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Anyone who has ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI) can speak firsthand about what a painful and irritating experience it can be. Although men can get UTIs as well, they are far more prevalent in women. According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in every 5 women will have a UTI at some point in her life, making it one of the most common infections for women. To help our readers prevent these unfortunate infections before they occur, our gynecological health providers have taken time to outline the most common causes of urinary tract infections.

What Causes a Urinary Tract InfectionHaving Vaginal Intercourse

Many UTIs occur as a result of having sex. During intercourse, bacteria can be transferred from the bowel or vaginal cavity into the urethra. We recommend emptying your bladder within 30 minutes of having sex to help lower your risk of getting a UTI.

Holding in Your Pee

Holding in our urine for extended periods of time (6 hours or more) can increase your risk of a UTI. When your bladder is full for this long, harmful bacteria have more time to overgrow and cause an infection. Even while traveling or when it may seem inconvenient, it’s important to go if you feel the need to do so.

Certain Forms of Birth Control

Switching forms of birth control can create a hormone shift in your body. This shift can alter the bacteria in the vagina, increasing the odds of a UTI. Additionally, using a diaphragm or spermicides may also cause an uptick in UTI risk for some women.

Certain Underwear & Feminine Products

We recommend changing dirty feminine pads and tampons frequently to help avoid UTIs while on your period. The type of underwear you choose matters too. Cotton underwear helps prevent excess moisture that can lead to excess bacterial growth. Avoid thongs with a thin G-string that can transfer bacteria.

Kidney Stones

In addition to being extremely painful, kidney stones are also commonly responsible for causing UTIs. Kidney stones can block the urinary tract, backing up urine and promoting an environment for bacteria to grow.

The good news is that, while painful, UTIs can be easily treated. Based on the specifics of your infection and medical history, we will prescribe a course of oral antibiotics that can generally take care of a UTI within a week. For more information or if you would like to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould or certified physician assistant Nikki McCann, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips and updates, and details on our upcoming Health & Wellness events.

Welcome to the latest installment in our ongoing Ask the Gynecologists series, where we take some time to answer questions that we receive about a variety of topics related to reproductive health and wellness for women. Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, our philosophy is that education is a critical part of maintaining the best-possible gynecological health. Keep reading for more information on birth control, non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation, and urinary tract infections.

Dr Kristine GouldQ.) What additional health benefits do birth control pills offer women?

A.) Birth control pills are a highly effective form of contraception for women, but they can also provide a variety other reproductive health benefits. For example, birth control pills are commonly recommended for women who need help managing pelvic pain that results from endometriosis. Birth control pills can also help make your periods more regular, lower your risk of certain gynecological cancers, and help ease symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). They can reduce cramping (dysmenorrhea) and decrease the amount of bleeding that occurs during menstruation.

Q.) What makes someone a good candidate for non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation?

A.) Vaginal laxity, either after giving birth or due to natural changes that occur over time, is very common among women. Any Woman who experiences this can be excellent candidate for FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation. FemTouch™ treatments can also help women who suffer with many of the most common vaginal health symptoms including vaginal itching, vaginal dryness, and painful or unsatisfying sex. Additionally, FemTouch™ can relieve bladder leakage that results from stress urinary incontinence.

Q.) How are urinary tract infections (UTIs) treated?

A.) In most cases, oral antibiotics are used to treat UTIs. The type of antibiotic used, as well as the dosage and length of your treatment period, depend on the type of bacteria that is causing the infection and your personal medical history. While UTI symptoms may disappear after one to two days, it’s important to finish all the antibiotics you were prescribed. Otherwise, the infection can linger on or even worsen.

We hope you found these answers informative and helpful. If you have any questions of your own for our board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. We work hard to create an environment where our patients can always feel comfortable asking even the most private and personal questions pertaining to their gynecological health and wellness. To learn more, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for additional tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Summer is approaching, and things are especially busy here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Although we have our hands full providing the Gwinnett area with the best in reproductive care, we wanted to take some time to fill everyone in on all the exciting news we have to share. In addition to the normal goings on in the office, we will be taking part in a very special Health & Wellness event this June. We are also thrilled to announce that we have a new member of our gynecological health team. So, without further ado, allow us to give you the details on everything going at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett.

You’re Invited! Fertility Forum

Save the date! We’ll be kicking off our summer event season with the Fertility Forum on Wednesday, June 6th at 6:30pm at our office in Lawrenceville. Stop by to take part in an in-depth discussion on fertility led by Desireé McCarthy-Keith, M.D. of Shady Grove Fertility. Dr. McCarthy-Keith is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and an expert on male and female fertility. This event is free to attend, and light fare and refreshments will be provided. Check out the flyer for all the details including how to RSVP! We hope to see you all there!

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Introducing Physician Assistant, Nikki McCann!

We are incredibly excited to welcome our newest member to the Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett family, Nikki McCann. Nikki is a certified Physician Assistant and Registered Dietitian. Originally from Johnson City, Tennessee, Nikki moved to Atlanta in 2011. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from East Tennessee State University as well as a Masters of Clinical Medical Science from Barry University in St. Petersburg, Florida. As a Physician Assistant and Registered Dietitian, Nikki will provide preventative care, as well as counseling on nutrition and dietary matters. Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to Nikki personally the next time you are in our office or contact us to schedule an appointment with her today.

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Bi-Weekly Boot Camps

Don’t forget that Dr. Gould and certified personal trainer Cody Black host bi-weekly boot camps on Saturdays at the Suwanee Sports Academy. These events are perfect for anyone trying to improve their physical conditioning and overall health. Check out our events and specials page for details on upcoming boot camp events.

We can’t wait to find out what great things this summer season will hold for Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. If you can’t make it to the Fertility Forum, keep an eye on the Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett event page for details on all of our upcoming health and wellness events. For more information or to schedule a consultation with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould or Nikki McCann, PA-C, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And don’t forget to follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for additional tips, updates and more.

Endometriosis is far more common than some women may realize. In fact, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), about 1 in every 10 women in the US will develop endometriosis in their lifetime. Despite how prevalent it is, there is much that women may not understand about endometriosis and the impact that it can have on their reproductive health and wellbeing. Endometriosis is a condition in which uterine lining tissue grows outside the uterus.

What are the Common Symptoms of EndometriosisThere is a strong association between endometriosis and infertility in women as well as an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. That’s why it’s so important for women who experience endometriosis to be quickly diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. To help identify potential warning signs, our board-certified gynecologists recommend keeping an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Unusual pelvic pain, throbbing, and cramping that may begin before your period and extend several days into your period.
  • Pain that occurs during or immediately after sex.
  • Discomfort or pain during bowel movements or urination.
  • Irregular bleeding in the form of heavier than normal periods or bleeding between menstrual cycles.
  • Infertility or difficulty becoming pregnant.
  • Regular nausea or vomiting, especially during menstrual periods.

While there is no cure for endometriosis, there are many ways to effectively manage its symptoms. We may recommend a variety of endometriosis treatment options including medications such as birth control pills, other hormone-based treatments, or surgery in some severe cases. For more information on endometriosis or if you would like to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould or our new Physician Assistant Nikki, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Stress is an underlying cause of up to 60% of illnesses and disease according to the American Institute of Stress. In addition to being associated with general health conditions including heart disease and high blood pressure, stress can also negatively impact a woman’s reproductive health and wellness. To help explain, our board-certified gynecologists are here to detail some of the ways chronic stress can affect a woman’s gynecological health.

How Does Stress Affect Gynecological HealthStress Can Affect the Menstrual Cycle

Chronic stress that builds up over time can alter the balance of hormones in the body, disrupting your normal menstruation cycle. The result may be an unpredictable cycle including periods that are irregularly heavy or light, late, or even missed entirely. In fact, women who work in overly-stressful jobs have a 50% higher risk of experiencing shortened menstrual cycles (less than 24 days) according to the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Stress Can Cause Fertility Problems

While the exact relationship between stress and fertility is still not completely clear, many reproductive health experts strongly believe that women with higher-than-normal levels of stress may have a more difficult time becoming pregnant. An increased level of alpha-amylase (an enzyme linked to stress) in the body has been linked to fertility issues for women.

Stress Can Decrease a Woman’s Sex Drive

Elevated hormone levels that you experience when you’re overstressed can also interfere with the hormones that orchestrate your sexual response. This can sometimes lead to a decreased sex drive. Additionally, high levels of stress can affect blood flow and lead to vaginal dryness, another vaginal health symptom that can make intercourse less satisfying or appealing.

Stress Can Lead to Vaginal Infections

The pH balance of the vagina can be delicate. High levels of stress can lower your immune system, throwing off the balance of healthy and unhealthy bacteria in the vagina. This increases your risk for common vaginal infections like yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.

It can be difficult to de-stress, especially when you consider that any of these reproductive health issues caused by stress can themselves create additional stress. With this in mind, try to think of ways in which you can help reduce stress in your life. We recommend getting regular exercise, finding time in your day to decompress and relax, and talking about your stress instead of letting it bubble under the surface. Your body will be glad you did. For more information on reproductive health or to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more health tips, news, and info on our upcoming health and wellness events.

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