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GAoG 2Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we are passionate about being able to make meaningful connections with our patients. And there is no more important aspect to creating these bonds than providing the best possible reproductive health and wellness services for the women who put their trust in us. Check out the following first-hand gynecology testimonials from some of our patients to see what a difference this level of care can make:

First impressions are always important, which is why we are so proud to present this testimonial from a patient who recently came to visit us for the first time:

First impressions: This office is super friendly. I walk in and the receptionist greets me with a very warm smile. The nurse who calls me is very nice and patient. Dr. Gould is super friendly. She sits at eye level and talks to me about my family and my concerns. Being new to the area, she also gave me some much needed recommendations to other medical professionals in the area. Overall, I am impressed with the professionalism and the exceptional patient service. Keep up the great work!

  • ML

We see women of all ages, and always make sure that our patients feel comfortable, safe, and informed through every step of their time with us:

I am a 21-year old woman, and I recently had my first Pap smear appointment here. I was extremely nervous, but the women there were extremely nice. I am so grateful for so many women to work there and be so supportive. The nurse was very sweet and helped calm me down a bit. The doctor that performed my Pap smear was very nice and informative. I had a very pleasant experience despite being so worried about my first experience with a Pap smear. Please keep up the amazing work!

  • MC

It’s important to us that every aspect of our patient’s experience, from booking their appointment to providing a clean and welcoming environment, is the best it can possibly be:

I love being Dr. Gould’s patient. She is a great doctor! She’s very smart, friendly, and personable. It can take approximately a 3-4 month wait to schedule an appointment with her, but because of her expertise and the pleasant staff experience, it’s definitely worth it. All of her staff are very happy, very kind, and very professional. Additionally, the office is beautifully decorated, clean, and well kept.

  • SB

We are honored to receive such wonderful words from our incredible patients and want to thank all of you who have left us such kind testimonials over the years. For more information or to schedule a gynecology appointment with Dr. Kristine Gould or one of our other experienced women’s healthcare providers, please 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.

Undergoing a Pap smear, or Pap test is a common reason for a woman to schedule a visit with her gynecologist. A Pap smear is used as an effective screening method to detect cervical cancer, as well as any abnormal cellular activity that could potentially be cancer-causing if not addressed. To help women gain a clear and full understanding of Pap tests and their importance to reproductive health, our board-certified gynecologist wanted to discuss a few common myths about Pap smears.

Myth #1: Women Should Get a Pap Smear Every Year

Unlike an annual well woman exam, a Pap smear does not necessarily need to be performed every year. In some cases, a Pap smear is performed at least once every 3 years. However, we recommend to most of our patients have a Pap smear every year so that any abnormalities or issues may be caught as early as possible. Every woman is different and certain factors including an HPV infection or family history of cervical cancer may also warrant more frequent Pap testing

Myth #2: Pap Smears Can Also Test for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Pap smears can check for STIs, as we can add chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas cultures to the Pap. A Pap can test for trichomonas can also be done without adding this order because the trichomonas can be seen under the microscope

Myth #3: Women Need to Undergo Pap Smears Forever

This depends. We generally recommend that women over 65 continue to have Pap smears performed every 3 years as women 65 and older account for roughly 20% of all cervical cancer cases. Women who have had a total hysterectomy (including removal of the cervix) may not need to continue with any future Pap smears. Your gynecological provider can verify what is best for you based on your history.

It’s important to remember that every woman is different and while these general recommendations may apply to many people, it’s still essential to consult with a board-certified gynecologist before making any decisions regarding Pap smears. For more information or to schedule a Pap smear appointment with Dr. Kristine Gould or one of our other gynecological providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow along with us on Facebook and our medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.

female-talks-with-drFor women who are sure that they do not want to have children or those that know they do not want to risk becoming pregnant in the future, female sterilization can be a viable option. Female sterilization is a highly effective long-term birth control method designed to prevent all future pregnancies without the need for birth control pills or common birth control devices like IUDs (intrauterine device) or implants. Our board-certified gynecologist was happy to answer a few common questions about female sterilization for women who may be interested in learning more.

 

Question #1: What are the advantages of female sterilization compared to birth control pills?

While both are extremely effective forms of contraception, female sterilization does offer unique advantages for some women. For example, it can be a tremendous relief and convenience to be protected from unwanted pregnancy without having to worry about taking a birth control pill every day or dealing with prescription refills. Additionally, some women prefer a non-hormonal birth control method.

 

Question #2: Will female sterilization decrease a woman’s sex drive?

Every case is different, but there is no reason that undergoing a female sterilization procedure would have a negative effect on a woman’s sex drive. After the procedure, patients should feel exactly the same as they did before. In fact, undergoing a sterilization may have the opposite effect and increase a woman’s sex drive due to eliminating any concerns about the potential for an unwanted pregancy.

 

Question #3: How painful will the female sterilization procedure be?

The level of discomfort after female sterilization depends on the specifics of each patient’s procedure. Female sterilization is performed under general anesthesia. Some residual soreness may occur for a week or two following the procedure, but this will fade.

Undergoing female sterilization is a serious decision that requires considerable thought, consideration, and consultation with an experienced reproductive healthcare specialist. For more information or to schedule a female sterilization consultation appointment with board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Kristine Gould, contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and our medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.

Menopause is very complex and can affect every woman differently. However, there are some very common menopause symptoms that all women who transition into menopause should be aware of in advance. With this in mind, our reproductive healthcare providers wanted to discuss some of the most common effects of menopause and how they can be treated.

Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are the first thing many women associate with menopause, and for good reason. Over two-thirds of women experience hot flashes during the perimenopause period. Hot flashes cause sudden feelings of warmth and skin redness, most commonly in the face, neck, and chest. Although we do not yet know the exact cause of hot flashes, there are effective treatment techniques that can help provide relief. We recommend avoiding certain triggers like drinks with alcohol and caffeine, eating spicy foods, and smoking. Medicinal therapies like hormone replacement therapies (HRT) and other medications like Estrovera, Relizen, and Brisdelle may also help.

Night Sweats

Hot flashes that occur at night are a very common cause of night sweats. Unlike normal nighttime flushing or redness, night sweats are characterized by especially heavy perspiration that can leave bed sheets soaked and make it nearly impossible to sleep comfortably. To help reduce the prevalence and severity of night sweats, we strongly recommend keeping the house at a cool and comfortable temperature, especially at night. Sleeping in lighter clothes instead of heavy pajamas can help. And keep cool drinking water nearby.

Urinary Incontinence & Vaginal Health

Menopause can lead to vaginal health symptoms as well including vaginal dryness, vaginal looseness, and urinary incontinence due to lost volume and elasticity in the bladder. Depending on the type of incontinence, women may experience sudden urges to urinate (urge incontinence) or the leakage of urine after minor physical activities like coughing or laughing (stress urinary incontinence). Thankfully there are many effective urinary incontinence treatments available including pelvic floor therapy and FemTouch™ non-surgical laser vaginal rejuvenation.

Mood Swings

Mood swings are incredibly common during the transition into menopause. This is a natural effect of hormone fluctuations that occur during this time. It’s perfectly normal to experience increased feelings of anxiety, fatigue, irritability, and moodiness. Relaxation techniques that can help minimize stress including yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises, in addition to eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, may be able to help. If not, prescription medications may be of assistance. As an added bonus, some of these medications may also be able to help reduce hot flashes.

Being knowledgeable, prepared, and well-researched before menopause can be incredibly helpful for women when it comes to smoothly handle their transition. For more information on menopause or to schedule a consultation with our board-certified gynecologist, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow along with us on Facebook and our medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.

Endometrial-AblationIn recent years, more women than ever have undergone endometrial ablation to treat their irregular menstrual bleeding. Endometrial ablation uses radio frequency technology to burn/ablate the uterine lining (endometrium) to significantly decrease or stop menstrual bleeding. Doing so can effectively regulate menstruation for women who do not wish to become pregnant in the future. However, the benefits of endometrial ablation extend beyond just stopping irregular bleeding. Allow our board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Kristine Gould, to explain:

Physical Benefits of Endometrial Ablation

  • No more bloating associated with especially heavy menstrual cycles
  • No more monthly cramping
  • Lowered risk of anemia due to excessive blood loss
  • Reduced risk of certain uterine infections

Mental Benefits of Endometrial Ablation

  • Improvement of symptoms associated with PMS including mood swings, irritability, and headaches
  • Improved sleep and a reduction of “time of the month” fatigue
  • Increased sex drive due to reduction in bleeding-related complications

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we offer different methods of endometrial ablation procedures. This includes ablation using controlled heat, cold, or different types of energy depending on each patient’s specific needs and preferences.

Regardless of which procedure option is employed, post-treatment is typically simple and the results are typically successful and long-lasting. For more information or to schedule a gynecology appointment with Dr. Kristine Gould or one of our other providers today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow along with us on Facebook and our medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.

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Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett
601 Professional Drive, Suite 330
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046   
Phone: 678.380.1980   
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