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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Using the Birth Control Patch Correctly

The birth control patch releases a combination of hormones to prevent unintended pregnancies. It works by preventing ovulation, and altering the uterine lining and cervical mucus. For many women, the patch is an ideal birth control method because it doesn’t involve remembering to take a pill at the same time every day. For maximum effectiveness, it’s important to follow the prescribing instructions as given by your gynecologist or pharmacist.

Applying the Patch

The birth control patch must be applied to clean, dry skin that is free of lotions, powders, and other products. Press the patch to your skin firmly for 10 seconds and ensure the edges adhere well to your skin. You can place the patch on your stomach, buttocks, upper back, or the outside of your upper arm. Avoid placing it over irritated or broken skin, or where it will be underneath tight clothing such as a waistband. Your gynecologist will instruct you to either apply the patch on the first Sunday after the start of your period or on the first day of your period.

Discarding the Patch

Each patch is worn for seven days. After removing an old patch, fold it in half and discard it in a manner that makes it inaccessible to children and pets. It should not be flushed. You should remove the old patch and apply the new one on the same day each week for three consecutive weeks. After three weeks, remove the old patch and do not apply a new patch for seven full days. This is the week that you will have your period.

Following Special Instructions

Your gynecologist may ask that you check the patch every day to ensure it is still adhering well to your skin. If it becomes loose, discard it and apply a new patch. If you are referred for any medical tests, surgical procedures, or bed rest, inform the provider that you’re using the birth control patch. You may be advised to discontinue its use temporarily. It’s recommended that women avoid consuming grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and other grapefruit products while using the patch because these may interfere with its effectiveness. Women should not smoke while using hormonal birth control due to the risk of blood clots.

You can discuss the various birth control methods available in Washington, D.C. by scheduling an appointment with a gynecologist. Call Washington Surgi-Clinic at (202) 659-9403. Our clinic is dedicated to maintaining the strictest standards of patient confidentiality.

Understand Your Reproductive Rights: A Quick Look at Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade is among the most well-known Supreme Court cases because it affirmed the reproductive rights of women in the U.S. The right of women to obtain pregnancy terminations has long been a controversial subject. Because of this, it is important for every woman, currently pregnant or not, to understand her right to have a pregnancy termination performed in a safe, legal manner by a gynecologist.

Case Background

In 1971, Norma McCorvey filed a case against the District Attorney of Dallas County, Henry Wade. In the court documents, McCorvey was identified as “Jane Roe.” At the time, Texas prohibited abortions except in cases where it was necessary to save the patient’s life. To fully understand this issue, it’s helpful to go back further in time. Abortion was legal in the U.S. at the country’s founding. It only became a subject of legal restrictions in the mid-1800s. But many states began reforming these restrictive laws and by the 1960s, pregnancy termination was more widely accessible in 17 states. Yet, countless women still did not have access to safe, legal pregnancy termination services—because of both financial and legal restrictions. Low-income, minority women were disproportionately affected. According to the Guttmacher Institute, abortion was the official cause of death for 2,700 women in 1930 because of the lack of healthcare accessibility.

Supreme Court Ruling

In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of personal liberty and privacy extended to a woman’s right to decide whether to bear a child. Roe v. Wade has undoubtedly helped to save the lives of countless women who otherwise would have tried dangerous methods to end pregnancies.

State Laws

Each state establishes its own pregnancy termination regulations. Some, for example, require the consent of a parent if the patient is legally a minor. Washington, D.C. does not have restrictive abortion laws. As of January 2017, the only restriction in the District of Columbia is a prohibition on public funding of abortions. However, public funding is still available in cases of rape, incest, and life endangerment of the mother.

The gynecology team at Washington Surgi-Clinic firmly believes that every woman should have access to high-quality healthcare delivered by compassionate providers. We provide nonsurgical and surgical pregnancy terminations in Washington, D.C. Call (202) 659-9403 to request a confidential appointment to discuss a first or second trimester abortion.

What Causes Recurrent Yeast Infections?

Yeast infections are a common type of problem treated by gynecologists. Candida albicans is normal in small numbers and is a yeast fungus that lives in the gastrointestinal tract and sometimes other areas, including the vagina. However, if the yeast’s population drastically increases in the vagina, this can cause a yeast infection. Most women will experience a yeast infection at some point in their life, and about half will have more than one. However, yeast infections are a common occurrence for some women.

Recurrent yeast infections can be a result of several different causes. Obesity, conditions which affect the immune system, a small distance between the anus and vagina, frequent antibiotic use, and uncontrolled diabetes are all risk factors for recurrent yeast infections. Also, anything that affects your normal balance of hormones, such as birth control pills, pregnancy, and estrogen therapy, can lead to these recurrent vaginal infections. Finally, wearing tight-fitting and synthetic clothing can make the vagina more hospitable for yeast.

If you’re in need of gynecology services or vaginal infection treatment near Washington DC, then please call Washington Surgi-Clinic at (202) 659-9403 to schedule your appointment with one of our compassionate doctors.

Common Reasons for Late Periods

Missing a period can feel alarming, but pregnancy isn’t the only possible cause of this issue. If you’re wondering if you need to see a gynecologist, then watch this video to learn about some possible reasons why your period is late.

High levels of stress can cause late periods, and being sick or taking medications can affect your menstruation schedule. Also, if you just started or stopped a birth control method, this can cause your period to be late. Drastic changes in weight, too much exercise, a fluctuating cycle, medical disorders, and pregnancy are also possible causes.

Are you concerned about a missed period? If so, then call Washington Surgi-Clinic today at (202) 659-9403 to make an appointment with one of our gynecologists serving Washington DC.

How Untreated STDs Can Affect Your Health

Are you concerned that you may have an STD? If so, then you shouldn’t ignore this problem. If testing reveals that you are positive for a sexually transmitted disease, then your gynecologist will advise you to start STD treatment right away. Continue reading to learn about the health risks associated with some common STDs when they aren’t treated.

Chlamydia

Caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis, chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the United States. Often, this disease does not cause symptoms. However, when left untreated, chlamydia can lead to several complications, such as chronic pelvic pain, pelvic inflammatory disease, damage to the fallopian tubes and uterus, infertility, and ectopic pregnancies.

Gonorrhea

A sexually transmitted disease that is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria, gonorrhea is quite common and establishes itself in the body by infecting mucous membranes. When gonorrhea is not treated, this can increase the individual’s risk of getting or transmitting HIV. Also, this disease can cause a life-threatening infection if it spreads to the blood, some symptoms of which include arthritis, dermatitis, and tenosynovitis.

Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite and is a very common STD that often has no symptoms. When this STD isn’t treated, infected pregnant women may experience complications such as having a baby with low birth weight, premature delivery, and transmission of the disease to the baby during delivery.

Syphilis

Syphilis is another example of a common STD that can pose serious health risks if it is left untreated. This bacterial infection is caused by Treponema pallidum and is usually spread through sexual contact. The infection commonly starts as a painless sore around the mouth, genitals, or rectum. When diagnosed early, syphilis can be cured. Without treatment, however, syphilis can be life-threatening and affect the brain and heart. Research has linked this type of infection with inflammation of the aorta, arterial aneurysms, and heart valve damage.

If you’re in need of STD testing or STD treatment near Washington DC, then please call Washington Surgi-Clinic today at (202) 659-9403 to schedule an appointment with one of our gynecologists.

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  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Friday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

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