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.

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.

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