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About 10% of women develop polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which affects ovarian function and causes hormonal imbalance and problems such as heavy bleeding and painful periods.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) refers to a cluster of symptoms that occur in women with an imbalance of insulin and androgens. High levels of insulin cause blood levels of androgens to increase. Women normally produce a small amount of androgens, including testosterone. But when androgen levels get too high, the ovaries can’t work normally and ovulation either stops or becomes irregular.
To be diagnosed with PCOS, you must have two of three key symptoms:
When androgen levels are high, symptoms such as acne, hair loss, and hirsutism, or excessive, dark hair growth on the face, chest, or thighs can occur. About 70% of women with PCOS have hirsutism.
At The Ashford Center in Athens, Georgia Dr. Clint Ashford and Dr. Rebecca Ashford, specialize in helping women whose childbearing is complete and who suffer with PCOS symptoms. The Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure and the correct hormonal therapy can be extremely therapeutic. While this procedure doesn’t always completely cure all PCOS symptoms, it can often alleviate most and is recommended for women with heavy bleeding when childbearing is complete.
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The hormonal imbalances associated with PCOS affect many functions and systems in your body. As a result, PCOS increases your risk of:
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.
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.
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.