The end of one year and the beginning of the next can be an exciting and hectic time. However, it can also be an advantageous time for women who wish to take a proactive approach to their reproductive health and wellbeing. Undergoing an annual well woman exam is recommended for all women, and doing so at the start of each new year can be a simple way to make sure this very important appointment is never missed.

The purpose of a well woman exam is to help women gain a better understanding of the state of their reproductive health from one year to the next. When performed by our board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Kristine Gould, a well woman exam can offer women opportunities for the following:

  • To undergo annual health screenings like a pelvic exam, clinical breast exam, and Pap testing
  • The opportunity to have a thorough discussion with your gynecologist to discuss any specific concerns, conditions, or questions regarding reproductive health
  • An occasion to undergo additional screenings or treatments including STI tests, vaccinations (including HPV vaccinations)
  • A chance to have any other testing or lab work performed and more

Here in our office, well woman exams are always personalized to the specific needs of each patient. We look forward to the opportunity to reconnect with our patients and do everything in our power to make these appointments as comfortable and simple as possible. For more information or to schedule a well woman exam today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for additional health tips, news, and more. You can also follow our full-service medical spa, MadEmEL Medical Aesthetics, on Facebook and Instagram.

Choosing to undergo a hysterectomy is obviously not a decision that can be made lightly without considerable thought and deliberation. A hysterectomy can be used to help address several common gynecological concerns including irregular bleeding, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or chronic pelvic pain. However, because the results of this gynecological surgery are final, many women may prefer to try other treatment options when available and if recommended and appropriate for them. For those who have made up their mind and are sure that they would benefit most from a hysterectomy, the next important choice is understanding if they are a better candidate for a total or partial hysterectomy.

Total Hysterectomy:

A total hysterectomy is the most commonly performed variation of the procedure. During surgery, the patient’s uterus and cervix are removed. In some cases, depending on the specifics of each patient, the ovaries and fallopian tubes may also be removed during the procedure. Some women who have the risk of developing gynecological cancers like cervical cancer may undergo a total hysterectomy as a preventative measure.

Partial Hysterectomy:

Another alternative that may be a more appropriate choice for some women is undergoing a partial hysterectomy. Unlike a total hysterectomy, a partial hysterectomy only removes the uterus, but not the cervix. A partial hysterectomy can also be performed abdominally or laparoscopically. Because the cervix (and other pelvic organs) are still intact following a partial hysterectomy, women must keep up with their regular annual screenings and Pap testing following the procedure.

Choosing which type of hysterectomy to undergo depends on several factors including whether the procedure is elective or medically required, the size of the uterus, the patient’s past medical history, and more. Regardless of which procedure option she is considering, a woman must first consult with an experienced, board-certified gynecologist in order to thoroughly understand all of the available treatment options to determine what is best for her needs. For more information about your hysterectomy options or to schedule an appointment 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.

Information about reproductive health and common female concerns is more readily available than ever before. And while we love this convenience, this overabundance of information and opinion can be difficult to parse in some cases. Certain reproductive health conditions can be difficult to understand, leading to misinformation that can negatively impact the diagnosis and treatment of the issue. This is true of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that affects roughly 10% of reproductive-aged women. So in the spirit of knowledge, our reproductive healthcare experts wanted to debunk a few common myths about PCOS.

Myth #1: Having PCOS Means a Woman Cannot Ever Become Pregnant

While it’s true that PCOS is among the most common causes of female infertility, it’s a myth that having PCOS means a woman will definitely never be able to become pregnant and carry a pregnancy to term. Many women with PCOS are able to increase their chances of becoming pregnant with the help of fertility treatments and certain lifestyle changes including maintaining a healthier diet and a stable body weight.

Myth #2: PCOS Always Causes The Development of Ovarian Cysts

This is not always the case, though we understand why this misconception exists. In many cases, an ultrasound for women with PCOS may depict tiny follicles in the ovary that can resemble small cysts, but they are very different. Unlike ovarian cysts, these follicles do not cause pain and have no potential to be cancerous. Additionally, not all women diagnosed with PCOS will develop these follicles on their ovaries.

Myth #3: Irregular Bleeding is Definitely a Sign of PCOS

Irregular menstrual bleeding can be a warning sign of PCOS, however, it can also be a warning sign for several other reproductive conditions and abnormalities. Irregular bleeding is very common and can be an indication of many things ranging from too much stress and poor nutrition to reproductive concerns including endometriosis and uterine fibroids. We recommend speaking with a board-certified gynecologist if this irregular bleeding persists in order to receive an accurate diagnosis.

At Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, our experts have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. We work hard with our patients to cultivate the most appropriate and beneficial PCOS treatment plan based on each woman’s specific needs and the severity of her symptoms. If you would like more information on PCOS or to schedule an appointment today with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould, 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.

Pelvic floor dysfunction, a condition where the pelvic muscles are unable to relax or function as they should, can take many forms. The pelvis houses several vital reproductive organs including the vagina, bladder, uterus, and rectum. When the muscles of these pelvic organs are weakened, this can result in a wide range of reproductive health issues including urinary incontinence, pain during sex, and constipation. Pelvic floor therapy utilizes a regimen of exercises (specifically tailored to the needs of each patient) that are designed to encourage relaxation and strengthening of the muscles in the pelvic area. We wanted to take a moment to discuss pelvic floor therapy and how it can help women who experience pelvic floor dysfunction.

Pelvic Floor Therapy Can help women following pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancy and giving birth are among the leading causes of pelvic floor dysfunction in women. The pelvic floor muscles and tissues can become strained, especially in cases of long or difficult labor. Pelvic floor therapy can often provide considerable relief to women following pregnancy.

Pelvic Floor Therapy Cannot effectively treat female concerns that do not result from pelvic floor dysfunction. For instance, a woman may experience pain during sex as a result of other reproductive health issues like endometriosis or vaginal dryness. It’s important to understand the root cause of these symptoms in order to most successfully treat them.

Pelvic Floor Therapy Can increase sex drive in women. For some women, a consistent lack of sexual urge can develop over time as sex becomes unsatisfying, uncomfortable, or even painful. Pelvic floor therapy can help by relaxing the pelvic floor muscles and relieving the tension that many women experience during intercourse.

Pelvic Floor Therapy Can assist women in reducing symptoms after transitioning into menopause. It’s common for pelvic floor dysfunction to occur after menopause due to hormone changes that a woman experiences. Pelvic floor therapy can relieve common symptoms and even help prevent potentially more serious conditions like pelvic organ prolapse.

When performed by the experts, pelvic floor therapy can be incredibly beneficial for women of all ages. While we understand that it can seem difficult or embarrassing to discuss these topics, reaching out to your reproductive healthcare provider is the first step towards reproductive health and wellness. For more information, to schedule an appointment for pelvic floor therapy, or to consult with our board-certified gynecologist or another of our licensed providers, please don’t hesitate to contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow along with us on Facebook and our medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.

Maintaining a healthy bladder is a critical component of reproductive health and wellness. Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we have considerable experience helping our patients diagnose and treat several of the most common bladder issues for women. In honor of Bladder Health Awareness Month this November, we wanted to discuss a few of the more common bladder health concerns we diagnose and treat, and offer some tips on how women can potentially avoid them.

For many women, a urinary tract infection (UTI) is the first thing that comes to mind when considering bladder health. That’s because UTIs are so common. These infections occur when bacteria enters and grows inside part of the urinary tract (which includes the urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys). They can occur as a result of vaginal intercourse, holding in pee for too long, taking certain forms of birth control, and using some types of feminine products.

Urinary incontinence is another of the main bladder issues for women to be aware of. This condition affects women who experience unwanted and uncontrollable urine leakage. It’s important for women to know that there are different types of urinary incontinence that can be triggered in different ways. For instance, stress urinary incontinence causes an involuntary loss of urine after or during mild physical activities like laughing, sneezing, or exercising. Whereas overflow incontinence can affect women who are unable to fully empty their bladder during urination or mixed incontinence which can combine multiple different symptoms of other types of urinary incontinence.

We recommend the following tips to help women promote good bladder health:

  • Exercise regularly to help maintain a healthy body weight and reduce fluid retention that can lead to incontinence symptoms.
  • Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help effectively flush the system of unhealthy bacteria that lead to infections like UTIs. However, drinking too much (especially at night) can potentially trigger incontinence symptoms, so keep tabs on your intake and adjust if necessary.
  • Make an effort to empty the bladder completely during urination.
  • Performing Kegel exercises routinely can help strengthen the pelvic muscles and potentially ease urinary incontinence.
  • Keep a bladder diary and note any trends that may be able to help a healthcare provider diagnose any potential bladder issues.

Thankfully, these bladder conditions can be effectively treated. For more information on what you can do to promote a healthy bladder or to schedule a gynecology consultation appointment, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow along with us on Facebook for additional news, health tips, and much more. And check out our full-service med spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics on Instagram.

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