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Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) uterine growths that can cause irregular, heavy, or painful bleeding.
Fibroids are benign growths inside the muscle portion of the uterus. Women who have fibroids are usually unaware of them because they experience no symptoms. Fibroids usually don’t affect the ability to conceive or have a successful pregnancy, and they often cause no problems at all.
It’s possible for fibroids to develop at any time until menopause, and they can vary in size from microscopic to being large enough to push the walls of the uterus out of shape. There can be one or many fibroids, and a mixture of different sizes at the same time.
While doctors don't know the ultimate cause of fibroids, there are a few common risk factors that include:
Although some women develop fibroids without experiencing symptoms, other women suffer a range of uncomfortable and inconvenient problems when they have fibroids, including:
Symptoms of fibroids can be similar to symptoms of other conditions that affect the female reproductive system. If you are experiencing problems that could be due to fibroids,it’simportant to get an accurate diagnosis before starting any treatment.
Many times women undergo hysterectomy or other procedures to remove fibroids only because of excessive bleeding. However, in the majority of cases there is a minimally invasive 90-second procedure, Advanced Endometrial Ablation, that can stop bleeding caused by most fibroids and can be an alternative to major surgery.
Dr. Clint Ashford is the leading expert in Advanced Endometrial Ablation in Athens, GA and is a trusted specialist, having performed over 4,000 Advanced Endometrial Ablations.
Call the experts at The Ashford Center today, or schedule a consultation online to learn more about this procedure.
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Sometimes women are simply genetically predisposed to having heavy, painful periods despite normal anatomy and the absence of gynecologic pathology. However, several gynecologic conditions may also cause heavy menstrual bleeding, including:
In 2005, the FDA has formally decided that a woman herself should be the one to determine if her periods are “heavy” or “abnormal”. Therefore, nearly all insurance companies consider Advanced Endometrial Ablation a “covered service” if a woman is tired of having periods and would like to be period-free. In any case, menstrual periods are certainly considered abnormal when they are different from the average cycle. On average, periods last around five days and there should be about 24-38 days between periods.
Your periods are too heavy if:
If you meet any of these criteria — or if childbearing is complete and dealing with the hassle of periods is becoming a problem— it’s time to schedule a consultation with either Dr. Clint or Dr. Rebecca Ashford at the Ashford Center.