Firsthand knowledge is vitally important for women when it comes to finding the best-possible birth control approach for their needs. So in the spirit of clarity and learning, our board-certified gynecologists wanted to help our readers understand what is true and what is false by dispelling some common misconceptions about birth control.

Birth ControlIs it true that my body needs a break from hormonal birth control?

This is false. It is safe and recommended to take your hormonal birth control (i.e.- birth control pills) everyday without a break. Taking a break from birth control pills can leave a woman susceptible to potential pregnancy. We would recommend speaking with a board-certified gynecologist in the case of a hormone-related health condition or side effect in order to gain more insight on this subject.

Is it true that you don't need to be on birth control if you are currently breastfeeding?

This is also false, despite the common myth that says otherwise. While it is true that women may experience a suppression of hormones during breastfeeding that can limit ovulation, this is not a result that can be counted on. This is especially false for women who supplement their breastfeeding with formula.

Is it true that using birth control can affect my long-term fertility?

Other than female sterilization or a hysterectomy, which are meant to last a lifetime, using other forms of birth control will not affect a woman’s long-term fertility. Whether she is taking birth control pills or using a long-term method like an IUD (Intrauterine Device), birth control will not prevent future pregnancies from occuring after the use of birth control has ceased. 

Is it true that using birth control can cause birth defects?

Thankfully no. The birth control pill is one of the world's most heavily researched and commonly prescribed medications. There are no known connections between taking birth control and experiencing any birth defects afterwards..

We hope you found this information reassuring and helpful. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding birth control, we strongly recommend scheduling an appointment with a board-certified gynecologist. For more information on birth control or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Don’t forget to follow along with us on Facebook and Twitter for additional health tips, news, and more.

Endometrial ablation is a procedure where the lining of the uterus (known as the endometrium) is surgically removed (ablated). It is performed to help women who experience irregular menstrual bleeding patterns. This includes especially heavy periods, periods that last longer than eight days, or excessive blood loss that can cause the development of anemia. For some women, an endometrial ablation can be a good alternative to undergoing a hysterectomy.

AblationAll surgeries, even relatively minor ones like endometrial ablation, come with some slight degree of risk. With safety in mind, we wanted to address one of the gynecological procedures we regularly perform, endometrial ablation, and why it is safe for women to undergo.

We use two different methods to perform endometrial ablation procedures. These include the Minerva system, which uses radio frequency (heat), and the Hydro ThermAblator (HTA), which circulates heated water through the uterus. Both methods have their own potential risk, however these are very rare regardless of the chosen procedure method. There is a slight risk of post-surgical infection or bleeding. Extreme heat can potentially damage the vagina or vulva in very rare cases. It’s very important to remember that the prevalence of all these potential risks and complications is very low.

By and large, this is considered a very safe procedure and the patient satisfaction rate after an endometrial ablation is very high. However, in order to promote safety and outstanding, long-lasting results from an ablation, it’s essential to find an experienced board-certified gynecologist to perform the procedure.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we make patient safety our highest priority during every appointment. Regardless of whether a woman comes into our office for a routine health screening or a procedure like an endometrial ablation, we do everything we can to ensure their comfort and wellbeing from the consultation phase through their recovery and follow-up period. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information, tips, news and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Ask any woman who has experienced one in the past, a pelvic organ prolapse is no laughing matter. The term pelvic organ prolapse describes a condition in which one of the organs in a woman’s pelvic area loses its position and begins to drop toward or into the vaginal area. Different prolapses can affect different organs and vary in severity. To help women gain a better understanding of this condition and its effects, our reproductive healthcare experts have answered a few common questions about pelvic organ prolapse.

ProlapseQuestion #1: What are the different types of pelvic organ prolapse?

The three most prominent forms of pelvic organ prolapse are cystocele, rectocele, and uterine prolapse. A cystocele, the most common form of prolapse, describes when the bladder drops into or out of the vagina. A rectocele refers to any prolapse that affects the rectum. A uterine prolapse (dropped uterus) can sometimes be associated with small bowel prolapse known as an enterocele.

Question #2: What causes a pelvic organ prolapse to occur?

The most common cause of pelvic organ prolapse is pregnancy and vaginal childbirth, during which the pelvic floor muscles may begin to weaken. Other potential causes of pelvic support issues may include menopause, aging, and physical strain related to heavy lifting. Being overweight or obese can contribute as well due to creating additional pressure on the abdomen and pelvic area. Chronic coughing can also cause a prolapse in some cases. 

Question #3: Is there any way to prevent a pelvic organ prolapse?

Certain lifestyle changes can help reduce a woman’s risk of a pelvic organ prolapse. Maintaining a healthy, stable bodyweight is highly recommended. Performing pelvic floor exercises (Kegel exercises) can help some women by strengthening the muscles that surround the openings of the urethra, vagina, and rectum. Doing Kegel exercises on a regular basis may improve urinary incontinence symptoms and slow the progression of a prolapse.

For women who already experience a prolapse, we offer different treatment options including surgical and non-surgical options depending on their specific needs and preferences. For more information on pelvic organ prolapse or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And follow along with us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and more.

Happy March, everyone. To celebrate the return of warmer spring weather, we’re offering a series of cosmetic specials that will have anyone feeling lucky. To help our patients get into the spring spirit, we’ll be offering exclusive discounts on several of our most in-demand cosmetic treatments and skincare products. Continue reading for all the details on our skin care savings available this March.

MadEmEl Specials Flyer March 2020 WEBMarch Laser Madness

If you were considering a cosmetic laser treatment at MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, this month can provide the perfect opportunity. We are offering special 40% off savings on a number of exceptional laser treatments from Lumenis® including M22™ IPL and the Hollywood Facial!

Galderma’s Pot of Gold

Facial filler injections from our friends at Galderma can be just the thing to fight facial aging and refresh your look. This month at MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, the more you spend, the more you save. Patients who purchase Restylane® or Sculptra® Aesthetic injectable treatments are eligible to receive additional complimentary bonus treatments!

Spring = SPF Sale

Protecting your skin from the Sun’s UV rays is a year-round job, but it’s especially important during the warmer spring and summer months when you start spending more time outdoors. That’s why we’re providing a special “Buy two, Get one” deal on one of the best sunscreens on the market, Sunforgettable® Total Protection from Colorescience®, as well as a 30% off promotion for the Total Protection Bronzing Duo kit.

Luck of the Eyelash

As a special bonus offer, patients can also take 30% off Latisse® Eyelash Enhancement from now until the end of March. Latisse® is FDA-approved to help grow natural, beautiful, full eyelashes.

Don’t forget that we offer gift cards that can be used towards any cosmetic treatment and skin care product available at MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics. All March specials expire on 3/31/2020 and cannot be combined with other offers. See our specials flyer for all the details. For more information or to schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation appointment, contact MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics today. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for even more skin care tips, photos, news, and more.

At Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we pride ourselves on providing women in the Gwinnett area with the absolute best in reproductive health and wellness services. Knowing that we are doing our part to help improve the lives of the women we treat is extremely rewarding in its own right. However, sometimes tangible recognition is nice too. That’s why we are so proud to announce that we have been named “Best of Gwinnett” in the field of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for 2019 by Gwinnett Magazine.

BOGOfficial 2019 Winner 4x6 TILT“Best of Gwinnett'' is an annual poll created by Gwinnett Magazine. The goal of the contest is to acknowledge and award the Gwinnett area’s best in more than 20 professional fields in a wide variety of categories including Health and Medicine, Education, Food and Drink, and more. Nominees are submitted by people in the Gwinnett area and the winners are ultimately determined by reader voting and the editorial staff of Gwinnett Magazine. Before the winners are announced, the results of the voting period are confirmed by Better Business Bureau complaint reports, ranking sites, and voting pattern analysis reports to verify their legitimacy.

This is the 4th consecutive year that we have been named “Best of Gwinnett”, which makes this honor all the more special. From our front desk to our team of nurses and physician assistants, to our board-certified gynecologists, everyone here is so touched and genuinely grateful to receive this honor once again. With this in mind, we want to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make this possible, including the incredible patients we treat and the staff at Gwinnett Magazine. We will do everything we can to keep up this high standard of care throughout 2020 and beyond.

If you’re in the Gwinnett area and looking for an experienced, trustworthy, board-certified gynecologist, we would love to see how we can help you. We provide a wide variety of gynecological services and treatments, ranging from annual well woman exams to birth control to menopause care and everything in between. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional news, tips, and more.

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