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Like many female health concerns, ovarian cysts can be a cause for concern. For anyone unfamiliar with them, ovarian cysts are small fluid-filled sacs that develop in the ovaries. For some women, ovarian cysts form during monthly ovulation. Some ovarian cysts show no symptoms and may not be noticeable, while others can become painful or uncomfortable for a woman. While it’s true that most ovarian cysts are of minor concern, some can grow to become serious and require immediate medical intervention. In order to protect your health, it’s important for women to know when an ovarian cyst may indicate a more serious issue. This is why our board-certified gynecologists are here to explain when an ovarian cyst may be a concern.

Are Ovarian Cysts a Cause for ConcernThere are many different types of ovarian cysts, but we will be focusing primarily on the most common form, functional cysts. Functional ovarian cysts are broken into two categories: follicle cysts and corpus luteum cysts.

During the menstrual cycle, eggs form sacs inside the ovaries called follicles. In most cases, the follicle will break open and release an egg. But if the follicle fails to break open, the fluid inside the follicle can form a cyst on the ovary. This is a follicular cyst. Once the egg is released, the follicle typically dissolves. However in some cases the follicle will persist and its opening can seal shut. In these instances, additional fluid can develop inside the follicle leading to a corpus luteum cyst.

For many women, ovarian cysts may develop without causing any negative effects. However, if the cyst grows, it can lead to a variety of symptoms including abdominal bloating, pelvic pain (especially during the menstrual cycle), pain during sex, tenderness in the breasts, and more. In rare cases, ovarian cysts can even lead to more serious symptoms like severe pelvic pain, fever, dizziness, and breathing issues. If you experience any of these symptoms, we highly recommend seeking medical attention immediately. These could be signs of a ruptured cyst or an ovarian torsion, both of which can have serious complications if not treated early. Additionally, in some cases small cysts in the ovaries can lead to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition associated with a number of hormonal issues and female infertility.

Due to their mysterious nature, it’s important to receive regular pelvic exams in order to identify and diagnose the presence of ovarian cysts. While you may not be able to prevent a cyst from occurring, there is still immense value in detecting ovarian cysts early before they have the chance to grow and impact your reproductive health. Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we can perform a transvaginal ultrasound to help detect ovarian cysts or any other abnormalities that could be causing issues. For more information on ovarian cysts or to schedule an appointment today, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips and news from the world of women’s health.

Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett we take great pride in helping our patients treat a wide variety of female reproductive health issues. For many patients, vaginal health symptoms like vaginal itching and vaginal dryness can be the cause of considerable pain and frustration. That’s why we offer FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation. FemTouch™ treatments can help women ranging from twenty something’s to those in their seventies (or older) by treating a number of the most problematic vaginal health symptoms as well as the effects of stress urinary incontinence. To help readers understand the profound impact FemTouch™ can have on their gynecological health, as well as their overall health and wellbeing, we have invited some of our patients who have undergone FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett to share some words about their personal experiences with this outstanding, life-changing treatment.

The Many Ways Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Can Help PatientsTo help get started, hear one of our patients describe how FemTouch™ Non-Surgical Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation was able to treat multiple vaginal health symptoms:

“Last year, I was having issues with my vagina where it felt as if it was gaping open. I was also experiencing a high level of vaginal dryness and felt uncomfortable during sex. Dr. Kristine Gould recommended a new laser treatment for vaginal rejuvenation and I'm so grateful that she did. Since my treatment, my symptoms have not occurred at all and I am very pleased with the results!”

- RT

Our second testimonial expresses how vaginal tightening with FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation can return the spark and pleasure to a patient’s love life for those experiencing unsatisfying sex due to their vaginal laxity:

“I am so pleased with the great results I received after just three laser vaginal rejuvenation treatments. I am 64 now and my husband and I are still 'romantic' with each other. What I can tell is that my dryness has decreased and it feels more comfortable when we are intimate. I also feel tighter and my husband enjoys that he too, can feel the difference.”

- JW

Lastly, hear from one of our patients about the emotional relief that she received from her FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments:

“Last year I suddenly developed vaginal dryness that made having sex very painful. I felt my life was over at 46 and began to get depressed. After visiting with several doctors, I finally met Dr. Gould and she recommended FemTouch™. The results were so amazing! I had three treatments and after the third I really felt the difference. Thank you Dr. Gould!”

- AB

Regardless of your age, there is no need to continue having painful or unsatisfying sex due to vaginal laxity or deal with bladder leakage. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms we have mentioned, don’t hesitate to contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today to schedule a laser vaginal rejuvenation consultation with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould. For more information on laser vaginal rejuvenation or other reproductive health topics for women, as well as our upcoming health and wellness events, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Type 2 diabetes is a common condition, especially for women, in which there is excessive production of glucose in the blood. If not properly treated and managed diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, higher risks of cardiovascular disease, and other serious health concerns. But did you know that diabetes can directly affect a woman’s reproductive health and wellness? It’s true. That’s why our board-certified gynecologists have taken some time to highlight some of the connections between diabetes and reproductive health.

The Link Between Diabetes and Reproductive HealthGoing through menopause isn’t easy for any woman, but it can be especially challenging for women with type 2 diabetes. During the perimenopause period, you will experience less frequent ovulation and fluctuations in your levels of estrogen and progesterone that your body produces. These hormonal changes can affect your blood glucose levels, which can be problematic for women with type 2 diabetes. Additionally, diabetes can make women more vulnerable to night sweats and other menopause symptoms.

There is also a strong link between diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PCOS is the leading cause of female infertility in the US, affecting more than 5 million women currently. But PCOS has also been associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in recent years. A recent study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism states that a woman’s risk of developing diabetes is four times greater for women with PCOS. Additionally, the average age for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis for women with PCOS was 31, roughly four years earlier than the average age of diagnosis.

Lastly, diabetes can have negative effects on a woman’s sex drive over time. Vaginal dryness is a very common issue for women with diabetes. This is due to high blood sugar levels that harden the blood vessels in the vaginal wall. Women with diabetes may also experience less pleasure during sex. This is caused by blood sugar levels that affect the tiny blood vessels that bring blood to your nerves. If those nerves are not functioning properly, you can lose some feeling in your vagina leading to less satisfying sex.

For women with diabetes, it’s important to gain understanding of how their condition can affect every aspect of their life. Managing your diabetes is not only essential for maintaining general health, but for keeping up the best possible reproductive health and wellness. For more information please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. During your appointment, board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould can diagnose and offer treatment recommendations for a wide variety of gynecological health issues. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more news, tips, and details on our upcoming health & wellness events.

Vaginal health and wellness is a major area of concern for women of all ages. But what exactly constitutes a healthy vagina? Although the term “healthy” is subjective and dependent on a woman’s age, the vagina is considered healthy when its pH is acidic. A healthy vagina should contain rich quantities of beneficial bacteria to help fight off infections, and it should be naturally lubricated. Even women who are cautious and make regular visits to their gynecologist can be vulnerable to certain gynecological health symptoms. That’s why our experts are happy to provide some tips for how women can maintain a healthy vagina.

4 Tips for Maintaining a Healthy VaginaWear More Breathable Clothing
Breathable clothing and fabrics can help aid in good vagina health. We highly recommend wearing cotton underwear with moisture-wicking properties to limit moisture and prevent potential bacterial growth. Change out of wet clothing ASAP to help reduce your risk for infections and other issues.

Never Miss an Annual Well Woman Exam
Keeping up with your gynecological exams is also crucial for maintaining great vaginal health. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends for women to begin undergoing annual gynecologic screening exams and Pap smears beginning at age 21. Our board-certified gynecologists are trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of vaginal health concerns that can affect your reproductive and overall health.

Practice Safe Sex
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like HIV, genital herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, genital warts, and chlamydia can have negative effects on your vaginal health. Additionally, some of them like the human papillomavirus (HPV) can even cause gynecological cancer and other serious health concerns. That’s why it is so important to use condoms and practice safe sex to prevent any potential STI.

Maintain a Vagina-Friendly Diet
Following a balanced, nutritious diet and staying hydrated can have a great many benefits for your body including promoting good reproductive health. Try to reduce your sugar intake, as yeast can feed on sugar. Eating certain foods can even help in treating some vaginal health problems. For instance, yogurt (especially plain, sugar-free yogurt) can potentially help prevent and treat yeast infections thanks to being so rich in probiotics.

For more vaginal health tips, follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Achieving good vaginal health isn’t a one-step process. Thankfully, following these simple steps can be a great way to begin your journey towards the best-possible reproductive health. To schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today.

Matters of reproductive health and wellness can be the source of anxiety. Receiving word from a gynecologist that the results of a recent pap smear came back abnormal can be scary. Not only does the word "abnormal" make it sound as if something is wrong, but since pap smears screen for serious conditions like HPV and cervical cancer, it’s only natural to fear that you may be facing a serious female health concern.

What to do After Receiving an Abnormal Pap ResultHowever, it’s important to remember that abnormal pap results are actually very common and are not necessarily a sign of anything wrong. An abnormal result doesn’t mean that you have cancer. In fact, only a small percentage of women who receive an abnormal result actually are diagnosed with cervical cancer. An abnormal result just means that there has been a change to some cervical cells. An abnormal pap smear can be caused by minor conditions like inflammation or certain infections.

The most common reason for an abnormal pap smear result is ASCUS which occurs when cells don’t exactly look normal. ASCUS paps are considered slightly abnormal results. According to the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, normal, noncancerous cervical cells are present in about 75% of women with ASCUS results. In some cases, receiving an ASCUS pap can result from a poor sample. This is common for women who recently had intercourse or used certain feminine hygiene products.

As far as what to do after receiving an abnormal result from your pap smear, that depends on your unique situation. We typically recommend that you schedule a repeat test in the near future. For women under 30 who receive an abnormal pap result, the lab will reflexively check for HPV. If this comes back negative, then the pap is considered normal. If it’s positive, then the woman will require a colposcopy. During a colposcopy, a microscope is used to inspect the cervix for abnormal areas. If needed, abnormal cells can be removed using loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). This can prevent abnormal cells from ever becoming cancerous. For women over 30 who receive routine tests for HPV, a negative HPV result is also indicates a normal pap. If the HPV result is positive, a colposcopy will be needed. Since cervical cancer can’t be diagnosed via a pap test, you may require a biopsy in order to rule out that possibility.

So in short, if you ever receive abnormal results from a pap smear, try not to panic. Odds are that you're going to be just fine. But to be safe, make a follow-up appointment with your board-certified gynecologist and take whatever necessary steps are recommended to help you take control of your reproductive health. To schedule a pap smear appointment, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And follow us on social media for even more tips, news, and info in our upcoming health & wellness events.

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