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September is officially National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Despite its prevalence, there is quite a bit that the average woman may not know about ovarian cancer. For instance, there is no defined test for ovarian cancer and Pap tests cannot be used to detect the disease. There are symptoms associated with ovarian cancer, but they are often subtle and easy to miss. This is why so many cases of ovarian cancer go undiagnosed until they are in later stages, dramatically decreasing a woman’s chances of survival. It’s important for women to be aware of their ovarian cancer risk and take the necessary precautions.

FAQs About Common Cancers for WomenFor starters, consider these statistics. According to estimates from the American Cancer Society, over 22,000 women in the US will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year alone. Sadly, over 14,000 of these cases may be fatal. Older women are at a greater risk of developing the disease, as roughly 50% of new ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed in women over the age of 63. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth among cancer deaths among women, making it the most deadly of all female gynecological cancers.

While they may only be mild in certain patients, there are still some trademark symptoms of ovarian cancer that women should be conscious of. They may include bloating in the abdomen or sudden weight gain, abdominal pain, trouble eating or feeling full quickly, and feeling the sudden need to urinate urgently or frequently. If you experience these symptoms for more than 2-3 weeks, we strongly urge you to visit your board-certified gynecologist as soon as possible.

The screening method for ovarian cancer may vary from woman to woman depending on her risk factors. For example, a routine testing of blood levels for the CA-125 protein and pelvic ultrasound, which can detect potential or existing tumor development, is generally recommended for women with a higher-risk of developing ovarian cancer. Women with a family history of ovarian cancer, those who are older, or menopausal women taking hormone replacement therapy may be considered high risk. Surgery is the most common treatment for most ovarian cancers. During surgery, the cancerous tumors, as well as the ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, and surrounding tissue may be removed depending on how far your cancer has spread and the state of your general health. After surgery, some patients may be recommended to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatments to make sure any remaining traces of cancerous cells are destroyed.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is all about spreading knowledge to the special women in your life. After all, knowledge is power in the fight against reproductive cancer. For more information on ovarian cancer or to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips, news, and updates on our upcoming Health and Wellness events.

Although it is inevitable, menopause isn’t something most women like to think about. This is especially true for women in their 20’s and 30’s who may consider menopause to be something that is far off into their futures. Although it’s true that the average age of menopause for women is 51, the symptoms of menopause can start much earlier for some women. Early menopause, characterized as menopause that occurs before the age of 45, affects roughly 1 in 20 women in the US. In addition to all the normal menopause symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, sexual issues, vaginal dryness, and pain during sex, women who go through early menopause may be more susceptible to osteoporosis due to longer periods of diminished bone mass.

Tips to Help Manage Early MenopauseExperiencing the physical and emotional effects of menopause can be tough for anyone, but going through them in your early 40’s (or younger) can be an especially bitter pill to swallow. Thankfully, women are not powerless to prevent early menopause. While the age menopause starts is largely predetermined by genetic factors, our board-certified gynecologists have provided a few tips to help fight off early menopause:

  • Eat Right & Maintain a Healthy Weight
    Maintaining a stable, healthy bodyweight is one of the best things you can do to prevent early menopause. The further you are from a healthy weight (either too high or too low), the more likely it is that you may trigger hormonal changes and early menopause. The good news is that your weight is one of the risk factors you have the most control over. Getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting plenty of sleep are crucial to maintaining a healthy weight, though be careful not to overdo it. Higher consumption of vegetable protein has been linked to a lower risk of early menopause.
  • Avoid Harmful Chemicals
    Preliminary research published by the scientific journal PLOS ONE shows that early menopause may be partly triggered or accelerated by chemicals in the environment called "endocrine disruptors”. Endocrine disruptors interfere with the body's ability to properly regulate and balance hormones. They are often found in plastics and pthalates used in everyday cosmetics, household items, and food containers.
  • Quit Smoking ASAP
    While quitting smoking is always good health advice, this goes double for women who fear early menopause. Cigarette smoking is one of the few things that has been confirmed to induce early menopause by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Chemicals found in cigarettes like nicotine, cyanide, and carbon monoxide can speed up the loss rate of a woman’s eggs. That’s why women who smoke experience menopause 1 to 4 years earlier than non-smokers on average.

There is no guarantee that these tips will be successful for all women. But being mindful of the risk factors, following these recommendations, and living a healthy lifestyle can certainly help prevent early menopause before it strikes. If you are interested in more info on early menopause or would like to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. We also encourage everyone to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more news, tips, updates, and info on upcoming Health and Wellness events.

The fall season is a busy time of year here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. In addition to all the usual business at the office, we will be taking part in some very special Health & Wellness Events. Our hope is that by participating in these greats events, we will have the chance to not only interact with our patients and provide first-hand education on women’s reproductive health in a less formal, in-person setting, but to also give back to the Gwinnett community that has given us so much. So without any further ado, allow us to give you the 411 on all the happenings at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett this fall.

Ladies Rejuvenation Seminar

Save the date! Help us kick off our fall event season with the Ladies Rejuvenation Seminar. This joint event, co-hosted by Dr. David Whiteman of Southern Plastic Surgery, will be held Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 from 6:30pm - 8pm at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett’s office in Lawrenceville. Stop by to enjoy in-depth discussions on a variety of rejuvenating treatments for the body including FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation and much more. Guests can also receive exclusive discounts on a variety of cosmetic procedures and treatments. Light fare and refreshments will be provided. Check out the flyer for all the details including how to RSVP!

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Paint Gwinnett Pink 5K

Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett is proud to announce that we will be one of the sponsors of the second annual Paint Gwinnett Pink 5K Run/Walk for Breast Cancer. This charity fun run event is scheduled for Saturday, 10/7 at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit breast cancer patients and Gwinnett Medical Center’s Breast Program by improving patient access to the most advanced detection technology, breast cancer screenings, and more. Don’t forget to join the Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett team when you register!

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Cosmetic Injectables Appointments Available!

In addition to providing the best in reproductive healthcare, Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett also offers cosmetic injectables treatments to help our patients look and feel their very best. Our injectables treatments include Botox® Cosmetic injections, popular facial fillers from Juvéderm®, and more. All cosmetic injectables treatments at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett are performed in our office by Barbara Weber, a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) with over a decade of experience performing injectables treatments.

We look forward to seeing everyone at these events and can’t wait to find out what great things this fall will hold for Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. For more information or to schedule a consultation with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine Gould, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. To schedule your cosmetic injectables appointment, call us or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today. For more information on the Paint Gwinnett Pink 5K, check out our event page for all the details. You can also follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more tips, updates and details on all our upcoming Health & Wellness events.

Tips for Choosing the Right IUD for YouAlthough birth control is something that all women may need to consider, there is no simple one-size-fits-all solution for women trying to choose between birth control methods. Choosing the right birth control method is a complex decision that requires much thought and research. Finding birth control that makes the most sense for your needs depends on a number of factors including your age, certain medical conditions, and whether you want to become pregnant in the future.

For women who seek a dependable, long-lasting form of birth control, we sometimes recommend intrauterine devices (IUDs). IUDs work by acting as a barrier that blocks the fertilization of eggs in the uterus. The device itself, “T”-shaped and small (roughly the size of a quarter), is physically inserted into the uterus by a board-certified gynecologist during an in-office appointment. Even after you have decided that an IUD is the way to go, the decision-making process doesn’t stop there. There are different types of IUDs on the market and understanding the differences between them is an important part of finding the one that works best for you. That’s why we have provided the following tips to help you narrow down your choice:

Understand Your IUD Options

  • Most IUDs are hormone-based (similar to birth control pills) and work by thickening organic materials that prevent sperm from reaching the eggs. However, these hormones can affect a woman’s period and may not appeal to everyone. There are some non-hormonal IUDs that act as a mechanical barrier to prevent fertilization and release copper ions which can prevent sperm from fertilizing the eggs.
    Decide How Long You Want Your Birth Control to Work
  • IUDs are considered long-acting forms of birth control, but “long-acting” is a broad term, not a defined amount of time. Hormonal IUDs can last anywhere between three and seven years, whereas non-hormonal forms may last up to ten years. Of course, all IUDs are reversible, meaning they can be removed by a board-certified gynecologist at any time.

Consider Potential Effects on Your Menstrual Period

  • Hormonal and non-hormonal IUDs can both affect a woman’s period, but not in the same way. Many women who choose hormonal IUDs experience lighter periods and reduced menstrual cramps, or no period at all. Although the idea of lighter, or nonexistent, periods may appeal to some women, others may find this odd or alarming. Conversely, nonhormonal IUDs can lead to heavier periods that may last longer (typically a week or longer).

With so many options available, settling on one form of birth control can be a tough decision. If you’re still having trouble choosing between birth control methods, we invite you to contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett to schedule an appointment with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kristine E. Gould. During your appointment, Dr. Gould will discuss all the relevant factors in the decision-making process including your medical history and overall health, and answer your questions to help determine the right birth control method for you. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips, updates, and news on our upcoming Health and Wellness events.

Exactly What are Hot Flashes and How Can I Treat ThemAlthough menopause is a fact of life for all women, menopause and its symptoms can affect women differently. However, one thing the vast majority of women who are entering menopause have in common is the occurrence of hot flashes. Hot flashes, the most common symptom of menopause, affect more than two-thirds of North American women during the perimenopause period.

Hot flashes are characterized by sudden feelings of warmth, (most commonly in the face, neck and chest) that are not linked to an external source. During a hot flash your skin might redden, similar to if you were blushing. Hot flashes may also cause a temporary increase in heart rate and sweating. When they happen at night, this can lead to night sweats. Although there is clear evidence that hot flashes result from hormonal changes in the body that take place during menopause, the exact cause of hot flashes is not known.

For certain women, hot flashes are nothing but a minor inconvenience. For others, the frequency and intensity of their hot flashes can be overwhelming and take a toll on their quality of life. If you’re in the latter group, there are a number of things we recommend that may help. Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods from your diet. Try keeping your house cool and comfortable, especially at night when you’re trying to sleep. Feeling overly-stressed or anxious can be a trigger as well. Lastly, avoid smoking or exposure to cigarette smoke.

If you have tried these prevention tips in the past and still experience especially bad hot flashes, there are medications that can potentially help. Hormone replacement therapies (HRT) including estrogen supplements can level out your body’s hormone levels and reduce the incidence and severity of hot flashes and night sweats. Other non-hormonal options like Relizen and Brisdelle may also help.

Keep in mind that hot flashes can also be associated with other medical conditions like obesity or diabetes. A visit with your board-certified gynecologist is required to discover the true cause of your symptoms and establish a treatment plan that works best for you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Kristine Gould at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more reproductive health tips, news, and updates.

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