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“Cancer” is always a scary word. In addition to the most common cancers for women including breast cancer and lung cancer, it’s very important for women to be aware of their risk for different types of reproductive cancers. In honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this September, the reproductive healthcare experts here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett want to provide some helpful information on ovarian cancer and how women can minimize their risk.

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the US. This is largely due to the fact that although there are symptoms commonly-associated with ovarian cancer, they are often subtle. Many women with ovarian cancer are unaware of their condition until the cancer has reached a more advanced stage. This is why ovarian cancer awareness is so important. We highly recommend that all women ask about the health of their ovaries during annual well woman exams.

In the following video, our own board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Kristine Gould is joined by Dr. Stephen Salmieri of Georgia Gynecologic Oncology for an in-depth discussion on ovarian cancer and what women should know to about this illness:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQvY9OvdmXk

 

Our hope is that by sharing this information, more women will understand the threat of ovarian cancer and be inspired to take a more proactive approach to their reproductive health and wellness. After all, knowledge is a critical tool in the fight against reproductive cancer. For more information on ovarian cancer or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional videos, health tips, news, and more.

In honor of the recent Fibroid Awareness Month, the board-certified gynecologists here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett thought now would be an excellent time to share some helpful information on fibroids and how they affect women. Uterine fibroids are the most common type of pelvic tumor found in women. Although they are almost always benign (non-cancerous), they can still negatively affect a woman's health if not properly diagnosed and treated.

It can be challenging to detect the true cause of fibroids, but experts acknowledge that there is a strong association between changes in hormone levels and the development of fibroids. This is especially true for pregnant women. In some cases, a woman may have a genetic disposition to developing uterine fibroids based on a family history. Although up to 80% of women may experience uterine fibroids by the age of 50, many do not have any symptoms. Women with symptoms may experience irregular menstrual bleeding (including very heavy periods), pain or bloating in the pelvic area, increased menstrual cramping, and pain during sex. Fibroids can also cause potential fertility issues in some cases.

In the following video, our own Dr. Kristine Gould is joined by Dr. John Lipman of the Atlanta Fibroid Center to discuss fibroids in detail as well as the many ways they can affect women’s reproductive health:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tmV4aM-K5w&feature=youtu.be

 

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, our reproductive healthcare providers have the knowledge and experience to diagnose and treat uterine fibroids. Depending on a woman’s needs and preferences, fibroids can be treated with medications, minimally-invasive procedures, or surgery. For more information on fibroids including all the details on potential treatment options, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And don’t forget to ask about our full-service medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics.

 

Although it may not be as commonly known as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is in fact one of the most common reproductive health concerns facing women. According to data from the US Department of Health & Human Services, PCOS affects 1 in every 10 women of childbearing age. In the spirit of patient education, the reproductive healthcare experts here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett wanted to share a few important facts about PCOS that we believe all women should be aware of.

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Fact #1: Women with PCOS can still become pregnant.

PCOS is a very common cause of infertility in women. This is due to a hormonal imbalance that can interfere with the ovulation process. However, women with PCOS can become pregnant, oftentimes without seeking medical attention. Women with PCOS who are having a difficult time becoming pregnant may benefit from treatments including medications that can help induce ovulation or in vitro fertilization (or IVF).

Fact #2: PCOS is linked to other health problems in women.

In addition to infertility, PCOS can increase women's risk of developing potentially serious health concerns. Most notably diabetes, as it is estimated that over half of all women with PCOS develop type 2 diabetes by age 40. This includes gestational diabetes in pregnant women. PCOS can also significantly increase a woman’s chances of experiencing high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which can potentially lead to heart disease and stroke. There is also a link between PCOS and mental health issues including depression and anxiety.

Fact #3: Losing weight can help reduce the effects of PCOS.

Moderate weight loss can help lower blood glucose levels, improve the way the body uses insulin, and regulate hormones. Maintaining a healthy, stable body weight can also help make menstrual cycles more regular and lower women’s risk of experiencing fertility issues associated with PCOS.

The board-certified gynecologists here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett have many years of experience diagnosing and treating women with PCOS. We understand that every woman has different needs and preferences, so we take the time to fully discuss their situation and help establish an individualized treatment plan that is most beneficial for them. If you would like more information about PCOS or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news, tips, and more.

 

 

Endometriosis affects roughly one out of every ten women in the US, making it one of the most common reproductive health conditions in women. Despite how common it is, endometriosis remains a bit of a mystery. This is why our board-certified gynecologists here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett wanted to help clear the air on this complex and important subject. Continue reading below as our experts debunk some of the most common myths about endometriosis and how it affects women.

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Myth #1: Endometriosis Does Not Affect Young Women

Although the condition is most common for women who are in their 30’s and 40’s, the reality is that endometriosis can develop as early as a girl’s first period. Some gynecologists may not consider a diagnosis of endometriosis when teenage girls and younger women report familiar endometriosis symptoms such as pelvic pain and or pain during menstruation. However, women in their late teens or early 20’s are not too young to have endometriosis.

Myth #2: Having Endometriosis Means You Won’t Need to Take Birth Control

This is absolutely false. While it’s true that endometriosis can be associated with fertility issues in some women, the truth is that this is only the case for between 30-40% of women with endometriosis. We strongly recommend for women who do not wish to become pregnant to continue using their preferred birth control method even after an endometriosis diagnosis.

Myth #3: Irregular Bleeding is Always a Sign of Endometriosis

While it’s true that irregular bleeding is one of the symptoms most commonly associated with endometriosis, there are other reproductive health conditions that can also lead to abnormal menstruation. This includes polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), uterine fibroids, and pelvic inflammatory disease. It’s very important to be proactive after detecting irregular bleeding patterns and to get a timely diagnosis and begin potential treatment (if necessary) as soon as possible.

Knowledge is a very powerful tool in the fight for reproductive wellness. For women who do experience endometriosis, we offer a wide variety of treatment options including medications and surgical treatments to help ease your symptoms and get you back to feeling your very best. For more information on endometriosis or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare experts today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And don’t forget to ask about our full-service medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics.

 

 

 

 

While it may be a part of every woman’s life, no two women experience menopause the exact same way. Every journey into menopause is unique, so it’s understandable that this is such a common source of questions and concerns among the women we see here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. To help shed some light on menopause and how it can affect women during and after their transition, our board-certified gynecologists have answered some questions about each phase of the menopause process.

Question #1: How Long Does the Perimenopause Period Last?

menopause phasesThe perimenopause (or pre-menopause) period is the time when a woman’s body begins to transition into menopause. On average the perimenopause period lasts roughly four years. However, this can vary significantly from woman to woman. Some women may only experience a few months of perimenopause. By medical definition, perimenopause is not officially over until a woman has gone more than 12 months without having a menstrual period.

Question #2: At What Age Should I Expect to Enter Menopause

Like the length of the perimenopause period, the age at which each woman transitions into menopause will vary. In the US, the average age for a woman to reach menopause is 52. Premature menopause occurs when a woman transitions into menopause before she turns 40. This can happen for women who undergo a hysterectomy at a younger age. Women who experience premature menopause may have an increased risk of menopause-related health conditions like osteoporosis and heart disease.

Question #3: Will Hot Flashes & Other Symptoms Stop During the Post-Menopause Period?

In many cases, menopause symptoms like hot flashes will ease significantly during the post-menopause period. However, this is not a guarantee. Some women may experience these symptoms for as long as a decade following their transition into menopause. If this is the case, we offer treatments including hormone replacement therapy that are intended to reduce menopause symptoms like hot flashes and bone loss that can contribute to osteoporosis.

Menopause is complex and there is a lot to know. That’s why we are always happy to answer questions like this and more during our in-office appointments. For more information on menopause or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, updates, and more. And visit us at our full-service medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics for all of your cosmetic needs.

 

 

 

 

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