hands-hold-green-ribbonWhile it may not be as commonly talked about as yeast infections, UTIs, or endometriosis, it’s a fact that polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is just as much a concern to a woman’s reproductive health as these more widely known conditions. That’s why it’s so important for women to be educated on the subject and aware of their risk of developing PCOS. In order to help spread awareness, our reproductive healthcare providers wanted to answer a few commonly asked questions about this common reproductive condition.

Question #1: What are the common symptoms of PCOS?

Unfortunately, many women who have developed PCOS do not experience any noticeable symptoms. In fact, according to the PCOS Foundation, less than half of women in the US with PCOS are ever diagnosed. However, some potential symptoms to look out for include irregular menstrual bleeding, difficulty getting pregnant, thinning hair, excess hair growth on the face, chest, and abdomen, and sudden weight gain.

Question #2: How do you test for PCOS?

Although there is no definitive screening test for PCOS, that doesn’t mean that our experts cannot detect and diagnose this condition. The first step is performing a pelvic exam to check for any signs of ovarian enlargement. We may also perform blood testing to check for abnormal hormone activity that is often associated with PCOS. In some cases, we may choose to perform an ultrasound to gain a clearer picture of a woman’s ovarian health as well as the state of the uterine lining.

Question #3: What are the non-reproductive effects of PCOS?

It’s true that in addition to causing reproductive concerns like irregular bleeding and fertility problems, PCOS can also affect a woman’s overall health and wellness. PCOS can increase a woman’s risk of developing metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, liver problems, and potential pregnancy complications including miscarriage.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, our reproductive healthcare providers have extensive experience working with our patients to diagnose and effectively treat PCOS. We understand that every woman’s needs and preferences are different and we take the time to develop the most helpful and appropriate treatment plan for every unique individual we see. For more information on PCOS or to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified gynecologists or licensed nurse practitioners, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And follow us on Facebook or check our medical spa MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics on Instagram for additional news, tips, and much more.

Health-Awareness-logoWe hope everyone is having a happy and healthy start to their new year. In honor of Cervical Health Awareness Month this January, we thought now would be a great time to discuss this topic and the importance of cervical health. The goal of this awareness month is to provide useful information on cervical cancer and how it can be prevented and treated. That’s why our board-certified gynecologists and reproductive healthcare providers are more than happy to share the following statistics and facts.

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 14,000 new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed in the US last year. The average age at diagnosis is 50 and the majority of cases are diagnosed in women between the ages of 35-44. Cervical cancer was the cause of almost 4,300 deaths in 2020 as well. Although it used to be the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in American women, the mortality rate of cervical cancer has steadily decreased significantly since the 1970’s. This is largely due to an increase in cancer screenings including regular Pap testing.

Although women in the early stages of cervical cancer may not experience any noticeable symptoms, there are warning signs that we recommend looking out for. This includes irregular vaginal bleeding that may occur after sex, between periods, or after a woman has experienced menopause. Cervical cancer can also cause pelvic pain as well as an abnormal vaginal discharge that can have a watery or bloody consistency.

Although it can be difficult to prevent cervical cancer, annual screening appointments and Pap testing can help detect precancerous cells so they can be addressed before turning into cervical cancer. Receiving an HPV vaccination is also critical, as in many cases cervical cancer originates from an HPV infection. In the case of a cervical cancer diagnosis, there are several effective treatment options available including surgery, radiation therapy, and a medicinal approach known as targeted therapy.

We know anything involving the “C” word can seem scary, but it’s important for women to understand their risk of cervical cancer and take a proactive approach to their reproductive health and wellness. For more information on cervical cancer or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And follow us on Facebook for additional health tips, news, and more.

doctor-consults-with-female-patientWe understand that the end of the year can be a hectic time. With the holidays nearing, kids out of school, and other end of the year madness, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed. However, it’s important for women not to lose sight of the importance of their reproductive health in the midst of all the hustle and bustle. For anybody who has not yet undergone their annual well woman exam, there is still time.

Undergoing a well woman exam can be an excellent way for a woman to gain a better understanding of the state of her reproductive health. In addition to examining the patient’s well-being and performing a series of health screenings, a well woman exam allows women the chance to discuss any specific concerns they may have and propose goals for how to improve their health and wellness moving forward. That’s why December can be a perfect time for a well woman exam, with the promise of a new year and a fresh start ahead.

Well woman exams here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett include the following:

  • Full pelvic exam including a visual and physical examination of the reproductive organs
  • Pap Smear
  • Clinical Breast Examination (CBE) to detect any lumps or other abnormalities that may have developed since the last examination
  • Updated immunizations (as needed)
  • General health screenings including taking a woman’s weight, blood pressure, BMI, and more
  • Blood testing and screening for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) (as needed)

We personalize well woman exams in our office to the needs and preferences of each woman we see. The annual well woman exam can serve as a great opportunity to grow and enhance the doctor/patient relationships that we pride ourselves on cultivating. Well woman exams are meant to provide a platform where any question or concern pertaining to a woman’s health and wellness can be addressed.

Undergoing a well woman exam can be an excellent way to start the new year off fresh with a clean bill of reproductive health. For more information or to schedule an annual well woman exam today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional health tips, news, and more. Don’t forget to ask us about our full-service medical spa, MadEmEL Medical Aesthetics.

small-group-of-ladiesI was taken great care of by Dr. Gould and her entire staff. The office is run well from the front office all the way back. I was very skeptical about trying a new place, but now wouldn’t go anywhere else. The staff made sure to treat me as an individual and remembered the details of my life every time I came in. I never felt like I was just another patient or a number to them. I would highly recommend this office!

  • KD

I am so glad that my retired gynecologist recommended this group. When I walked into the office for the first time, the welcoming feeling and the decor were awesome. The office staff and nurses were extremely nice. The entire office was very clean and neat. When I came in to check-in, they greeted me by name before I said anything. Dr. Gould is wonderful! I highly recommend this practice.

  • EA

After a few failed attempts of finding a good gynecologist in the area, I came across Dr. Gould’s office. Today was my first visit, and I know it sounds weird because it’s a gynecologist visit, but it was a great experience! They make you so comfortable and they actually listen (this is the more important part). I couldn’t have felt more comfortable. I’ve found the place where I’ll be going from now on.

  • RP

I am a newer patient to this practice, but am already so pleased. I have seen Nikki, the nurse practitioner, twice and she has been fantastic. Extremely thorough, clear and a great listener with a great support staff (Cindy is amazing). When I am with them, I feel like they have nothing but time for me. They are a wonderful practice full of caring people, treating a diverse set of patients with respect. I’m very glad I chose this practice!

  • JS

I moved to the area and was on the hunt for a new doctor and found this location. I was diagnosed with endometriosis when I was 16 and have had multiple surgeries since my second child. Dr. Michelle Johnson has been absolutely amazing and very helpful with my transition of being taken off birth control to start preparing for another baby. I've never felt so comfortable with a doctor until I started coming here.

  • MN

Receiving such positive feedback lets us know that everything we do to ensure a great experience for our patients has been worth it. We are so proud to be able to build such meaningful relationships with so many amazing women. For more information, to leave a testimonial of your own, or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive health providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Don’t forget to follow along with us on Facebook and Twitter for additional news, health tips, and much more.

Laser-Vaginal-RejuvenationHere at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we understand that some reproductive health concerns are more private than others. It’s perfectly understandable for women not to feel comfortable about discussing their vaginal health symptoms like vaginal dryness, vaginal itching, or stress urinary incontinence, but there’s no reason to be ashamed. These concerns are extremely common and can be effectively treated with the help of FDA-cleared FemTouch™ non-surgical laser vaginal rejuvenation. For more information on this treatment and what it can do, we have taken the time to address a few true and false statements on the subject.

Is it true that FemTouch™ laser vaginal rejuvenation can help women of all ages? Yes. Although symptoms like vaginal dryness and pain during sex are commonly associated with menopause, the truth is that they can occur in younger women as well. This is why we also perform FemTouch™ treatments on women well before they even approach menopause.

Is it true that there is a recovery period following laser vaginal rejuvenation treatments? No, this is false. In fact, women are free to return to their normal daily routine immediately following the completion of their treatment session. Some women may experience a mild heat sensation following treatment, but this is temporary and can be addressed with a soothing, hydrating gel.

Is it true that the non-surgical approach to vaginal rejuvenation is less financially costly for women than vaginal rejuvenation surgery? That is true. Although most insurance providers do not cover this treatment, we offer financing with Care Credit® as an option for women who choose to undergo FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments. Patients have the option of 6, 12, 18, or 24-month payment plans.

We have seen fantastic results with this treatment for years and we are always excited to share the benefits of laser vaginal rejuvenation with women who can benefit from it. For more information on laser vaginal rejuvenation or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and more.

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Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett
601 Professional Drive, Suite 330
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Phone: 678.380.1980   
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