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For women trying to maintain their overall health and well-being, it’s important to take a proactive approach to your reproductive health. That’s why at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we often stress the importance and benefits of well woman examinations. Even for women with clean, healthy lifestyles, reproductive health issues can still arise. Well woman exams are meant to help identify and diagnose any potential gynecological problems a woman may be experiencing before they become serious concerns.

Questions to Ask During a Well Woman ExamA well woman exam is the perfect time to ask any questions you may have in regards to your gynecological health and wellness. You should treat your appointment as an opportunity to ask about general concerns like menopause and fertility, as well as any changes or difficulties you have noticed or experienced since your last visit. To help get the most out of your well woman exam, patients should come with their questions prepared. We recommend keeping a running log of questions/concerns that arise, so you’ll have them on-hand when it’s time for your exam.

Though many times these questions will be personal and unique to each woman’s specific needs, here are some more general questions that we recommend asking during your next well woman exam (if they are applicable to you):

  • What may be causing sex to be painful or uncomfortable?
  • What can I do to treat bladder leakage when I laugh or cough?
  • What is considered irregular bleeding?
  • What is causing my periods to be heavy or light?
  • What birth control method would you recommend for me?
  • How can I perform a breast self-exam?

Your annual well woman exam can be the perfect time to form a more personal bond with your board-certified gynecologist. The right source on the Internet can be a terrific resource for information on various gynecological issues you may experience, but it is certainly no substitute for advice from a trusted medical professional. So take your well woman exam seriously and prepare any relevant questions in-advance to help make the most of your appointment. For more information or to schedule a well woman exam today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. And don’t forget, we have moved to a new location: 601 Professional Drive, Suite 330 in Lawrenceville!

gwinnett gynecology lawrenceville gaGynecology Associates of Gwinnett is officially announcing their new office location at 601 Professional Drive, Suite 330 in Lawrenceville, Georgia following nearly a year of providing high-quality gynecological services and treatments to the Gwinnett County area. After more than 11 years of gynecological practice experience, Kristine E. Gould, M.D. founded Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett almost 1 year ago with the goal of combining gynecological care with overall health and wellness services for women.

Founder Kristine E. Gould, M.D., a board-certified fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, believes that Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett differentiates itself from other gynecological practices in the metro Atlanta and Gwinnett County area by putting an emphasis on patient education and early prevention of common gynecological issues, as well as general health and wellness. The practice remains committed to providing personalized care for women of all ages from routine health screenings and birth control to diagnosing and treating female concerns, gynecological cancers, and menopause symptoms.

“We are extremely excited about moving to our new location. Our new location is the next stepping stone towards our mission of delivering the best, most personal care possible for every patient who walks into our office,” says Kristine E. Gould, M.D., Founder. “Our goal is that our new office will allow us to reach and help even more women as our practice continues to grow and evolve. I’m proud of our entire staff and thankful for this opportunity to assist such wonderful patients by helping them feel their best and achieve the best-possible reproductive health and wellness.”

Along with their new location, Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett is now offering additional feminine rejuvenation services including a full line of cosmetic injectables treatments and FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation. An important part of their practice philosophy is that there is a connection between positive body image and overall wellness for women. Dr. Gould believes confidence in one’s appearance can be a positive force for reducing stress and maintaining good emotional health. Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett is now accepting appointments for cosmetic injectables treatments including Botox® Cosmetic, Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Dysport®, and more. All injectables treatments at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett are performed by Barbara Weber, a Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse (CPSN) and a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) with more than a decade of experience performing aesthetic medicine.
About Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett

Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett is a metro Atlanta-based general gynecology practice founded by board-certified gynecologist Kristine E. Gould, M.D. It is located at 601 Professional Drive, Suite 330 in Lawrenceville, GA. Dr. Gould is a board-certified fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists with over 12 years of gynecological practice experience. With a passion for offering the best, most up-to-date and technologically-advanced treatments available and a focus on personalized care, Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett offers a variety of gynecological health services and treatments including: Well Woman exams, birth control, FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation, diagnosis and treatment for menopause, urinary incontinence, female infertility, gynecological cancers, surgical procedures and more. They also host regular Health & Wellness events including educational seminars and boot camps.

To learn more about their entire selection of treatments and services provided, call (678) 380-1980 to schedule an appointment.

The majority of the time when women complain about their periods, it is due to a heavier than normal flow and the cramps and bloating that can emerge as a result. With this in mind, it’s understandable for women to feel relieved when their period suddenly becomes considerably lighter in nature. While this lighter flow may make you feel more comfortable temporarily, it can also be a sign of a number of issues.

What May be Causing your Light Periods

Many women associate light periods with pregnancy, but there are plenty of other potential causes. Most of the time, a lighter period is caused by a shift or imbalance in hormone levels. That explains the connection between light periods and menopause, due to the decreased production of estrogen. Light periods may also occur in young women who have just recently begun to menstruate.

Your lighter periods can be the result of any number of causes, natural or otherwise, including:

  • Age
  • Weight fluctuation (either gaining or losing)
  • Overexercising
  • Heightened stress levels
  • A reaction to hormone-based birth control
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Eating disorders including anorexia nervosa and bulimia

A light period isn’t necessarily a sign that something is wrong. Though we do recommend reaching out to your board-certified gynecologist if you experience any of the following menstrual irregularities:

  • Your period lasts less than 2 days
  • Your flow is very light, similar to spotting
  • You miss 1 or more regular-flow periods
  • You are experiencing more frequent, but lighter periods instead of the normal 21-35 day cycle

Make sure to discuss your period during your annual visit with your gynecologist. Understanding what’s “normal” for your period can be extremely helpful when trying to determine whether your period is too light or heavy. For more information or to schedule an appointment today, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips, news, and updates on all of our upcoming Health & Wellness events.

Breast self-exams can be a critical tool for early detection of breast cancer. A monthly self-exam is a screening technique women can do at home to help screen for lumps, tumors, cysts, or other abnormalities that can occur in a woman’s breasts. While there has been some debate over the years about the value of self-exams in detecting breast cancer, we consider them to be an essential screening tool, especially when combined with regular annual breast cancer screenings. We have answered some questions about self-exams to help patients become more familiar with this important practice.

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If my breasts appear to be different sizes during my self-exam, is this a sign of breast cancer?
Breast asymmetry is actually quite common and not necessarily anything to be concerned about. If the larger of your 2 breasts feels more prominent, this may just be due to there being more breast tissue on that side. Get to know the size and shape of your breasts intimately so you can tell if a new growth or irregularity pops up.

When is the best time to perform a breast self-exam?
We recommend waiting a few days after you have completed your monthly menstrual cycle to do a breast self-exam. Hormonal changes that occur during menstruation can affect the size and feel of your breasts, and it is always best to perform the exam when your breasts are in their normal state. Women who do not menstruate (due to menopause, hysterectomy, etc.) should choose a certain day of the month to perform their exams to keep from forgetting. Keeping a running journal of your self-exams can be a great way to track and record any changes in your breasts that may occur.

Can breast self-exams take the place of mammograms or breast cancer screenings?
Definitely not. While breast self-exams can be a great way to get to better know your breasts and spot potential abnormalities that occur between breast cancer screening appointments, mammograms are still a far more effective method of scanning for potential issues. Mammograms can look under the skin and notice tumors before they are noticeable to the naked eye.

If you notice anything strange or different during your breast self-exam, contact your healthcare provider. The vast majority of lumps found during self-exams are not cancerous, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry when thinking about breast cancer. For more information on women’s health & wellness, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips and updates on our upcoming Health & Wellness events.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are far more common than many people would probably assume. Based on data gathered by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), UTIs result in over 8 million visits to the doctor in the US each year. While both sexes develop UTIs, women are unfortunately far more likely to develop UTIs than men. This is due to the female urethra being shorter than the male urethra, making it more common for bacteria to be transferred to the bladder. The same NIDDK study indicated that over 50% of women will experience at least one UTI during their lifetime.

Since the prevalence of UTIs is so high in women, we thought it might be helpful to detail the common symptoms of these infections. Hopefully by recognizing these troublesome symptoms in a timely fashion, more women will be able to seek the medical attention necessary to treat their UTIs quickly or even prevent urinary tract infections before they occur.

Common symptoms of urinary tract infections:

1.) Pain or Burning During Urination 

Pain or burning during urination is often the first sign of a UTI. However, this may occur whenever there are bacteria in the urethra or bladder and doesn't necessarily signify a UTI. If the symptoms only occur briefly and then disappear, it may mean that your body has successfully flushed out the bacteria and avoided infection. 

2.) Needing to Urinate Urgently

Sudden and urgent need to urinate, especially if you just went to the bathroom, is another telltale sign of a UTI. This can be caused by bacteria irritating the urethra and the lining of the bladder.

3.) Inability to Fully Empty Bladder

Frequent urination is another sign to look out for. If you have a UTI, it can feel like your bladder is full, though only drops come out when you try to go. If your frequent trips to the bathroom are providing minimal relief, you may have a urinary tract infection.

4.) Urine has Abnormal Consistency or Smell 

The color or substance of your urine can be worth monitoring as well. Any discoloration of your urine (anything other than the normal yellow or clear) should be a cause for concern. Cloudy, red, or brown urine are all common signs of a UTI. Additionally, urine that has a strong, pungent smell is a common UTI symptom.

5.) Pressure or pain in the Pelvic Area

For certain women (especially older women) pain or cramping in the pelvis or bladder area may be the most pronounced symptom of a UTI.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and think that you may have a UTI, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your board-certified gynecologist quickly in order to receive a diagnosis and begin treatment as soon as possible. Here at Gynecology of Associates of Gwinnett, we use a simple test called a urinalysis to accurately diagnose urinary tract infections. We can also send a urine sample to the lab to confirm an infection (urine culture) should that be necessary. Fortunately, treatment for a UTI is fairly simple and certain antibiotics can typically resolve the infection within a week or so. For more information on UTIs or to schedule your appointment, contact Dr. Kristine Gouldat Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips and updates, as well as info on our upcoming Health & Wellness events.

 

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Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett
601 Professional Drive, Suite 330
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046   
Phone: 678.380.1980   
Fax: 678.380.7348

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