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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month here in the US. With this in mind, we thought now would be a great time to educate our readers on breast cancer. Breast cancer is among the most common types of cancer for women. While it may not be possible to prevent breast cancer, there are things women can do to help reduce their risk. We strongly recommend following these steps:


Eat Right & Exercise Regularly

Breast Cancer RiskWomen who are overweight or obese, especially after menopause, may have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. That’s why it’s so important to maintain a nutritious diet and get regular daily exercise in order to maintain a stable, healthy body weight. It’s important to limit time spent sitting down, especially for women who sit for extended periods of time at work.


Perform Breast Self-Exams

Performing frequent breast self-exams is a critical tool for detecting potential breast cancers in their early stages. We recommend performing a self-exam once each month to feel for potential irregularities including lumps, tumors, cysts, or dimples that can occur in a woman’s breasts. In the case that something abnormal is detected, it’s important to reach out to a health care provider for a screening appointment as soon as possible. While important, breast self-exams are not meant to replace yearly mammograms, which are still the best way to detect potential breast cancers.


Live a Clean Lifestyle

In addition to eating right and exercising, other healthy lifestyle habits can also help reduce the risk of breast cancer. Specifically, it’s important to limit or avoid the consumption of alcohol and tobacco products. The American Cancer Society recommends that women do not exceed one alcoholic drink on any given day. Also, there is a known link between smoking and breast cancer, especially in premenopausal women. Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we understand how critical breast cancer prevention is. That’s why we perform breast exams as part of well woman exams. For more information or to schedule a well woman exam, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional information, news, and more.

“Cancer” is always a scary word. In addition to the most common cancers for women including breast cancer and lung cancer, it’s very important for women to be aware of their risk for different types of reproductive cancers. In honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this September, the reproductive healthcare experts here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett want to provide some helpful information on ovarian cancer and how women can minimize their risk.

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the US. This is largely due to the fact that although there are symptoms commonly-associated with ovarian cancer, they are often subtle. Many women with ovarian cancer are unaware of their condition until the cancer has reached a more advanced stage. This is why ovarian cancer awareness is so important. We highly recommend that all women ask about the health of their ovaries during annual well woman exams.

In the following video, our own board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Kristine Gould is joined by Dr. Stephen Salmieri of Georgia Gynecologic Oncology for an in-depth discussion on ovarian cancer and what women should know to about this illness:

 

 

Our hope is that by sharing this information, more women will understand the threat of ovarian cancer and be inspired to take a more proactive approach to their reproductive health and wellness. After all, knowledge is a critical tool in the fight against reproductive cancer. For more information on ovarian cancer or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional videos, health tips, news, and more.

In honor of the recent Fibroid Awareness Month, the board-certified gynecologists here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett thought now would be an excellent time to share some helpful information on fibroids and how they affect women. Uterine fibroids are the most common type of pelvic tumor found in women. Although they are almost always benign (non-cancerous), they can still negatively affect a woman's health if not properly diagnosed and treated.

It can be challenging to detect the true cause of fibroids, but experts acknowledge that there is a strong association between changes in hormone levels and the development of fibroids. This is especially true for pregnant women. In some cases, a woman may have a genetic disposition to developing uterine fibroids based on a family history. Although up to 80% of women may experience uterine fibroids by the age of 50, many do not have any symptoms. Women with symptoms may experience irregular menstrual bleeding (including very heavy periods), pain or bloating in the pelvic area, increased menstrual cramping, and pain during sex. Fibroids can also cause potential fertility issues in some cases.

In the following video, our own Dr. Kristine Gould is joined by Dr. John Lipman of the Atlanta Fibroid Center to discuss fibroids in detail as well as the many ways they can affect women’s reproductive health:

 

 

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, our reproductive healthcare providers have the knowledge and experience to diagnose and treat uterine fibroids. Depending on a woman’s needs and preferences, fibroids can be treated with medications, minimally-invasive procedures, or surgery. For more information on fibroids including all the details on potential treatment options, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And don’t forget to ask about our full-service medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics.

 

Although it may not be as commonly known as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is in fact one of the most common reproductive health concerns facing women. According to data from the US Department of Health & Human Services, PCOS affects 1 in every 10 women of childbearing age. In the spirit of patient education, the reproductive healthcare experts here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett wanted to share a few important facts about PCOS that we believe all women should be aware of.

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Fact #1: Women with PCOS can still become pregnant.

PCOS is a very common cause of infertility in women. This is due to a hormonal imbalance that can interfere with the ovulation process. However, women with PCOS can become pregnant, oftentimes without seeking medical attention. Women with PCOS who are having a difficult time becoming pregnant may benefit from treatments including medications that can help induce ovulation or in vitro fertilization (or IVF).

Fact #2: PCOS is linked to other health problems in women.

In addition to infertility, PCOS can increase women's risk of developing potentially serious health concerns. Most notably diabetes, as it is estimated that over half of all women with PCOS develop type 2 diabetes by age 40. This includes gestational diabetes in pregnant women. PCOS can also significantly increase a woman’s chances of experiencing high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which can potentially lead to heart disease and stroke. There is also a link between PCOS and mental health issues including depression and anxiety.

Fact #3: Losing weight can help reduce the effects of PCOS.

Moderate weight loss can help lower blood glucose levels, improve the way the body uses insulin, and regulate hormones. Maintaining a healthy, stable body weight can also help make menstrual cycles more regular and lower women’s risk of experiencing fertility issues associated with PCOS.

The board-certified gynecologists here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett have many years of experience diagnosing and treating women with PCOS. We understand that every woman has different needs and preferences, so we take the time to fully discuss their situation and help establish an individualized treatment plan that is most beneficial for them. If you would like more information about PCOS or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news, tips, and more.

 

 

Endometriosis affects roughly one out of every ten women in the US, making it one of the most common reproductive health conditions in women. Despite how common it is, endometriosis remains a bit of a mystery. This is why our board-certified gynecologists here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett wanted to help clear the air on this complex and important subject. Continue reading below as our experts debunk some of the most common myths about endometriosis and how its effects.

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Myth #1: Endometriosis Does Not Affect Young Women

Although the condition is most common for women who are in their 30’s and 40’s, the reality is that endometriosis can develop as early as a girl’s first period. Some gynecologists may not consider a diagnosis of endometriosis when teenage girls and younger women report familiar endometriosis symptoms such as pelvic pain and or pain during menstruation. However, women in their late teens or early 20’s are not too young to have endometriosis.

Myth #2: Having Endometriosis Means You Won’t Need to Take Birth Control

This is absolutely false. While it’s true that endometriosis can be associated with fertility issues in some women, the truth is that this is only the case for between 30-40% of women with endometriosis. We strongly recommend for women who do not wish to become pregnant to continue using their preferred birth control method even after an endometriosis diagnosis.

Myth #3: Irregular Bleeding is Always a Sign of Endometriosis

While it’s true that irregular bleeding is one of the symptoms most commonly associated with endometriosis, there are other reproductive health conditions that can also lead to abnormal menstruation. This includes polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), uterine fibroids, and pelvic inflammatory disease. It’s very important to be proactive after detecting irregular bleeding patterns and to get a timely diagnosis and begin potential treatment (if necessary) as soon as possible.

Knowledge is a very powerful tool in the fight for reproductive wellness. For women who do experience endometriosis, we offer a wide variety of treatment options including medications and surgical treatments to help ease your symptoms and get you back to feeling your very best. For more information on endometriosis or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare experts today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And don’t forget to ask about our full-service medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics.

 

 

 

 

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