PMS Specialist

The Ashford Center

Gynecologists & Advanced Endometrial Ablation Specialists located in Athens, GA

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

What is Premenstrual Syndrome?

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:

  • Are present for at least three menstrual cycles in a row
  • Appear in the five days before your period
  • End within four days after your period starts

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.).

What symptoms develop due to PMS?

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:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Changes in appetite
  • Cravings for chocolate, sweets, or salt
  • Bloating and abdominal pain
  • Swollen or tender breasts
  • Constipation or diarrhea

Emotional symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability 
  • Anger
  • Agitation
  • Poor concentration
  • Difficulty with memory

You may want to consider seeking medical care when your symptoms start to interrupt your daily life or affect your productivity at work.

What is Advanced Endometrial Ablation?

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.

How well does Advanced Endometrial Ablation relieve PMS?

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:

  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness

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.