• Choosing a Pregnancy Test Kit

    There are many pregnancy test kits on the market, so how do you know which one you should use? Watch this video to find out how to get the most reliable home pregnancy test results to put your mind at ease.

    Start by considering how the test displays results. Don’t pick a test with any ambiguity. Instead, select one that is easy to read so there won’t be any confusion. You may also want to buy a kit that contains two pregnancy tests, so you can confirm your results. If a test indicates that you’re pregnant, make an appointment with your gynecologist right away.

    If you’re pregnant and need help understanding your options, make an appointment at Washington Surgi-Clinic. We provide gynecologic care and abortion services to women from DC, Maryland, Virginia, and the surrounding areas. Schedule your appointment by calling (202) 268-7336.

  • Separating the Myths from the Facts About Abortion Safety

    When you’re making a decision about whether abortion is the right choice for you, too often, myths about abortion safety can get in the way. Don’t let falsehoods interfere with your ability to make the right decisions for your life and body. Arm yourself with the right information and consider these facts behind common myths about abortion safety.

    Myth: Abortion Is More Dangerous Than Giving Birth

    Myths about the dangers of abortion are simply not true. It is considered to be a very safe medical procedure that is well tolerated by the vast majority of patients. When compared to childbirth, abortion is about 10 times safer than going through delivery. Before you have an abortion, the doctor will consider your personal health and determine if it is a safe procedure for you.

    Myth: Abortion Increases the Risk of Breast Cancer

    This myth is one of the most persistent ones regarding abortion, but it has been debunked. In 2003, the National Cancer Institute brought together more than 100 leading experts in the study of pregnancy and breast cancer risk . These experts agreed that abortion has no impact on a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer in the future.

    Myth: Abortion Causes Emotional Problems

    Abortion itself does not lead to emotional problems. Many women who choose abortion do so because of the negative impact their pregnancy is having on their lives, so they often feel relieved when the process is complete. However, if you were experiencing emotional difficulties before your abortion, it’s likely that they may persist afterwards. Additionally, it’s not uncommon to feel a sense of sadness or loss after an abortion, but this does not usually translate into long-term emotional upheaval. Your emotional state before your abortion is a much better indicator of how you will feel afterwards.

    At Washington Surgi-Clinic, our staff is here to support you as you make the important decision about whether abortion is right for you, and can help you throughout the procedure and recovery. Make an appointment today and let us help you get the care you need. Call us at (202) 683-7336.

  • The Steps of Choosing the Right Abortion Provider

    When you decide to have an abortion, where you choose to get your care matters. Not all abortion clinics provide the same level of care, so you should carefully research your potential providers before selecting one. To choose a safe, quality clinic, follow these steps.

    Locate Your Options

    Depending on where you live, there may be several abortion providers near you. You can find all of the providers in your area by looking them up online or in your local phone book. Be sure to only look at clinics that are specifically identified as abortion clinics. Places that are described as crisis pregnancy centers often don’t provide abortions and try to dissuade women from getting them. If you’ve already made your decision, focus exclusively on places that offer abortion services.

    Ask Questions

    When you have a short list of places, start calling the clinics to ask questions. Ask about their processes, including how many appointments are required and what methods they use for abortions. This is also a good time to ask about other services, such as counseling, post-procedure birth control, and gynecological care. Make sure the clinic you choose meets all of your needs. For instance, if having counseling is important to you, or if want someone to come into the room with you for support, make sure these things are provided and allowed.

    Visit the Clinic

    Whether for an initial consultation or simply to evaluate the surroundings, be sure to visit the clinic before you have your procedure. Does the clinic look clean? Are you treated with care by the staff? Do you feel comfortable? It’s important for you to feel comfortable and confident in dealing with the clinic’s staff, so trust your instincts.

    Our patients’ safety, privacy, and comfort are of the upmost important to us at Washington Surgi-Clinic in DC. If you’re considering an abortion, schedule an appointment at our clinic to learn more about our services by calling (202) 683-7336.