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If there was a list of medical issues that women don’t feel comfortable discussing, urinary incontinence would likely rank fairly high on it. The involuntary bladder leakage associated with urinary incontinence can be a source of considerable embarrassment and frustration. However, the truth is that urinary incontinence is very common and nothing to be ashamed of. To help start a dialogue, our reproductive healthcare experts have provided some information on the causes of the various types of urinary incontinence and how they can be treated.

GAoGStress Urinary Incontinence

Stress urinary incontinence is the most common form of urinary incontinence. Women with stress urinary incontinence may experience an involuntary loss of urine after or during mild physical activities like laughing, sneezing, coughing, or exercising. It can be caused by the following:

  • · A weakening of the pelvic floor muscles that occurs after a significant bodily change like pregnancy, childbirth, or menopause
  • · Conditions that cause chronic sneezing or coughing like bronchitis or respiratory infections
  • · Obesity, as extra weight can put additional pressure on the bladder
  • · Hormonal imbalance that occurs after menopause due to a lack of estrogen produced by the body

Urge Incontinence

Women with urge incontinence have a sudden strong urge to urinate, which can be difficult to hold back. Urge incontinence can be caused by the following:

  • · Metabolic disorders like diabetes
  • · Health conditions that affect the bladder's nerves or other areas of the nervous system like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease
  • · Damage to the muscles in the bladder area

Overflow Incontinence

Overflow incontinence describes a condition in which a woman is unable to fully empty their bladder, leading to overflow which can unexpectedly leak out. If left untreated, it can cause bladder infections and other gynecological issues. Overflow incontinence can be caused by the following:

  • · A weakening of the bladder muscles
  • · Nerve damage in the bladder area
  • · Certain conditions that block the flow of urine, such as tumors
  • · Constipation, especially in older women

Thankfully, urinary incontinence can be treated. Depending on what type of urinary incontinence a woman experiences, her treatment options can range from lifestyle changes like dietary alterations, bladder exercises, medications, or non-surgical FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments.

Being open and communicating with a board-certified gynecologist can make all the difference for women who wish to find the right treatment for their bladder leakage once and for all. If you would like more information on urinary incontinence and how it can be treated, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett to schedule an appointment today. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, updates, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we have plenty to be thankful for. This year has been amazing, between adding new additions to our team of reproductive healthcare providers, opening our new medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, and providing women in the Gwinnett area with the best in gynecological and wellness services. According to healthcare experts, there are many positive health effects associated with feeling this kind of gratitude 

health tips from gwinnett gynecologistResearchers and health experts have concluded in recent years that there is a real link between thankfulness and physical health. This doesn’t mean that regularly saying “thank you” is the key to maintaining long-term wellness. However, it’s true that a consistently positive, thankful attitude can contribute to good psychological and physical health. Grateful people typically take better care of themselves, feel less stressed out, and engage in more protective behaviors including getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, making time for regular physical examinations.

To get into the spirit of the season, we wanted to share a few tips on how women can foster a more positive outlook this Thanksgiving and beyond:

  • Keep notes of things that make you feel grateful.  
  • Express your thanks to the special people in your life. Whether it be your partner, friends, family, co-workers or anyone you are thankful to have in your life, letting them know that you are grateful to have them around can greatly boost your mood (and theirs).
  • Start small. Try focusing on little things and gestures that make you feel happy instead of waiting for some larger event to happen. 
  • Write “Thank You” notes. With holiday gift-giving season approaching, this is the perfect time to get in the habit of showing your gratitude with a “Thank You” note.

We recommend trying this out for yourself this holiday season. While we can’t guarantee these steps will be able to improve your health, there’s no risk to maintaining a grateful and thankful attitude. For more information 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 additional news, tips, updates, and more.

Welcome back to our ongoing Ask the Gynecologists series, where we take some time to answer questions that we receive from women about common reproductive health concerns and how they can be treated. We take pride in our ability to educate our readers on issues they may be concerned with in an effort to alleviate any anxiety about certain gynecological conditions or treatments. So with this in mind, this month we have decided to focus on endometrial ablation, birth control, and yeast infections.

KGQuestion #1: Will my periods be affected by undergoing an endometrial ablation procedure?

Endometrial ablations are meant to decrease and/or stop menstrual periods. We use the Minerva system for endometrial ablation procedures in our office which boasts an amenorrhea (or no bleeding) rate of up to 70%. Between 85 - 95% of women are satisfied with the results of their procedure including significantly reduced bleeding.

Question #2: Is it true that birth control pills can lower my risk of ovarian cancer?

This is a fact. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women, so it makes sense to be proactive when it comes to prevention. In addition to working as a contraceptive, taking birth control pills can help lower your risk of developing ovarian cancer according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. It’s also true that the longer you take the pill, the more your ovarian cancer risk will decline as the years go on.

Question #3: How can I prevent the occurrence of yeast infections?

There are several things you can do to help prevent yeast infections including keeping your vaginal area clean by using mild, unscented soaps that won’t cause irritation. When using the restroom, we recommend wiping from front to back to avoid spreading yeast or other bacteria towards the vagina or urinary tract. Try to wear loose, breathable clothing and change out of any wet clothing or bathing suits as soon as possible. We also suggest reducing your sugar intake, as high sugar levels can help promote yeast production in the body.

We hope you found these answers informative and helpful. If you have any questions of your own, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers. For more information or to schedule an appointment today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and details on our new medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics.

Menopause is complicated. The truth is that it can affect every woman differently. The specific symptoms, as well as their severity, that a woman experiences during her transition into menopause and after its completion can vary drastically from person to person. This is why we feel it is so important for women to understand what menopause may entail in order to properly adjust to their transition.

GAoG Menopause
There are several symptoms commonly associated with menopause including hot flashes, erratic moods, vaginal dryness, and decreased sex drive. However, the effects of menopause can be far more wide-reaching than this for some women. That’s why our reproductive healthcare providers wanted to take some time to detail a few of the less common menopause symptoms that women should be aware of. 

Heart Disease

Women who have already gone through menopause can have a higher risk of heart disease and blood vessel issues. During menopause, a woman’s body stops naturally producing the hormone estrogen. Depleted estrogen levels can increase a woman’s risk for developing conditions commonly associated with heart disease like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. We recommend eating healthy, exercising regularly, and being proactive when it comes to heart health. 

Urinary Tract Infections

Menopause can also lead to an increased risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) for some women. During menopause, many women experience a weakening of the vaginal walls and a thinning of the urethra that may allow bacteria to more easily reach the bladder. This lingering bacteria is a common cause of UTIs. In the case of a UTI, a course of oral antibiotics can be an effective treatment.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis can also occur as a result of menopause. Low estrogen can also trigger a period of bone loss in many women, especially during the perimenopausal and menopausal periods. The longer a woman’s estrogen levels are depleted, the more bone mass she may lose. This is why women who experience early menopause are often especially susceptible to osteoporosis. Thankfully, there are measures women can take to keep their bones healthy and strong as they enter menopause including exercising regularly and eating a diet rich in nutrients like calcium and vitamin D.

We understand that menopause is a complex issue and many readers may have additional questions of their own. If this is the case, please don’t hesitate to contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare experts today. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, updates, and more. Also, ask us about our new medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics.

We are incredibly excited to announce the upcoming launch of our brand new full-service medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics. Our reproductive healthcare providers have always felt that beauty, skin care, and helping people feel great about their appearance are critical components of overall wellness. Unlike other local med spas, MadEmEl provides the professionalism, care, and discretion that Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett is known for. MadEmEl will help bring us even closer to becoming a source of health and wellness services for our patients in the metro Atlanta area. To help celebrate the birth of MadEmEl, we will be hosting a Grand Opening Open House Event!

MadEmEl OH Flyer October 2019 WEBThe event will be held on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 from 12pm to 6pm at the MadEmEl office located at 601 Professional Drive (Suite 315) in Lawrenceville. Our hope is that the Open House will allow us to properly introduce MadEmEl to the Gwinnett community. We will be offering outstanding discounts (30% OFF) on our entire line of cosmetic treatments and services and skin care products. This includes cosmetic injectable treatments such as Botox® and facial fillers, CoolSculpting® Non-Surgical Fat Reduction, cosmetic laser services, and so much more!

To help make the event extra special, we will also be providing complimentary consultations with our experienced and licensed skin care experts, treatment demonstrations, and chances to meet with representatives from top cosmetic brands. There will be opportunities to win free cosmetic treatments including CoolSculpting® Non-Surgical Fat Reduction, Botox® Cosmetic Injections, HydraFacial treatments, and Lumenis® Cosmetic Laser services. Hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and cocktails will be provided as an extra special treat for our guests in attendance.

Our hope is that this Grand Opening Open House will be the first step in establishing a long-term bond with the entire Gwinnett community. It means so much to us to have the opportunity to meet so many new faces and see plenty of our existing patients too. This event is FREE to attend. We highly recommend RSVP’ing to secure your spot today! For more information on MadEmEl or to RSVP for the Grand Opening Open House event, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

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