If you’re a woman, you probably don’t need us to tell you how painful and challenging it can be to deal with menstrual cramping. Cramping is an incredibly common and natural part of menstruation. For some women, the pain is mild for a day or two. For others, cramping can be debilitating. Menstrual cramping is also sometimes associated with gynecological conditions like endometriosis and uterine fibroids. Although we offer treatments that can help women who experience severe menstrual cramping, there are things that can be done at home to help manage these symptoms as well.

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Heat can help ease menstrual cramping by helping the uterine muscles relax. We recommend applying a hot water bottle or a heating pad against the abdomen during periods of severe menstrual cramping. This can also help women who experience lower back pain during menstruation. Taking a warm bath may also be able to provide relief, although some women may prefer to avoid this if bleeding.

Light Exercise

We understand if exercising may be the last thing that many women feel like doing when they are cramping, but light exercise can be highly beneficial. Activities like walking, stretching, and yoga can help by releasing pain-relieving endorphins. However, more strenuous exercise like running or weight lifting may not be as helpful, so try to take it easy.

Dietary Changes

Making some simple dietary adjustments changes may also help reduce menstrual cramping. We recommend fatty fish like salmon that contain omega-3 fatty acids, as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean proteins, and whole grains. Dehydration can also trigger or exacerbate menstrual cramping, so make sure to drink plenty of water every day and cut back on too much salt intake.

Cramping is normal, but if your cramping is causing distress and having a negative effect on your quality of life, we recommend following these steps or reaching out the gynecological healthcare providers at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. We will work with you to assess your condition and find the most helpful treatment plan possible. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional reproductive healthcare tips, news, and more.

Every woman’s anatomy is different. Although we are made of the same genetic materials, it’s perfectly normal for variations to exist in the size or shape of certain features. This is nothing to be ashamed of. However, for some women, excess tissue within the labia minora, or the “ruffled edge” outside the vagina, can cause emotional distress and physical side effects for some women. Thankfully, labiaplasty can be an ideal solution for women who experience this issue.

What to Know Before Labiaplasty SurgeryWhen a woman has an overly large labia minora, this is often referred to as labial hypertrophy. Labiaplasty is a gynecological surgery procedure where excess tissue is removed in order to reduce the size of the labia and effectively treat labial hypertrophy. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), labiaplasty is one of the fastest growing plastic surgery procedures. Last year, 12,756 labiaplasty procedures were performed in the US, marking an 18% increase from the previous year and an incredible 53% increase since 2014.

Good candidates for labiaplasty include women who experience discomfort due to the size or shape of their labia minora. This can include women who feel physical discomfort or those who are self-conscious while wearing certain tight-fitting clothing or bathing suits due to their labial hypertrophy. Labiaplasty surgery can be performed in a variety of ways including removing tissue along a linear area, in a wedge shape along the lower edge, or as a central excision to preserve the natural free edge depending on each woman’s specific needs and preferences.

Recovery after labiaplasty surgery will depend on several factors including the specific details of the procedure and each woman’s unique ability to heal and recover. Generally speaking, many women are able to return to normal daily activities five to seven days following their labiaplasty. However, additional recovery time will be required before performing more strenuous physical activity including heavy lifting or sexual intercourse.

If you experience labial hypertrophy and think you may be a good candidate for labiaplasty, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with your board-certified gynecologist at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Our reproductive healthcare providers specialize in diagnosing gynecological concerns and guiding women towards the best-possible course of treatment for their needs. For more information or to schedule your appointment today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional reproductive healthcare tips for women.

Menopause can be a challenging experience for any woman, but it is especially difficult for women who experience premature menopause (otherwise known as premature ovarian failure). The average age that women in the US go through menopause is 52. Premature menopause describes when menopause occurs before the age of 40. It currently affects roughly 5% of all women in the US.

menopause womens wellness osteoporosis female health concerns gynecological healthIn addition to familiar menopause symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings, women who undergo premature menopause may have additional physical and emotional concerns to consider. For instance, since women who experience premature menopause will live longer with depleted estrogen levels that are associated with menopause, they may be more at risk for health conditions like osteoporosis and heart disease. Although many cases of premature menopause can occur without any one obvious cause, there are several factors that can greatly increase a woman’s chances of experiencing premature menopause:

  • Women with a family history of premature menopause, whether it be a mother, grandmother, sister, or any other relative can have a higher chance of undergoing premature menopause.
  • Surgery to remove the ovaries can lead to periods stopping, estrogen levels decreasing and sudden, strong menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes and decreased sex drive.
  • Smoking cigarettes can increase the risk of premature menopause and lead to even more severe menopause symptoms.
  • Undergoing cancer treatments like chemotherapy or radiation therapy can damage the ovaries and cause a halt in menstrual periods, as well as difficulty getting pregnant.
  • Certain health conditions and genetic mutations such as autoimmune diseases (including thyroid disease), HIV or AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, or missing chromosomes, can also contribute to premature menopause.
  • Gynecological health conditions like endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can potentially lead to premature menopause

It is especially important for women who have undergone premature menopause to be diligent and proactive in regard to their reproductive health and wellness. Our hope is that being aware of the prevalence of premature menopause and these risk factors can help women physically and emotionally prepare for the possibility of premature menopause. For more info on premature menopause, menopause, and help improving your symptoms, schedule an appointment with our gynecological healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips, news, updates, and details on our upcoming Health and Wellness events.

Fertility problems can be the cause of considerable strain within a relationship. If a woman is not able to get pregnant after trying for a full year (or six months if she is 35 or older), she may be experiencing issues related to female infertility. The same can be true for women who have the ability to become pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant. Our gynecological health providers understand that this is a serious subject for many women, so we wanted to share some questions and answers we have received regarding female infertility and how it can be treated.

Ask the Gynecologists Female InfertilityQuestion #1: How common is infertility for women?

Although it may not be very common to hear women discuss fertility issues due to the intimate nature of this concern, female infertility is actually very common and nothing to be ashamed of. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10% of women in the US between the ages of 15 - 44 experience difficulties getting or staying pregnant.

Question #2: What is ovulation induction and how can it help women with fertility problems?

Since many cases of female infertility (roughly 25%) occur due to issues related to ovulation, one of the most common treatment methods for female infertility involves the use of medication designed to induce ovulation. Ovulation induction can be used to help women facilitate natural conception or to increase the number of eggs that can be used in assisted reproductive technologies (ART). Some of the more common ART methods include in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection. Ovulation induction is administered by delivering a series of injections during specific times in a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Question #3: Are there things women can do at home to reduce their risk of experiencing female infertility?

Although some fertility problems result from gynecological conditions like endometriosis or hereditary factors that are out of a woman’s control, certain lifestyle habits can increase a woman’s chances of experiencing infertility. We recommend maintaining a stable, normal bodyweight, as woman who are underweight or overweight are statistically more likely to deal with infertility. Avoiding smoking, drinking alcohol, and limiting caffeine consumption can all help as well.

Although gaining knowledge on the subject can help women achieve a better understanding of fertility issues and how they can be prevented, regular appointments with a board-certified gynecologist are still the best way to make sure a woman is in the best-possible reproductive health. At Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we specialize in detecting and treating reproductive health conditions that can lead to infertility before they become an issue. For more information on female infertility or to schedule an appointment, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional news, tips, and more from the world of women’s health and wellness.

The annual well woman exam is the perfect time for women to reconnect with their gynecologist and establish a clear picture of the state of their overall reproductive health. But as a woman’s body and gynecological health changes as the years go on, so do the components of her annual exam. Although all well woman exams involve in-depth discussions on a variety of topics relating to a woman’s health and wellness, certain examinations and other components of the visit can fluctuate as a woman ages. To help explain what women can expect from their annual visit, our board-certified gynecologists have provided this outline for the components of a well woman exam for the following age ranges.

How Do Well Woman Exams Change As I AgeFemales Between Ages 14 - 18

Although it’s common for women not to begin their well woman exams until they have turned 18, we may recommend starting as young as age 14 in cases where there is a history of certain female health issues or underlying conditions not typically handled by a pediatrician. Additionally, if a woman has become sexually active before age 18, it may also be appropriate to begin well woman exams sooner. This may include a pelvic exam, tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) (sometimes referred to as sexually transmitted diseases), and a human papillomavirus (HPV) immunization.

Women Between Ages 19 - 39

For women between 19 - 39, a well woman exam might include an HPV immunization, however this is only available until age 26. In addition to a pelvic exam and other standard health screenings like testing cholesterol levels, thyroid function, and liver and kidney function, we typically begin screening for common cancers for women including annual clinical breast exams and Pap testing for cervical cancer during this timeframe.

Women Between Ages 40 - 64

It is during this age range when we typically begin to more closely monitor for symptoms of menopause. This can include testing bone density as there is a close association between menopause and osteoporosis. The American College of Obstetricians/Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends annual screening mammograms beginning at the age of 40.

Women Aged 65 Years & Over

Starting at age 65, clinical breast exams are still offered annually. Although some women may discontinue their pelvic exams at this age, we personally still strongly recommend including them as part of a well woman exam.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, our gynecological healthcare providers work hard to provide knowledge, guidance, and peace of mind during all well woman exams in our office. We pride ourselves on providing the patient care, professionalism, and discretion that every woman deserves. For more information or to schedule a well woman examination, contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news and more.

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