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patient-doctor-consultationIf a woman is over the age of 50, it is completely normal for her to experience either perimenopause or complete her transition into menopause. However, if menopause symptoms start appearing before the age of 40, this could be a sign of premature menopause. Along with the typical side effects associated with menopause such as hot flashes and mood swings, premature menopause can cause additional physical and emotional concerns. At Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, our board-certified gynecologist, nurse practitioners and physician assistants do everything we can to educate women about certain gynecological concerns so they can take a proactive approach to help address them.

Why is premature menopause a cause for concern?

Entering menopause early can affect fertility and a woman’s ability to become pregnant. Additionally, women who undergo premature menopause will live longer with lower estrogen levels which can increase their risk of health conditions such as osteoporosis or heart disease.

What factors contribute to premature menopause?

While pinpointing exactly why premature menopause occurs can be difficult, there are a number of known factors that increase a woman's probability of experiencing this condition and things they can do to help it. Common causes of premature menopause include family history, hysterectomy, smoking cigarettes, undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, genetic mutations, autoimmune diseases and gynecological health conditions such as endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Can premature menopause be prevented?

Since the majority of the causes of premature menopause are genetic or result from underlying medical conditions, it can be difficult to actively prevent this condition. Living a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise may soothe symptoms such as mood swings, weight gain and even hot flashes. Attending regular well women exams can also help with prevention. However, this is not a viable treatment for the underlying causes of premature menopause. As always, it is important for women to stay on top of their overall wellness and reproductive health. If the signs of premature menopause begin to appear, our board-certified gynecologist or reproductive healthcare providers is the best and most proactive way to look after your wellbeing.

For more information about premature menopause and help for improving symptoms, schedule an appointment with Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. Additionally, follow along with us on Facebook for healthcare insights, tips and much more. And don't forget to follow our medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.

GAoG 1One of the best and most critical things that women can do to maintain their reproductive health and wellness is to undergo an annual well woman exam. During well woman exams performed in our office, our reproductive health care providers will perform a series of tests designed to gauge the state of a woman’s reproductive health and detect any potential irregularities that may have arisen since her last visit. This includes a pelvic exam, pap testing, a clinical breast exam, and more. 

However, one of the most critical aspects of a well woman exam is the opportunity for direct communication between a woman and her board-certified gynecologist. We understand that some matters pertaining to reproductive health can be embarrassing or difficult to talk about, but a well woman exam is a comforting, judgment free environment where women should feel comfortable to speak about these subjects in the spirit of health and wellness. 

With this in mind, we wanted to provide some essential topics for women to ask about during their well woman exams. Although we understand that every woman is different and will have her own unique needs and concerns, these more general topics can serve as a starting point to help women prepare for their next well woman exam:

  • Any noticeable changes since the last well woman exam pertaining to reproductive health including any new pain or discomfort.
  • Issues related to menstruation including especially heavy or light periods.
  • Questions about birth control including interest in starting with a new birth control method.
  • Suggestions for what can be done between visits to promote positive reproductive health.
  • Information on potential vaccinations including the HPV vaccine.

We understand that a gynecological exam can be intimidating for some women. This is why we go out of our way to make sure every woman we treat has the most comfortable and easy appointment possible. For more information or to schedule an annual well woman exam today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. And follow us on Facebook for additional health tips, news, and more. You can also follow us on Facebook for additional health tips, news, and much more.

Cancer in any form is obviously very serious, but the unique nature of ovarian cancer and its lack of noticeable symptoms makes it especially important for women to understand the condition and take a proactive approach to prevent it. This is why our reproductive healthcare experts wanted to answer some common questions about ovarian cancer to help educate our readers.

Question #1: What are the common symptoms associated with ovarian cancer?

In many cases, a woman with ovarian cancer may not exhibit any noticeable symptoms until her illness has already reached an advanced and more serious stage. However, this is not always the case. We advise women to be aware of the following ovarian cancer symptoms and reach out to their board-certified gynecologist if they experience them for up to two weeks:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Bloating in the abdominal area
  • Inability to eat or feeling full very quickly 
  • Frequent or urgent need to urinate

Question #2: How is ovarian cancer diagnosed?

The first step in diagnosing a potential ovarian cancer is to undergo a full physical exam, including a pelvic exam. In addition, we will perform a pelvic ultrasound to evaluate the appearance of the ovaries. A CT scan may be necessary as well to assess spread to other organs of the abdomen and pelvis.

Question #3: Is there a connection between ovarian cancer and ovarian cysts?

While it’s true that some ovarian cysts are malignant (cancerous), this is rare. Women may develop ovarian cysts for any number of reasons not related to ovarian cancer. However, women who experience ovarian cysts after menopause may have an increased risk for reproductive cancers, so they should be extra cautious about their reproductive health.

Our goal is not to frighten our readers, but to highlight the importance of their reproductive health and wellness. Women who better understand concerns like ovarian cancer will be better positioned to detect and act on any potentially abnormal changes to their body in a timely and beneficial manner. For more information on ovarian cancer or 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 for additional health tips, news, and much more.

One common thread among health conditions is that the earlier they are detected, the more effectively they can be treated. And one of the most helpful tools in early detection of any reproductive health concern for women is education. In our experience, the more women understand about their bodies and the signs of issues like urinary tract infections (UTI), the more likely they will be to seek medical assistance sooner. This is why we wanted to provide this helpful guide for how women can tell if they have a urinary tract infection. 

To begin, we thought it would be instrumental to discuss common risk factors of UTIs among women. While it’s a fact that UTIs are common among women in general, it’s also true that certain things can increase a woman’s chances of developing an infection. This includes hormone changes that occur during menopause, being overweight, kidney stones or other health conditions that affect the urinary tract, diabetes, and a suppressed immune system. We know that some of these factors are beyond a woman’s control, but we felt it was important for women with these risk factors to be aware of this information.

Common symptoms of urinary tract infections that women should be aware of include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the pelvic area, abdomen, or side
  • Frequent urination (including at night)
  • Pain or bleeding during urination
  • Pain during sex
  • Fever
  • Shaking or chills
  • Nausea or vomiting

For women who fear they may have developed a UTI, there are effective treatment methods available. In many cases, a course of oral antibiotics can successfully relieve a urinary tract infection in as little as a week. Drinking plenty of water can help effectively flush the system and assist the antibiotic treatment.

Knowledge is an incredibly powerful tool for women trying to achieve and maintain their reproductive health and wellness over time. 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. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more tips, updates, and much more.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we consider patient education one of the most valuable and essential parts of our work. And in the case of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), education is an incredibly powerful tool in preventing and helping our patients promote good reproductive health and wellness. So in honor of STI Awareness Month this April, our reproductive healthcare providers wanted to present some helpful statistics about STIs for adults in America. All statistics were collected by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • 1 in 5 Americans are living with an STI.
  • Over 26,000 new STIs are diagnosed annually in the US.
  • Nearly 50% of these new infections occur in people between the ages of 15-24.
  • STIs result in over $16 billion in direct medical costs for Americans each year.
  • However, women are only responsible for roughly 25% of these direct medical costs.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) is by far the most common STI, resulting in over 42 million currently diagnosed cases. 
  • And since HPV is highly contagious and may not come with any noticeable symptoms, experts believe the incidence rate, or the number of undiagnosed cases, is also very high.
  • There are currently more diagnosed cases of HPV among Americans than herpes, trichomoniasis, chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea, and syphilis combined.

 The best way to treat a potential STI is to prevent it before it occurs. For sexually active adults, we strongly recommend making sure to use a latex condom during sex and making sure that it is being used properly. Unprotected sexual contact with an infected person presents a very high risk of contracting an STI. Receiving an HPV vaccine is highly recommended. We also strongly suggest avoiding sharing towels or underclothing with other people and making sure to wash properly before and after having sexual intercourse.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we offer a wide variety of treatment options for the most common STIs. Treatment plans are custom-tailored to best align with each woman’s preferences and what is best for her overall health and wellness. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And follow along with us on Facebook and our medical spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics, on Instagram.

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