When was Endometrial Ablation approved by the FDA, and have there been problems or complications with them?
Endometrial Ablation received FDA approval in 2001. This procedure is safe and millions of women have benefited from it.
Which method does Dr. Ashford use to remove the endometrium (Advanced Endometrial Ablation)?
The FDA has approved 6 methods of Endometrial Ablation, and three of these methods are still marketed in the United States. Dr. Ashford is an expert in each of these methods, and will utilize the best procedure for each patient's unique anatomy. Dr. Ashford also uses combinations of these methods to offer patients the very best chance of complete amenorrhea (lack of periods) and freedom from PMS symptoms.
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 neuroactive peptide 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 neuropeptide toxins and these symptoms subside. After removal of the endometrium with the Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure toxins are no longer released, and most women's PMS symptoms go away for good.
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 monthly spotting, especially if they have fibroids.
Will I experience pain with Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure?
NO! We GUARANTEE no pain. Our procedures are performed under light sedation administered by an Anesthesiologist. Some women may have mild cramping for a few hours after the procedures, however.
What are Fibroids and can they be the cause of my heavy periods?
Maybe. Though fibroids don't actually bleed, they may cause the lining of the endometrium to bleed more, and bleed irregularly. In most cases, The Ashford Center is able to perform Advanced Endometrial Ablation for women with fibroids, stopping periods and avoiding the need for hysterectomy in most cases. The best way to find out if you're a candidate for Advanced Endometrial Ablation is to schedule an appointment.
My doctor recommended that I have a hysterectomy. Is Advanced Endometrial Ablation an alternative to hysterectomy?
Usually YES! However, it depends on exactly why your doctor may have recommended a hysterectomy. The Ashford Center has effectively treated thousands of women without the need to resort to hysterectomy. On the other hand, certain pain conditions, large tumors, or cancer may require more invasive approaches, such as hysterectomy.
We are happy to provide second opinions for women seeking a less invasive approach than hysterectomy.
Is Advanced Endometrial Ablation safe?
Advanced Endometrial Ablation has a safety profile similar to that of a minor dental procedure.
What Insurance is accepted at The Ashford Center?
Most health insurances are accepted. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept Medicare, Medicaid or Humana at this time
Does The Ashford Center treat PCOS?
Once child-bearing is complete, Advanced Endometrial Ablation frequently makes a huge improvement in the symptoms women have who've been diagnosed with PCOS.
Can a woman get pregnant after having the Endometrial Ablation procedure?
No. Child-bearing must be complete in order for a woman to consider Advanced Endometrial Ablation.
Does Advanced Endometrial Ablation help women diagnosed with Endometriosis?
Yes, especially if the woman's symptoms cluster before or during periods.