PCOS Specialist

The Ashford Center

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

About 10% of women develop polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which affects ovarian function and causes hormonal imbalance and problems such as heavy bleeding and painful periods. At The Ashford Center in Athens, Georgia Dr. Clint Ashford and Dr. Rebecca Ashford, specialize in helping women whose childbearing is complete and who suffer with PCOS symptoms. The Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure and the correct hormonal therapy can be extremely therapeutic. While this procedure doesn’t always completely cure all PCOS symptoms, it can often alleviate most and is recommended for women with heavy bleeding when childbearing is complete. If you struggle with PCOS symptoms, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

PCOS

What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?

PCOS refers to a cluster of symptoms that occur in women with an imbalance of insulin and androgens. High levels of insulin cause blood levels of androgens to increase. Women normally produce a small amount of androgens, including testosterone. But when androgen levels get too high, the ovaries can’t work normally and ovulation either stops or becomes irregular.

What are the symptoms of PCOS?

To be diagnosed with PCOS, you must have two of three key symptoms:

  • Abnormal menstrual bleeding (irregular periods, heavy periods, or no periods)
  • Multiple ovarian cysts
  • Signs of excessive androgens (i.e. acne, hair loss, unwanted hair growth, etc.)

When androgen levels are high, symptoms such as acne, hair loss, and hirsutism, or excessive, dark hair growth on the face, chest, or thighs can occur. About 70% of women with PCOS have hirsutism.

Does PCOS cause health complications?

The hormonal imbalances associated with PCOS affect many functions and systems in your body. As a result, PCOS increases your risk of:

  • Infertility: PCOS is a leading cause of infertility due to ovulation problems
  • Weight gain: More than half of all women with PCOS gain weight
  • Type 2 diabetes: Insulin resistance is responsible for  high insulin levels that affect androgens, and untreated insulin resistance turns into Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome: This condition significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. (Metabolic syndrome refers to a group of chronic problems, including high blood pressure (hypertension), high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and excess fat around the waist.)

How can Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with PCOS symptoms?

Advanced Endometrial Ablation doesn’t directly cure PCOS as such, but it may be a good option for treating some of the symptoms associated with this condition. More specifically, it’s a highly effective way to stop heavy bleeding and pain. It also makes women feel better with respect to PMS symptoms, which in turn helps them focus on a healthier diet and exercise, further alleviating the entire PCOS situation.

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a procedure that gently removes the hormonally active lining of the uterus. This tissue, called the endometrium, responds to monthly hormone cycles and thickens for a few weeks, then breaks down and sheds as a monthly, period.

After the endometrium has been removed with the Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure, periods either stop (for most women) or they become very light, so that monthly cycling pain is gone for good! While Advanced Endometrial Ablation has long-lasting benefits, it should be noted that it is performed ONLY on women whose childbearing is complete.

To learn more about how Advanced Endometrial Ablation can relieve PCOS symptoms, call The Ashford Center or book a consultation online today.