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For women, menopause is unavoidable. Though every woman will eventually go through menopause, it may affect every woman differently. There is plenty of credible information online for women concerned about menopause, but there are also some common misinformation floating around as well. That’s why board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett has taken some time to debunk some of the more misleading myths about menopause.

Myth #1: Menopause Happens Suddenly

This is a pretty common falsehood. For women who experience natural menopause (instead of surgical menopause after a hysterectomy) menopause is a gradual process. During the perimenopause period, or pre-menopause, a woman’s estrogen production gradually begins to decrease and periods become irregular. Some women experience more symptoms during perimenopause due to a major fluctuation in the sex hormones. A woman has not technically entered menopause until she has not had a period for an entire year. 

Myth #2: Menopause will Eliminate Your Sex Drive

This too is incorrect. Sex can be just as desirable and enjoyable for women who have undergone menopause as anyone else. Though a decreased interest in sex is commonly associated with a hormonal imbalance that comes with the transition into menopause, this is temporary. For women who experience vaginal dryness after menopause that makes sex painful or unappealing, we recommend FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation. FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments restore vaginal health to help improve these symptoms and make sex more satisfying again. 

Myth #3: Hot Flashes Mark the Beginning of Menopause

Hot flashes may be the most well-known symptom of menopause, but that doesn’t mean they will be a woman’s first indication of her transition. There are plenty of other symptoms including fatigue, anxiety, heavy or irregular bleeding, mood swings, hair loss, weight gain, diminished sex drive and more that can commonly serve as the first sign of entering menopause.

The truth is that menopause does pose certain challenges for women, but none of these challenges need to drastically alter a woman’s life. The better an understanding of their bodies women have, the better equipped they will be to handle the changes that occur with menopause. For more information on menopause and the various treatments we offer, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips and news on women’s health and wellness. Also check out our calendar of upcoming Health & Wellness Events.

 

Cervical Health Awareness Month at Gynecology Associates of GwinnettIn honor of the recently passed national Cervical Health Awareness Month, Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett is here to remind you of all you can do to both prevent cervical cancers and help spread awareness of potential prevention options. Each year, almost 13,000 women in the US alone are diagnosed with cervical cancer according to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC). By educating women about cervical cancer and what they can do to prevent it’s spread, it is our goal to drastically reduce this number in the years to come.

Though cervical cancer was once among the most common causes of cancer death for American women, the cervical cancer death rate has decreased considerably over the last 30 years. This is largely in part to the increased prevalence of cervical cancer screening tests. Regular screening can detect changes that occur in the cervix before cancer has a chance to develop. Screening can also detect cervical cancer early enough to treat it before it has a chance to grow and spread. 

Another great way for young women to significantly reduce their risk for cervical cancer is to get vaccinated for human papilloma virus (HPV), the leading cause of cervical cancer. We highly recommend any woman between the ages of 9 and 26 receive their HPV vaccine before it is too late to do so. 

In addition to providing HPV vaccinations, Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett also offers pap smears and cervical cancer screenings. Doctors typically recommend that patients begin Pap testing at age 21 and continue every 3 years (at a minimum) until age of 65. However, here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we believe that most patients should undergo Pap testing annually to best keep an eye out for potential abnormalities. This is especially true for women who have not received the HPV vaccination. 

We encourage anyone reading this to help spread the word about cervical health awareness to the women in their life. Awareness and education can go a very long way in the fight against cervical cancer and HPV. For more information or if you would like to schedule a screening appointment, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more stories, tips and updates.

 

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we are always happy to take a bit of time to answer some of the more common questions we receive about our gynecological treatments and services. We take pride in providing our patients with in-depth knowledge about the services we offer and what they can do to promote reproductive health and wellness. That’s why we’ve answered the following questions on the subject:

Q.) If I’m above the age of 26, can I receive an HPV vaccination?

A.) The recommended age for women to receive a vaccination for the Human papillomavirus (HPV) is anywhere between age 9 – 26. This is due to the widely-held belief that after age 26, most women will most likely already have been exposed to the types of HPV covered by the vaccine. For women over 26 who are concerned about the risk of developing cervical cancer, we recommend regular screenings and annual well-woman exams.

Q.) Are there any good alternatives for women who want female sterilization, but are not 100% sure it is the right path for them?

A.) Female sterilization is a major decision for any woman and can’t be made lightly. Unless a patient is absolutely positive that female sterilization is right for them, we recommend alternative courses of action like birth control pills, or long-acting forms of birth control including intrauterine devices (IUDs), birth control implants, Depo-Provera shot, and NuvaRing®. 

Q.) How long after my FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment can I resume my normal daily routine?

A.) One of the best things about FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation by Lumenis® is that treatment sessions are incredibly fast (typically between 2-5 minutes) and do not require any downtime for recovery afterwards. Patients can go back to their daily routines (including work) immediately, though we recommend waiting 72 hours after treatment before engaging in sexual intercourse and up to a week before partaking in strenuous exercise.

Q.) How long do I have to go without a period before I can be certain I have entered menopause?

A.) Menopause does not happen suddenly. Although a woman may begin to notice some of the common signs of menopause including irregular bleeding, a woman has not technically reached menopause until she has not had a period for an entire year.

We hope this was helpful. Information and knowledge are vital tools for any woman concerned about maintaining her reproductive health and wellness. If you have a question of your own that you would like answered, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today to schedule an appointment. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more stories, tips, updates and upcoming events.

 

Most women probably don’t spend too much time thinking about their bladder. That’s because the bladder is one of those body parts that doesn’t typically draw attention to itself unless there is an issue. Still, it is important to keep habits that promote good bladder health to avoid symptoms that may include painful urination and urinary incontinence (or bladder leakage). 

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy BladderUrinary incontinence can affect both men and women; however it is twice as common in women. This is due to basic anatomical differences between the genders, as well as changes that occur in a woman’s body as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. While we know there isn’t much a woman can do in that regard, there are also a number of simple lifestyle changes and behaviors that can contribute to maintaining a healthy and happy bladder as the years go on.

The board-certified gynecologists here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett recommend taking the following steps to encourage good bladder health:

Maintain a Healthy Weight. Eating right and maintaining a healthy, stable bodyweight is as important to your bladder health as it is to your overall physical condition. Carrying extra weight can put additional pressure on the bladder and lead to difficulties. So get regular exercise and try eating a healthy diet that is low in fat and full of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Beware of UTIs. Urinary tract infections (or UTIs) are something any woman should try to actively avoid. To help reduce your risk, make sure that you completely empty your bladder when you urinate. Any urine that remains in the bladder can create bacteria that lead to UTIs. We also strongly recommend fully emptying your bladder before and after sex to help minimize your risk. 

Be Careful what you Put in Your Body. For women who are more prone to bladder issues, certain foods can trigger incontinence symptoms. These foods may include chocolate, caffeine, and very acidic foods like tomatoes or citrus fruits. To identify potential problem foods, we recommend eliminating one type of food every two to three weeks to see if your symptoms improve. 

Additionally, we highly recommend resisting smoking (and nicotine in all other forms). Cigarette smokers are at least 3 times as likely to get bladder cancer as nonsmokers according the American Cancer Society. About half of all cases of bladder cancer in the US are caused by smoking.

Try Kegel Exercises. Performing Kegel exercises can help strengthen the bladder muscles linked to bladder control. Weakening of these muscles can strongly contribute to urinary incontinence. In order to ensure that you are doing your Kegel exercises the right way to maximize their impact, speak with your board-certified gynecologist.

We hope this was helpful. While it may not be a woman’s most pressing concern, preserving optimal bladder health can be a crucial component to maintaining the best-possible reproductive health and wellness. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Google+ for more gynecological tips, news and updates.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we are all about sharing the best and most up-to-date gynecological treatments and services. This typically occurs during a patient’s appointment here at our office, though when we can, we always love to have the opportunity to meet with our patients in a less formal setting. That is why we are so thrilled to announce our upcoming FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Seminar event.

The FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Seminar will take place Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8pm at our office in Lawrenceville. It will be free to attend and all patients are welcome. Patients in attendance will have the opportunity to enjoy special exclusive discounts on FemTouch™ treatments as well as private consultations.  This event will be a great way to become more connected with the entire Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett community and receive in-depth knowledge on Vaginal Rejuvenation from Dr. Kristine Gould and her staff.

FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation is FDA-approved to treat a woman’s most private, intimate challenges with the utmost effectiveness, simplicity and discretion. By utilizing  fractional CO2 laser technology by Lumenis®, FemTouch™ treatments are able to treat vaginal health symptoms like vaginal dryness or vaginal itching, as well as urinary stress incontinence. Best of all, FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments are fast, safe and require no downtime for recovery.

This event is the perfect chance for patients to learn about troublesome vaginal health symptoms and what they can do to prevent them as they age. Providing top-notch gynecological care for our patients is just part of our mission here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, so please check out our entire schedule of upcoming Health & Wellness Events. We pride ourselves on educating our patients about their bodies in hopes of promoting a lifetime of reproductive health and wellness.

To know more about the FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Seminar and all other upcoming Health & Wellness events at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, please visit our Events & Specials page. In order to attend the event, patients must RSVP by phone at (678) 380-1980 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We couldn’t be more excited for this special event and look forward to seeing you all there. For more information, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today.

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