Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we are always happy to take a bit of time to answer some of the more common questions we receive about our gynecological treatments and services. We take pride in providing our patients with in-depth knowledge about the services we offer and what they can do to promote reproductive health and wellness. That’s why we’ve answered the following questions on the subject:
Q.) If I’m above the age of 26, can I receive an HPV vaccination?
A.) The recommended age for women to receive a vaccination for the Human papillomavirus (HPV) is anywhere between age 9 – 26. This is due to the widely-held belief that after age 26, most women will most likely already have been exposed to the types of HPV covered by the vaccine. For women over 26 who are concerned about the risk of developing cervical cancer, we recommend regular screenings and annual well-woman exams.
Q.) Are there any good alternatives for women who want female sterilization, but are not 100% sure it is the right path for them?
A.) Female sterilization is a major decision for any woman and can’t be made lightly. Unless a patient is absolutely positive that female sterilization is right for them, we recommend alternative courses of action like birth control pills, or long-acting forms of birth control including intrauterine devices (IUDs), birth control implants, Depo-Provera shot, and NuvaRing®.
Q.) How long after my FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatment can I resume my normal daily routine?
A.) One of the best things about FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation by Lumenis® is that treatment sessions are incredibly fast (typically between 2-5 minutes) and do not require any downtime for recovery afterwards. Patients can go back to their daily routines (including work) immediately, though we recommend waiting 72 hours after treatment before engaging in sexual intercourse and up to a week before partaking in strenuous exercise.
Q.) How long do I have to go without a period before I can be certain I have entered menopause?
A.) Menopause does not happen suddenly. Although a woman may begin to notice some of the common signs of menopause including irregular bleeding, a woman has not technically reached menopause until she has not had a period for an entire year.
We hope this was helpful. Information and knowledge are vital tools for any woman concerned about maintaining her reproductive health and wellness. If you have a question of your own that you would like answered, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today to request an appointment. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more stories, tips, updates and upcoming events.