’re expecting your period. You also shouldn’t have sex for at least 24—but preferably 48—hours beforehand, as this can interfere with the results.

Watch this video for other important tips. A doctor featured here explains that grooming doesn’t matter, but the use of feminine products does. Avoid douching, and avoid using any creams or spermicidal foams.

Washington Surgi-Clinic provides pap smears in our clinic in Washington, D.C., as well as a full range of other gynecology services. Call (202) 659-9403 to request an appointment.

What to Do After Surviving a Sexual Assault

The most important thing to know after surviving a sexual assault is that it wasn’t your fault. You did nothing wrong, and you have the right to seek medical care, request police assistance, and use local resources that can support you. Survivors are encouraged to go to the ER promptly. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, or you’d just prefer to see your own trusted gynecologist, you should certainly feel free to do so.

Get to a safe place.

Your first priority is to get away from the attacker. If you can’t call 911 right away, try to get to a public place. If you’re at home, go to a neighbor’s house. If you’re in an urban area, go to the nearest establishment, such as a restaurant or store. People there can assist you, and your attacker is unlikely to follow you to a public place. It’s not uncommon for survivors to know their attackers. For instance, if you’re a college student, you might have been assaulted in your dorm room by someone you know. Get to a friend’s room or find your resident assistant.

Preserve the evidence.

It’s normal to want to take a shower, but try to resist this urge. Even if you think you might not report the rape, you might change your mind later. Preserving the evidence will give you the opportunity to seek justice. Before a medical provider can do a sexual assault exam, you’ll need to avoid doing any of the following:

  • Bathing
  • Douching
  • Changing clothes
  • Brushing teeth or hair
  • Eating or drinking

Obtain morning-after pills.

A gynecologist can provide you with morning-after pills, or you can obtain them at a pharmacy without a prescription. Follow the instructions carefully to prevent an unintended pregnancy. Know that morning after pills do not induce an abortion. If you obtain these pills right away, it won’t be possible for you to be pregnant yet.

Contact a rape crisis center.

A rape crisis hotline or center will give you the confidential and empowering guidance you need during this difficult time. You’ll learn about your legal rights and options, and your decision to either report or not will be respected.

Women who need morning-after pills in the Washington, D.C. area can trust the professionals at Washington Surgi-Clinic. Our kind and courteous gynecologists want sexual assault survivors to know that we offer confidential care that respects the choices of the patient. Call (202) 659-9403.

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The office is closed on Sundays and on major federal holidays.