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Bloating is the feeling of swelling and over distension of the abdomen caused by excessive fluid retention in the intestinal walls. This excessive fluid retention and bloating relate to a neuroactive peptide emitted by the degenerating endometrium prior to the period.

What Causes Bloating?

On average, 1-2 weeks before a woman's pre-menstrual cycle, they will typically experience bloating. Women often feel swollen and heavy in the abdomen area at the beginning of their period, which can be uncomfortable and can negatively affect their self-confidence.

Pre-menstrual bloating occurs from changes in levels of progesterone and estrogen hormones. Changes in progesterone and estrogen levels can cause the body to retain additional water and salt, thus causing bloating.

Bloating Treatments

Women complain that their clothes are too tight, their rings don’t fit, and their tummies stick out, only to return to normal after the period. Advanced Endometrial Ablation eliminates the underlying cause of the premenstrual fluid retention and bloating. Women will sometimes say that the week after the period is their only normal-feeling week in the month! After Advanced Endometrial Ablation, every day of the year is free from painful bloating and fluid retention.

Clinton Ashford, MD, and Rebecca Ashford, MD, at The Ashford Center in Athens, Georgia are experts in Advanced Endometrial Ablation, a minimally invasive procedure that can eliminate premenstrual bloating as well as other premenstrual and menopausal symptoms.

Call the experts at The Ashford Center today, or schedule a consultation online to learn more about this procedure.

Medical Conditions Commonly Associated With Bloating


This is a health condition where cells that grow in the uterus grow in other parts of the body. They usually grow on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or tissue lining the pelvis.


Fibroids are tumors in the uterus. They can cause strange periods, but sometimes they do not hurt at all.

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Commonly Asked Questions

How can Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with bloating?

Have you ever heard of a man complaining of bloating? Rarely, if ever. The reason is that most of the sensation that causes women to complain of “bloating” is caused by a neuroactive peptide from the shedding endometrium that triggers bowel edema (swelling within the wall of the intestine).

Some women say that they even have to wear different clothes in the premenstrual time frame or that they gain 5-10 pounds of “water weight”. Advanced Endometrial Ablation at The Ashford Center stops premenstrual bloating by gently removing the lining of the uterus, which means no more periods or bloating! If there is no endometrium to break down, then the neuropeptide toxins that are the culprit causing these troublesome symptoms are gone altogether!!

Dr. Clint Ashford is a pioneer and a leading expert in Advanced Endometrial Ablation, having performed thousands of these procedures with consistent and successful results that can be truly life-changing for women with this problem.

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a safe and pain-free solution for women suffering from PMS symptoms such as bloating, as well as difficult, painful, or heavy periods.

For more information, call The Ashford Center or schedule online for a consultation today.

How long does bloating typically last?

Most women typically experience bloating well before the start of their period and will stop immediately once menstruating begins or for a few days into it.

Does alcohol and caffeine contribute to bloating?

Experts believe that both alcohol and caffeine do, in fact, contribute to bloating. Consider drinking extra water on the days leading up to your period.

Why do periods cause bloating?

The primary cause of bloating is hormones. PMS begins during the luteal phase of your menstrual cycle. The hormones estrogen and progesterone will fluctuate, and the lining of your uterus gets thicker.

When should you see a doctor?

If you are experiencing bloating that does not go away after your period and/or if it is severe enough to affect your daily life.

After Endometrial Ablation, will I ever have another period?

85% of our patients never have another period. The remainder may continue to have a day or two of spotting from time to time, especially if they have fibroids.