Summer is approaching, and things are especially busy here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Although we have our hands full providing the Gwinnett area with the best in reproductive care, we wanted to take some time to fill everyone in on all the exciting news we have to share. In addition to the normal goings on in the office, we will be taking part in a very special Health & Wellness event this June. We are also thrilled to announce that we have a new member of our gynecological health team. So, without further ado, allow us to give you the details on everything going at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett.

You’re Invited! Fertility Forum

Save the date! We’ll be kicking off our summer event season with the Fertility Forum on Wednesday, June 6th at 6:30pm at our office in Lawrenceville. Stop by to take part in an in-depth discussion on fertility led by Desireé McCarthy-Keith, M.D. of Shady Grove Fertility. Dr. McCarthy-Keith is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and an expert on male and female fertility. This event is free to attend, and light fare and refreshments will be provided. Check out the flyer for all the details including how to RSVP! We hope to see you all there!


Introducing Physician Assistant, Nikki McCann!

We are incredibly excited to welcome our newest member to the Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett family, Nikki McCann. Nikki is a certified Physician Assistant and Registered Dietitian. Originally from Johnson City, Tennessee, Nikki moved to Atlanta in 2011. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from East Tennessee State University as well as a Masters of Clinical Medical Science from Barry University in St. Petersburg, Florida. As a Physician Assistant and Registered Dietitian, Nikki will provide preventative care, as well as counseling on nutrition and dietary matters. Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to Nikki personally the next time you are in our office or contact us to schedule an appointment with her today.


Bi-Weekly Boot Camps

Don’t forget that Dr. Gould and certified personal trainer Cody Black host bi-weekly boot camps on Saturdays at the Suwanee Sports Academy. These events are perfect for anyone trying to improve their physical conditioning and overall health. Check out our events and specials page for details on upcoming boot camp events.

We can’t wait to find out what great things this summer season will hold for Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. If you can’t make it to the Fertility Forum, keep an eye on the Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett event page for details on all of our upcoming health and wellness events. For more information or to schedule a consultation with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould or Nikki McCann, PA-C, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And don’t forget to follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for additional tips, updates and more.

Endometriosis is far more common than some women may realize. In fact, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), about 1 in every 10 women in the US will develop endometriosis in their lifetime. Despite how prevalent it is, there is much that women may not understand about endometriosis and the impact that it can have on their reproductive health and wellbeing. Endometriosis is a condition in which uterine lining tissue grows outside the uterus.

What are the Common Symptoms of EndometriosisThere is a strong association between endometriosis and infertility in women as well as an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer. That’s why it’s so important for women who experience endometriosis to be quickly diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. To help identify potential warning signs, our board-certified gynecologists recommend keeping an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Unusual pelvic pain, throbbing, and cramping that may begin before your period and extend several days into your period.
  • Pain that occurs during or immediately after sex.
  • Discomfort or pain during bowel movements or urination.
  • Irregular bleeding in the form of heavier than normal periods or bleeding between menstrual cycles.
  • Infertility or difficulty becoming pregnant.
  • Regular nausea or vomiting, especially during menstrual periods.

While there is no cure for endometriosis, there are many ways to effectively manage its symptoms. We may recommend a variety of endometriosis treatment options including medications such as birth control pills, other hormone-based treatments, or surgery in some severe cases. For more information on endometriosis or if you would like to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould or our new Physician Assistant Nikki, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Stress is an underlying cause of up to 60% of illnesses and disease according to the American Institute of Stress. In addition to being associated with general health conditions including heart disease and high blood pressure, stress can also negatively impact a woman’s reproductive health and wellness. To help explain, our board-certified gynecologists are here to detail some of the ways chronic stress can affect a woman’s gynecological health.

How Does Stress Affect Gynecological HealthStress Can Affect the Menstrual Cycle

Chronic stress that builds up over time can alter the balance of hormones in the body, disrupting your normal menstruation cycle. The result may be an unpredictable cycle including periods that are irregularly heavy or light, late, or even missed entirely. In fact, women who work in overly-stressful jobs have a 50% higher risk of experiencing shortened menstrual cycles (less than 24 days) according to the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Stress Can Cause Fertility Problems

While the exact relationship between stress and fertility is still not completely clear, many reproductive health experts strongly believe that women with higher-than-normal levels of stress may have a more difficult time becoming pregnant. An increased level of alpha-amylase (an enzyme linked to stress) in the body has been linked to fertility issues for women.

Stress Can Decrease a Woman’s Sex Drive

Elevated hormone levels that you experience when you’re overstressed can also interfere with the hormones that orchestrate your sexual response. This can sometimes lead to a decreased sex drive. Additionally, high levels of stress can affect blood flow and lead to vaginal dryness, another vaginal health symptom that can make intercourse less satisfying or appealing.

Stress Can Lead to Vaginal Infections

The pH balance of the vagina can be delicate. High levels of stress can lower your immune system, throwing off the balance of healthy and unhealthy bacteria in the vagina. This increases your risk for common vaginal infections like yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis.

It can be difficult to de-stress, especially when you consider that any of these reproductive health issues caused by stress can themselves create additional stress. With this in mind, try to think of ways in which you can help reduce stress in your life. We recommend getting regular exercise, finding time in your day to decompress and relax, and talking about your stress instead of letting it bubble under the surface. Your body will be glad you did. For more information on reproductive health or to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more health tips, news, and info on our upcoming health and wellness events.

For some women, a visit to the gynecologist’s office can be a source of anxiety. However, regular visits with your board-certified gynecologist are an integral part of maintaining a healthy reproductive system as well as good overall health. Our board-certified gynecologists are here to help explain the importance of keeping up with your appointments.

3 Important Reasons to Schedule a Gynecological Appointment#1: Keeping Up with Annual Well Woman Exams

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) strongly recommends that women undergo annual well woman exams with their board-certified gynecologist starting at age 18. Even if you aren’t currently due for a Pap smear, your annual well woman visit provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the state of your reproductive health as well as any changes you may have noticed since your last appointment.

#2: Undergoing Pap Smears and HPV Testing

Much like an annual well woman exam, it’s important for women to keep up with their other (sometimes less frequent) gynecological appointments like Pap smears and HPV testing. Many gynecologists believe that Pap testing is required every three years (once a woman turns 21 and through age 65). However, we recommend annual Pap testing to help detect and treat any abnormalities as soon as possible. Additionally, women who do not receive a Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination between the ages of 9 and 26 should undergo HPV testing at least once every 5 years.

#3: Diagnosing Vaginal Infections

Common vaginal infections like yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis affect millions of women in the US every year. Although they may be more common for pre-menopausal women, both can affect women at any age. There are steps you can take to help minimize your risk of developing a vaginal infection including wearing breathable cotton underwear, changing out of wet clothes as soon as possible, maintaining a healthy diet (high in probiotics, low in sugar) and using a mild, fragrance-free soap when you bathe.

Staying proactive and maintaining strong vaginal health is a lifelong process. Thankfully, our board-certified gynecologists are here to accompany you and help provide any assistance that is needed along the way. If you would like to learn more or schedule an appointment, please contact board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. For more reproductive health tips for women, you can follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Hormone imbalances are not uncommon for women, especially those who are near or entering menopause. However, these imbalances can cause gynecological conditions earlier in our lives. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that occurs when a woman experiences an imbalance in male hormones known as androgens. For women with PCOS, this hormone imbalance is related to insulin resistance at the level of the ovary that can potentially cause issues with menstruation and fertility. If left untreated, PCOS can sometimes lead to serious long-term health problems like diabetes and heart disease according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

What are the Common Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome PCOSRoughly 15% of women in the US have PCOS, but many may not even be aware of their condition. In order to receive the best possible treatment and avoid any serious health concerns, it’s important for PCOS to be recognized and diagnosed early. That’s why our board-certified gynecologists are here to provide some information on the most common symptoms of PCOS for women to be aware of.

Irregular Menstrual Bleeding

Abnormal menstrual bleeding is perhaps the most common sign of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. In women with PCOS, the irregular bleeding they may experience can be caused by higher-than-normal levels of androgens as well as lower-than-normal levels of progesterone (a female hormone). This can lead to skipped periods or an unpredictable menstrual cycle.

Development of Acne

Pimples on the face and elsewhere on the body can be another potential sign of PCOS. Much like breakouts that occur during puberty, the hormone fluctuation associated with PCOS can have similar effects on your skin.

Difficulty Becoming Pregnant

PCOS is one of the leading causes of female infertility. When your body doesn't create enough progesterone to complete a normal menstrual cycle, undeveloped eggs may turn into cysts in your ovaries. These cysts can prevent healthy eggs from travelling down your fallopian tubes and into your uterus, making becoming pregnant extremely difficult or even impossible for some women.

Unusual Hair Growth

Unusual hair grown, also known as hirsutism, is another symptom of PCOS. Hair may appear on your chin, around the sideburns, the upper lip, or other places where you wouldn't expect to normally find it. A few hairs out of place isn't typically anything to worry about, but if you notice significant, unusual hair growth in any of these areas then we recommend consulting with your board-certified gynecologist.

At Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. We will work on creating the most appropriate and beneficial PCOS treatment plan based on your specific needs and the severity of your symptoms. If you would like more information on PCOS or to schedule an appointment today with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more news, tips, and updates on our upcoming health & wellness events.

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Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett
601 Professional Drive, Suite 330
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046   
Phone: 678.380.1980   
Fax: 678.380.7348

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