“What is the best kind of birth control?” This is a question we hear commonly from women we see in our office. With so many available birth control options, it’s understandable why some women might have a difficult time choosing the right birth control option for them. However, the word “best” is relative in this scenario. The truth is, the best method of birth control is whichever one is most able to accommodate your health needs and lifestyle. Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we currently offer eight different kinds of birth control and we will continue to add new ones as they become available. To help sift through your options, our gynecological healthcare providers have taken some time to answer common questions about the various methods of birth control available.

Ask the Gynecologists What Birth Control is Right for MeQuestion #1: What is the first step that I should take when trying to determine the most appropriate birth control option for me?

The first step a woman should take when choosing between birth control options is determining if she wants short-term birth control like birth control pills or a long-term option like an IUD (intrauterine devices). Once that decision is made, you can begin to narrow down your choice based on your preference for hormone-based birth control or non-hormonal barrier options.

Question #2: What lifestyle factors should I consider when making my birth control decision?

There are several factors that we recommend all women consider when selecting a birth control method. For instance, do you have an irregular daily schedule? Are you someone who has difficulty remembering to take medications every day? How important is ease-of-use or convenience to your birth control experience? How often are you sexually active? Do you have a single sexual partner? Are you currently taking any other medications that may affect your birth control? We discuss these factors and more in-detail during all birth control consultations.

Question #3: What are the advantages of long-term birth control?

For women who prefer not to take a pill every day or those who don’t want to think about birth control every time they have sexual intercourse, long-acting birth control can be an excellent solution. However, there are a number of different types of long-acting birth control methods that each have their own unique pros and cons. These options include IUDs, birth control implants, the Depo-Provera shot, and NuvaRing®. All of these methods can be removed if you decide that you are ready to try to get pregnant or no longer want to use a particular form of birth control. We also provide female sterilization methods for women who are 100% sure they do not wish to become pregnant in the future.

We hope you found these answers helpful. It’s important to do your research before meeting with your board-certified gynecologist in order to select the birth control method that makes sense for your current needs. Remember that once your choice is made, it doesn’t mean that you cannot change your mind about your preferred method of birth control in the future. For more information on birth control or to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and updates on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Endometriosis affects millions of women in the US, making it one of the most common reproductive health concerns. The condition occurs when endometrial (uterine lining) tissue extends beyond the uterus, affecting the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, pelvic walls, and other organs (in more severe cases). Endometriosis can cause several unpleasant symptoms including debilitating pain and inflammation throughout the pelvic area, pain during or after sex, unusually long and heavy periods, digestive issues, and more. Despite how common it is, endometriosis can often be misunderstood. That’s why our board-certified gynecologists have taken some time to provide a few essential facts about the condition and how it can affect women.

  • endoIt is estimated that roughly 1 in every 10 women will experience endometriosis in their lifetime. Roughly 6.5 million women in the US currently have endometriosis.
  • Although endometriosis can develop as early as a girl’s first period, it is most common for women who in their 30’s and 40’s.
  • Endometriosis affects all women differently; the frequency and severity varies significantly and is often based on the stage of disease, which is diagnosed at time of surgery.
  • For some women, there is a link between endometriosis and infertility. Somewhere between 30-40% of women with endometriosis also suffer from fertility issues. That’s why it is important for women with even mild endometriosis to be proactive when thinking about their fertility, even if they’re not planning on becoming pregnant in the immediate future.
  • There is no cure for endometriosis, but there are several effective treatment options available. Depending on your needs or preferences, endometriosis can be treated with medications like birth control pills or GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) agonists or by performing surgery to remove the endometriosis. For women who do not wish to become pregnant in the future, a hysterectomy or ablation can also be used to treat more extreme endometriosis symptoms.

Living with endometriosis can be a painful, frustrating, and emotional experience. It is important for women to understand their diagnosis and make a plan with their provider to manage their symptoms. For more information on endometriosis or if you would like to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould, Physician Assistant Nikki McCann, or our new Nurse Practitioner Michelle Johnson, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

No woman looks forward to their monthly period. The menstrual cycle can vary from woman to woman. Some women have more “regular” menstrual cycles that stay consistent from month-to-month. Some women experience cycles that can be somewhat irregular, in which the length of the period or amount of bleeding (or severity of other symptoms) can fluctuate from one cycle to the next. This is normal. However, some abnormalities that occur during your period can be warning signs of bodily changes like pregnancy or certain reproductive health conditions. Our gynecological healthcare providers suggest keeping an eye out for the following signs:

5 concerns to have with your periodEspecially Long Periods or Heavy Bleeding

Although some women’s periods regularly include heavier-than-normal bleeding, exceedingly heavy bleeding or very long periods can be a sign that something is wrong. This condition is known as menorrhagia. This can mean soaking through a tampon or pad in an hour or less. In addition to being uncomfortable and inconvenient, losing too much blood during your cycle can increase your risk of anemia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Very Painful Periods

Dysmenorrhea, or severe menstrual cramps, can make menstruation unbearably painful for some women. Everyone’s pain threshold is different. If you experience a level of discomfort far beyond what you consider normal during your period, it could be a sign that something isn’t right. Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce uterine cramping. However, it’s important to speak with your doctor before trying any new medications. If this doesn’t help, it’s time to visit with your board-certified gynecologist. Dysmenorrhea can be a symptom of uterine fibroids or endometriosis.

Unpredictable Periods

A random missed period may occur as a result of stress. However, missing multiple periods in succession could be a sign of pregnancy or gynecological health concerns like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). It’s worth remembering that certain methods of hormone-based birth control like hormonal IUDs can have this effect on your period.

Heavy Spotting Between Periods

Some spotting can be expected between periods, for some women, especially after beginning a new type of birth control or early on in a pregnancy. However, if nothing has changed, spotting between periods should not be ignored. Although it could very well be an indication of something fairly harmless like a benign uterine or cervical polyp, heavy spotting between periods can be a symptom of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

It’s important not to panic. Experiencing any of these symptoms is not necessarily an indication that anything is wrong. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. A timely visit with your board-certified gynecologist can help determine if a menstrual irregularity is a cause for concern. For more information or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news, tips, and updates on our upcoming health and wellness events.

2018 was a fantastic year here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Our mission is to provide the Gwinnett area with the best-possible reproductive care and wellness services for women. With that goal in mind, we feel the last 12 months have been incredibly productive and successful. As we ready ourselves for the new year and everything that it has in store, we wanted to take a bit of time to reflect on 2018 and everything that made it so special for us.

dr kristine gould 2018One of the great thrills for us in any year is having the chance to meet and establish relationships with so many new patients. As one of the Atlanta areas most trusted names in female reproductive health and wellness services, we pride ourselves on welcoming all new patients and making sure they feel comfortable and in-good-hands during their time in our office. We wanted to say thank you very much to all of our new and existing patients and we look forward to many more years of working together! We also can’t wait to welcome everyone who is coming to us from Dr. Audrey Arona at Preferred Women's Healthcare.

Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett grew this year as we welcomed in our newest Physician Assistant, Nikki McCann. As a certified Physician Assistant and Registered Dietitian, Nikki has provided our practice with a unique and vital wealth of knowledge on preventative care and matters pertaining to physical nutrition. It took no time at all for Nikki to feel like part of our family. If you would like to schedule a wellness appointment with Nikki, the start of the new year can be the perfect time. We will also be welcoming Nurse Practitioner, Michelle Johnson in January 2019, so keep an eye out.

2018 was another excellent year for our Health and Wellness events. These events ranged from our regular bi-weekly boot camps to seminars that focused on a variety of reproductive and general health topics for women. If you attended our Fertility Forum, Ladies Luxury Luncheon, boot camp, or any other event over the last year, we want to thank you for coming out and becoming part of our community. Keep an eye on our events calendar for details on everything going on at Gynecology Associate of Gwinnett in 2019!

With 2018 officially in the rearview, we wanted to once again thank our staff, the Gwinnett community, and everyone who helped make the last year so memorable for all of us at our practice. Our goal for 2019 is to continue to provide the very best gynecological care available for women in the metro Atlanta area. For more information or if you would like to schedule an appointment board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Kristine Gould, or one of our other providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, news, and more. Cheers to a Happy New Year in 2019 and many more happy years to come!

Preparation is crucial before any visit to your gynecologist for a well woman exam. Well woman exams only come once a year, so it’s important that you ask any questions and address any concerns that you may have about your reproductive health. In order to get the most out of your annual visit, it’s important to make sure that you come prepared. Although a well woman exam is often pretty straightforward, our board-certified gynecologists wanted to make a few suggestions for how women can prepare for their appointments.

  • well woman exams schedule gynecologist appointment how often should I visit gynecologist what is a well woman exam pelvic exam for womenDon’t forget to bring your insurance card and let your gynecologist know if you have had any change in insurance coverage since your last visit. Checking in is always quicker and easier when you have your card with you. If you do not have insurance coverage or if your insurance provider is no longer accepted, please know that we offer self-pay and financing options.
  • Take time to research your family’s medical history before your visit. Check with close relatives to find out if any serious illnesses like heart disease, strokes, diabetes, or gynecological conditions run in the family. Narrowing your search down to the past three generations should suffice.
  • Plan your appointment for a day when you don’t have your period as this can interfere with certain tests during your well woman exam. Some exceptions may apply if you you are experiencing irregular bleeding that you want to show your gynecologist.
  • Come to your appointment with a prepared list of questions that you want to ask your gynecologist. This is a great way to make sure that you don’t forget to bring up anything important during your visit. Keeping a running journal between your annual appointments can help you keep track of any changes to your body or reproductive health that you may have experienced since your last annual exam.
  • Reward yourself after your appointment is over. Although we do everything possible to make visits to our office as comforting as possible, we know visits to the gynecologist can be uncomfortable and stressful. Enjoying something that makes you happy afterwards like a healthy smoothie, having your nails done, or going to a movie, can be a simple way to unwind after you well woman exam.

While it may not be something that you’re looking forward to, undergoing your annual well woman exam is an important part of maintaining the best-possible reproductive health and wellness. A well woman exam can also provide a great opportunity to form a more personal bond with your gynecologist. To schedule your well woman exam with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould or one of our other experienced providers, contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and 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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