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Vaginal itching is among the most common reproductive health concerns for women. Itching or irritation can be uncomfortable regardless of where it occurs but itching in an area as sensitive as the vagina can be especially frustrating. Vaginal itching can affect the inside of the vagina, the vaginal opening, and/or the vulvar area (including the labia). In order to properly treat vaginal itching, we must first get to the root of your issue and determine what is causing your discomfort. That’s why our gynecological healthcare providers wanted to take some time to highlight a few of the most common causes of vaginal itching.

What Causes Vaginal ItchingYeast Infections

A yeast infection is the first thing that comes to mind for many women who experience vaginal itching. This common vaginal infection occurs when an overgrowth of yeast causes an imbalance in the natural bacteria that exists in the vagina. In addition to vaginal itching, a yeast infection can also produce a thick, white, vaginal discharge.

Other Vaginal Infections

Often confused for a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis (BV) is another type of vaginal infection that can also cause persistent vaginal itching. Unlike a yeast infection that is caused by excess production of yeast, BV occurs when there is an overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria. Other common symptoms of BV to be aware of include inflammation, burning, and a fishy-smelling discharge.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Various sexually transmitted infections (also known as STDs) can be the source of a woman’s vaginal itching. Some of the more common STIs that can cause vaginal itching include chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, and pubic lice (also known as “crabs”).

Menopause

Entering menopause can instigate several changes to a woman’s body including a reduction in the levels of natural estrogen production. This lack of estrogen that occurs during the perimenopause (or pre-menopause) period can lead to vaginal dryness, which in turn can lead to vaginal itching.

In some cases, vaginal itching can be caused by something as minor as using the wrong laundry detergent or feminine hygiene product. However, if you experience vaginal itching that is severe or doesn’t go away after a few days, we recommend coming into our office to speak with one of our gynecological healthcare providers to make sure you’re not dealing with anything more serious. For more information on vaginal itching and how it can be treated, contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett to schedule an appointment today. You can also follow us Facebook and Twitter for additional healthcare tips, news, and more.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we strive to provide the women who come into our office with the best experience possible every time they come to see us. However, providing world-class reproductive and gynecological health services is just part of the way we try to positively impact the lives of the people who depend on us. We work hard to go the extra mile before, during, and after our appointments to make sure every woman we take care of is put in a position to achieve long-term reproductive health and wellness. Continue reading to hear firsthand testimonial accounts our patients:

We Go the Extra Mile for Women at Gynecology Associates of GwinnettI cannot say enough about this group and how wonderful they are. As a patient suffering from endometriosis and fibroids, they have gone out of their way to ensure that I am receiving the best treatment possible. They are one of the few doctors’ offices that I’ve been to that truly cares about their patients, not only in their medical treatment, but on a personal level as well. I am so grateful to have found such an amazing group of doctors and their amazing staff as well!

- DJ

I called last week for an appointment, and they fit me in quickly with their physician assistant, Nikki. I went for the first time yesterday and left with no regrets. I loved everything about the clinic and the physician assistant I met with. They were attentive from beginning to end. I would highly recommend them to any woman. The front desk, medical assistant, and physician assistant were all great. They helped me feel relaxed knowing how bad my anxiety was. Very happy!

- KG

This place is amazing. From ages 18 - 37 I only saw one gynecologist. She was like family, knew everything about my health, and cared about her patients. So, when she retired this year I didn’t know what to do! I don’t feel like people practice medicine like that anymore. My friend recommended this practice and I am so glad that I made an appointment! The nurses were fantastic and made me feel so comfortable. The physician assistant took her time to get to know me. I never felt rushed. Then a week later, I thought I was having a urinary tract infection so I called and they fit me in. I am so thankful I found this great practice!

MH

It’s so wonderful to hear from people who we have been able to help. We take pride in making sure a visit to our office is as convenient, professional, and comfortable as every woman deserves. For more information or to schedule your appointment with us, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional reproductive health information, news, and details on our upcoming Health & Wellness events.

For women who are completely sure they are finished having children or those that know they do not want to become pregnant in the future, female sterilization may be a possible option. Female sterilization is a highly effective form of long-term birth control intended to eliminate the risk of unplanned pregnancy without the need for hormone supplements or devices like an IUD (intrauterine device) or implant. For some women, it can be a tremendous relief to be protected from unwanted pregnancy without having to worry about remembering to take a birth control pill every day. For anyone who is curious about how female sterilization is performed, we have taken some time to outline the procedure and the benefits that it can provide.

Answering Common Questions About Female SterilizationTubal ligation, also known as having your “tubes tied”, is the most common form of birth control in the US. During this surgical procedure, the fallopian tubes are either blocked or sealed in an effort to prevent the transportation of eggs to the uterus and block sperm from entering the tubes. The procedure is performed under anesthesia and in many cases, the woman is able to return home within a few hours after her tubal ligation is complete.

Immediately after the procedure is over, we will monitor the woman’s condition to make sure that she is recovering well and that there were no complications. It can take between two and five days to fully recover from tubal ligation surgery. A follow-up appointment two weeks following this surgery is customary.

In addition to be extremely effective (as high as 99%), tubal ligation is safe for almost all women. Some women prefer female sterilization to other birth control methods like birth control pills, implants, IUDs (intrauterine device) since the procedure will not affect their hormones, menstrual cycle, or sexual drive.

It’s important to remember that opting for a sterilization procedure is a very serious decision that cannot be made lightly. If a woman thinks there is any chance at all that she may still want to become pregnant in the future and prefer to keep her options open, we offer other forms of long-acting birth control that may be a more appropriate choice. For more information on female sterilization or to schedule an appointment with one of our gynecological healthcare providers today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events like our bi-weekly boot camps. 

“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.

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