Ask The Gynecologist: August 2021

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Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we’re always happy to take the time to answer questions about reproductive health and wellness that we receive. Our ability to help educate our patients and answer any concerns they may have during their time in our office is something in which we take considerable pride. This month, our board-certified gynecologist has answered questions on a variety of topics pertaining to women’s health including endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic floor therapy.

Question #1: Is it safe to undergo an endometrial ablation procedure?

Yes, as long as the procedure is performed by a board-certified gynecologist. At our practice, we offer two safe and highly effective endometrial ablation methods based on each woman’s specific needs and preferences. Both can be highly beneficial for women who experience irregular menstrual bleeding including heavy periods, periods that last longer than eight days, or excessive blood loss. In our many years of performing this procedure, the relief and satisfaction for women after endometrial ablation is incredibly high.

Question #2: Will surgery be required to treat endometriosis?

Not necessarily. It’s true that some women with endometriosis may undergo surgery to effectively treat their symptoms, however, certain medications may be able to successfully treat endometriosis. This may begin with over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen. If this is ineffective, hormone-based medications like birth control pills, hormonal IUDs, or GnRH (gonadotropin-releasing hormone) agonists that can address the root cause of endometriosis pain may be utilized.

Question #3: What are the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse?

In some cases, pelvic organ prolapse can occur without any noticeable symptoms. In more serious cases where symptoms do occur, some women may experience pressure or fullness in their pelvic area, urinary incontinence, bowel issues, a slight bulge in the vaginal area, and more.

Question #4: Who is a good candidate to undergo pelvic floor therapy?

Pelvic floor therapy can be used to help women who experience the effects of pelvic floor dysfunction. Good pelvic floor therapy candidates include women who previously had difficulty with gynecological exams or inserting tampons, those who experience pain or discomfort during sex, and women who get urinary stress incontinence, urinary urgency or frequency. Before undergoing treatments, we make sure to perform a full assessment of a woman’s reproductive health (including a pelvic exam).

We hope these questions and answers were helpful and informative for our readers. Reproductive health concerns can often be complicated, which is why we are always happy to answer questions like this from our patients. For more information or to request an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Don’t forget to follow along with us on Facebook and our medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.


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