Hot flashes are just one of the unpleasant symptoms you may experience when you enter perimenopause, the transition to menopause that generally affects women in their 40s. Clint Ashford, MD, FACOG, and Rebecca Ashford, MD, at The Ashford Center in Athens, Georgia, specialize in minimally invasive Advanced Endometrial Ablation, a procedure that can alleviate hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. To learn more about Advanced Endometrial Ablation, call The Ashford Center or book a consultation online today.
A hot flash is an unpleasant feeling of intense warmth that flows through your body, often causing your skin to redden, your face and chest to flush, and sweat to break out.
The feeling generally comes on suddenly, which is why it’s called a hot flash. At one moment you may be feeling quite normal, but the next moment a wave of heat rolls over you and you start pouring with sweat.
Hot flashes can be unpleasant, and may be so severe that you feel faint. The feeling of overheating may last moments or for a longer period, and you may have hot flashes infrequently, every day, or almost constantly. If they happen at night, hot flashes can cause night sweats, when you wake up and find the sheets are soaked through with sweat.
Hot flashes can also be embarrassing, especially if they strike while you're at work or out and about with others.
The precise mechanism of hot flashes is unknown, but they generally are considered a symptom of perimenopause and menopause when a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen and other female sex hormones. This drop in hormone levels can cause a range of symptoms in addition to hot flashes, such as:
Hot flashes can also be a problem for women if they have chemotherapy before menopause, or for those who undergo an oophorectomy, which is the surgical removal of the ovaries.
Advanced Endometrial Ablation may help reduce or eliminate hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause/perimenopause. The endometrium is the lining of your uterus, which you shed each month when you get your period.
As menopause has such close links to menstruation, permanent removal of the endometrium has significant benefits for women who are experiencing unpleasant menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes.
Endometrial ablation is a 90-second procedure during which Dr. Ashford removes your endometrium, which means you won’t have any more periods or the problems associated with menstruation.
Endometrial ablation is a permanent way of ending menstruation for women who have completed their families, so it could be an ideal solution for you if you’re struggling with hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. Again, the precise mechanism of hot flashes/night sweats is unknown, but most of our patients stop having these symptoms after the Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure.
For women who persist with symptoms of menopause/perimenopause (hot flashes/memory issues, etc.), the Drs. Clinton and Rebecca Ashford get your body’s hormonal balance restored with bioidentical hormone therapies.
To find out more about Advanced Endometrial Ablation and how it could help you, call The Ashford Center or book an appointment online today.