Ask The Gynecologist: April 2022


The reproductive healthcare professionals here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett know that certain conditions we treat can be complicated and difficult to understand. That’s why communication is such a crucial aspect of every patient we see in our practice. We pride ourselves on not only treating common reproductive health concerns for women but also making sure our patients feel informed and confident through every step of the treatment process. In the spirit of education, board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Kristine Gould, was happy to answer a few questions pertaining to the women’s health and wellness services we perform.

Question #1: Will anesthesia be administered before a labiaplasty procedure?

Yes, labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that requires the use of an anesthetic. Depending on the patient’s needs and preferences, as well as the opinion of the gynecologist performing the procedure, labiaplasty can be performed using either a local anesthetic or general anesthesia. This is a subject that will be discussed during the pre-surgery consultation appointment.

Question #2: What are the most common causes of pelvic organ prolapse?

 In many cases, a pelvic organ prolapse occurs as a result of pregnancy and vaginal childbirth. During this time, the muscles that support the pelvic floor may begin to weaken, leading to an eventual prolapse. However, there are other potential causes of pelvic support issues. This includes transitioning into menopause, natural aging, being overweight, and physical strain related to heavy lifting.

Question #3: When determining if a vaginal discharge is abnormal, what should I look out for?

Experiencing a vaginal discharge is not always a sign that anything is wrong. However, there are certain warning signs to keep an eye on. For instance, vaginal discharge that is bloody or has a brownish color could potentially be a sign of certain gynecological cancers. Additionally, a vaginal discharge that is cloudy and yellow, pink, frothy, or has a usual odor may be a sign of a bacterial or yeast infection or a more pressing concern.

We hope that everyone reading found these questions and answers informative and reassuring. For more information or to request an appointment with Dr. Kristine Gould or one of our other providers today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Don’t forget to follow along with us on Facebook and our medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.


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