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This March, we are bringing attention to Endometriosis Awareness Month. We understand that many women with endometriosis may not be especially comfortable speaking about their condition. Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus (uterine lining) extends beyond the uterus and affects other areas of the female reproductive system and beyond. However, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. In fact, endometriosis is among the most common reproductive health concerns for women around the world.

March is Endometriosis Awareness MonthWomen with endometriosis may experience significant pain and inflammation throughout the pelvic area, as well as other symptoms like pain during or after sex, unusually long and heavy periods, digestive issues, and more. Endometriosis has also been strongly linked to infertility in women.

There are plenty of great ways to help spread awareness about endometriosis in an effort to educate women about this condition and how it can be fought. That begins with simply speaking with the women in your life about endometriosis. You might be surprised how many women are currently living with endometriosis without ever receiving a formal diagnosis or treatment. Sharing facts online (especially on social media) can also be a great help. Even just getting the word “endometriosis” out in front of people who are not really aware of it can have a profound and positive impact.

If you think you might currently have endometriosis, we strongly recommend reaching out to your gynecological healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms, get a proper diagnosis, and get the help that you need. If in fact you do have endometriosis and are experiencing symptoms, we will discuss all of your available treatment options including birth control pills, GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) agonists, or gynecological surgery. If you believe a woman in your life is experiencing endometriosis, don’t be afraid to reach out and encourage them to seek treatment.

While endometriosis can be a personal and challenging experience, there is no reason to suffer in silence. Speaking with your gynecological healthcare provider is the first step towards relieving the pain of living with endometriosis. For more information on endometriosis or if you would like to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould, or one of our other providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Human papillomavirus (or HPV for short) is a common reproductive health issue for women and men in the US. This sexually transmitted infection can be spread from partner-to-partner during sexual contact. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that over 80 million Americans are currently infected with some form of HPV. Since there are many different strains of HPV (over 150 according to the CDC), it can be difficult to understand the complexities of the condition and how it can affect a woman’s reproductive health. That’s why our gynecological healthcare experts wanted to take some time to discuss the effects of HPV for women.

What Are the Effects of Human Papillomavirus HPVOne of the most common ways HPV manifests itself is in the form of warts. Warts may vary in appearance and location depending on which form of HPV a woman experiences. Genital warts can appear as flat lesions, small bumps, or tiny stem-like protrusions on the vulva, near the anus, on the cervix, or in the vagina. They may be itchy, but rarely cause discomfort or pain. Common warts that occur on the hands, fingers or elbows, plantar warts on the feet, and flat warts on the legs can also result from HPV.

According to the National Cancer Institute, HPV is a leading cause of cervical cancer. More specifically, 2 specific strains of HPV are responsible for roughly 70% of all cases of cervical cancer diagnosed in the US. Although it is most commonly associated with cervical cancer, there is also a strong link between HPV and cancers of the vulva, vagina, anus, and throat.

For most women, preventing HPV before it develops is the most successful form of treatment. Females between the ages of 9 and 26 can receive an HPV vaccination that can help prevent up to 70% of cervical cancer cases. However, even women who have received an HPV vaccination need to continue their annual cervical cancer screenings and regular Pap testing to be on the safe side.

We understand that HPV can be a challenging subject to understand and talk about, so if you have any questions about this condition, don’t hesitate to reach out. If you would like more information or to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould or one of our other gynecological healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, updates, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

We understand that the prospect of undergoing a gynecological procedure can be a source of anxiety for some women. Even procedures that are relatively minor in nature should be carefully thought through and considered. After all, a woman’s reproductive health is nothing to take lightly. We prioritize communication and education here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Knowledge and understanding can go a long way towards making a woman feel more comfortable and confident leading up to her appointment. Our board-certified gynecologists wanted to take some time to explain how some of our most common gynecological procedures are performed.


How Are Gynecological Procedures PerformedEndometrial Ablation

Endometrial ablation is a gynecological procedure that we perform to help women who are experiencing abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding. In some cases, women may turn to this procedure as an alternative to a hysterectomy. An endometrial ablation endometrial ablation is an office-based procedure where the uterine lining is burned, or ablated, to decrease and likely halt vaginal bleeding.

Female Sterilization

Female sterilization is a long-term method of contraception for women who have never wanted to become pregnant or for those who have completed having children. We perform female sterilization with a procedure known as tubal ligation. Sometimes referred to as tubal sterilization (or having your “tubes tied”), tubal ligation involves using surgery to either block or seal the fallopian tubes. Once completed, eggs will no longer be able to move freely to the uterus and sperm will not be able to enter the blocked or sealed tubes.

FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation

FemTouch™ can be an outstanding non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation solution for women who experience common vaginal health issues like vaginal laxity, vaginal dryness, and painful or unsatisfying sex. It can also help women who experience stress urinary incontinence. During the procedure, we use advanced fractional CO2 laser technology to gently ablate damaged vaginal tissue. We insert a sterilized device into the vagina and carefully move it in a 360-degree pattern to ensure that the entire vaginal canal is treated. The result is a healthier, restored vaginal wall.

We hope you found this informative and helpful. If you have any questions about a particular procedure, our gynecological healthcare providers will be happy to answer them during your visit to our office. Contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould or one of our other providers. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information, tips, news and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we have always prioritized the importance of knowledge and education as essential elements in the pursuit of reproductive health and wellness for women. So, when we host a seminar event, we are always thrilled to see so many women come out and take a more proactive approach to achieving the best-possible health and wellbeing. That’s why we are so excited to announce our first seminar of 2019, Ask the Experts – Breast Cancer Seminar.

GaOG Cancer Seminar March 2019 WEBBreast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the US, behind only skin cancer. It is estimated that about 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women this year will be breast cancers. This is why education about breast cancer, as well as how it can be diagnosed and treated is so important for women.

The event will be held on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at 631 Professional Drive (Suite 220) in Lawrenceville. Co-sponsored by Beyond the Ribbon, this event will feature in-depth discussions with four leading Atlanta area Breast Cancer experts, as well as the women’s health experts of Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett.

“We are honored to host such a wonderful variety of experts in the field of breast cancer and breast health”, says Dr. Kristine Gould, founder of Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Our guest will include Diagnostic Radiologist, Kimberly Hutcherson, Medical Oncologist, Debra Miller, Radiation Oncologist, Leela Maxa, and Breast Surgeon, Hisa Yamaguchi. Several topics relating to breast cancer care and prevention will be discussed including breast cancer screening, the importance of breast self-exams, breast cancer treatment options, and much more.

We look forward to a night of communication, education, community, and more! This seminar event is free to attend, but an RSVP in-advance is required. For more information or to RSVP today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional updates, news, and details on all of our upcoming health and wellness events.

Vaginal itching is among the most common reproductive health concerns for women. Itching or irritation can be uncomfortable regardless of where it occurs but itching in an area as sensitive as the vagina can be especially frustrating. Vaginal itching can affect the inside of the vagina, the vaginal opening, and/or the vulvar area (including the labia). In order to properly treat vaginal itching, we must first get to the root of your issue and determine what is causing your discomfort. That’s why our gynecological healthcare providers wanted to take some time to highlight a few of the most common causes of vaginal itching.

What Causes Vaginal ItchingYeast Infections

A yeast infection is the first thing that comes to mind for many women who experience vaginal itching. This common vaginal infection occurs when an overgrowth of yeast causes an imbalance in the natural bacteria that exists in the vagina. In addition to vaginal itching, a yeast infection can also produce a thick, white, vaginal discharge.

Other Vaginal Infections

Often confused for a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis (BV) is another type of vaginal infection that can also cause persistent vaginal itching. Unlike a yeast infection that is caused by excess production of yeast, BV occurs when there is an overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria. Other common symptoms of BV to be aware of include inflammation, burning, and a fishy-smelling discharge.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Various sexually transmitted infections (also known as STDs) can be the source of a woman’s vaginal itching. Some of the more common STIs that can cause vaginal itching include chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, and pubic lice (also known as “crabs”).

Menopause

Entering menopause can instigate several changes to a woman’s body including a reduction in the levels of natural estrogen production. This lack of estrogen that occurs during the perimenopause (or pre-menopause) period can lead to vaginal dryness, which in turn can lead to vaginal itching.

In some cases, vaginal itching can be caused by something as minor as using the wrong laundry detergent or feminine hygiene product. However, if you experience vaginal itching that is severe or doesn’t go away after a few days, we recommend coming into our office to speak with one of our gynecological healthcare providers to make sure you’re not dealing with anything more serious. For more information on vaginal itching and how it can be treated, contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett to schedule an appointment today. You can also follow us Facebook and Twitter for additional healthcare tips, news, and more.

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