• Understanding Limitations for Terminating a Pregnancy

    When you choose to terminate a pregnancy, one of the first things your doctor will discuss with you is the stage of your pregnancy. There are time limitations for pregnancy termination that your doctor must adhere to. Further, first trimester abortion and second trimester abortion procedures are different, so knowing your pregnancy stage is an important part of your care.

    At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we can terminate pregnancies up to 26 weeks, based on the start date of your last period. For a first trimester abortion, we offer both surgical and chemical procedures. Surgical abortions are used when the pregnancy can be seen on an ultrasound, beginning at about five weeks of menstrual age. Chemical abortions are performed before six weeks of menstrual age. For second trimester abortions, between 12 and 26 weeks of pregnancy, surgical abortion using dilation and evacuation (D&E) is performed.

    At Washington Surgi-Clinic, our supportive staff offers complete guidance and support as you make a decision about pregnancy termination near Washington, D.C. , and total patient privacy is guaranteed for patients of all ages. To schedule a consultation, call (202) 659-9403.

  • Developments in Contraception

    Whether you are currently using birth control or want to start birth control for the first time, it is always a good idea to periodically review your options with your gynecologist. Contraception choices are constantly evolving, and a new, better method may be available to you.

    Watch this video to learn more about advances in birth control methods. Birth control pills, IUD devices, and other implants are more effective than ever, and because they have fewer side effects, more women can use them safely.

    Review your birth control options at your appointment with your gynecologist at Washington Surgi-Clinic . We provide comprehensive women’s health service, from Pap smear services to pregnancy termination in Washington, D.C. To make an appointment, call (202) 659-9403.

  • A Woman’s Guide to Pap Tests

    A Pap test, sometimes called a Pap smear, is performed to detect abnormal cervical cells that could indicate cervical cancer. Women between ages 21 and 65 should generally have Pap tests every three years, though after age 30, women may be able to have the tests every five years, as long the test is combined with an HPV test. However, your gynecologist will help you determine the appropriate testing schedule for you. Here is a look at what you can expect when you have a Pap test.


    In your gynecologist’s office, your doctor will review your medical history and current medications with you. Next, you will be asked to undress, either completely or only from the waist down, and given a gown to cover yourself. You will then lie down on the exam table and place your heels in stirrups with your knees bent towards your chest and your buttocks at the edge of the table. Your doctor or the nurse assisting in the test will help you get into a position that is comfortable for you and that allows your doctor to perform the test.

    Test Procedure

    To perform the Pap test, your doctor will gently insert a speculum into your vagina. He or she will ensure that the speculum is a comfortable size and temperature and may use lubrication to make insertion easier. You may feel pressure when the speculum is inserted and when your doctor opens it gently to hold the vagina open to access the cervix. Your doctor will gently scrape cells off of your uterus using a flat spatula or soft brush. These cells are put on a slide to be examined.


    You can resume your normal activities after a Pap test. Most women don’t experience any discomfort, though some mild tenderness is possible. Your gynecologist can tell you when to expect the Pap test results.

    Washington Surgi-Clinic is committed to making your Pap smear in Washington, D.C. as comfortable as possible, and we are available to help with questions about birth control methods and more. Make an appointment today by calling (202) 659-9403.