There is an undeniable link between stress and reproductive health. High stress levels can contribute to several gynecological health issues including fertility issues, problems with your period, and a decreased sex drive. We understand that it can be difficult to avoid getting stressed out, but there are healthy ways to help manage and cope with your stress. This includes what you eat. It’s a fact that certain foods can help women reduce their stress levels, and in turn, promote better reproductive and general health. Here are a few such foods you may want to try:

4 Foods That Can Help Women Reduce StressNuts

Nuts are loaded with nutrients like B vitamins and healthy fatty acids that can naturally help improve the quality of your diet and lower stress levels. Almonds, cashews, walnuts, and especially pistachios can also help women reduce their blood pressure. However, remember to limit your serving size to just a handful a day if you’re concerned about excess calories.

Dark Chocolate

Eating small amounts of dark chocolate can also be helpful in reducing stress. Dark chocolate can actively lower the levels of stress hormones in a woman’s body. Additionally, simply indulging in something as pleasurable as treating yourself to a piece of chocolate can be its own form of stress relief for many people.


In addition to providing a delicious way to jazz up any salad or sandwich, avocados can also help with stress. Avocados are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that can reduce stress and anxiety levels, and even ease depression symptoms by improving communication between nerve cells. Thanks to their versatility, avocados can easily be integrated into many different kinds of snacks or meals.

Fatty Fish

Much like avocados, certain kinds of fatty fish can also be an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is likely the most common thing many people will think of when hearing “fatty fish”, but tuna, halibut, herring, trout, and sardines can all contribute to lower stress levels and better cardiovascular health.

Stress is a natural and unavoidable part of life. Hopefully following these recommendations can help form a healthier diet that can cut back on your stress levels and improve your overall and reproductive health. For more information on reproductive health and nutrition, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould or physician assistant Nikki McCann, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more reproductive tips, updates, and info on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we are proud to offer FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation. FemTouch™ treatments are designed to help women who experience several of the most common vaginal health symptoms including vaginal laxity (looseness), vaginal dryness, vaginal itching, and more. It can also help treat the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence. To help paint a clearer picture of what FemTouch™ is capable of and which women can benefit from it, our board-certified gynecologists have taken some time to answer a few common questions about the treatment.

Answering Common Questions About Laser Vaginal RejuvenationIs it safe for women to undergo multiple FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments?

It is perfectly safe for a woman to undergo multiple FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments. Some women may only require one FemTouch™ treatment session to achieve their personal goals. In other instances, additional treatments may be required in order to provide the best possible vaginal rejuvenation results. Even women who initially achieved the results they desired can benefit from annual follow-up treatments to help maintain their results over time.

Can FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation impact a woman’s sex drive?

FemTouch™ treatments can help some women increase their diminished sex drive. Certain vaginal health symptoms like vaginal laxity (looseness), vaginal dryness or vaginal irritation can make having sex unsatisfying, painful, or uncomfortable, resulting in a lower sex drive. FemTouch™ can help increase a woman’s desire for sex by treating these symptoms and making sex more enjoyable.

Q.) Can women with a history of abnormal Pap tests undergo FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation?

A history of abnormal Pap smears should not interfere with a woman’s desire to undergo laser vaginal rejuvenation treatments. Since Pap testing is performed on the cervix, it should not impact the areas treated during FemTouch™ treatments. However every woman’s gynecological health is different. It’s important to consult with your board-certified gynecologist and confirm that your Pap testing is up to date before undergoing FemTouch™ treatments.

I have seen firsthand the amazing, sometimes life-changing results FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation can provide for women of all ages. But to be sure that FemTouch™ is right for your specific gynecological needs, it’s important to first consult with a board-certified gynecologist. For more information on laser vaginal rejuvenation or to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional questions, tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, part of our practice philosophy has always been that there is a connection between maintaining a positive body image and overall wellness for women. In short, looking good and feeling good can go hand-in-hand in many cases. Having self-confidence in your appearance can be a positive force for reducing stress and maintaining good emotional health. So, in the spirit of helping women look and feel their best, we are excited to announce our upcoming Ladies Luxury Luncheon event.

The Ladies Luxury Luncheon will be held on Friday, November 16th, 2018 at the Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett office in Lawrenceville from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Come by to enjoy exclusive discounts on cosmetic treatments, skincare products, handmade jewelry, and so much more. Light lunch and refreshments will be provided for everyone in attendance.

For many women, achieving the appearance that they most desire starts with the face. This is why we’ll be offering chances to save on our entire selection of cosmetic injectable treatments including Botox® Cosmetic injections and facial filler injections. Guests in attendance can take 10% off all Botox® injections and $100 off the second syringe of any facial filler treatment. Additionally, all skincare products from Revision® Skincare will be 30% off during the Ladies Luxury Luncheon. Lastly, for women who experience more intimate concerns like vaginal dryness, vaginal itching, pain during sex, or the effects of stress urinary incontinence, we will be offering a special 20% off discount on FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments.

The Ladies Luxury Luncheon will also provide our guests with the perfect opportunity to spruce up their jewelry collection or find the perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season. Local jewelry maker Michelle Redmond will be on-hand with a wide selection of amazing, handmade jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more available for purchase. There will also be a drawing to win a free bracelet for some lucky lady in attendance.

We can’t wait to see everyone at the Ladies Luxury Luncheon! The event is free to attend, but an RSVP in-advance is required. Jewelry purchases must be made with cash or check. All treatment discounts may be claimed for up to one full month after the date of the event for those in attendance. For more information or to RSVP today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, news, and details on all of our upcoming health and wellness events.

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Endometriosis is among the most common causes of pelvic pain for women. In fact, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), about 1 in every 10 women in the US will experience endometriosis in their lifetime. The condition occurs when endometrial (uterine lining) tissue extends beyond the uterus. The most common site of endometriosis implants are the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and pelvic walls. In response to normal hormone fluctuations, the implants create inflammation, which leads to fibrosis, scarring, and resultant pain. These endometrial implants may grow and bleed, leading to surrounding tissue in areas like the ovaries and fallopian tubes becoming irritated, inflamed, and swollen and the formation of scar tissue. In addition to chronic pain in the pelvis (especially during menstrual periods), endometriosis can also cause pain during sex and heavy or prolonged menstrual periods. There is also a strong link between endometriosis and serious gynecological issues including infertility and ovarian cancer.

3 Tips to Manage Your Endometriosis SymptomsThankfully, endometriosis can be treated. Like any other medical condition, the earlier endometriosis is diagnosed and treated, the better. Determining the most beneficial and appropriate treatment plan requires consultation with a board-certified gynecologist. But to help women get a better idea of their available options, we have outlined the most common and recommended treatments for endometriosis.

Medication-Based Treatments for Endometriosis:

The first step towards treating the symptoms of endometriosis involves trying one or more medications, typically starting with over-the-counter pain meds like ibuprofen. However, pain meds cannot treat the root cause of endometriosis pain. Since pain medications cannot treat the underlying cause of endometriosis, hormone-based medications may be needed. These include birth control pills, hormonal IUD’s, or GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) agonists like Lupron and Orilissa.

Surgical Treatments for Endometriosis:

For women who are unable to successfully treat their endometriosis with medication alone, gynecological surgery can provide a solution. Surgery allows for removal of the endometriosis implants by excision or electrocautery without the need to remove reproductive organs. In cases where symptoms are especially severe or persist after the initial surgery, we may recommend an ablation or a hysterectomy with or without removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries.

Choosing the right endometriosis treatment depends largely on the extent of your symptoms, your medical history, and whether you want to have children in the future. For more information on endometriosis or if you would like to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for additional tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Gynecology Associates of GwinnettOctober is here, which means it is once again National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is the perfect time to raise awareness and discuss how breast cancer can be successfully prevented, diagnosed, and treated. Since we at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett pride ourselves on providing women with knowledge to help promote the best gynecological and overall wellness, our reproductive health experts wanted to offer the following stats about breast cancer:

  • Just over 12% of women (or 1 in 8) in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
  • An estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the US this year.
  • Additionally, 63,960 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer are estimated to be diagnosed.
  • It is estimated that roughly 40,920 women in the US will die from breast cancer this year; however, mortality rates from breast cancer have consistently declined over the last 30 years due to medical advances, increased screening and awareness.
  • Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer for women behind skin cancer.
  • Last year, about 30% of all newly diagnosed cancers in women were breast cancers.
  • There are currently over 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the US, including those currently receiving treatment and survivors.
  • The risk of developing breast cancer nearly doubles for women with a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Considering the prevalence of breast cancer, it’s especially important for woman to keep up with their annual breast exams and screenings. Early detection of breast cancer is crucial for successful treatment, as this greatly improves the chances of detecting the cancer before it has spread. The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends annual screening mammograms starting at age 40 as well as annual clinical breast exams starting at age 19. Additionally, performing regular breast self-exams is highly recommended as a way to detect any lumps or other abnormalities that may occur between annual exams.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we perform breast exams as part of our annual well woman exams. Although preventing breast cancer can be impossible in some cases, understanding your risk and keeping up with your breast exams and screenings can be highly beneficial for any woman. To schedule your well woman exam today, contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

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