PMS Specialist

The Ashford Center

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

More than fifty percent of women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a condition that causes physical and emotional changes before or around the time of the menstrual period. Typically problems with PMS occur with symptoms such as pain, migraine headaches, irritability, fatigue, abdominal bloating, fluid retention, anxiety, depression, food-cravings, or other troublesome problems that seem to cluster around the monthly cycle. Most of the time, the PMS is accompanied by problem periods, which can be heavy, prolonged, painful, or irregular. Each woman is unique, and her complaints may frequently be ignored or brushed aside, and help is not obtained. At the Ashford Center, Drs. Clint and Rebecca Ashford specialize in addressing the issues that women face with PMS either alone or associated with problem periods. Their practice specializes in the Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure, which Dr. Clint Ashford helped to pioneer. This procedure was originally developed as an alternative to a hysterectomy for treatment of abnormal menstrual bleeding. After performing over four thousand Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedures, Dr. Ashford and his team have documented that this simple, non-invasive procedure also effectively stops PMS symptoms including menstrual migraines. 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)?

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 before your period

When you have PMS, your symptoms interfere with your personal life or affect your productivity at work (e.g. pain, migraine headaches, mood problems, bloating, fatigue, etc.).

What symptoms characterize PMS?

Each woman’s symptoms are different, 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
  • Pelvic/Back/Leg Pain before and during periods

Emotional symptoms include:

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

You may want to consider a consultation at The Ashford Center when your symptoms start to interfere with your daily life or affect your productivity at work. If your regular doctor or Ob/Gyn does not offer an adequate solution, you should definitely seek help at The Ashford Center!

What is Advanced Endometrial Ablation?

Dr. Clint Ashford has performed over 4,000 procedures and specializes in using the Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure to eliminate heavy menstrual bleeding and treat a variety of gynecologic conditions, including PMS.

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that gently removes the hormonally sensitive lining of the uterus using radiofrequency, heat, or freezing energy. All of these techniques safely and effectively remove the uterine lining, either stopping or significantly diminishing monthly flow. This procedure does not affect the ovaries or the fallopian tubes, and for most women it is an alternative to hysterectomy, which of course is major abdominal surgery.   

Does Advanced Endometrial Ablation stop PMS?

The good news is YES, Advanced Endometrial Ablation can stop PMS symptoms for good! Drs. Clint and Rebecca Ashford have 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% reported that their PMS had completely disappeared. Additionally, 19% reported 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 are a candidate for Advanced Endometrial Ablation, call or schedule online for a consultation at The Ashford Center.