Menopause Specialist

The Ashford Center

Gynecologists & Advanced Endometrial Ablation Specialists located in Athens, GA

Women frequently expect to deal with hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings when they enter menopause, but most don’t expect the abnormal bleeding problems that may appear as hormone output of the ovaries declines. If you develop heavy bleeding, Clinton Ashford, MD, FACOG, and Rebecca Ashford, MD, at The Ashford Center in Athens, Georgia, have a solution for the bleeding problem: Advanced Endometrial Ablation. As leading experts in the field, they’ve performed thousands of Advanced Endometrial Ablations, helping women get long-lasting relief from abnormal bleeding and pain. The procedure can also frequently alleviate many of the other symptoms women have, including hot flashes, mental fogginess, “brain cloud”, etc. To learn more, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.

Menopause

When will I enter menopause?

Each woman enters menopause in her own time, which is genetically determined. However, the normal range is 40-55 years old and the average age of menopause is 51 years. Of course, hormones start to fluctuate in the years before menopause. The time from when your hormones begin to change until you reach menopause is called perimenopause.

During perimenopause, most women experience changes in their menstrual periods. Your periods may become irregular, your flow may be lighter or heavier, or you may skip some periods. 

Most women have other symptoms of hormone lack, such as hot flashes/night sweats, fatigue, memory issues and forgetfulness, insomnia, depression and other mood issues, vaginal dryness, libido issues, etc.  When you haven’t had a menstrual period for 12-24 consecutive months, you’ve probably transitioned into menopause. The Ashford Center specializes in perimenopausal symptoms, and we can help nearly all our patients resolve every one of their complaints.

What symptoms develop during menopause?

Many women associate symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats with menopause. However, these symptoms can also develop during perimenopause.

You may fly through menopause with minimal symptoms or have symptoms so severe that you can’t sleep at night or concentrate at work. In addition to the classic hot flashes, you may also experience symptoms such as mood swings, low sex drive, vaginal dryness, and painful intercourse.

What is Advanced Endometrial Ablation?

Drs. Clint and Rebecca Ashford have devoted their practice to Advanced Endometrial Ablation, and Dr. Clint Ashford has performed more than 4,000 endometrial ablation procedures, successfully treating abnormal bleeding and pain caused by many gynecological problems.  They also specialize in treating the associated symptoms associated with a decreased output of ovarian hormones.

Dr. Ashford usually uses a radiofrequency energy technique. The treatment removes the uterine lining, the endometrium. As a result, your bleeding stops or significantly diminishes, as does PMS symptomatology.

It’s important to know that you can’t get pregnant following Advanced Endometrial Ablation. As a result, the procedure is only offered to women who are sure that childbearing is complete.

Endometrial ablation is performed using light sedation. You can go home the same day and get back to your normal activities the next day.

When might I need Advanced Endometrial Ablation during menopause or perimenopause?

The primary reason to consider Advanced Endometrial Ablation is to treat abnormal bleeding during perimenopause. Bleeding after menopause is often the sign of a more serious problem.  If you have postmenopausal bleeding that’s due to a benign condition such as polyps or fibroids, endometrial ablation may also be a good treatment option. The Ashford Center specializes in determining the underlying cause of abnormal bleeding, especially around the time of declining hormone output of the ovaries.

Perimenopausal bleeding is abnormal if you experience:

  • Very heavy bleeding
  • Bleeding that’s longer than normal
  • Bleeding that occurs more than every four weeks
  • Bleeding that occurs after sex or between periods

If you experience these symptoms, call The Ashford Center to learn if you’re a good candidate for Advanced Endometrial Ablation.

To learn more about endometrial ablation to address the issues that come with menopause or perimenopause, call The Ashford Center or schedule a consultation online today.