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”).


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.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we strive to provide the women who come into our office with the best experience possible every time they come to see us. However, providing world-class reproductive and gynecological health services is just part of the way we try to positively impact the lives of the people who depend on us. We work hard to go the extra mile before, during, and after our appointments to make sure every woman we take care of is put in a position to achieve long-term reproductive health and wellness. Continue reading to hear firsthand testimonial accounts our patients:

We Go the Extra Mile for Women at Gynecology Associates of GwinnettI cannot say enough about this group and how wonderful they are. As a patient suffering from endometriosis and fibroids, they have gone out of their way to ensure that I am receiving the best treatment possible. They are one of the few doctors’ offices that I’ve been to that truly cares about their patients, not only in their medical treatment, but on a personal level as well. I am so grateful to have found such an amazing group of doctors and their amazing staff as well!

- DJ

I called last week for an appointment, and they fit me in quickly with their physician assistant, Nikki. I went for the first time yesterday and left with no regrets. I loved everything about the clinic and the physician assistant I met with. They were attentive from beginning to end. I would highly recommend them to any woman. The front desk, medical assistant, and physician assistant were all great. They helped me feel relaxed knowing how bad my anxiety was. Very happy!

- KG

This place is amazing. From ages 18 - 37 I only saw one gynecologist. She was like family, knew everything about my health, and cared about her patients. So, when she retired this year I didn’t know what to do! I don’t feel like people practice medicine like that anymore. My friend recommended this practice and I am so glad that I made an appointment! The nurses were fantastic and made me feel so comfortable. The physician assistant took her time to get to know me. I never felt rushed. Then a week later, I thought I was having a urinary tract infection so I called and they fit me in. I am so thankful I found this great practice!


It’s so wonderful to hear from people who we have been able to help. We take pride in making sure a visit to our office is as convenient, professional, and comfortable as every woman deserves. For more information or to schedule your appointment with us, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional reproductive health information, news, and details on our upcoming Health & Wellness events.

For women who are completely sure they are finished having children or those that know they do not want to become pregnant in the future, female sterilization may be a possible option. Female sterilization is a highly effective form of long-term birth control intended to eliminate the risk of unplanned pregnancy without the need for hormone supplements or devices like an IUD (intrauterine device) or implant. For some women, it can be a tremendous relief to be protected from unwanted pregnancy without having to worry about remembering to take a birth control pill every day. For anyone who is curious about how female sterilization is performed, we have taken some time to outline the procedure and the benefits that it can provide.

Answering Common Questions About Female SterilizationTubal ligation, also known as having your “tubes tied”, is the most common form of birth control in the US. During this surgical procedure, the fallopian tubes are either blocked or sealed in an effort to prevent the transportation of eggs to the uterus and block sperm from entering the tubes. The procedure is performed under anesthesia and in many cases, the woman is able to return home within a few hours after her tubal ligation is complete.

Immediately after the procedure is over, we will monitor the woman’s condition to make sure that she is recovering well and that there were no complications. It can take between two and five days to fully recover from tubal ligation surgery. A follow-up appointment two weeks following this surgery is customary.

In addition to be extremely effective (as high as 99%), tubal ligation is safe for almost all women. Some women prefer female sterilization to other birth control methods like birth control pills, implants, IUDs (intrauterine device) since the procedure will not affect their hormones, menstrual cycle, or sexual drive.

It’s important to remember that opting for a sterilization procedure is a very serious decision that cannot be made lightly. If a woman thinks there is any chance at all that she may still want to become pregnant in the future and prefer to keep her options open, we offer other forms of long-acting birth control that may be a more appropriate choice. For more information on female sterilization or to schedule an appointment with one of our gynecological healthcare providers today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events like our bi-weekly boot camps. 

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