It’s estimated that nearly half of all women experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a condition that causes physical and emotional changes around the time of your period. At The Ashford Center in Athens, Georgia, Clinton Ashford, MD, FACOG, and Rebecca Ashford, MD, have devoted their careers to performing Advanced Endometrial Ablations. While this procedure was originally developed to treat abnormal menstrual bleeding, it also effectively stops PMS. To learn more about Advanced Endometrial Ablation and whether it may help your symptoms, schedule a consultation online or by phone today.
PMS refers to physical and emotional changes that occur around the time of your menstrual period. All women occasionally feel the effect of their fluctuating hormones. However, these changes become PMS when your symptoms:
When you have PMS, your symptoms interfere with your personal life or affect your productivity at work (e.g. migraine headaches, mood problems, fatigue, etc.).
The symptoms are different for each woman, and yours may change over time. If you have PMS, you’ll experience physical and emotional symptoms.
Physical symptoms include:
Emotional symptoms include:
You may want to consider seeking medical care when your symptoms start to interrupt your daily life or affect your productivity at work.
Dr. Clint Ashford is a pioneer in the field of Advanced Endometrial Ablation. He’s performed well over 4,000 procedures and specializes in using the procedure to eliminate heavy menstrual bleeding and treat a variety of gynecological conditions, including PMS.
Endometrial ablation is a quick, simple procedure that removes the lining of your uterus using heat, freezing, or radiofrequency energy. All these techniques safely remove the uterine lining, either stopping or significantly diminishing monthly periods.
After the endometrium is eliminated, you won’t be able to have children. For this reason, the procedure is only available to women who don’t intend to get pregnant in the future.
The Drs. Clint and Rebecca Ashford conducted a PMS study that they presented to the 2012 annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. They interviewed 105 women before and one year after undergoing endometrial ablation with NovaSure®, a gentle radiofrequency treatment.
Of the women who reported having PMS before their procedure, 74% of them said that their PMS had completely disappeared. Additionally, 19% had a significant improvement in their PMS symptoms. For the small percentage of women who still had persistent PMS, they noted that their symptoms were less severe and only lasted about one day, on average.
Similar studies published by other experts found that endometrial ablation also significantly diminished PMS symptoms such as:
If you suffer from PMS and would like to learn if you’re a good candidate for Advanced Endometrial Ablation, call The Ashford Center or book a consultation online today.