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April is STD Awareness Month, a critical time to raise awareness about sexually transmitted infections (STIs). STIs (also known as sexually transmitted diseases) are infections that can be spread by sexual contact with another person. With the exception of common colds and the flu, STIs are the most common contagious infections in the US, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Some STIs can cause serious health concerns if not properly diagnosed and treated. So, in the spirit of patient education and awareness, our gynecological healthcare providers wanted to share some tips about how common STIs can be prevented.

  • How to Prevent STIUnderstand that your partner’s sexual history is as important as your own when trying to prevent STIs. The more partners you or your partner(s) have, the higher your risk of developing an STI will be.
  • Having safe sex is essential, as any unprotected sexual contact with an infected person poses a very high risk of getting an STI. Use a latex condom during sex and make sure that it is being used properly. Despite popular belief, condoms that are lubricated with spermicides do not offer any extra protection against STIs.
  • Avoid sharing towels or underclothing with other people.
  • Wash properly before and after sexual intercourse.
  • Undergo regular HIV testing during annual well woman exams.

Although some STIs cannot be completely cured, early detection and diagnosis can help effectively treat them and significantly manage their symptoms. That’s why practicing safe sex and receiving regular STI testing is so important for adults who are sexually active. For more information about STIs or to schedule a testing appointment today, 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.

 

Yeast infections are among the most common reproductive health concerns for women. Some women may be more prone to these uncomfortable and frustrating infections. If you’re one of these women, you’ve likely wondered if there was something you can do to prevent yeast infections or at least reduce their frequency. That’s why our board-certified gynecologists wanted to highlight some of the most common causes and solutions for yeast infections.

How to Prevent a Potential Yeast InfectionFeminine Hygiene Products

Yeast infections are often caused by changes in your normal vaginal flora. Using some feminine hygiene products like scented soaps or douching can increase your risk of developing a yeast infection. This is why we recommend avoiding douching. Using plain, unscented soaps when washing is also recommended.

Certain Medications

Some medications including antibiotics like tetracycline or amoxicillin can throw off the pH balance in your vagina by killing off healthy bacteria. Additionally, changes in your estrogen and progesterone levels associated with using hormone replacement therapy or taking hormonal birth control can also sometimes lead to potential vaginal yeast infections.

Sweaty Workout Clothes & Wet Bathing Suits

Staying in sweaty gym clothes can increase your risk of a yeast infection. Yeast thrives in warm, wet and dark environments like workout clothes and swimsuits. We recommend wearing looser, more breathable clothes when you work out and changing as soon as possible after your exercise.

Certain Lifestyle Habits

Some day-to-day behaviors and habits can also increase a woman’s risk of developing a yeast infection. Diets high in sugar can lead to an excess of yeast production. Wearing pants that are too tight can also contribute to this. Additionally, some behaviors pertaining to sex including sexual activity with a partner who is carrying yeast or not urinating after having sex can increase the chances of a yeast infection.

It’s important to remember that in some cases, women who think they have a yeast infection may in fact be suffering from a different condition like bacterial vaginosis. That’s why it’s so important to discuss your symptoms with your board-certified gynecologist in order to receive an accurate diagnosis and determine the best-possible course of treatment. For more information or to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould or one of our other gynecological healthcare providers, contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more gynecological health tips, news, and more.

 

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we understand that there are some things that many women are just not comfortable discussing. Vaginal atrophy or other vaginal health concerns are high on that list. Common issues like vaginal dryness, vaginal itching, and painful or unsatisfying sex, as well as stress urinary incontinence can complicate a woman’s vaginal health and lead her to seek a solution. In many cases, Femtouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation can be that solution. FemTouch™ can provide a trusted, non-surgical path to better reproductive health for women of all ages. Below, our board-certified gynecologists have taken some time to answer common questions about FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation and how it can help women.

How to Treat the Symptoms of Vaginal Laxity or Vaginal LoosenessQuestion #1: Can exercises like lifting weights or certain leg stretches cause vaginal looseness?

It is unlikely that these activities, or other kinds of physical exercise, would be responsible for vaginal laxity (looseness). In most cases, the vagina can become loose over time as a result of natural aging, menopause, pregnancy and vaginal delivery, certain medical conditions, or a history of prolonged sexual activity. Regardless of the cause of vaginal laxity, FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments should be able to improve the tightness of the vagina.

Question #2: Is it possible to have FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments done if I have a bladder prolapse?

There is no reason that experiencing a prolapsed bladder, or other forms of pelvic organ prolapse, would prevent a woman from being able to safely and successfully undergo FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments. However, it’s important to remember that FemTouch™ treatments will not be able to treat or improve the prolapse or the symptoms that it is causing, so women should speak with their board-certified gynecologist to gain a fuller understanding of their various treatment options.

Question #3: Can FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments affect menstruation?

Undergoing FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments should not have any effect on a woman’s menstrual cycle. If you have undergone FemTouch™ treatments and then experienced abnormal bleeding or late periods, your issues may potentially be caused by several factors including stress, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), birth control, and more.

Vaginal atrophy can be tough, but thankfully, FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation can provide relief for common vaginal health symptoms. Before beginning treatments, it’s important to consult with your board-certified gynecologist to determine if you are a good candidate for FemTouch™. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our gynecological healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional questions, tips, news, and more.

This March, we are bringing attention to Endometriosis Awareness Month. We understand that many women with endometriosis may not be especially comfortable speaking about their condition. Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus (uterine lining) extends beyond the uterus and affects other areas of the female reproductive system and beyond. However, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. In fact, endometriosis is among the most common reproductive health concerns for women around the world.

March is Endometriosis Awareness MonthWomen with endometriosis may experience significant pain and inflammation throughout the pelvic area, as well as other symptoms like pain during or after sex, unusually long and heavy periods, digestive issues, and more. Endometriosis has also been strongly linked to infertility in women.

There are plenty of great ways to help spread awareness about endometriosis in an effort to educate women about this condition and how it can be fought. That begins with simply speaking with the women in your life about endometriosis. You might be surprised how many women are currently living with endometriosis without ever receiving a formal diagnosis or treatment. Sharing facts online (especially on social media) can also be a great help. Even just getting the word “endometriosis” out in front of people who are not really aware of it can have a profound and positive impact.

If you think you might currently have endometriosis, we strongly recommend reaching out to your gynecological healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms, get a proper diagnosis, and get the help that you need. If in fact you do have endometriosis and are experiencing symptoms, we will discuss all of your available treatment options including birth control pills, GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone) agonists, or gynecological surgery. If you believe a woman in your life is experiencing endometriosis, don’t be afraid to reach out and encourage them to seek treatment.

While endometriosis can be a personal and challenging experience, there is no reason to suffer in silence. Speaking with your gynecological healthcare provider is the first step towards relieving the pain of living with endometriosis. For more information on endometriosis or if you would like to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould, or one of our other providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

Human papillomavirus (or HPV for short) is a common reproductive health issue for women and men in the US. This sexually transmitted infection can be spread from partner-to-partner during sexual contact. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that over 80 million Americans are currently infected with some form of HPV. Since there are many different strains of HPV (over 150 according to the CDC), it can be difficult to understand the complexities of the condition and how it can affect a woman’s reproductive health. That’s why our gynecological healthcare experts wanted to take some time to discuss the effects of HPV for women.

What Are the Effects of Human Papillomavirus HPVOne of the most common ways HPV manifests itself is in the form of warts. Warts may vary in appearance and location depending on which form of HPV a woman experiences. Genital warts can appear as flat lesions, small bumps, or tiny stem-like protrusions on the vulva, near the anus, on the cervix, or in the vagina. They may be itchy, but rarely cause discomfort or pain. Common warts that occur on the hands, fingers or elbows, plantar warts on the feet, and flat warts on the legs can also result from HPV.

According to the National Cancer Institute, HPV is a leading cause of cervical cancer. More specifically, 2 specific strains of HPV are responsible for roughly 70% of all cases of cervical cancer diagnosed in the US. Although it is most commonly associated with cervical cancer, there is also a strong link between HPV and cancers of the vulva, vagina, anus, and throat.

For most women, preventing HPV before it develops is the most successful form of treatment. Females between the ages of 9 and 26 can receive an HPV vaccination that can help prevent up to 70% of cervical cancer cases. However, even women who have received an HPV vaccination need to continue their annual cervical cancer screenings and regular Pap testing to be on the safe side.

We understand that HPV can be a challenging subject to understand and talk about, so if you have any questions about this condition, don’t hesitate to reach out. If you would like more information or to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould or one of our other gynecological healthcare providers, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional tips, news, updates, and details on our upcoming health and wellness events.

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