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Welcome to another edition of our ongoing “Ask the Gynecologists” series. This month, we have decided to focus our attention on one of the most in-demand gynecological services we offer: FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation. FemTouch™ is an amazing treatment designed to treat a woman’s most intimate concerns including vaginal laxity, vaginal dryness, stress urinary incontinence, and more. Despite its significant increase in popularity in recent years, there is still a lot about this fantastic service that many women may not know. With this in mind, our board-certified gynecologists we are happy to answer a few questions about FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation.

Ask the Gynecologists Questions About Laser Vaginal RejuvenationQ.) How does FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation differ from vaginal rejuvenation surgery?

A.) Non-surgical laser vaginal rejuvenation treatments and vaginal rejuvenation surgery are designed to treat the same vaginal health symptoms. The main difference between the surgical and non-surgical approach is how each procedure is performed. During vaginal rejuvenation surgery, the vagina is tightened using surgical tools. Laser vaginal rejuvenation treatments (like FemTouch™) use a laser to naturally stimulate and rebuild the vaginal wall. Surgical vaginal rejuvenation may not be right for some women due to a variety of reasons including their specific condition, time constraints, or a natural aversion to surgery.

Q.) Is there anything I can do at home to replicate the effects of FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation?

A.) Unfortunately, there are no home remedies for vaginal laxity, the other common vaginal health symptoms, or stress urinary incontinence. In some cases, Kegel exercises can provide modest vaginal tightening. However, they can only do so much. There are some medications that may be able to help women with vulvovaginal atrophy, including estrogen vaginal cream, Intrarosa®, and Osphena®, although they don’t work for everyone.

Q.) What Will My Recovery Be Like Following FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation?

A.) One of the things women love so much about FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation is that they can achieve excellent vaginal rejuvenation and tightening results without any downtime needed for recovery. We perform FemTouch™ treatments in our office, so no hospital visits will be required. Generally, women can resume their normal daily activities after their treatment session is complete.

FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation can provide outstanding, life-changing vaginal rejuvenation results for women of all ages. However, it’s important to consult with a board-certified gynecologist first to make sure that FemTouch™ is the most appropriate treatment option for your reproductive healthcare needs. For more information on laser vaginal rejuvenation, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today to schedule your appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for additional tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

The various organs in the pelvic area are held in place by a system of supportive tissue and muscle. However, this support can break down and cause one or more of these organs to lose their position and drop toward or into the vaginal area. This is called pelvic organ prolapse. While pelvic organ prolapse may seem odd or abnormal, the truth is that it is far more common than many women may know. According to researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) affects up to 50% of women in the US. It is especially common for women who have undergone a hysterectomy or those who have already gone through menopause.

What Makes an Annual Pelvic Exam so ImportantPelvic organ prolapse can affect the uterus, bladder, rectum, or part of the small intestine, as well as the top of the vagina (or vaginal vault) in women who have had a hysterectomy. Despite how common this condition is, some experts consider it a secret medical epidemic since it is so rarely spoken about publicly. That’s why our board-certified gynecologists are here to explain how you can identify and get treatment for pelvic organ prolapse.

Pelvic organ prolapse can occur without any noticeable symptoms, or only mild symptoms that come on gradually. Many women may not even be aware that they have experienced a prolapse. In some cases, a slight bulge can be felt inside the vagina. In more serious cases, women may experience a feeling of pressure or fullness in the pelvic area, urinary incontinence, bowel issues, and more.

Although pelvic organ prolapse can be serious, it is treatable. Depending on each woman’s specific needs, there are a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options available. Determining the appropriate treatment plan depends on several factors including age, desire to become pregnant in the future, level of sexual activity, the severity of symptoms, and past medical history. In many cases, treatment begins with a non-surgical device called a pessary that can help provide support to the prolapsed organs. Depending on your condition, your gynecologist may also recommend self-care steps like Kegel exercises to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. For those who are not able to treat the prolapse with non-surgical methods, there are gynecological surgery options available based on the severity and specifics of your condition.

If you suspect you may be dealing with pelvic organ prolapse, don’t panic. Our board-certified gynecologists have considerable experience diagnosing and treating pelvic organ prolapse regardless of its level of severity. Contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today to schedule an appointment. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips, news, and information on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Osteoporosis is sometimes known as a "silent disease" because, in many cases, its symptoms may not be noticeable. However, for people with osteoporosis, the bones can become so weak that even a minor bump or fall can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis can affect both men and women, however women are far more likely to be affected. In fact, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women are five times more likely to experience osteoporosis than men. This is especially true for women who have already been through menopause. There is a clear association between osteoporosis and menopause.

The Connections between Osteoporosis and MenopauseThe main reason for this is that a woman’s estrogen levels decrease significantly once she enters menopause. Estrogen is crucial for building and maintaining bone density. After menopause, a woman’s bone density may decrease dramatically placing her at an increased risk of fracture.

For women who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, or those who have gone through menopause, it is crucial to be proactive and begin treatment before your condition worsens and bone loss increases. Treatment for osteoporosis typically includes medications and supplements intended to help restore bone density that has been lost. Hormone replacement therapy can effectively replace estrogen that is lost after menopause in an effort to maintain bone mass and health. Vitamin D and calcium supplements are also very commonly-used as part of treatment for osteoporosis. Certain prescription medications called phosphates like Forteo, Fosamax, Boniva, Reclast, or Prolia may also be prescribed as a preventative measure against bone loss. In some cases, physical therapy and regular weight-bearing exercise can help to strengthen bones, maintain muscle tone and joint health, and even reduce or prevent further bone loss.

Like so many other health conditions, the best treatment for osteoporosis can be prevention. Practicing certain healthy lifestyle habits like taking the recommended doses of calcium and vitamin D, getting regular daily exercise, and avoiding smoking can slow down the progression of osteoporosis or even help prevent it before it occurs. For more information or to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould or physician assistant Nikki McCann, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for additional tips, news, and updates on our upcoming health and wellness events.

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.

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