Menopause Specialist

The Ashford Center

Gynecologists & Advanced Endometrial Ablation Specialists located in Athens, GA & Duluth, GA

Women frequently expect to deal with hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings when they approach menopause. However, many women don’t expect the heavy, irregular, or painful bleeding that may also occur during the approach to menopause. This phase of hormonal change, when the ovaries begin to slow down, can be quite prolonged, and some women suffer with this problem for years before their periods actually stop completely. Drs. Clint and Rebecca Ashford specialize in this unique and often trying phase in a woman’s life which is usually referred to as perimenopause (around the time of menopause). It is often the most overlooked and ignored area in gynecology, and it can be a frustrating and difficult time for women if not given the attention it deserves. The goal of the Ashford Center team is to provide the most compassionate and comprehensive care for each patient and find the best solutions for her unique needs.

Menopause

When will I enter menopause?

Menopause is a time when there is no more menstrual bleeding.  Perimenopause is a time when the ovaries’ production of estrogen can waver and sputter before eventually ceasing altogether (menopause). This time of changing estrogen production and unbalanced hormones can present quite a rollercoaster of symptoms! Many women begin experiencing problems with unbalanced hormones long before their periods stop. Sometimes women experience perimenopause for years. If periods become either heavier, more painful, more irregular, or last longer, these can be signs of hormonal changes during perimenopause. Every woman is unique in how long her symptoms may last. For some women, abnormal periods may occur for as much as a decade. For other women, periods may stay fairly normal, but they begin to have hot flashes, night sweats, lack of focus, weight gain, or anxiety. It is important for women to know that there are proven and safe treatments to end all of their perimenopausal symptoms. The Ashford Center specializes in the treatment of unbalanced hormonal cycles, including the Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure which can end periods for good. Typically, women ranging in age from their late thirties to late fifties can find freedom from problem periods, PMS, or other hormonal-imbalance symptoms of the perimenopausal phase. 

What symptoms develop during menopause?

Many women associate symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats with menopause, but what about periods? Leading up to menopause (when periods stop) is a phase called perimenopause which can begin years before periods stop. This is a critical period for women when many symptoms can occur all at once with profound impacts on quality of life. One of the biggest problems can be heavy, prolonged, painful, or very irregular periods. Some women even begin having problems in their late thirties. Most symptoms leading up to menopause are related to hormonal imbalances that are either caused by hormonal lining of the uterus, or are a result of a neuropeptide toxin produced during the lining’s degeneration phase. It is exciting to know that there is a safe and gentle procedure that can remove this problematic hormonal lining. It is called Advanced Endometrial Ablation. Dr. Clint Ashford is the trusted expert in the Southeast for this minimally invasive procedure.

What is Advanced Endometrial Ablation?

This procedure gently and permanently removes the thin, hormonally sensitive lining of the uterus. It does not affect the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or the body of the uterus itself. It is a safe, minimally invasive, 90-second procedure that is an alternative to hysterectomy for many women. This pain-free procedure is performed under light sedation, and typically patients can resume their normal activities the next day.  Dr. Clint Ashford is one of the most trusted experts in the Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure in the Southeast, having performed more than 4,000 endometrial ablation procedures to treat abnormal bleeding and pain.

Should I consider Advanced Endometrial Ablation during menopause or perimenopause?

The primary reason to consider Advanced Endometrial Ablation during this phase of life is to treat abnormal bleeding during perimenopause. Occasionally, bleeding after menopause is a sign of a more serious problem. If you have postmenopausal bleeding that’s due to a benign condition such as polyps or fibroids, Advanced Endometrial Ablation may also be an excellent treatment option. The Ashford Center specializes in determining the underlying cause of abnormal bleeding,which can occur around the time of declining hormone output of the ovaries.

Perimenopausal bleeding is abnormal if you experience:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Prolonged bleeding 
  • More frequent bleeding 
  • Irregular bleeding
  • After-intercourse bleeding 

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

To learn more about how Advanced Endometrial Ablation addresses issues associated with menopause or perimenopause, call The Ashford Center or schedule a consultation online today.