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green-ribbon-in-handSeptember is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the US. With this in mind, we thought now would be a great time to discuss one of the most common reproductive cancers in women. Unlike other types of gynecological cancer such as cervical cancer, there is no defined method of screening for ovarian cancer. In many cases, ovarian cancer may take a long time to detect or diagnose due to a lack of noticeable symptoms. This is why we wanted to take some time today to discuss the prevalence of ovarian cancer to help women understand their potential risk.

Basic Statistics:

  • The American Cancer Society estimates that over 21,400 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in the US each year.
  • There are currently over 235,000 women in the US that are currently living with ovarian cancer.
  • The rate of new cases of ovarian cancer is roughly 10.9 per every 100,000 women each year.
  • Every woman has roughly a 1.2% chance of developing ovarian cancer during the course of her lifetime.

Trends:

  • Both the number of annual cases diagnosed and deaths related to ovarian cancer have steadily declined since the mid-1980s.
  • When adjusting for age, development rates for new ovarian cancer cases have been declining on average 3.3% each year since 2009.

Survival Rates:

  • The 5-year survival rate for women with ovarian cancer is just under 50%.
  • However, this is significantly higher for women who receive a diagnosis before their cancer has metastasized.
  • For example, the 5-year survival rate in cases where the cancer is localized (has not spread) is over 92%.
  • The 5-year survival rate in cases where the cancer is regional (only spread to regional lymph nodes) is about 75%.

This is why it’s so important to visit with a board-certified gynecologist yearly and take a proactive approach to discussing your ovarian health. Like any other reproductive health concern, the sooner ovarian cancer is detected, the more effectively it can be treated. For more information or to schedule an appointment for an annual well woman exam, 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.

 Hot flashes are an all too common concern for many women. According to research conducted by the North American Menopause Society, 75% of women experience hot flashes while transitioning into menopause. Arguably the most common symptom associated with menopause, hot flashes cause a sudden, discomforting feeling of heat, as well as facial flushing, redness, and sweating. Although they’re not completely preventable, we wanted to take some time to discuss what women can do to manage their hot flashes.

  • There are several lifestyle adjustments that can be made to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes. We strongly recommend for women to avoid smoking (and other nicotine products) and abusing alcohol.
  • Altering eating and drinking habits can also help minimize the effects of hot flashes. Specifically, cutting back on caffeine and certain foods that trigger hot flashes can be extremely beneficial. This includes overly spicy foods and processed foods (especially those high in fat and salt). A healthy diet rich in whole grains, lean proteins, and fresh fruits and vegetables can help reduce hot flashes.
  • Prioritize comfort. Feeling confined or restricted can also lead to an occurrence of hot flashes. We recommend wearing looser, more comfortable clothing when possible. Keeping the home cool and comfortable, especially at night closer to bedtime, can also be very helpful for preventing night sweats.

While we know these tips will be effective for many women, some may experience more severe hot flashes that will require medical treatment in order to find relief. We provide a number of highly effective treatments for hot flashes including hormone replacement therapies (HRT) that can help by regulating a woman’s hormone levels during her transition into menopause. We offer non-hormonal treatment options that can also help. 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. Don’t forget to check out our full-service med spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics on Instagram.

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 an 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 a pelvic organ prolapse?

In some cases, a 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 schedule 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.

Infertility, or the inability to become pregnant, is very common. The Centers for disease control (CDC) estimate that roughly 10% of all women in the US between the ages of 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. Like any other health issue, reproductive or otherwise, treatment and prevention involve understanding the root cause of fertility issues. That’s why we wanted to take some time to discuss the leading causes of female infertility.

Damage To The Fallopian Tubes

Damage to the Fallopian tubes can cause infertility in women. The fallopian tubes allow the eggs to travel safely from the ovaries to the uterus. In cases where they become damaged or blocked, the sperm may be unable to reach the egg or the fertilized egg may be unable to reach the uterus. Certain medical conditions including pelvic Inflammatory disease, endometriosis, a chronic illness, or certain birth defects can cause damage to the fallopian tubes.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of fertility issues in women. The condition occurs when tissue that normally grows in the uterus implants and extends to other locations in a woman’s reproductive system. In some cases, this excess tissue, as well as the surgery to remove it, can lead to scarring which may block the fallopian tubes and cause difficulty in becoming pregnant. Endometriosis can also possibly affect fertility by disrupting the lining of the uterus or damaging the sperm or egg.

Issues Related to Ovulation

Certain disorders that affect the frequency of ovulation account for about 1 in 4 cases of infertility in women. These ovulation issues can be caused by flaws in the regulation of reproductive hormones or by problems found within the ovary itself. Some common causes for these ovulation disorders include hormone imbalances, eating disorders, abuse of drugs or alcohol, weight fluctuation, and being overly stressed. This can also include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), premature ovarian failure, or issues related to the pituitary gland.

While we do specialize in detecting and treating fertility issues in women, regular appointments with a board-certified gynecologist or nurse practitioner are still the most helpful way to promote the best possible reproductive health. For more information on female infertility or to schedule an appointment, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. 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. 

Over the years, endometrial ablation has become a fairly common procedure for women who experience irregular menstrual bleeding. It can be particularly helpful in cases where periods are especially heavy or long, leading to excessive blood loss and even anemia in some cases. While we normally field many questions about the recovery period following procedures like endometrial ablation, preparing beforehand is just as important. That’s why we wanted to discuss what you should do while preparing for endometrial ablation.

The first and most important step in preparing for endometrial ablation is selecting the right doctor to perform your procedure. Anyone considered should be a board-certified gynecologist with considerable experience performing endometrial ablations. Once this selection has been made, a thorough consultation appointment must take place. During this appointment, your gynecologist will discuss your procedure options, medical history, symptoms, and more to determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs.

In the weeks leading up to endometrial ablation, there are steps that must be taken to ensure that you are a candidate to safely undergo the procedure. This includes performing a pregnancy check to confirm you are not pregnant, as an endometrial ablation cannot be performed in this scenario. A cancer screening to detect potential gynecological cancers in the cervix or uterus. If you have an intrauterine device (IUD) it must be removed before an ablation can be performed. In some cases, you may be prescribed medication in the weeks leading up to an endometrial ablation to help thin the uterine lining.

Don’t forget to prepare for your recovery as well. Even if recovery after endometrial ablation is typically simple, making arrangements for after your surgery is still very important. For instance, you will need to arrange a ride to and from the endometrial ablation procedure as well as any potential days you will need away from work and other normal daily responsibilities. Make sure to have the prescriptions you’ll need filled and prepare a comfortable place to rest and recuperate. You should be aware of potential side effects after the procedure including cramping, nausea, frequent urination, and a watery, bloody discharge that can last for a few days.

The safety and satisfaction of the women we treat are always our highest priority. When performed by our board-certified gynecologist, endometrial ablation can be a legitimately life-changing procedure for women who experience irregular menstrual bleeding. For more information or to schedule an appointment today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more information, tips, news and details on our upcoming health and wellness events. Our full-service medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics is also on Instagram.

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