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Pelvic floor dysfunction, a condition where the pelvic muscles are unable to relax or function as they should, can take many forms. The pelvis houses several vital reproductive organs including the vagina, bladder, uterus, and rectum. When the muscles of these pelvic organs are weakened, this can result in a wide range of reproductive health issues including urinary incontinence, pain during sex, and constipation. Pelvic floor therapy utilizes a regimen of exercises (specifically tailored to the needs of each patient) that are designed to encourage relaxation and strengthening of the muscles in the pelvic area. We wanted to take a moment to discuss pelvic floor therapy and how it can help women who experience pelvic floor dysfunction.

Pelvic Floor Therapy Can help women following pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancy and giving birth are among the leading causes of pelvic floor dysfunction in women. The pelvic floor muscles and tissues can become strained, especially in cases of long or difficult labor. Pelvic floor therapy can often provide considerable relief to women following pregnancy.

Pelvic Floor Therapy Cannot effectively treat female concerns that do not result from pelvic floor dysfunction. For instance, a woman may experience pain during sex as a result of other reproductive health issues like endometriosis or vaginal dryness. It’s important to understand the root cause of these symptoms in order to most successfully treat them.

Pelvic Floor Therapy Can increase sex drive in women. For some women, a consistent lack of sexual urge can develop over time as sex becomes unsatisfying, uncomfortable, or even painful. Pelvic floor therapy can help by relaxing the pelvic floor muscles and relieving the tension that many women experience during intercourse.


Pelvic Floor Therapy Can assist women in reducing symptoms after transitioning into menopause. It’s common for pelvic floor dysfunction to occur after menopause due to hormone changes that a woman experiences. Pelvic floor therapy can relieve common symptoms and even help prevent potentially more serious conditions like pelvic organ prolapse.

When performed by the experts, pelvic floor therapy can be incredibly beneficial for women of all ages. While we understand that it can seem difficult or embarrassing to discuss these topics, reaching out to your reproductive healthcare provider is the first step towards reproductive health and wellness. For more information, to schedule an appointment for pelvic floor therapy, or to consult with our board-certified gynecologist or another of our licensed providers, please don’t hesitate to contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow along with us on Facebook and our medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.

Maintaining a healthy bladder is a critical component of reproductive health and wellness. Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we have considerable experience helping our patients diagnose and treat several of the most common bladder issues for women. In honor of Bladder Health Awareness Month this November, we wanted to discuss a few of the more common bladder health concerns we diagnose and treat, and offer some tips on how women can potentially avoid them.

For many women, a urinary tract infection (UTI) is the first thing that comes to mind when considering bladder health. That’s because UTIs are so common. These infections occur when bacteria enters and grows inside part of the urinary tract (which includes the urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys). They can occur as a result of vaginal intercourse, holding in pee for too long, taking certain forms of birth control, and using some types of feminine products.

Urinary incontinence is another of the main bladder issues for women to be aware of. This condition affects women who experience unwanted and uncontrollable urine leakage. It’s important for women to know that there are different types of urinary incontinence that can be triggered in different ways. For instance, stress urinary incontinence causes an involuntary loss of urine after or during mild physical activities like laughing, sneezing, or exercising. Whereas overflow incontinence can affect women who are unable to fully empty their bladder during urination or mixed incontinence which can combine multiple different symptoms of other types of urinary incontinence.

We recommend the following tips to help women promote good bladder health:

  • Exercise regularly to help maintain a healthy body weight and reduce fluid retention that can lead to incontinence symptoms.
  • Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help effectively flush the system of unhealthy bacteria that lead to infections like UTIs. However, drinking too much (especially at night) can potentially trigger incontinence symptoms, so keep tabs on your intake and adjust if necessary.
  • Make an effort to empty the bladder completely during urination.
  • Performing Kegel exercises routinely can help strengthen the pelvic muscles and potentially ease urinary incontinence.
  • Keep a bladder diary and note any trends that may be able to help a healthcare provider diagnose any potential bladder issues.

Thankfully, these bladder conditions can be effectively treated. For more information on what you can do to promote a healthy bladder or to schedule a gynecology consultation appointment, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow along with us on Facebook for additional news, health tips, and much more. And check out our full-service med spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics on Instagram.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, educating our patients about common reproductive healthcare concerns and the services we provide is an essential part of our work. While we understand that gynecological visits can be a source of anxiety for some women, communicating clearly and building a level of trust with our patients can go a long way towards easing these tensions. This is why our board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Kristine Gould has taken time to answer a few commonly asked questions on a variety of topics pertaining to women’s health including irregular bleeding, urinary incontinence, and yeast infections.

 Question #1: How is irregular bleeding diagnosed?

 The first step in diagnosing irregular menstrual bleeding is discussing your medical history (including any irregularities with your cycle) with a board-certified gynecologist or another reproductive healthcare provider. We strongly recommend keeping track of your menstrual cycle before your visit, noting the dates, length of period, and how heavy or light your bleeding is. Next is a physical exam. In some cases, we may perform tests to detect irregular hormone levels, as well as the possibility of any blood disorders or sexually transmitted infections (STI).

 Question #2: Is there a connection between body weight and urinary incontinence?

It’s a fact that being overweight can increase a woman’s risk of experiencing urinary incontinence. Carrying excess weight puts added pressure on the bladder, which over time can lead to a weakening of the bladder muscles. According to experts at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), losing even a small amount of weight can significantly decrease a woman’s chances of developing incontinence issues.

Question #3: How long does it take to treat a yeast infection?

Once diagnosed, a yeast infection can typically be treated effectively with either a pill that is taken orally or a topical cream that is applied to the vaginal area (or both). Depending on the severity of the infection, as well as other factors specific to each patient, a yeast infection can be treated and cured in seven days or less. However, every patient is different and the exact timetable can vary.

We hope that everyone reading found these questions and answers helpful, informative, and reassuring. For more information on the services we provide or to schedule an appointment, 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.

As a woman, you want to feel comfortable and confident with your body, and that doesn’t only include your face and your figure. If you have discomforts or insecurities about your vulva or vagina, it can truly weigh on your sense of confidence and ease. Our board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould treats women every day who have these struggles.

Fortunately, there are ways to rejuvenate and enhance your genital area to make you feel more content in your womanhood and to address related issues like urinary incontinence and sexual discomfort. Depending on your top concerns, Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett offers two effective procedures: laser vaginal rejuvenation and labiaplasty.

Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation

Your vagina and other female reproductive areas change over time in several ways. You might develop vaginal laxity or vaginal dryness, for example. You might also begin to have urinary incontinence like leaking when you cough, or you may have pain or bleeding during sex. These changes often happen as your body’s estrogen levels decrease during menopause, but they can appear at other times of life as well.

Whatever the reason, laser vaginal rejuvenation with FemTouch™ is a non-invasive and gentle yet powerful way to treat all those issues at the same time. During this quick and simple treatment, our board-certified gynecologist uses a specialized laser wand to clear away damaged tissue and stimulate natural growth of revitalized tissue inside your vagina. Not only does this give you strong, rejuvenated vaginal tissue but it increases the blood flow that nourishes your vagina, all leading to more natural vaginal hydration and urinary control.

Laser vaginal rejuvenation is a highly convenient way to empower your vaginal health and comfort. The procedure is quick, and we perform it right in our office. There’s no downtime required other than avoiding sexual activity for about a week. Most patients will get optimal results within two to four treatment sessions, although your course of treatment will be customized to meet your specific needs.

Labiaplasty

While laser vaginal rejuvenation is designed to treat your internal genitals, labiaplasty is a procedure designed for a particular part of your external genitals: your labia minora, or the “ruffled edge” of tissue around the outside of your vagina.

Some women have naturally larger labia than others. The labia can also become enlarged due to childbirth or aging. Regardless of the reason, larger labia minora don’t align as well with the labia majora (the outer flap-like skin that lays on top of your vulva). This can make certain activities difficult, like some types of exercise and sexual activity. It can also make it uncomfortable for you to wear certain form-fitting clothes like yoga pants and swimsuits, and it can even increase your risk of urinary tract infections.

These are issues that affect a large number of women, which is why labiaplasty surgery has become increasingly popular. During a labiaplasty, board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould safely and precisely reshapes your labia minora to be smaller and better aligned with your labia majora.

At our medical spa, MadEmEl Medial Aesthetics, we also offer a nonsurgical option for improving the appearance of your labia. Our nurse practitioner provides precise dermal filler injections to reduce labial wrinkles and give your labia a more youthful look.

Taking Control of Your Feminine Confidence

Feeling comfortable in your own skin goes a long way in life, from putting a smile on your face on a daily basis to allowing you to approach your career, relationships, and social situations with more ease. If self-consciousness or physical discomfort from your vagina or labia is affecting you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kristine Gould. She’ll listen to your concerns and discuss the best way to give you the relief and the feminine rejuvenation you need. In the meantime, follow us on Facebook for more gynecological health tips.

Breast cancer is a serious health concern for women, however, it can often be treated successfully. Effectively treating breast cancer is often much easier when the cancer is detected while still in its smallest and earliest stages before it has been given the opportunity to spread. This is why keeping up with regular breast cancer screening appointments is so critical. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to discuss how women should prepare for an annual breast exam.

We agree with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' (ACOG) recommendation that all women should undergo an annual mammogram starting at age 40. This includes women who have undergone cosmetic breast procedures like breast enhancement surgery. Some women, including those with a family history of breast cancer or other factors that could potentially increase their breast cancer risk, may benefit from starting around age 35.

To help women get the most out of their breast cancer screenings, we have provided the following tips for how to prepare for the appointment:

  • If possible, go to the same practice for screening each year so that the results of previous exams can be easily accessed for the sake of comparison.
  • Avoid scheduling a mammogram during a time when the breasts are tender or swollen (like just before a menstrual period) to help reduce potential discomfort during screening.
  • Wear a comfortable two-piece outfit (not a dress) to the appointment.
  • Don’t apply deodorant or antiperspirant on the day of the breast exam, as some of these products contain substances that can show up on an x-ray and affect the result of the screening.

Our hope is that these tips will be able to help women feel more prepared and knowledgeable heading into their next breast cancer screening appointment. For more information or to schedule a gynecology consultation appointment, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook for additional news, health tips, and much more. And check out our full-service med spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics on Instagram.

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