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Menopause can affect a woman in many ways. Hormonal changes that the body experiences can have a profound impact on a woman’s health and wellness. And this applies to more than just reproductive health. Osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to lose density and become more fragile, is very common for women, especially those who have already transitioned into menopause. So in honor of National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month this May, the reproductive healthcare experts here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett wanted to discuss osteoporosis and provide some tips on how it can potentially be prevented.

Like any other health concern, taking steps to prevent osteoporosis before it occurs can pay massive dividends. We recommend the following osteoporosis prevention tips:

  • Consume nutrients that are beneficial to bone health including calcium, healthy proteins, and vitamin D.
  • Spending time in the sun every day, even just 15 minutes, can help increase vitamin D levels, though make sure to protect the skin with broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen.
  • Exercise daily to strengthen bones and muscles, while helping to maintain a stable, healthy body weight that is good for bone health.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, as nicotine and alcohol can both harm the bones and contribute to additional bone loss.
  • Be aware of osteoporosis risk factors and make a point to bring up bone health during any annual check-up appointment.

For women who have already developed this condition, there are several helpful treatment options for osteoporosis available. This includes nutrient supplements, prescription medications, hormone replacement therapy, physical therapy, and more. Our reproductive healthcare experts work hard to develop treatment plans that best fit the needs and preferences of our patients.

Women who have transitioned into menopause, or those that are in the process, are strongly recommended to check up on the health and wellness of their bones. Taking a bone mineral density (BMD) test can be highly beneficial. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kristine Gould or one of our other providers today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Don’t forget to follow along with us on Facebook and our medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.

woman-suffers-incontinenceUrinary incontinence is a very common reproductive health concern for women of all ages. And while there are several different types of urinary incontinence, stress urinary incontinence is by far the most common. Stress urinary incontinence causes unwanted urine leakage from the bladder as a result of mild physical activities like laughing, sneezing, coughing, or exercising. Since patient education is so important to us here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we wanted to present a few helpful facts about stress urinary incontinence to help women better understand this condition.

  • Roughly 1 in every 3 women will experience stress urinary incontinence at some point in their lives.
  • This includes 1 in every 2 women aged 65 and up.
  • Over 50% of women with stress urinary incontinence also have urge incontinence, otherwise known as an overactive bladder.
  • Women with more mild cases may only experience urine leakage during strenuous physical activity like working out.
  • In more moderate or severe cases, urine leakage can occur during normal daily activities like standing up or bending over.
  • Stress urinary incontinence is often caused by a stretching, weakening, or damaging of the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder and urethra.
  • This can happen as a result of pregnancy and childbirth, as well as chronic coughing, certain nerve injuries, and other health issues.
  • Certain lifestyle factors like being overweight and smoking can increase a woman’s risk of developing stress urinary incontinence.

While it can be extremely difficult to deal with, the good news is that stress urinary incontinence can be effectively managed and treated. Potential treatment options include medication, pelvic floor therapy, FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments, and more. Our experts always begin by working with our patients to pinpoint the underlying cause of incontinence symptoms. For more information or to schedule an 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.

The reproductive healthcare professionals here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett know that certain conditions we treat can be complicated and difficult to understand. That’s why communication is such a crucial aspect to every patient we see in our practice. We pride ourselves on not only treating common reproductive health concerns for women, but also making sure our patients feel informed and confident through every step of the treatment process. In the spirit of education, board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Kristine Gould, was happy to answer a few questions pertaining to the women’s health and wellness services we perform.

Question #1: Will anesthesia be administered before a labiaplasty procedure?

Yes, labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that requires the use of an anesthetic. Depending on the patient’s needs and preferences, as well as the opinion of the gynecologist performing the procedure, labiaplasty can be performed using either a local anesthetic or general anesthesia. This is a subject that will be discussed during the pre-surgery consultation appointment.

Question #2: What are the most common causes of pelvic organ prolapse?

 In many cases, a pelvic organ prolapse occurs as a result of pregnancy and vaginal childbirth. During this time, the muscles that support the pelvic floor may begin to weaken, leading to an eventual prolapse. However, there are other potential causes of pelvic support issues. This includes transitioning into menopause, natural aging, being overweight, and physical strain related to heavy lifting.

Question #3: When determining if a vaginal discharge is abnormal, what should I look out for?

Experiencing a vaginal discharge is not always a sign that anything is wrong. However, there are certain warning signs to keep an eye on. For instance, vaginal discharge that is bloody or has a brownish color could potentially be a sign of certain gynecological cancers. Additionally, a vaginal discharge that is cloudy and yellow, pink, frothy, or has a usual odor may be a sign of a bacterial or yeast infection or a more pressing concern.

We hope that everyone reading found these questions and answers informative and reassuring. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kristine Gould or one of our other providers today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Don’t forget to follow along with us on Facebook and our medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.

At Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we feel it is important and often helpful for us to be able to offer our patients multiple options for addressing their reproductive health concerns. Like many other wellness treatments that we offer, endometrial ablation can be performed using different techniques and methods. This procedure is often used to assist women who experience irregular or especially heavy menstrual bleeding. Today, we wanted to focus on endometrial ablation with Minerva and the unique benefits this treatment method can provide our patients.

The Minerva system is a non-invasive procedure. Instead of utilizing incisions and surgical techniques, Minerva endometrial ablation applies focused heat energy to the endometrial tissue. Once the treatment has begun, Minerva allows our board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Kristine Gould, to deliver this energy to the endometrium using three different methods that include ionized argon gas, radiofrequency energy, and heated fluid to better treat the specific needs of each unique procedure. This customizability and flexibility is part of what has made the Minerva system such a success with women in recent years.

Check out the video below for more in-depth details on Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, which can be treated with Minerva endometrial ablation:

It’s important to remember that endometrial ablation is only an option for women who are not interested in becoming pregnant in the future. If you experience irregular menstruation and think that you might be a good candidate for endometrial ablation, we highly recommend reaching out to your board-certified gynecologist to set up a consultation appointment. Please don’t hesitate to contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett to set up an appointment with Dr. Kristine Gould today. You can also follow along with us on Facebook for additional health tips and news, as well as our medical spa, MadEmEL Medical Aesthetics, on Facebook and Instagram too.

Experiencing irregular menstrual bleeding is quite common. Periods that are especially heavy, or last longer than normal, happen and are not necessarily a cause for concern. However, if this abnormal menstruation persists over time, it could be a sign of a reproductive health issue, and even lead to other health concerns like anemia if not properly treated. At our practice, board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Kristine Gould performs endometrial ablation procedures to help women who experience excessive menstrual blood loss. In order to assist women who might benefit from undergoing this procedure, we wanted to discuss what makes someone a good candidate for endometrial ablation.

During an endometrial ablation, a thin layer of tissue that lines the uterus (known as the endometrium) is removed. The procedure can be performed using heat, cold, or different types of energy depending on each woman’s specific needs and preferences. Endometrial ablation is a non-surgical (non-invasive) procedure and recovery afterward is typically fairly simple and straightforward.

Good candidates for endometrial ablation include women who experience persistent abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding. This means bleeding that is heavy enough to soak a pad or tampon in two hours or less, bleeding that lasts longer than eight days, and bleeding so heavy that blood loss is considered excessive and creates the risk of developing anemia. It’s also important to note that endometrial ablation is not an option for women who plan to have children in the future.

While there are other treatments available for women who experience irregular menstrual bleeding, we have had incredible success with endometrial ablation at our practice over the years. Our providers are able to perform endometrial ablation using two different methods to better satisfy our patients. If you think you might be a good candidate for this procedure, we highly recommend contacting Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett to set up an appointment with Dr. Kristine Gould. You can also follow along with us on Facebook for additional health tips and news, as well as our medical spa, MadEmEL Medical Aesthetics, on Facebook and Instagram too.

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