Painful periods range from mild aches to such severe pain that you can’t do anything but stay in bed and hug a heating pad to your body. For women who are in their childbearing years, the usual solutions involve manipulating hormones with either birth control pills or a hormone infused IUD. However, if a woman’s childbearing is complete, there is usually a superior solution to the problem of painful periods. Drs.Clint and Rebecca Ashford specialize in innovative solutions for women who are suffering unnecessarily from painful periods.
There are two main causes of painful periods, or dysmenorrhea. One component of dysmenorrhea is caused by chemicals (neuroactive peptides) produced in the uterine lining. These neuroactive peptides irritate the uterine muscle causing it to spasm. In addition, menstrual blood per se also creates uterine muscle spasm as the uterus tries to expel the blood through the narrow cervical canal.
In addition, certain conditions can worsen dysmenorrhea:
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 cycle. 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.
Adenomyosis occurs when endometrial cells from the uterine lining start to grow inside the muscular wall of the uterus. This condition is benign, but it can cause periods to be heavier and more painful. It also generally correlates with worse PMS symptoms!
Fibroids are benign growths within the muscle portion of the uterus that occur in around 40% of women. They are usually asymptomatic, therefore, most women are unaware of their presence unless a doctor mentions it to them.
When fibroids are located near the lining of the uterus (endometrium) they occasionally make periods heavier. Because Advanced Endometrial Ablation removes the endometrium, fibroids usually stop being a problem and no further treatment is necessary.
Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that removes the tissues that line the inside of the uterus, the endometrium. During a painful period the endometrium is usually thickened, causing a heavy or prolonged flow. It is also the source of neuropeptide toxins that get into the bloodstream as the endometrium breaks down. In addition, the endometrium can be the cause of imbalanced hormone production during the cycle which can cause pain and other PMS symptoms. The one minimally-invasive procedure that can permanently relieve painful periods is the innovative Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure. Dr. Clint Ashford has performed thousands of these procedures and is a leading expert in the field of endometrial ablation techniques. His trusted experience has brought patients from all over the Southeast who are searching for help with their painful and often debilitating periods.
If you suffer from painful periods, call The Ashford Center or book a consultation online today to learn if Advanced Endometrial Ablation can help you.