Happy September, everyone. In honor of Sexual Health Awareness Month, we wanted to take some time to discuss a topic that many adults in the US may not fully understand. It’s a fact that maintaining good sexual health is one of the components of good mental and physical wellbeing. However, in order for women to achieve and maintain good sexual health, it’s important to pin down exactly what we mean when we use that term.

September is Sexual Health Awareness MonthAccording to the World Health Organization, sexual health is defined as a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality. Sexual health means more than just the preventing sexually transmitted infections (STI). Good sexual health means that matters pertaining to sex and sexuality bring positive associations and that the act of sex is safe, pleasurable, and free of negativity or violence.

To help spread awareness this September, we wanted to share a few tips for how women can maintain good sexual health through the years:

  • Discuss STIs with a board-certified gynecologist and understand how to minimize their risk through safe sex.
  • Be aware of the possibility of pregnancy.
  • Women who do not want to become pregnant should learn about all available birth control options.
  • Speak with your sexual partner if any aspect of sex is making you anxious or uncomfortable (physically or emotionally).
  • Be aware of potential issues related to sex like vaginismus and their effects.

We understand that it can be embarrassing or intimidating to discuss matters pertaining to sexual health. However, communicating openly and honestly with a reproductive healthcare expert can be highly beneficial when it comes to maintaining good sexual health. Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we provide every woman we see with the respect, discretion, and nonjudgmental care that they deserve. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and information on our upcoming health and wellness events.

In many cases, the best way to effectively treat a health condition is to prevent it before it occurs. Urinary tract infections (UTI) can affect both men and women, but women are four times more likely to experience a UTI during their lifetime. In addition to affecting the way you feel, these infections can also lead to more serious health problems if they are not treated. That’s why prevention is so important. We recommend taking the following steps to help prevent these annoying, recurring infections.

How to Prevent a Urinary Tract Infection UTIDrink Plenty of Water, But Don’t Hold It In

Staying hydrated can help flush your system of the harmful bacteria that can lead to the development of a UTI. Drinking pure cranberry juice may be able to help as well. However, it’s important to remember to urinate frequently and not hold it in for too long. Doing so can allow bacteria to circulate in the bladder and urinary tract.

Practice Good Hygiene

When using the restroom, wiping from front to back can be helpful. Wiping this way (especially after a bowel movement), can prevent bacteria from reaching the urethra. You should also thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water before sex and urinate when you are finished. This can help discard any bacteria that entered the urinary tract. We recommend taking showers instead of baths, as sitting in bath water can alter the pH levels in your vagina and introduce soap residue and other chemicals.

Take Your Birth Control into Account

Using a diaphragm or having sex with a partner who uses spermicide or a spermicide-lubricated condom can make you more likely to experience a UTI. This is because these birth control methods can all contribute to excess bacterial growth. If you get frequent UTIs, switching to a water-based lubricant or a different type of birth control can potentially help.

Beware of What You Put in Your Body

Certain soaps and feminine hygiene products can also lead to infection. We recommend using milder, unscented soaps and to avoid douches, deodorant sprays, scented powders, and other potentially irritating products. Wearing breathable cotton underwear is also recommended.

In the case that a UTI cannot be prevented, the good news is that these infections can be treated. Based on the specifics of your infection and medical history, we may prescribe a course of oral antibiotics that can generally take care of a UTI within a week. For more information on UTIs or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips, updates, and details on our upcoming Health & Wellness events.


Although you may not have seen a commercial on TV or read about it in a magazine, pelvic organ prolapse is a very common reproductive health issue for women. This pelvic floor disorder occurs when an internal organ (typically the uterus, bladder, rectum, or small intestine) loses its position and drops toward or into the vaginal area. Pelvic organ prolapse can affect any woman, but it is more common for women who have undergone a hysterectomy or those who have transitioned into menopause.

gaogLike any other health concern, knowing the warning signs of pelvic organ prolapse can help women know when a visit to their board-certified gynecologist for treatment is in order. Depending on which organ has prolapsed, the symptoms and signs can vary. For instance, bladder leakage may occur as a result of a bladder prolapse. Additionally, back pain is a common side effect of a prolapsed small intestine.

The following things can all be warning signs of a pelvic organ prolapse:

  • Pressure or sensitivity in the pelvic area
  • Persistent lower back pain
  • Feeling like something could fall out of the vagina
  • Stress urinary incontinence or urge incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Abnormal bleeding or spotting between periods

Pelvic organ prolapse can be uncomfortable to deal with, but thankfully, it can be treated. We offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments to help women who experience this condition. For more information on pelvic organ prolapse or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and information on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Part of the work of our reproductive healthcare providers is being there to answer any questions that women have about various health topics. This is especially important for questions related to more serious health concerns like gynecological cancers. We understand the “C” word can cause extreme stress and anxiety, however, knowledge can be a powerful tool in the fight against gynecological cancer. That’s why we wanted to take some time to answer a few questions about common forms of reproductive cancers in women.

Ask the Gynecologists Common Questions About Gynecological CancersWhat is a LEEP procedure?

Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) is an in-office procedure that is used as a preventative measure against cervical cancer. If any abnormal cells are detected during a Pap smear and cervical biopsy, we may recommend using LEEP as a way to safely remove potentially harmful cells and tissue from the cervix or vagina. During the treatment, a tool using low-voltage electricity is carefully inserted to help diagnose and excise any abnormal material from the cervix.

What are the most common risk factors associated with Ovarian Cancer?

Advanced age is a risk factor, as ovarian cancer becomes more common when a woman reaches middle age. A family history of ovarian cancer can make a woman more susceptible to a positive diagnosis. Certain genetic mutations including BRCA1 or BRCA2 can contribute to a woman’s ovarian cancer risk. Being overweight can also greatly increase a woman’s chances of developing ovarian cancer.

What are the warning signs of Uterine Cancer?

Being aware of the warning signs of any kind of cancer is integral to early detection and the most successful treatment possible. The most common warnings signs associated with uterine cancer include irregular bleeding in-between periods, experiencing vaginal bleeding after menopause, and pelvic pain. We strongly recommend seeing a board-certified gynecologist if any of these signs are detected to receive an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment as soon as possible.

When it comes to something as serious as gynecological cancer, there is no such thing as an unimportant question. Our hope is that by these questions and answers, we can provide some clarity on these awful diseases and help educate women on what they can do to most effectively fight gynecological cancer. For more information on gynecological cancer or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips, news and updates on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Sexual intercourse can be an expression of love between a woman and her partner. However, for some, sex can be impossible to enjoy due to pain that occurs. Pain that occurs during sex is more common than many women realize. Unfortunately, due to the highly intimate nature of this concern, many women may not feel comfortable discussing it. The first step to help resolve painful intercourse, or dyspareunia, is to identify the underlying cause. That's why the reproductive healthcare providers at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett are here to explain some of the most common causes of pain during sex for women.

What Causes Pain During Sex for WomenVaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness is perhaps the most common cause for pain during sex. Dryness can result from several things including cigarette smoking, potentially irritating soaps and personal deodorants, and taking certain prescription medications. However, it is most commonly associated with menopause due to changes in the level of estrogen produced by the body during this time. At Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we perform FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Vaginal Rejuvenation and offer both hormonal and non-hormonal medications for women who experience pain related to vaginal dryness.


Endometriosis is another cause of frequent pelvic pain including pain during sex. This condition causes tissue that is typically found in the lining of the uterus to grow on the outside of the reproductive organs, leading to discomfort during sex and during menstruation, as well as other symptoms. Endometriosis can be treated with hormone-based medications like birth control pills or gynecological surgery.


Another potential source of pain during intercourse for some women is a condition known as Vaginismus. Vaginismus causes involuntarily contractions of the vaginal, or pelvic floor, muscles during any form of vaginal penetration. These muscle contractions can happen during sexual intercourse, while inserting a tampon, or during a routine gynecologic exam. Although the underlying cause of vaginismus can be difficult to identify, the most effective vaginismus treatment plans combine physical and emotional therapies (including the use of a vaginal dilator) to help make a woman more comfortable with the idea of vaginal penetration.

The first step in treating pain during sex is visiting with a board-certified gynecologist in order to receive an accurate diagnosis. Only then can we work to find the most helpful and appropriate treatment plan for your needs. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our gynecological healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and updates on our upcoming Health & Wellness events.

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