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Odds are that you know a woman that has experienced endometriosis pain at some point in her life. The condition, which affects millions of women in the US, occurs when endometrial (uterine lining) tissue extends beyond the uterus. This overgrowth of tissue can affect the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, pelvic walls, and other organs, leading to considerable discomfort, issues with menstruation, and other difficulties. While it’s true that endometriosis is among the most common reproductive health concerns for women, many people may not realize just how common it really is.

Taking a Statistical Look at EndometriosisTo help illustrate the impact that endometriosis has on women in the US, the reproductive healthcare providers at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett wanted to share the following statistics:

  • It is estimated that endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (between ages 15-49)
  • About 6.5 million women in the US are currently living with endometriosis
  • Somewhere between 30% - 50% of women with endometriosis may experience infertility, making it one of the leading causes of infertility in women
  • The North American Endometriosis Association Survey (NAEAS) surveyed 4,000 women with endometriosis and determined that the average delay in diagnosis was 9.28 years after feeling initial symptoms
  • According to the National Institutes of Health, it can take as many as 11 years in some cases between the onset of pain symptoms and the final diagnosis of endometriosis

There may not be a cure for endometriosis, but that doesn’t mean women with this condition have to live in pain. At Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we offer several treatment options for endometriosis including birth control pills, GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) agonists, or gynecological surgery. Our board-certified gynecologists work with the women who come into our office to discuss all their alternatives in-depth and find the most appropriate and helpful treatment option available. For more information on endometriosis or to schedule an appointment with one of our reproductive healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and more.

 

At Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we are always looking out for the newest technological advancements that can help women improve their reproductive health and wellness. Of these breakthroughs, perhaps the most exciting in recent years has been the introduction of non-surgical laser vaginal rejuvenation. We use FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation to help provide fantastic results for women who experience a wide variety of vaginal health symptoms. We receive plenty of questions about how it works, and who may benefit from this treatment. That’s why we’ve taken some time to answer some common questions about FemTouch™ and how it can help women improve their vaginal health.

Laser Vaginal RejuvenationQuestion 1: Are there additional benefits to Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation besides treating common vaginal health symptoms?

A.) In addition to vaginal dryness, vaginal itching, or vaginal irritation, FemTouch™ treatments can also help women who experience stress urinary incontinence. Stress urinary incontinence occurs when weakened muscles in the bladder area cause a patient to leak urine when they cough, laugh, or sneeze, or when they are engaged in physical activity.

Question 2: Is the cost of Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation more or less expensive than surgical vaginal rejuvenation?

A.) We receive plenty of questions about the cost of laser vaginal rejuvenation. FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett are very cost effective, especially when compared to surgical vaginal rejuvenation alternatives. In order to receive the best value (and achieve the best-possible results), we recommend a package of 3 FemTouch™ treatments. We also offer financing options for vaginal rejuvenation with Care Credit® that can help if need be.

Question 3: Is Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation only for women of a certain age or can younger women benefit from it as well?

A.) FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation can provide immense relief for women of all ages, including younger women, who experience vaginal laxity or other vaginal health symptoms. Though some of the more common vaginal health concerns are more associated with middle-aged or older women, FemTouch™ can certainly help women who enter menopause early, those with especially low estrogen levels, or those that had children at a relatively young age.

There is no reason to let poor vaginal health cause you pain or keep you from enjoying your sex life. For patients who prefer to treat their vaginal health symptoms without the need for surgery, laser vaginal rejuvenation can be the answer you have been seeking. For more information on FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced reproductive healthcare providers. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more gynecological health tips, updates, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Birth control can be very helpful for women who are sexually active and who do not want to become pregnant. However, certain forms of birth control (specifically hormone-based birth control) can affect a woman’s body in different ways. This includes potential effects to the menstrual cycle. Since some of these effects can be positive in nature, certain forms of birth control may be prescribed to women experiencing issues with their period. Still, many women select their preferred method of birth control without even considering the impact it can have on their periods. That’s why our board-certified gynecologists have provided some details on how the most common types of hormonal birth control can affect a woman’s menstruation.

How Could Birth Control Affect My PeriodBirth Control Pills

The most common form of birth control, birth control pills are made up of the hormones progestin and estrogen. Although taking “The Pill” can have different effects depending on each person taking it, it is somewhat common for women on birth control pills to experience shorter or lighter periods. This can mean a cycle that normally lasts 5 - 7 days being cut down to 3 - 4 days. Birth control pills can also be used to help women who experience irregular bleeding, endometriosis pain, and more.

IUDs (Intrauterine Devices)

An IUD is a highly effective, long-term birth control method that is inserted into the women uterus to prevent the eggs from being fertilized during sex. IUDs have come a long way over the years. Women with hormonal (progestin-based) IUDs may experience a significant decrease in their monthly menstrual bleeding. However, some women with IUDs do not experience any changes to their menstruation.

Birth Control Implant

Nexplanon® birth control implants (available at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett) work by releasing hormones through a device that is inserted just under the skin. The implants may have a similar effect on your period as a hormonal IUD, meaning potentially much lighter periods. While birth control implants can last up to 3 years, some women have them removed sooner due to issues with spotting.

Depo-Provera Shot

Depo-Provera shots are a form of birth control in which a woman is injected with progesterone to provide 12 - 14 weeks of contraceptive protection. Some women experience irregular bleeding for a few months after receiving their shot, but this is temporary and will stop over time.

NuvaRing®

NuvaRing® uses a small, flexible contraceptive ring to release a steady, low dose of hormones directly to the vagina. Similar to birth control pills, NuvaRing® can help minimize menstrual bleeding and help women better regulate their periods.

If you’re still unsure of which birth control is the best fit for your personal needs, our gynecological healthcare providers can help. We invite you to schedule an appointment where we will walk you through all of your available options at-length to help determine the most helpful birth control method for you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

If you’re a woman, you probably don’t need us to tell you how painful and challenging it can be to deal with menstrual cramping. Cramping is an incredibly common and natural part of menstruation. For some women, the pain is mild for a day or two. For others, cramping can be debilitating. Menstrual cramping is also sometimes associated with gynecological conditions like endometriosis and uterine fibroids. Although we offer treatments that can help women who experience severe menstrual cramping, there are things that can be done at home to help manage these symptoms as well.

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Heat can help ease menstrual cramping by helping the uterine muscles relax. We recommend applying a hot water bottle or a heating pad against the abdomen during periods of severe menstrual cramping. This can also help women who experience lower back pain during menstruation. Taking a warm bath may also be able to provide relief, although some women may prefer to avoid this if bleeding.

Light Exercise

We understand if exercising may be the last thing that many women feel like doing when they are cramping, but light exercise can be highly beneficial. Activities like walking, stretching, and yoga can help by releasing pain-relieving endorphins. However, more strenuous exercise like running or weight lifting may not be as helpful, so try to take it easy.

Dietary Changes

Making some simple dietary adjustments changes may also help reduce menstrual cramping. We recommend fatty fish like salmon that contain omega-3 fatty acids, as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean proteins, and whole grains. Dehydration can also trigger or exacerbate menstrual cramping, so make sure to drink plenty of water every day and cut back on too much salt intake.

Cramping is normal, but if your cramping is causing distress and having a negative effect on your quality of life, we recommend following these steps or reaching out the gynecological healthcare providers at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. We will work with you to assess your condition and find the most helpful treatment plan possible. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional reproductive healthcare tips, news, and more.

Every woman’s anatomy is different. Although we are made of the same genetic materials, it’s perfectly normal for variations to exist in the size or shape of certain features. This is nothing to be ashamed of. However, for some women, excess tissue within the labia minora, or the “ruffled edge” outside the vagina, can cause emotional distress and physical side effects for some women. Thankfully, labiaplasty can be an ideal solution for women who experience this issue.

What to Know Before Labiaplasty SurgeryWhen a woman has an overly large labia minora, this is often referred to as labial hypertrophy. Labiaplasty is a gynecological surgery procedure where excess tissue is removed in order to reduce the size of the labia and effectively treat labial hypertrophy. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), labiaplasty is one of the fastest growing plastic surgery procedures. Last year, 12,756 labiaplasty procedures were performed in the US, marking an 18% increase from the previous year and an incredible 53% increase since 2014.

Good candidates for labiaplasty include women who experience discomfort due to the size or shape of their labia minora. This can include women who feel physical discomfort or those who are self-conscious while wearing certain tight-fitting clothing or bathing suits due to their labial hypertrophy. Labiaplasty surgery can be performed in a variety of ways including removing tissue along a linear area, in a wedge shape along the lower edge, or as a central excision to preserve the natural free edge depending on each woman’s specific needs and preferences.

Recovery after labiaplasty surgery will depend on several factors including the specific details of the procedure and each woman’s unique ability to heal and recover. Generally speaking, many women are able to return to normal daily activities five to seven days following their labiaplasty. However, additional recovery time will be required before performing more strenuous physical activity including heavy lifting or sexual intercourse.

If you experience labial hypertrophy and think you may be a good candidate for labiaplasty, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with your board-certified gynecologist at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. Our reproductive healthcare providers specialize in diagnosing gynecological concerns and guiding women towards the best-possible course of treatment for their needs. For more information or to schedule your appointment today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional reproductive healthcare tips for women.

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