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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.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that occurs when a woman's hormones are out of balance. The name is derived from the small cysts that affected women grow on their ovaries (the cysts themselves are not harmful, but can lead to potentially dangerous hormone imbalances). PCOS can cause issues with a woman’s periods and also affect the ability to become pregnant. Additionally, it can lead to unpleasant aesthetic issues and even serious long-term health problems like diabetes and heart disease if not properly treated.

Getting to the Bottom of Polycystic Ovary SyndromeTo be diagnosed with PCOS, a patient must be experiencing at least two of the following:

  • Excess Androgen Production – Larger-than-normal levels of male hormones (androgens).
  • Irregular Bleeding – This can mean periods lasting longer than 35 days, fewer than eight menstrual cycles in a given year, no periods for at least 4 months or longer, and prolonged periods with minimal or heavier bleeding.
  • Enlarged Polycystic Ovaries – When polycystic ovaries become enlarged and contain numerous cysts that surround the eggs.

While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of PCOS, the condition is related to abnormal hormone levels in the body, including unusually high levels of insulin and male hormones like testosterone. These abnormal hormone levels can lead to weight gain, acne and excess body hair, as well as other health issues, like diabetes, heart disease and infertility.

Treatment of PCOS generally focuses on managing a patient’s individual concerns, such as infertility, acne or obesity. The first steps may require lifestyle changes like eating healthy and exercising more regularly. Treatment options often depend on the specific needs and symptoms the patient is experiencing, as well as their deciding factors on fertility. For women with PCOS who do not currently wish to become pregnant, we often recommend birth control pills to help balance hormone levels or combining birth control with anti-androgen pills or insulin-sensitizing drugs. If a patient decides they would like to try becoming pregnant, treatment may focus on improving fertility chances with medications that can be used to induce ovulation or in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Early diagnosis and treatment of PCOS is crucial. The sooner treatments begin the more chance you have to control your symptoms and prevent potential long-term health concerns. For more information on PCOS or to schedule an appointment today, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more news and updates. 

 

The board-certified gynecologists at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett are thrilled to introduce our newest service: FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation. This breakthrough treatment uses innovative laser technology to improve vaginal health related conditions by promoting the rejuvenation of vaginal tissue. This treatment is perfect for women seeking full rejuvenation and restored vaginal health.

Introducing Our Newest Service FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation by Lumenis®As women age, they may develop vaginal health symptoms like vaginal irritation, vaginal dryness or vaginal thinning. Additionally, women with low levels of estrogen after menopause may experience similar conditions. Women who have given birth to children may begin to notice vaginal laxity. These symptoms can affect the way the vagina looks and cause sex to be unsatisfying or even painful. FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation can help treat these symptoms, as well as stress urinary incontinence or urinary leakage from exercising.

FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments are fast. The average treatment session takes only a few minutes. We recommend patients undergo between 2-4 FemTouch™ treatments in order to achieve and maintain the best possible results. There are no serious side effects associated with FemTouch™ treatments. Immediately following treatment, some patients may experience a very mild heat sensation, but this is temporary and can be treated with a soothing hydrating gel. Best of all, FemTouch™ is hassle-free and requires no downtime for recovery. That means no anesthesia and no post-procedure care are necessary.

To help spread the word about our new service, Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett will be hosting a Vaginal Laser Rejuvenation seminar here at our office in Lawrenceville. The event, which will take place on Wednesday, February 22nd, between 6:30pm – 8pm, will provide a great opportunity for patients to learn more about FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation, experience in-person consultations and receive special discounts on treatments.

FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation allows women to improve their self-esteem and quality of life in a simple, discreet way by treating their most intimate concerns. Most women between the ages of 20 and 70 can be good candidates for FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments. Before starting treatment, we invite patients to consult with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould to get a better understanding of whether vaginal rejuvenation is right for them. For more information on FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, & Google+ for additional news and updates.

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