Early detection and diagnosis is a critical step towards successfully treating any gynecological or reproductive issue that a woman may experience. By catching a gynecological health concern early, you will likely provide yourself with more effective treatment options. This is why it’s so important to keep up with your regular gynecological appointments including your annual well woman exam and Pap smears.

What to do After Receiving an Abnormal Pap ResultA Pap smear, sometimes referred to as a Pap test, is a crucial part of maintaining the best-possible reproductive health and wellness over time. Pap testing is used as a tool for diagnosing cervical cancer in women, as well as checking for any abnormal cells that could potentially be cancer-causing if not addressed. During a Pap smear, a small sample of cells is collected from the cervix. This sample is then carefully analyzed to detect the presence of cervical cancer as well as monitor the size and shape of the cells to look out for potential warning signs of cancer.

According to statistics collected by the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC), nearly 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the US each year. A Pap smear can effectively detect cervical cancer early enough to treat it before it has a chance to grow and spread. Pap testing is especially important for women with certain risk factors for cervical cancer including a family history with the disease or a past Pap smear that showed precancerous cells.

After Pap testing begins at age 21, many doctors recommend it be repeated at least every three years. However, here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we think there is tremendous value in undergoing Pap testing annually. This will help ensure that any potential abnormalities are caught as quickly as possible, so they can be most successfully treated. Here in our office, we perform Pap smears as part of an annual well woman examination.

Every woman is different so we strongly recommend speaking with your board-certified gynecologist to determine how often Pap testing should be performed. However, regardless of your specific situation, we cannot emphasize strongly enough how important it is to keep up with your gynecological examinations and to never miss a scheduled appointment. For more information or to schedule your Pap smear appointment today, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for additional news, tips, and details on our upcoming Health and Wellness events.

One of the great pleasures we experience from working as one of the Atlanta area’s leading providers of gynecological services is hearing back from those we have helped in the past. No matter the reason for your visit, we pride ourselves on offering amazing, hands-on care for every woman who steps into our office. Whether it’s for a routine screening exam, an opinion on a certain intimate concern like menopause, or a gynecological surgery procedure, we work hard to provide the highest level of attention, knowledge, and care that every woman deserves. So, it’s certainly wonderful to receive confirmation that we have been able to positively impact the lives of those that we work with in the form of testimonials from our past patients. Keep reading for firsthand accounts on the care our board-certified gynecologists have provided:

Dr Kristine GouldDr. Gould is amazing! I went to her as a new patient with two concerns that other doctors had brushed off as insignificant. Within a week, I had a procedure to fix one of the issues and blood work back regarding the other issue. I have never felt so listened to and validated by a doctor. She was focused on my total health as a woman and extremely thorough. I would recommend her to anyone.

- LB

I had suffered with painful vaginal dryness after menopause for quite some time. I had been taking an oral medication for several years, but it was costly and had to be taken daily. Dr. Gould recommended treatment with FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation and it has worked very well for me. I did not experience any discomfort or pain during the few minutes that it took to do the procedure. I did experience slight dryness 2 weeks after the first treatment but refrained from the oral medication to give the laser treatment a chance to work. The dryness went away and has not returned! I am definitely pleased with the results so far and have recommended this treatment to my sister.

- RA

I would have to say that my experiences with Dr. Gould and her staff have all been incredibly pleasant. Dr. Gould is so easy to talk to and is willing to answer any question that I have. She is the most wonderful person and genuinely cares about each of her patients like she has known them her whole life. She has made this 51-year old a very happy lady. I was recommended to her by my sister and I have personally recommended her to several friends.

– JB

We understand that a visit to the gynecologist can be a source of anxiety or trepidation for many women. That’s why we make it our goal to make each appointment as simple, comfortable, and helpful as possible. For more information or to schedule your appointment, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for additional gynecology info, tips, and details on our upcoming Health & Wellness events.

Vaginismus is among the most common causes of painful or unsatisfying sex for women. The condition affects women by causing the vaginal muscles to involuntarily and persistently contract during any form of vaginal penetration. Depending on the specific case, a woman’s vaginismus symptoms can range from mildly uncomfortable to extremely painful. Vaginismus can be challenging for some women to identify and diagnose. Although vaginismus can affect every woman differently, we have highlighted its most common symptoms to help educate our readers on how it can be identified.

How to Treat the Symptoms of Vaginal Laxity or Vaginal LoosenessPain During Sex

The symptom most commonly associated with vaginismus is pain during sexual intercourse. Vaginismus does not prevent women from becoming sexually aroused, however vaginal constriction occurs at the time of vaginal penetration. Some women have described feeling a tearing sensation or a feeling like the man is "hitting a wall."

Discomfort with Vaginal Penetration

The pain or discomfort that women with vaginismus experience during sex can also affect them during other instances of vaginal penetration. For instance, vaginismus can make something as routine as inserting a tampon nearly impossible. Vaginismus pain can also occur during routine gynecological examinations like a pelvic exam. Additionally, some women may experience a burning or stinging pain when anything is inserted into the vagina.

Psychological Effects of Vaginismus

In addition to the physical effects of vaginismus, the condition can have a profoundly negative impact on a woman’s sex drive or ability to enjoy sexual intimacy. Due to their symptoms, it’s common for women who experience vaginismus to develop anxiety or fear about sexual intercourse.

Although it may seem embarrassing to talk about, suffering from vaginismus is nothing to be ashamed of. There are several treatments and therapies for vaginismus that can be very effective. The first step in successfully treating vaginismus is scheduling a visit with your board-certified gynecologist to discuss your symptoms. Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we will conduct a physical evaluation (including a pelvic exam) and work with you to determine the underlying cause of your pain and create the most beneficial treatment plan based on your specific needs. For more information on vaginismus, contact board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould to schedule your appointment today or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for additional news, tips, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

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.

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