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In the past, women who experienced many of the most common vaginal health symptoms had few treatment options. Vaginal rejuvenation surgery could be of assistance, but some women may not be able (or simply prefer not) to undergo a surgical procedure. Femtouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation can serve as an ideal solution for women who experience these symptoms but may not be good candidates for vaginal rejuvenation surgery. Since it is still a relatively new procedure, many women do not know about the benefits laser vaginal rejuvenation can provide. In the spirit of patient education, our board-certified gynecologists wanted to highlight and debunk a few of the more common myths about laser vaginal rejuvenation treatments.

Ask the Gynecologists Questions About Laser Vaginal RejuvenationMyth #1: Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation is only for older women

This is false. Vaginal health symptoms like vaginal laxity or vaginal dryness can be caused by several different factors that may occur at a younger age in some women. As long as you have no specific health concerns that would keep you from safely undergoing this treatment, adult women of all ages can be great candidates for FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation.

Myth #2: Female procedures like Endometrial Ablation or a Hysterectomy can prevent women from undergoing Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation

Although every woman is different, and circumstances may vary, there is little reason that undergoing other gynecological procedures like the ones mentioned above would prevent you from getting laser vaginal rejuvenation. However, to confirm that you are a good candidate for laser vaginal rejuvenation treatment, it’s important to consult with your board-certified gynecologist before making any decisions.

Myth #3: Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments can be very painful

One of the most appealing aspects of FemTouch™ treatments for many women is that the treatments are performed quickly and are virtually pain-free. In some cases, there may be a mild, temporary heat sensation immediately following your treatment, but we can prescribe a soothing hydrating gel if this occurs.

We hope you found this information helpful and informative. If you are experiencing vaginal dryness, vaginal itching, pain during sex, or stress urinary incontinence and think you might be a good candidate for FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation, the first step is meeting with your board-certified gynecologist. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is among the more common gynecological concerns for adult women. According to estimates from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), PCOS affects about 15% of all women in the US. Though despite how common it is, many women may not know very much about this condition and the effects it can have. PCOS occurs when a woman experiences an excess of male hormones known as androgens that causes a hormone imbalance. The condition can cause issues related to menstruation and fertility, and potentially lead to long-term health problems like diabetes and heart disease if left untreated. Since we believe strongly in the importance of early diagnosis of gynecological conditions, we wanted to educate our readers by discussing how PCOS is diagnosed and treated in women.

What are the Common Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome PCOSThe first step in diagnosing polycystic ovary syndrome is discussing your symptoms and medical history, including any issues with your menstrual periods or weight fluctuation you have experienced. Although there is no definitive test for PCOS, we can screen for it in a few different ways. A pelvic exam can be performed to check for ovarian enlargement. In some cases, a blood test is done to analyze hormone levels. For some women, performing an ultrasound can be an effective way to check on the appearance of the ovaries and the thickness of the uterine lining.

Once a woman is diagnosed with PCOS, there are different ways we may approaching treating her condition. Treating PCOS can focus on managing individual symptoms such as infertility, acne, or obesity. Sometimes simple lifestyle changes can make a difference. For example, maintaining a healthier diet and exercising are highly recommended and can often help women with PCOS. Even a modest reduction in bodyweight or body mass index (BMI) can prove beneficial.

Medications can also be used to help women with PCOS manage their symptoms. Birth control pills that contain estrogen and progestin can restore a normal hormone balance, regulate ovulation, and relieve certain PCOS symptoms like excess hair growth. Other hormone-balancing medications like anti-androgen pills or insulin-sensitizing drugs may also be of assistance. For women with PCOS who are trying to become pregnant and do not want to take birth control, medications used to induce ovulation or surgery can potentially help.

Every woman is different and finding the right treatment plan for you depends entirely on your specific symptoms and preferences. However, the earlier PCOS is diagnosed, the more treatment options will likely be available to you. Our board-certified gynecologists have extensive experience diagnosing and treating PCOS and will work with you to create the best-possible treatment plan for your needs. For more information on this condition or to schedule an appointment today with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould or any of our other providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more news, tips, and details on our upcoming health & wellness events.

Ask any woman who has gone through menopause and they will likely tell you, the perimenopause (or pre-menopause) period can be very difficult. It is during this time that a woman’s body begins to produce less estrogen than it had previously. It’s natural for women to experience changes in their menstrual cycle as well as other symptoms like hot flashes, sleep issues, unstable moods, and more. Although every woman will eventually have to go through menopause, the transition can affect all women differently. To help provide some clarity on what you can expect during this transition, our board-certified gynecologists have answered a few commonly-asked questions about the symptoms of menopause and how they can be most effectively managed.

signs of menopauseQuestion #1: Is it true that exercise can help regulate my symptoms during the perimenopause period?

This is true. Working out has been proven to help women with their symptoms during perimenopause by reducing physical and emotional stress. Exercising regularly during menopause can reduce emotional side effects like depression and anxiety, while also keeping off weight gain that is common during this time. Additionally, working out can help women reduce their risk of physical conditions associated with menopause including osteoporosis, as well as common illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. We recommend for women to try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise, or 75 minutes of more strenuous aerobic activity, every week.

Question #2: Are there behaviors or habits that can make hot flashes more severe?

Yes. Abusing tobacco or excessively consuming alcohol during menopause can often make hot flashes more severe. Excess stress can also increase the frequency and intensity of hot flashes, so try to manage your stress in a healthy way. Exercising regularly and performing breathing exercises can help as well.

Question #3: How can I determine which form of hormone therapy is the best fit for my needs?

Some women who need help managing their symptoms during perimenopause may turn to hormone therapy treatments. Hormone therapy replenishes the body’s supply of hormones like estrogen and/or progestogen to help reduce the effects of menopause. There are two types of hormone therapy treatments: systemic and local. Systemic therapy releases replacement hormones into the bloodstream using a pill, injections, skin patches, or topical gels or sprays. Once they reach the bloodstream, the hormones travel to the organs and tissues where they are most needed. Local therapy uses a vaginal ring, tablet, or cream to help women who are experiencing issues more specific to the vaginal area, including vaginal dryness or itching. Determining the appropriate type of hormone replacement therapy for your needs depends on your health, the degree of your symptoms, and your personal preference.

Menopause is a complex issue and it’s understandable if you still have some additional questions. If so, don’t hesitate to contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett to schedule an appointment today. Our board-certified gynecologists will work with you to help make your transition into menopause as smooth as possible. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, updates, and more. 

For many women, it can be difficult to discuss matters involving their reproductive health. This is quite natural. However, finding the right gynecologist for your needs can be a way to gain a trustworthy guide and partner in your journey towards female reproductive wellness. Gynecological health is a very personal, intimate topic and it can be hard to find someone you trust with this information. That’s why we wanted to provide a few simple tips on how women can find the right gynecologist for them.

finding the right gynecologistLook for the Proper Qualifications

First and foremost, it’s important to find a gynecologist that you know is qualified and experienced enough to provide the care you deserve. This begins by determining if your prospective candidates are certified by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the foremost authority on reproductive wellness for women.

Check out Online Reviews

Once you find a gynecologist you think might be a good fit, take some time to check out their reviews on websites like Google, Facebook, and medical directories like HealthGrades and Vitals. These reviews can provide an easy (and free) way to see what patients think about these doctors, their office environments, average wait times, the friendliness of their staff, ability to communicate, and more. Take a look at star ratings. A few negative reviews among many good ones is normal, but a surplus of complaints can be a sign that something isn’t right.

Does Your Gynecologist Have a Variety of Skills & Expertise?

Experience dealing with a variety of different female concerns is important and something to keep in mind. The more experience your prospective gynecologist has with a specific condition or procedure, the better your care will likely be. Keep in mind that some doctors focus exclusively on obstetrics and others exclusively on gynecology. If you have a specific condition that you’re concerned about, like endometriosis for example, ask how many patients with that condition they have treated. The same goes for specific procedures you may be in need of like a hysterectomy or endometrial ablation.

The Fit Feels Right

Most importantly, your gynecologist must be someone who makes you feel comfortable, at ease, and informed. After all, this is someone who you will be discussing highly sensitive topics with and performing your gynecological exams. In order for the relationship to work, your gynecologist must be someone you trust completely and will have your best interests at heart. For some women, gender can be a factor when choosing a gynecologist. Some may prefer to only work with female gynecologists. It’s simply a matter of personal preference.

Finding the right gynecologist is an extremely important step towards achieving and maintaining the best-possible reproductive health. Hopefully these tips can help guide your search and bring you closer to finding the board-certified gynecologist capable of providing the care that you deserve. For more information or to schedule an appointment, 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.

Urinary incontinence, a condition that causes unwanted urine leakage from your bladder, affects women of all ages. It is especially common for older women and women who have already gone through menopause. Although urinary incontinence does not pose any significant risk to a woman’s health, it can be a source of considerable frustration and embarrassment. Since we at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett try to put an emphasis on patient education, we thought it would be helpful to present a few facts about urinary incontinence to help women better understand this condition, how it can affect them, and what treatment options are available.

What to Ask Your Gynecologist about Urinary IncontinenceFact #1: Urinary Incontinence Comes in Different Forms

There are several different types of urinary incontinence. Each form of incontinence has its own causes and triggers and can affect people differently. For example, stress urinary incontinence (the most common form of urinary incontinence) can be triggered by physical activities like laughing, sneezing, coughing, or working out. Whereas an overactive bladder (due to frequent bladder muscle contractions) or overflow incontinence prevents people from fully emptying their bladder, leading to overflow that can unexpectedly leak out. In order to find the most beneficial treatment for your incontinence issues, it’s important to visit with a board-certified gynecologist who specializes in incontinence to determine what is causing your symptoms.

Fact #2: Your Weight Can Lead to Urinary Incontinence

Being overweight increases a woman’s risk of urinary incontinence. Carrying excess weight puts additional pressure on the bladder, which can cause a weakening of the bladder muscles over time. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), losing even a small amount of weight (less than 10% of your total body weight) can greatly decrease your chances of experiencing incontinence.

Fact #3: Women are More Susceptible to Urinary Incontinence

Although men can experience urinary incontinence, it is much more common in women. Bodily changes that are unique to women like pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause can affect the urinary tract and the surrounding muscles and increase the chances of urinary incontinence. A shorter urethra makes women more prone to urinary tract infections, which can lead to incontinence. Also, the urethral sphincter muscle is part of the pelvic floor. Weakening of the pelvic floor muscles can lead to leakage of urine. The male urethral sphincter is located near the bladder and away from the pelvic floor muscles.

The good news is that urinary incontinence is treatable. Depending on your situation, we may recommend medication, devices like pessaries or urethral inserts, FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments, or surgery. Since successfully treating urinary incontinence requires treating the underlying cause of your symptoms, it is essential to begin by seeing an experienced, board-certified gynecologist to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition. During your appointment, we will discuss your symptoms and perform a pelvic exam to determine the extent and the root cause of your incontinence. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

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