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There is a strong link between osteoporosis and menopause. When a woman goes through menopause, the amount of estrogen produced by her body decreases significantly and since estrogen is a crucial component of bone density, this dip in estrogen can initiate a period of bone loss. Osteoporosis is commonly referred to as a "silent disease" because its symptoms may not even become noticeable until the bones become so weak that a seemingly minor bump or fall causes a fracture. If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, it's crucial to be proactive and work hard to slow the progression of this disease before it leads to serious difficulties.

Fortunately, there are several things that you can do at home to help slow down the progression of osteoporosis and we’ve put together some suggestions to help women fight off osteoporosis and bone loss.

Load up on Calcium and Vitamin D

It is widely known that calcium helps build strong bones, but vitamin D is equally important for helping the body absorb calcium. Especially recommended for women in the post-menopause phase, 1,200 milligrams calcium and at least 400 IU to 600 IU vitamin D daily should be consumed to promote better bone health. In addition to low-fat dairy (like milk and yogurt), salmon, and green vegetables (like spinach, collard greens and broccoli) can be great sources of calcium. To ensure a daily intake, many women often additionally take Calcium supplements which are a good option.

Exercise Regularly

Regular weight-bearing exercise can help rebuild bone that has been lost due to osteoporosis. Even low impact exercise like walking or light aerobics can make bones and muscles work hard enough to begin strengthening the body. Exercises for the lower back and abdomen, as well as yoga and Pilates, that can help strengthen the core and spine, are also highly encouraged (just be sure to consult with your doctor beforehand to ensure you are healthy enough to safely exercise).

Limit Salt Intake

It is not completely known whether salt can lead to osteoporosis, but there is a link between high sodium intake and bone loss, especially for people with high blood pressure. Salt increases the amount of calcium excreted when a person sweats or urinates, which can expedite bone loss for people who are already deficient in calcium.

Resist Smoking and Drinking

Quitting smoking is an essential step for rebuilding bone strength and density. Since nicotine is toxic for bones, there is little calcium and exercise can do to help if you are currently smoking. Alcohol, in moderation, is okay, but consuming alcohol in excess can contribute to additional bone loss. Combining excess nicotine and alcohol consumption can have serious long-term effects on bone density that are nearly impossible to recuperate from.

An osteoporosis diagnosis is no laughing matter, but it also doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do. Take extra good care of yourself, eat right and do whatever is needed to build your bones back up to get your condition under control. For more info, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. 

What Causes Low Sex Drive in WomenThe loss or decrease in sex drive (known medically as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD)) is common for women of all ages. It’s one thing to have a night or two when you’re not in the mood, but consistent lack of sexual urge can be a sign of lost libido. An unsatisfying sex life can create tension in a relationship and leave people feeling irritable and run down.

Unlike erectile dysfunction in men, a woman's sexual desire is based on a complex interaction of mental and physical components tied to general well-being (physical and emotional) and certain lifestyle choices. Disruptions in any of these areas can negatively affect a woman’s sex drive. The board-certified gynecologists at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett have put together a list of factors that may contribute to lost libido in women. Hopefully this can direct our patients towards more healthy behaviors and a more satisfying sex life.

Physical Problems That Can Affect Sex Drive:

  • Fatigue or exhaustion caused by a lack of sleep.
  • Medical conditions like arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.
  • Reactions to certain prescription meds like antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs.
  • Over-consumption of alcohol.
  • Surgical procedures, especially ones related to the breasts or genital area.
  • Poor diet (high in salt and fat) and a lack of regular exercise.

Hormonal Changes That Can Affect Sex Drive:

  • Menopause can disrupt sex drive due to lowered estrogen levels. This hormonal change can lead to dryer vaginal tissues that can make sex painful or uncomfortable.
  • Changes in hormone levels due to pregnancy, childbirth and breast-feeding.
  • Hormonal changes linked to a change in your birth control or contraception method.

Psychological Causes of Reduced Sex Drive:

  • Mental health problems like depression or anxiety.
  • Stress related to work, your relationship or other external factors.
  • A lack of trust or emotional intimacy with your partner.
  • Poor self-esteem or body image.
  • Traumatic experiences including physical, mental or sexual abuse.
  • Negative sexual experiences in the past.

Whatever may be causing the loss of sexual desire, the first step in resolving the issue is diagnosing its cause. Lost sex drive can be hard on you and your partner. It helps to remember that temporary hiccups in a person’s sexual desire are normal and don’t necessarily indicate that anything is wrong. If one should occur, we recommend spending time talking things through with your partner instead of agonizing over sex. If you have questions about reduced sex drive, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more news and updates.

Happy New Year from Gynecology Associates of GwinnettThe year is officially coming to a close. 2016 was a whirlwind year here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett (GAoG), which makes sense since it was our first official year in operation. It’s been very special for us to meet so many new patients and establish ourselves as a name you can trust for female reproductive health and wellness services. As 2016 makes way for 2017, Dr. Kristine Gould of Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett would like to take a moment to reflect on the year we have had and look ahead to what 2017 holds in-store.

Obviously, the most notable moment of 2016 was the grand opening of our new practice. It’s been amazing and we’re incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made and the relationships we’ve built over the last several months. It was a thrill to be nominated for Gwinnett Magazine’s Best of Gwinnett in the “Obstetricians & Gynecologists” category, an honor that we owe to our great patients. We also added a number of new gynecological services, most notable FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation by Lumenis®. We’re so excited to have the chance to provide restored vaginal health to patients facing the most intimate of gynecological challenges.

Now that we are established, our goal is to expand and find new ways to serve the reproductive health needs of our community. We will continue to seek out new gynecological treatments and services to add to our existing catalogue, as long they adhere to the same standards of safety and effectiveness that our patients have come to expect. We plan on opening a brand new office in a new location in March of 2017, so stay tuned in the weeks ahead for more information on that. As many of you know, health and wellness is extremely important to Dr. Gould. So beginning in January, we will also be hosting a series of events including health and wellness seminars and bi-weekly boot camps, so keep an eye on our events and specials page for more information on upcoming happenings at GAoG.

We can’t wait to see what 2017 might have in store for us and our patients. We would like to thank all our patients, our staff and the entire Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett community for all their hard work, love and support over the last year. Cheers to a Happy New Year in 2017 and many more to come! For more information, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more news and updates.

Q&A with Gynecology Associates of GwinnettHere at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we take great joy in sharing our knowledge and expertise with our patients. When it comes to reproductive health, we understand that women naturally have no shortage of questions or concerns; after all, there is plenty to know. Communication is crucial when it comes to establishing long-standing, personal relationships with our patients and that’s why we’re always happy to take the time to answer some important questions to help improve your overall reproductive health and wellness.

Q.) Is it still possible to become pregnant after endometrial ablation?

A.) If a woman wants to become pregnant, she should not undergo an endometrial ablation. Becoming pregnant is unlikely after the procedure, but it is still possible. If a woman does become pregnant after an ablation, the risk of complications including a miscarriage increases significantly.

Q.) Who are good candidates for hormone therapy for menopause?

A.) Hormone therapy is still considered the most effective treatment for symptoms of menopause, though certain side effects make this treatment risky for certain women. Candidates for hormone therapy are women experiencing moderate to severe hot flashes or other menopausal symptoms, women who have lost bone mass due to osteoporosis, women who started menopause early (before age 40) and women who haven’t had success from previously attempted treatments.

Q.) How long will I need for recovery after a labiaplasty procedure?

A.) The majority of patients are up and moving the same day as their labiaplasty. During the first couple days following their procedure, patients use ice packs on their incisions to minimize swelling/bruising and everyday tasks are fine, as long as they do not irritate the incision sites. Patients generally report returning to work within 2-3 days as long as their job does not entail rigorous physical activity.

When it comes to your gynecological health, there is no such thing as an unimportant question. We hope that by sharing this information, we can educate our patients as well as encourage those who may otherwise be too shy to ask questions of their own. Feel free to contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment. If you’re interested in learning more, you can always follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Everyday Things That Can Affect Your PeriodA period is a regular occurrence in a woman’s life. On average, women typically experience between 11 and 13 menstrual cycles per year, though each woman’s body is different. While it’s natural to be alarmed by missing a period or noticeable differences in the length or intensity of your menstruation, irregular menstrual bleeding is not always a sign of something serious.

If you have experienced irregularities with your period, whether bleeding has become heavier, lighter, longer, more or less frequent, this could be a sign of something wrong. While some menstrual issues can signify a major change like pregnancy or the start of menopause, many of these problems can be temporary and resolve themselves over time. We’ve outlined a number of everyday causes of menstrual irregularities in hopes they will lead patients to cleaner, healthier living and limited menstrual concerns in the future.

Stress

Stress is one of the most common contributors to a change in menstrual cycles. This is due to stress affecting the body’s ability to shut down the hormones needed for ovulation.

Excessive Exercise

Exercise is great and highly recommended to improve overall health, but working out excessively (multiple hours per day) can affect your period. The body can treat excess exercise as an extreme stressor and alter a woman’s hormone levels, leading to menstrual irregularities.

Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol can have a similar effect on a woman’s hormones. Although there is no specific amount of alcohol that can be pinpointed to affect menstruation, even as little as 1 to 5 drinks per week can have an effect.

Weight Fluctuation

Excessive weight gain over a short period of time can drastically affect your period. Weight gain can cause the ovaries to start producing extra testosterone which in turn can prevent ovulation and lead to prolonged or missed periods.

Irregular Sleep

In addition to causing changes to your hormone levels. Staying up too late or not getting adequate sleep can impact a woman’s melatonin levels, which play a part in regulating your menstrual cycle.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we believe it’s important to pay attention to your menstrual cycle. If you are able to recognize abnormalities and address any menstrual changes early on with your provider, there can be a greater benefit for quickly diagnosing the causes of your issues and preventing them from potentially worsening over time. For more information, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more news and updates.

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