Blog

Despite the large number of women in the US affected by urinary incontinence, there still seems to be a bit of hesitation when it comes to discussing this condition. Thankfully, urinary incontinence is a treatable condition. Depending on a woman’s needs, we offer several possible treatment options.

How We Treat Urinary Incontinence at Gynecology Associates of GwinnettAt-Home Remedies

Some simple activities and lifestyle adjustments may be able to help treat urinary incontinence symptoms. Performing Kegel exercises can relieve both stress and urgency incontinence by strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor that control urination. Since carrying extra weight can put additional pressure on the bladder, getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet can also help. Cutting down on certain foods like chocolate and honey or beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or artificial sweeteners may also reduce symptoms of incontinence.

Medications

Urgency incontinence can be treated with certain medications. Anticholinergics like oxybutynin or tolterodine can help calm an overactive bladder. Similarly, Mirabegron can relax the bladder muscles and increase the amount of urine the bladder can hold, reducing the need to need for frequent urination. It’s important to be properly diagnosed before starting any new medication.

FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation

We have helped many women treat the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence with FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation. FemTouch™ can safely and effectively treat the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence by re-tightening the muscles that have become weak as a result of childbirth or natural aging. Since the treatment is non-surgical, no downtime is needed for recovery.

Behavioral Techniques

For women who may prefer to avoid medications or vaginal rejuvenation treatments, certain behavioral techniques like training the bladder to delay urination after getting the urge to go may be able to help. We recommend beginning with a short amount of time (just a few minutes) and gradually increasing it over time as the bladder gets more comfortable. Be careful not to overdo it. We can discuss an appropriate amount of time during an appointment. Other methods like scheduled bathroom trips (instead of waiting for the urge to go) can also help.

No woman should have to suffer through the inconvenience and anxiety of urinary incontinence. By highlighting a variety of treatment options, our hope is to offer a potential solution to every woman regardless of her treatment preference or what type of incontinence they experience. For more information on urinary incontinence or to schedule an appointment with one of our gynecological healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Please follow along with us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips, news, and updates on our upcoming Health & Wellness events.

Irregular menstrual bleeding is among the most common gynecological concerns. Irregular bleeding (whether it is especially light, heavy, or happening at unpredictable times) can be caused by a number of factors. While the primary cause of irregular bleeding is caused by changes in hormone levels, these hormone shifts can occur for many different reasons. That’s why the gynecological healthcare providers here at Gynecology Associates wanted to provide some helpful information about the potential causes of irregular bleeding.

Ask the Gynecologists What Causes Irregular BleedingQuestion #1: Is it true that simple lifestyle adjustments can help prevent the occurence of irregular bleeding?

This is true. While it can be a symptom of an underlying health condition, for most women, irregular menstrual bleeding is simply caused by certain habits or lifestyle choices that can be addressed. Too much stress is a common cause of irregular bleeding. Additionally, working out too much, being overweight, and travel can lead to irregular bleeding.

Question #2: How does birth control affect menstrual bleeding? 

Women can be affected in contrasting ways by different birth control methods. Since most birth control pills contain the hormones estrogen and progestin (or just progestin), going off birth control or changing birth control pills can lead to irregular bleeding. In some cases, birth control pills that contain only progestin may cause bleeding between periods. Additionally, using a hormonal IUD or birth control implant can lead to a decrease in monthly menstrual bleeding. 

Question #3: Is irregular bleeding always a leading symptom of endometriosis?

While endometriosis is very common in women and irregular bleeding is one of the leading symptoms of this condition, other gynecological health concerns can also cause irregular bleeding. These include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), uterine fibroids, and pelvic inflammatory disease. It’s important for women who experience irregular bleeding to speak with a board-certified gynecologist in order to get an accurate diagnosis of any conditions they may be experiencing and receive the treatment they need. 

While irregular bleeding may not be a sign of anything serious, it’s still important for women to be proactive and make sure that they are in good reproductive health. Our skilled, experienced gynecological healthcare providers can help provide a proper diagnosis and develop the most helpful treatment plan for every woman’s unique needs. For more information 

or to schedule an appointment, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional news, tips, and more.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we consistently strive to provide first-class reproductive and gynecological health services to women in the metro Atlanta area. Whether we are seeing someone for their first visit to our office or working with someone we have been seeing for years, it is our goal to provide the absolute best-possible experience during every single appointment.

We Are Proud of Our Positive Patient ExperiencesI have been seeing Dr. Gould for about 12 years and I absolutely love her! She is very personable and understanding. You're not just another number to check off of her list for the day. Her staff and nurses are also amazing! They are always very courteous, professional, and have awesome bedside manner. I would absolutely recommend for any woman to see Dr. Gould and her staff.

- JJ

After my gynecologist of 6 years suddenly retired, I was super anxious about trying a new doctor. When a medical emergency arose, Dr. Gould was so kind and answered my call after just hours and fit me in first thing the next morning. I met with their Physician Assistant, Nikki and have nothing but good things to say. She was kind and attentive and went over every possible thing with me. She even gave me a snack and water after my procedure had concluded. Their office is very clean and decorated nicely, and all of the staff that I had contact with were professional and courteous.

- BT

A few weeks ago I had an appointment at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Physician Assistant, Nikki McCann was kind and provided me with excellent service. They also provided me with a translator since I am not a native English speaker. I want thank Stefanie the translator, Nikki, and their entire gynecological health staff for making me feel so comfortable!

LD

Thank you to everyone who took the time to leave us such kind words. It’s also great to hear back from women who we have been able to successfully treat and see the difference we have made in their lives. For more information, to leave a testimonial of your own, or to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould or one of our other reproductive health providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional reproductive health information, news, and details on our upcoming Health & Wellness events.

For women with chronic pelvic pain, it can often be challenging to determine the cause of their discomfort. Pelvic pain can arise from the digestive system, the reproductive system, or the urinary system. A number of gynecological conditions including endometriosis, menstrual cramping, cancer or cysts in the ovaries, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and uterine fibroids can trigger pelvic pain. Damage to the muscles and connective tissue in the pelvic floor can contribute as well.

Diagnosing Causes Finding Solutions for Pelvic PainThere are a number of at-home solutions that we recommend to women who experience pelvic pain. Nonprescription anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, Tylenol, or Pamprin can provide relief. Since heat can relieve pain by improving blood flow, applying a heating pad or warm compress to the pelvic area (or taking a warm bath) can help ease pain symptoms. Getting regular daily exercise can also get the blood flowing and reduce pain in some cases.

If these at-home methods don’t help, it’s time for a visit with a board-certified gynecologist to get the bottom of what is causing this pain. Diagnosing the cause of pelvic pain can be challenging. We may perform an internal and external pelvic exams to look for signs of abnormalities. An unltrasound or CT scan can help detect the cause of pelvic pain. For some women, a minor surgical procedure called a laparoscopy may be required to provide a direct look at the structures in the pelvis and abdomen to better diagnose a potential issue.

Once a diagnosis is made, we work with women to determine the most helpful and appropriate treatment plan for their unique needs and preferences. We may prescribe birth control pills or hormone treatment for issues related to menstruation. Some women opt for surgical procedures to remove a growth or cyst from the pelvic area that is causing their issue. Pelvic pain can also be treated with antibiotics and other non-hormonal medications.

Regardless of what is causing your pelvic pain, we recommend getting it checked out as soon as possible to confirm that there is nothing serious going on and to relieve pain symptoms in a timely fashion. The earlier major gynecological issues are diagnosed; the sooner and more effectively they can be treated. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our gynecological healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional reproductive healthcare news, tips, and more.

Regular gynecology appointments are an essential part of maintaining the best-possible reproductive health and wellness. One way to help take some of the anxiety of an upcoming gynecology visit is to find a gynecologist who makes you feel comfortable, informed, and at ease during your time in their office. We have outlined a few important qualities women should look for when choosing a gynecologist.

gynA Friendly Bedside Manner

A pleasant bedside manner is important for any doctor, but especially for a gynecologist due to the sensitive and intimate nature of your reproductive health. Topics like birth control and menopause can be distressing if you feel like your gynecologist is being rude, short, or judgmental of your situation. Look for a gynecologist who is willing to really listen to your concerns and make time for a conversation. If you feel like your gynecologist doesn't listen or have time for you, then it’s time to find someone who does.

A Good Reputation

Seeing how past patients feel about their experience can be a great indication of the kind of care you can expect from a gynecologist. If possible, speak with your friends or family members and see if they have a specific provider they would recommend. Checking out a gynecologist’s online reputation on site’s like Google, Facebook, and Healthgrades can help provide even more clarity.

Expertise in Areas of Importance

If you have a specific reproductive health condition like endometriosis, it makes sense to seek out a gynecologist with extensive experience treating women with this condition. It’s reassuring to feel like you are in the care of an expert. While many gynecologists have a wide variety of skills and knowledge, it’s important to find someone who will be able to successfully address your most pressing concerns.

Finding the right gynecologist can take some time, so it’s important to stay patient and not rush into a decision. In the long run, you will likely be happy you did. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our gynecological healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Contact Us >>

For a lifetime of wellness, we're here for you.

Contact Information


Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett
601 Professional Drive, Suite 330
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046   
Phone: 678.380.1980   
Fax: 678.380.7348

Our Hours

Monday 8:30AM–4:30PM
Tuesday 8:30AM–4:30PM
Wednesday 8:30AM–4:30PM
Thursday 8:30AM–4:30PM
Friday 8:30AM–12PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Latest News


Contact us

Welcome New Patients

We are happy to welcome all of our new incoming patients from Dr. Audrey Arona at Preferred Women's Healthcare. Please contact us today if you have any questions or to schedule your next appointment.