If you’re a woman, you’ve most likely dealt with vaginal itching at some point in your life. Vaginal itching, sometimes known as vaginitis, can affect the inside of the vagina or the vaginal opening, as well as the vulvar area (including the labia). In addition to being a major annoyance, vaginal itching can also be a sign of more serious gynecological issues. So we are writing today to discuss the common causes of vaginal itching and when your condition should warrant a visit with your board-certified gynecologist.

Vaginal itching isn’t necessarily a major cause for concern. At times, it can be caused by something as minor as a reaction to chemicals found in everyday detergents, soaps, fabric softeners, feminine sprays, ointments, or douches. Other common causes of vaginal itching include skin conditions like psoriasis, side effects of certain medications, low estrogen levels due to menopause, or clothing that is too tight.

In many such cases, vaginal itching is nothing to worry about. But if your vaginal itching is severe or doesn’t go away after a few days, something more serious could be going on and we recommend seeking a professional opinion. Patients should also see a gynecologist at once if their vaginal itch is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, as they could be a sign of any number of vaginal health conditions including yeast infections, sexually-transmitted infections like HPV, bacterial vaginosis, or other vaginal infections:

  • An unusual or foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Burning, pain, or irritation in the vagina or pelvic area
  • A white discharge that may look like cottage cheese
  • Symptoms of urinary incontinence

There are a variety of ways for women to promote good vaginal health and prevent vaginal itching. For starters, wash your vagina daily with plain, mild soap. We also strongly recommend wearing breathable cotton panties, drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated, and not staying in wet bathing suits or sweaty exercise clothes for too long after you are done swimming or working out. For women seeking relief from long-term vaginal itching, we often recommend FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation. FemTouch™ treatments are fast, safe and effective for relieving vaginal itching, as well as other vaginal health symptoms including vaginal irritation and the effects of urinary incontinence.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, patient education is a major part of our practice philosophy. We believe that women who know and understand more about their bodies will not only have a better chance to keep themselves healthy over time, but are also more likely to seek medical attention quickly in the event of a more serious gynecological issue. For more information on vaginal health or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips, news, and updates on our upcoming Health & Wellness events.

Spring is the time for change and reinvention. Much like the blooming flowers and warming weather, we too at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett feel reinvigorated by the changing seasons. There are many exciting changes and new additions to report, so we are here to give you the 411 on all the current happenings at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett.

We Have a New Location!

That’s right, we have officially moved into our new location! For all our friends and patients in the Gwinnett/Lawrenceville area, don’t worry, we just moved down the road. You can now find us in Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett's new location: 601 Professional Drive, Suite 330, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. We will still be providing the same top-notch gynecological care our patients have come to expect, only from a fresh new office. Come in and see us when you get the chance!

We Now Offer Cosmetic Injectables

We believe that there can be a connection between looking your best and feeling your best. Maintaining a positive body image can play a crucial role in reducing stress and a woman’s overall emotional health. That’s why we’re happy to announce that we are now offering cosmetic injectables treatments including Botox® Cosmetic, Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Dysport®, and more. All injectables treatments at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett will be performed by experienced cosmetic injector Barbara Weber. Barbara is a Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse (CPSN) and a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) with more than a decade of experience in aesthetic medicine. We are beyond excited to add her to our staff.

FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation

Lastly, we wanted to provide a bit more info on our newest gynecological treatment, FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation. Did you know that FemTouch™ treatments can help tighten the vagina and treat symptoms like vaginal dryness, vaginal itching, or urinary incontinence without the need for invasive surgery or downtime? FemTouch™ treatments are fast, safe and highly effective for women of all ages and skin types.

With so much going on, we can’t wait to see what this spring holds for our practice. We would like to thank all of our loyal patients for helping to make these new developments possible. For more information, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. To schedule your cosmetic injectables appointment, call us or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today. You can also follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips, updates and details on upcoming Health & Wellness events.

Early detection is very important to successfully treat any gynecological or reproductive issue that a patient may experience. As we have stated previously, the earlier a woman is aware of her condition, the more treatment options she will likely have available to her. That’s why we stress the importance of annual well woman exams for women of all ages. Today, we’ll be focusing on the pelvic exam, one of the central components of the well woman exam and why it is so essential.

What Makes an Annual Pelvic Exam so ImportantA standard pelvic exam at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett includes three elements. First we conduct an external examination to monitor the condition of the pelvic anatomy and check for skin lesions or palpations of the stomach area. Next, there is an internal examination to inspect the vagina and cervix with a speculum. We then examine the uterus (including the appendages of the uterus known as the adnexa) with a pelvic, or bimanual, exam. Lastly, we examine the abdomen by palpating the stomach, spleen, liver, and bladder.

We recommend annual pelvic exams to scan for the following female concerns:

  • Vaginal infections including yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis
  • Sexually transmitted infections including herpes, gonorrhea, or human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Various gynecological issues including uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, or uterine prolapse

Before your pelvic exam with a board-certified gynecologist, always make your doctor aware of the following factors to consider:

  • When your last period started and how long it lasted
  • If you have never had a pelvic exam before
  • If you are currently on birth control
  • If you are pregnant or think you might become pregnant
  • If you have had surgery or any other procedures performed on the vagina, cervix, uterus or surrounding areas
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms in the pelvic-area like itching, redness, swelling, or an unusual vaginal discharge 
  • Any changes you may have noticed throughout the year or during regular self-exams

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, it’s our top priority to ensure peace of mind to patients during their gynecological examinations. Our entire staff will do everything within their power to ensure that all exams are performed with the utmost level of privacy, discretion and comfort that our patients deserve. To schedule your annual pelvic examination, contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips, news and updates.

When it comes to successfully treating cancer, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment are all extremely important. The sooner a patient’s cancer is treated, the less chance it has to grow and spread throughout the body. This is true of all forms of cancer, including gynecological cancer. Certain gynecological cancers may not show any signs or symptoms for some time after developing, so it’s highly recommended to go for annual screenings and well woman exams, or more regular screenings if you have concerns. Still, it’s important to be aware of the common signs of gynecological cancers should they occur. Hopefully this helps our patients keep an eye out for troublesome symptoms and catch them early.

cervical cancer warning signsCervical Cancer Warning Signs

  • Irregular bleeding, including bleeding after sex, bleeding after menopause, bleeding between periods
  • Longer or heavier than-normal periods 
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Painful, uncomfortable sex

Uterine Cancer Warning Signs

  • Irregular bleeding, spotting, or vaginal discharge
  • Menorrhagia, or abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB), for premenopausal women
  • Difficult or painful urination
  • Pain during sex
  • Pain or discomfort in the pelvic area

Ovarian Cancer Warning Signs

  • Urinary symptoms including frequent urination
  • Bloating
  • Pain in the pelvis or abdomen
  • Trouble with eating or feeling full quickly

By getting more familiar with these warning signs, making regular visits to a board-certified gynecologist, and seeking medical attention if they notice anything irregular, women can dramatically reduce their risk of gynecological cancer spreading. For more information on gynecological cancer or if you would like to schedule a screening, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips, news and updates on our upcoming Health & Wellness events.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we are all about sharing our knowledge and expertise with our patients. Prevention is often a great tool for maintaining reproductive health & wellness, and education is an essential component of prevention. The more our patients understand about their bodies, the better chance they have to live a healthy lifestyle and avoid common gynecological health concerns. With that in mind, we’ve taken some time to answer some important questions on common gynecological issues and treatments.

best gwinnett gynecologistQ.) How do I know if I should undergo FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation or a Labiaplasty procedure?

A.) FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation and Labiaplasty are very different procedures with very different goals. Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation is intended to improve vaginal health internally, to help women who are experiencing painful or unsatisfying sex, or even urinary incontinence. A labiaplasty is a cosmetic procedure used to correct the appearance of area outside of the vagina canal.

Q.) Are pap smear results 100% accurate?

A.) Unfortunately, not always. Even though technological breakthroughs like liquid based Pap (LBP) have significantly increased the accuracy and effectiveness of Pap testing over the years, errors can still occur. That’s why at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we recommend that patients should be seen for annual Pap testing as part of a well woman exam in order to ensure that any abnormalities are caught as soon as possible.

Q.) Are there risks involved with undergoing a hysterectomy before I have gone through menopause?

A.) Women who have a hysterectomy only become menopausal if they have their ovaries removed as well. Hysterectomy alone doesn't lead menopause. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend concomitant removal of the tubes and ovaries for women over 45 at the time of their hysterectomy. This prevents future risk of cancer, especially for women close to natural menopause. Surgical menopause is much more abrupt than natural menopause, but not all women become symptomatic. 

Patients who undergo a hysterectomy before menopause will experience immediate menopause symptoms following their procedure. These patients may also have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis. If this occurs, we recommend hormone therapy that can help limit menopause symptoms. Other medications meant to specifically treat osteoporosis are available as well for patients with especially high risk.

Don’t be shy if you have questions of your own in regards to your reproductive health & wellness. We pride ourselves on arming our patients with the knowledge and tools they need to enjoy the best gynecological health. If you have questions of your own or you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips, updates and our info on our upcoming Health & Wellness Events.

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