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More than fifty percent of women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a condition that causes physical and emotional changes before or around the time of the menstrual period.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) refers to physical and emotional changes that occur around the time of your menstrual period. All women occasionally feel the effect of their fluctuating hormones. However, these changes become PMS when your symptoms:

  • Are present for at least three menstrual cycles in a row
  • Appear before your period

When you have PMS, your symptoms interfere with your personal life or affect your productivity at work (e.g. pain, migraine headaches, mood problems, bloating, fatigue, etc.).

What Causes PMS?

Typically problems with PMS occur with symptoms such as:

  • pain
  • migraine headaches
  • irritability
  • fatigue
  • abdominal bloating
  • fluid retention
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • food cravings
  • other troublesome problems that seem to cluster around the monthly cycle

Most of the time, the PMS is accompanied by problem periods, which can be heavy, prolonged, painful, or irregular. Each woman is unique, and her complaints may frequently be ignored or brushed aside, and help is not obtained.

PMS Treatments

At the Ashford Center, Drs. Clint and Rebecca Ashford specialize in addressing the issues that women face with PMS, either alone or as it is associated with problem periods.

Their practice specializes in the Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure, which Dr. Clint Ashford helped to pioneer. This procedure was originally developed as an alternative to a hysterectomy for treatment of abnormal menstrual bleeding.

After performing over 4,000 Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedures, Dr. Ashford and his team have documented that this simple, non-invasive procedure also effectively stops PMS symptoms including menstrual migraines.

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

Medical Conditions Commonly Associated With PMS

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Commonly Asked Questions

Can Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with premenstrual headaches?

Advanced Endometrial Ablation stops nearly all premenstrual headaches, including migraines. Removing the hormonally-sensitive lining of the uterus stops the degenerating endometrium from emitting the neuropeptide toxin that triggers the headaches. Once childbearing is complete, Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a safe, effective treatment option for most women.

Dr. Clint Ashford is the leading expert in the field of Advanced Endometrial Ablation, a minimally invasive procedure that ends periods permanently and effectively eliminates premenstrual headaches and migraines.

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is only suitable for women whose families are complete.

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

What are the symptoms of premenstrual headaches?

Premenstrual headaches are usually throbbing, causing a sensation of pounding and increased pain with movement. Most times there is a component of nausea also. In addition, there may be other symptoms, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Acne
  • Joint pain
  • Not urinating as often as normal
  • Constipation
  • Lack of coordination
  • Increased appetite
  • Cravings for chocolate, salt, or alcohol

Some women may suffer from this type of headache each month, while others, especially those who are prone to migraines anyway, experience regular premenstrual migraine headaches.

Migraines don’t just cause intense pain in your head. They can also be the source of other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and flashing lights or auras that affect your vision. In addition to making a woman’s life miserable, these headaches can interfere with productivity at work and can be debilitating, affecting the quality of life.

What are the symptoms of premenstrual headaches?

What are Premenstrual Headaches?

Premenstrual headaches are those that start in the days just before you begin your period. They may be typical headaches like those you would experience if you were stressed or dehydrated, but often premenstrual headaches come in the form of debilitating migraine attacks.

As many as 40% % of our patients tell us that they have at least two days of severe migraine headaches prior to their periods. All of these cyclical headaches will disappear after Advanced Endometrial Ablation!

How does Advanced Endometrial Ablation relieve painful periods?

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that removes the tissues that line the inside of the uterus, the endometrium. During a painful period the endometrium is usually thickened, causing a heavy or prolonged flow. It is also the source of neuropeptide toxins that get into the bloodstream as the endometrium breaks down. In addition, the endometrium can be the cause of imbalanced hormone production during the cycle which can cause pain and other PMS symptoms. The one minimally-invasive procedure that can permanently relieve painful periods is the innovative Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure. Dr. Clint Ashford has performed thousands of these procedures and is a leading expert in the field of endometrial ablation techniques. His trusted experience has brought patients from all over the Southeast who are searching for help with their painful and often debilitating periods.

If you suffer from painful periods, call The Ashford Center or book a consultation online today to learn if Advanced Endometrial Ablation can help you.

Will Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with my mood swings?

YES. After Dr. Clint Ashford carries out your Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure, you will no longer have periods or many of the symptoms associated with your periods, including mood swings. Undergoing Advanced Endometrial Ablation at The Ashford Center only takes a few minutes, and it’s minimally invasive, so discomfort is minimal.

You need to be sure childbearing is complete before undergoing Advanced Endometrial Ablation, as you’ll be unable to conceive after removal of the endometrium.

To find out more about Advanced Endometrial Ablation and how it can help with your mood swings, call The Ashford Center or book a consultation online today.

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.

What are mood swings?

Mood swings are rapid changes in the way you feel. For example, you might feel happy and content one minute, then burst into tears; or you might feel calm and then suddenly become angry and lose your temper. Some women simply feel a steady level of anxiety, or irritability, or depression, or anger.

These changes in your emotions can be exhausting and frustrating because you never know how you’re going to feel at any given time, making it hard to manage all the activities in your day. These swings of mood may affect family life as well as productivity at work.

What is Fatigue? (fatigue)

Fatigue is a form of extreme tiredness that causes lethargy and a slowing down of the body and mind. If you have this kind of profound fatigue, you may feel like you have no energy at all from the moment you wake until bedtime. Extra sleep doesn’t help, and trying to push through the fatigue can be impossible. You may even feel like you need to leave work early so you can go home and lie down. It’s hard to be the kind of wife and mother you’d like to be!

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 actually 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.

What is Bloating?

Bloating is the feeling of swelling and overdistension 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.

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.

I’ve heard that periods cleanse the body of toxins? Is that true?

Yes. As the lining of the uterus (endometrium) degenerates, it does release a toxin that causes many women to experience fluid retention, abdominal bloating, headache, irritability, fatigue, chocolate cravings, as well as other symptoms. The menstrual periods expels these toxins and these symptoms subside. After removal of the endometrium with the Endometrial Ablation procedure toxins are no longer released, and most women’s PMS symptoms go away for good.