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Annual Well Woman ExamHere at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, there is no such thing as a small or silly question in regard to reproductive health and wellness. We strive to create an environment where women can speak freely and comfortably about any concern or topic. Open communication with our gynecological providers is an essential tool during all of our appointments. So in the spirit of openness and knowledge, our board-certified gynecologist wanted to answer a few questions on reproductive health topics including laser vaginal rejuvenation, labiaplasty surgery, and well-woman exams.

Question #1: Am I a good candidate for vaginal tightening if I had natural vaginal laxity before childbirth?

We have had fantastic results using FemTouch™ laser vaginal rejuvenation treatments to help treat vaginal laxity (looseness), regardless of the root cause of the issue. It’s true that many women turn to vaginal tightening treatments after childbirth, but every woman’s anatomy is different. It even has the added benefit of improving urinary incontinence for those who experience it. If you are interested, we highly recommend consulting with a board-certified gynecologist who has experience performing FemTouch™ to help determine if this treatment would be able to help.

Question #2: What should I expect from recovery following a labiaplasty procedure?

Recovery after labiaplasty is fairly straightforward in most cases. The majority of patients are up and moving the same day as their labiaplasty. During the first couple of days following their procedure, patients can use ice packs on their incisions to minimize swelling/bruising. Performing everyday tasks are fine, as long as they do not irritate the incision site(s). Patients generally report returning to work within 1-2 weeks as long as their job does not entail rigorous physical activity.

Question #3: How can I prepare for an upcoming well-woman exam?

One of the most important things to do while preparing for a well-woman exam is to keep a list of any especially important questions or concerns to make sure that nothing is missed or forgotten during the appointment. This includes any unfamiliar changes noticed since the last annual appointment. Additionally, it’s critical to come prepared with knowledge of a family history of any relevant reproductive health conditions or any other information that can potentially assist your gynecological provider.

We hope that these answers prove helpful. For more information or to schedule a gynecology appointment with Dr. Kristine Gould or one of our other experienced gynecological 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.

Understanding Endometrial Ablation

No woman should have to deal with the frustration and uncertainty brought on by irregular menstrual bleeding. In addition to being inconvenient, abnormal bleeding that persists over time can be a sign of potentially troubling reproductive health issues. Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we are proud to perform endometrial ablation procedures as a safe and dependable method to treat irregular menstrual bleeding. Our board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Kristine Gould has been performing this procedure for many years and wanted to discuss a few true and false statements about endometrial ablation to provide insight on what it can (and cannot) do to help women.

An Endometrial Ablation Is a Very Safe Procedure

This is true. While we have different endometrial ablation methods available depending on the needs and preferences of our patients, they are all considered very safe. There is very little risk of complications after an endometrial ablation. However, it is still essential to have any procedure performed by an experienced board-certified gynecologist to fully minimize risk and achieve the most satisfying long-term results from the procedure.

An Endometrial Ablation Will Require An Overnight Hospital Stay

This is false. At our office, we perform endometrial ablation as an outpatient procedure. This means that patients will be able to return home after the procedure has been completed. Patients may experience minor post-procedure effects including cramping, nausea, frequent urination, and a watery vaginal discharge, but nothing that will significantly impact the ability to maintain their normal daily routine.

Endometrial Ablation Is The Only Proven Treatment For Irregular Bleeding

This is false. While the success and satisfaction rate of endometrial ablation procedures is very high, it may not be the right choice for every woman. For instance, women who still wish to become pregnant in the future are not good candidates for an endometrial ablation. Other potential treatment options to help reduce irregular bleeding can include hormone-based medications like birth control pills or an IUD.

When performed by our experienced, board-certified gynecologist, the results of an endometrial ablation procedure can be truly life-changing. For more information or to schedule an appointment today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow along with us on Facebook for additional information, tips, news and much more, as well as our full-service medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.

GAoG 2Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we are passionate about being able to make meaningful connections with our patients. And there is no more important aspect to creating these bonds than providing the best possible reproductive health and wellness services for the women who put their trust in us. Check out the following first-hand gynecology testimonials from some of our patients to see what a difference this level of care can make:

First impressions are always important, which is why we are so proud to present this testimonial from a patient who recently came to visit us for the first time:

First impressions: This office is super friendly. I walk in and the receptionist greets me with a very warm smile. The nurse who calls me is very nice and patient. Dr. Gould is super friendly. She sits at eye level and talks to me about my family and my concerns. Being new to the area, she also gave me some much needed recommendations to other medical professionals in the area. Overall, I am impressed with the professionalism and the exceptional patient service. Keep up the great work!

  • ML

We see women of all ages, and always make sure that our patients feel comfortable, safe, and informed through every step of their time with us:

I am a 21-year old woman, and I recently had my first Pap smear appointment here. I was extremely nervous, but the women there were extremely nice. I am so grateful for so many women to work there and be so supportive. The nurse was very sweet and helped calm me down a bit. The doctor that performed my Pap smear was very nice and informative. I had a very pleasant experience despite being so worried about my first experience with a Pap smear. Please keep up the amazing work!

  • MC

It’s important to us that every aspect of our patient’s experience, from booking their appointment to providing a clean and welcoming environment, is the best it can possibly be:

I love being Dr. Gould’s patient. She is a great doctor! She’s very smart, friendly, and personable. It can take approximately a 3-4 month wait to schedule an appointment with her, but because of her expertise and the pleasant staff experience, it’s definitely worth it. All of her staff are very happy, very kind, and very professional. Additionally, the office is beautifully decorated, clean, and well kept.

  • SB

We are honored to receive such wonderful words from our incredible patients and want to thank all of you who have left us such kind testimonials over the years. For more information or to schedule a gynecology appointment with Dr. Kristine Gould or one of our other experienced women’s healthcare providers, 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.

Undergoing a Pap smear, or Pap test is a common reason for a woman to schedule a visit with her gynecologist. A Pap smear is used as an effective screening method to detect cervical cancer, as well as any abnormal cellular activity that could potentially be cancer-causing if not addressed. To help women gain a clear and full understanding of Pap tests and their importance to reproductive health, our board-certified gynecologist wanted to discuss a few common myths about Pap smears.

Myth #1: Women Should Get a Pap Smear Every Year

Unlike an annual well woman exam, a Pap smear does not necessarily need to be performed every year. In some cases, a Pap smear is performed at least once every 3 years. However, we recommend to most of our patients have a Pap smear every year so that any abnormalities or issues may be caught as early as possible. Every woman is different and certain factors including an HPV infection or family history of cervical cancer may also warrant more frequent Pap testing

Myth #2: Pap Smears Can Also Test for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Pap smears can check for STIs, as we can add chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas cultures to the Pap. A Pap can test for trichomonas can also be done without adding this order because the trichomonas can be seen under the microscope

Myth #3: Women Need to Undergo Pap Smears Forever

This depends. We generally recommend that women over 65 continue to have Pap smears performed every 3 years as women 65 and older account for roughly 20% of all cervical cancer cases. Women who have had a total hysterectomy (including removal of the cervix) may not need to continue with any future Pap smears. Your gynecological provider can verify what is best for you based on your history.

It’s important to remember that every woman is different and while these general recommendations may apply to many people, it’s still essential to consult with a board-certified gynecologist before making any decisions regarding Pap smears. For more information or to schedule a Pap smear appointment with Dr. Kristine Gould or one of our other gynecological providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow along with us on Facebook and our medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.

Menopause is very complex and can affect every woman differently. However, there are some very common menopause symptoms that all women who transition into menopause should be aware of in advance. With this in mind, our reproductive healthcare providers wanted to discuss some of the most common effects of menopause and how they can be treated.

Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are the first thing many women associate with menopause, and for good reason. Over two-thirds of women experience hot flashes during the perimenopause period. Hot flashes cause sudden feelings of warmth and skin redness, most commonly in the face, neck, and chest. Although we do not yet know the exact cause of hot flashes, there are effective treatment techniques that can help provide relief. We recommend avoiding certain triggers like drinks with alcohol and caffeine, eating spicy foods, and smoking. Medicinal therapies like hormone replacement therapies (HRT) and other medications like Estrovera, Relizen, and Brisdelle may also help.

Night Sweats

Hot flashes that occur at night are a very common cause of night sweats. Unlike normal nighttime flushing or redness, night sweats are characterized by especially heavy perspiration that can leave bed sheets soaked and make it nearly impossible to sleep comfortably. To help reduce the prevalence and severity of night sweats, we strongly recommend keeping the house at a cool and comfortable temperature, especially at night. Sleeping in lighter clothes instead of heavy pajamas can help. And keep cool drinking water nearby.

Urinary Incontinence & Vaginal Health

Menopause can lead to vaginal health symptoms as well including vaginal dryness, vaginal looseness, and urinary incontinence due to lost volume and elasticity in the bladder. Depending on the type of incontinence, women may experience sudden urges to urinate (urge incontinence) or the leakage of urine after minor physical activities like coughing or laughing (stress urinary incontinence). Thankfully there are many effective urinary incontinence treatments available including pelvic floor therapy and FemTouch™ non-surgical laser vaginal rejuvenation.

Mood Swings

Mood swings are incredibly common during the transition into menopause. This is a natural effect of hormone fluctuations that occur during this time. It’s perfectly normal to experience increased feelings of anxiety, fatigue, irritability, and moodiness. Relaxation techniques that can help minimize stress including yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises, in addition to eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, may be able to help. If not, prescription medications may be of assistance. As an added bonus, some of these medications may also be able to help reduce hot flashes.

Being knowledgeable, prepared, and well-researched before menopause can be incredibly helpful for women when it comes to smoothly handle their transition. For more information on menopause or to schedule a consultation with our board-certified gynecologist, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow along with us on Facebook and our medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.

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