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Welcome back to our ongoing Ask the Gynecologists series, where we take some time to answer questions that we receive from women about common reproductive health concerns and how they can be treated. We take pride in our ability to educate our readers on issues they may be concerned with in an effort to alleviate any anxiety about certain gynecological conditions or treatments. So with this in mind, this month we have decided to focus on endometrial ablation, birth control, and yeast infections.

KGQuestion #1: Will my periods be affected by undergoing an endometrial ablation procedure?

Endometrial ablations are meant to decrease and/or stop menstrual periods. We use the Minerva system for endometrial ablation procedures in our office which boasts an amenorrhea (or no bleeding) rate of up to 70%. Between 85 - 95% of women are satisfied with the results of their procedure including significantly reduced bleeding.

Question #2: Is it true that birth control pills can lower my risk of ovarian cancer?

This is a fact. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women, so it makes sense to be proactive when it comes to prevention. In addition to working as a contraceptive, taking birth control pills can help lower your risk of developing ovarian cancer according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. It’s also true that the longer you take the pill, the more your ovarian cancer risk will decline as the years go on.

Question #3: How can I prevent the occurrence of yeast infections?

There are several things you can do to help prevent yeast infections including keeping your vaginal area clean by using mild, unscented soaps that won’t cause irritation. When using the restroom, we recommend wiping from front to back to avoid spreading yeast or other bacteria towards the vagina or urinary tract. Try to wear loose, breathable clothing and change out of any wet clothing or bathing suits as soon as possible. We also suggest reducing your sugar intake, as high sugar levels can help promote yeast production in the body.

We hope you found these answers informative and helpful. If you have any questions of your own, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers. For more information or to schedule an appointment today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and details on our new medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics.

Menopause is complicated. The truth is that it can affect every woman differently. The specific symptoms, as well as their severity, that a woman experiences during her transition into menopause and after its completion can vary drastically from person to person. This is why we feel it is so important for women to understand what menopause may entail in order to properly adjust to their transition.

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There are several symptoms commonly associated with menopause including hot flashes, erratic moods, vaginal dryness, and decreased sex drive. However, the effects of menopause can be far more wide-reaching than this for some women. That’s why our reproductive healthcare providers wanted to take some time to detail a few of the less common menopause symptoms that women should be aware of. 

Heart Disease

Women who have already gone through menopause can have a higher risk of heart disease and blood vessel issues. During menopause, a woman’s body stops naturally producing the hormone estrogen. Depleted estrogen levels can increase a woman’s risk for developing conditions commonly associated with heart disease like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. We recommend eating healthy, exercising regularly, and being proactive when it comes to heart health. 

Urinary Tract Infections

Menopause can also lead to an increased risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) for some women. During menopause, many women experience a weakening of the vaginal walls and a thinning of the urethra that may allow bacteria to more easily reach the bladder. This lingering bacteria is a common cause of UTIs. In the case of a UTI, a course of oral antibiotics can be an effective treatment.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis can also occur as a result of menopause. Low estrogen can also trigger a period of bone loss in many women, especially during the perimenopausal and menopausal periods. The longer a woman’s estrogen levels are depleted, the more bone mass she may lose. This is why women who experience early menopause are often especially susceptible to osteoporosis. Thankfully, there are measures women can take to keep their bones healthy and strong as they enter menopause including exercising regularly and eating a diet rich in nutrients like calcium and vitamin D.

We understand that menopause is a complex issue and many readers may have additional questions of their own. If this is the case, please don’t hesitate to contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare experts today. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, updates, and more. Also, ask us about our new medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics.

We are incredibly excited to announce the upcoming launch of our brand new full-service medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics. Our reproductive healthcare providers have always felt that beauty, skin care, and helping people feel great about their appearance are critical components of overall wellness. Unlike other local med spas, MadEmEl provides the professionalism, care, and discretion that Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett is known for. MadEmEl will help bring us even closer to becoming a source of health and wellness services for our patients in the metro Atlanta area. To help celebrate the birth of MadEmEl, we will be hosting a Grand Opening Open House Event!

MadEmEl OH Flyer October 2019 WEBThe event will be held on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 from 12pm to 6pm at the MadEmEl office located at 601 Professional Drive (Suite 315) in Lawrenceville. Our hope is that the Open House will allow us to properly introduce MadEmEl to the Gwinnett community. We will be offering outstanding discounts (30% OFF) on our entire line of cosmetic treatments and services and skin care products. This includes cosmetic injectable treatments such as Botox® and facial fillers, CoolSculpting® Non-Surgical Fat Reduction, cosmetic laser services, and so much more!

To help make the event extra special, we will also be providing complimentary consultations with our experienced and licensed skin care experts, treatment demonstrations, and chances to meet with representatives from top cosmetic brands. There will be opportunities to win free cosmetic treatments including CoolSculpting® Non-Surgical Fat Reduction, Botox® Cosmetic Injections, HydraFacial treatments, and Lumenis® Cosmetic Laser services. Hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and cocktails will be provided as an extra special treat for our guests in attendance.

Our hope is that this Grand Opening Open House will be the first step in establishing a long-term bond with the entire Gwinnett community. It means so much to us to have the opportunity to meet so many new faces and see plenty of our existing patients too. This event is FREE to attend. We highly recommend RSVP’ing to secure your spot today! For more information on MadEmEl or to RSVP for the Grand Opening Open House event, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Breast cancer poses a potential threat to women of all ages. Like any other form of cancer, breast cancer is most treatable when it is discovered early, and treatment begins before the cancer has grown or spread. This is why keeping up with annual breast exams and screenings is so important. We understand that breast screening appointments can be uncomfortable for many women, especially younger women who are just beginning to have their breasts examined. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our board-certified gynecologists wanted to answer a few common questions about what women can expect during a breast exam.

Ask the Gynecologists Common Questions About Breast ExamsQuestion #1: What happens during a clinical breast exam?

During a clinical breast exam, one of our healthcare providers physically and visually examines the breasts to look for any potential irregularities. This may include any changes in size or shape, as well as lumps, dimples, redness, or leakage that may have appeared since the last time the breasts were examined.

Question #2: How will my breast exams change as I age?

A clinical breast exam will always be part of an annual breast exam, but starting at age 40, we highly recommend for women to begin undergoing annual screening mammograms as well. Some women may be recommended to begin mammograms sooner if they have a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors. A mammogram uses x-rays to screen for suspicious areas within the breast tissue. During the mammogram, the breast is exposed to a small dose of ionizing radiation that helps produce an image of the breast tissue. Unlike clinical breast exams, mammograms can help us detect lumps and other potential abnormalities before they can be seen or felt. Mammograms are recommended until a woman reaches 75-years of age.

Question #3: What can I do between annual breast exams to help protect myself from breast cancer?

Breast self-exams are an integral part of detecting potential signs of breast cancer early. Self-exams involve a woman regularly feeling her breasts for lumps, tumors, cysts, or anything else irregular. It’s best to do this monthly in order to be aware of any recent changes. Our gynecologists recommend for women to wait a few days after they have completed their most recent menstrual cycle, as hormonal changes that occur during a period can affect the size and feel of the breasts.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, breast exams are part of all annual well woman exams. We understand that it may be impossible to prevent breast cancer from occurring for some women. However, there is incredible value in being proactive and keeping up with your breast exams and screenings in order to promote the best possible long-term health and wellness. To schedule a screening appointment today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Sexual intercourse is supposed to be a healthy and pleasurable experience. However, this may not be the case for women who experience vaginismus. Vaginismus is a unique health condition that causes the muscles in the vagina to involuntarily contract in response to any form of vaginal penetration. Since vaginismus is a rarely discussed and somewhat mysterious subject, our board-certified gynecologists wanted to shed some light on the matter by explaining how different types of vaginismus can affect women differently.

What are the Different Types of VaginismusPrimary Vaginismus

Primary vaginismus describes women who have always experienced their vaginismus symptoms. This means that the woman has never been able to tolerate any form of vaginal penetration without issue.

Secondary Vaginismus

In some cases, women who have previously enjoyed vaginal penetration without any issues can develop vaginismus symptoms. This is known as secondary vaginismus. Although every case is different, secondary vaginismus can originate as a result of childbirth, a specific traumatic event, or certain vaginal infections.

Global Vaginismus

Global vaginismus refers to women whose vaginismus symptoms occur during any and all forms of vaginal penetration. This can occur during sex, while trying to insert a tampon, or during routine gynecological exams.

Situational Vaginismus

Having situation vaginismus means that a woman may experience her symptoms during some types of vaginal penetration, but not during others. For example, a woman’s vaginismus may be triggered during sex, but not when she tries to insert a tampon. Vaginismus is a unique condition that may affect every woman differently.

We understand that vaginismus can be incredibly stressful. That’s why we offer a wide range of potential treatment options depending on each individual woman’s symptoms and needs. For more information on vaginismus or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news, tips, and more.

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