• 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.