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.

Excessive menstrual bleeding can be a source of considerable frustration. Heavy bleeding can lead to the need to change a pad or tampon frequently, periods that last an unusually long time, or even anemia due to excessive blood loss. In some cases, heavy or irregular bleeding can be treated with hormone-based medications. However, this approach may not work for every woman. Thankfully, there are alternatives.

ablationEndometrial ablation is a gynecological procedure designed to help women reduce their menstrual flow. When performed by our board-certified gynecologists, endometrial ablation can provide long-term relief for women who experience excessive bleeding by surgically removing (ablating) a thin layer of the lining of the uterus. Most women are incredibly satisfied with their results. Below we answer some commonly asked questions about endometrial ablation and which women it may be able to help:

Which Women are Good Candidates for Endometrial Ablation?

Endometrial ablation can help women who experience heavier-than-normal menstrual bleeding who cannot be treated with medication alone. Some women are not able to successfully treat their excessive bleeding with hormone-based medications or prefer not to take these meds due to fear of certain side effects. Additionally, some women prefer endometrial ablation to more invasive surgical alternatives like a hysterectomy. We would not recommend endometrial ablation for women who wish to become pregnant in the future, as the procedure can increase the chances of pregnancy complications.

What is Recovery Like Following Endometrial Ablation?

We perform endometrial ablation as an outpatient procedure. This means that you can go home the same day following your procedure. Some minor side effects including cramping, nausea, and frequent urination may occur for one or two days after your ablation. Some women may notice a thin, watery discharge mixed with blood for a few weeks, but this is temporary.

Will My Need for Gynecological Screenings Change After Endometrial Ablation?

No. Endometrial ablation only affects the lining of the uterus. This means that a woman will still have all of her reproductive organs following her procedure. Regular well woman exams including Pap testing and pelvic exams will still be necessary.

We hope you found these answers informative and helpful. When it comes to maintaining the best-possible reproductive health and wellness, there is no such thing as too much information. If you have any questions of your own or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for additional tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Living with vaginismus can turn routine things like inserting a tampon or sexual intercourse into a frustrating, uncomfortable ordeal. Vaginismus is a condition in which the vaginal muscles contract involuntarily during any form of vaginal penetration. Depending on the woman, the effects of vaginismus can vary from mild discomfort to severe pain. As we always say, patient education and knowledge are highly effective tools for women who try to maintain the best-possible reproductive health. This is why our board-certified gynecologists are happy to answer a few common questions about vaginismus.

Ask the Gynecologists Common Questions about VaginismusWhat are the Different Types of Vaginismus?

Vaginismus is classified into two types; primary vaginismus and secondary vaginismus. Primary vaginismus refers to women who were born with their condition. Secondary vaginismus describes when vaginal penetration was once possible but can no longer be achieved. Some women may develop secondary vaginismus after menopause as a result of diminished estrogen production. Additionally, some women have vaginismus pain during all situations (global vaginismus), while others only experience symptoms in specific situations (situational vaginismus).

What Causes Vaginismus?

This question can have many different answers depending on the specific woman affected. There are several potential physical and psychological causes of vaginismus. Moreover, it can be challenging to pinpoint the exact cause of a woman’s symptoms. In many cases, vaginismus can be triggered by emotional responses like anxiety and fear related to sex. However, vaginismus can sometimes occur as a reaction to menopause, childbirth, certain medical issues like vaginal infections, or as a side effect to some medications.

How Can Vaginismus be Diagnosed?

The first step in diagnosing vaginismus is discussing your symptoms and sexual history with a board-certified gynecologist. Specifically, when and how often these symptoms occur. We will then conduct a physical evaluation (including a pelvic exam). Since it's common for women with vaginismus to be anxious during pelvic exams, we do everything we can to be gentle and make the exam as comfortable as possible. During the exam, we will look for signs of potential infections or other issues that may be causing your symptoms.

Vaginismus is an intimate, personal issue that can be difficult to talk about. However, vaginismus is nothing to be ashamed of. Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we work with our patients to help diagnose the root cause of their issue in order to determine the most appropriate, beneficial treatment plan. If you would like more information on vaginismus, contact board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould to schedule your appointment today. And follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips, updates, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

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