Endometriosis develops when endometrial cells from the lining of the uterus migrate outside the uterine cavity and begin to grow on structures such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and bladder. There is inflammation around these “dislocated” areas of endometrium, and the inflammation is increased by hormonal changes during the monthly cycles. These displaced endometrial cells bleed just like tissue inside the uterus, but the blood stays in the pelvic cavity rather than flowing outside of the body, causing inflammation, scarring, and pain. Many women diagnosed with endometriosis suffer from significant pain and heavy bleeding. Advanced Endometrial Ablation may be an excellent option for these women! Dr. Clint Ashford and Dr. Rebecca Ashford at The Ashford Center in Athens, Georgia, can determine if the Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure would be the right treatment option for you. Dr. Clint Ashford has performed more than 4,000 of these procedures and is the most trusted expert in the Southeast in advanced ablation techniques. Drs. Ashford and their team have published their findings in major medical journals, reporting remarkable and consistent results of Advanced Endometrial Ablation. Call the office or use online booking to schedule your consultation today.
Endometriosis is a condition that develops when endometrial tissue (the hormonally sensitive tissue lining the inside of the uterus) begins to grow outside the uterine cavity. These patches of endometriosis most often grow on the outer wall of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Although it’s not as common, endometriosis can also grow on the connective tissues in the abdomen, bladder, intestines, and elsewhere.
While there are several theories about how uterine tissue ends up outside the uterus, many experts believe that some of the menstrual blood flows backward, going through the fallopian tubes and out into the abdominal cavity. By some undetermined mechanism, endometrial cells then begin growing in areas where they’re not intended to grow. In general, a woman’s immune system reacts to this inappropriate growth by causing inflammation and pain.
The uterine lining, the endometrium, goes through changes every month in response to hormonal fluctuations. During the beginning of the cycle, the endometrium thickens with a rich supply of blood so that it is prepared to nurture a fertilized egg. If this does not happen, the endometrium is shed in the form of a menstrual period.
The endometriosis outside the uterus continues to respond to hormones also. It thickens each month, breaks down, and bleeds. The blood, however, is trapped in the abdominal cavity, where it causes inflammation, scarring, and pain.
Endometriosis symptoms can include:
Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that gently removes the hormonally active lining or the uterus, the endometrium. Because the endometrium is responsible for part of the cascade of hormones during the cycle and is also producing neuroactive peptides responsible for dysmenorrhea and PMS, removing the endometrium can prevent stimulation of the cells growing outside of the uterus and thus can decrease monthly pain. Research by Dr. Ashford and his team has demonstrated that Advanced Endometrial Ablation can relieve symptoms of monthly pain and PMS for most women.
The experienced team at The Ashford Center has treated thousands of women who have been diagnosed with endometriosis, and their goal is to give each woman the help she needs to navigate this painful condition.
For women who have been diagnosed with endometriosis and have completed childbearing, Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a safe and effective treatment option.
If you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis and you’re searching for ways to ease your symptoms, call The Ashford Center or schedule a consultation online today.