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 cycles. 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.
The uterine lining, the endometrium, goes through changes every month in response to hormonal fluctuations. During the beginning of the cycle, the endometrium thickens with a rich supply of blood so that it is prepared to nurture a fertilized egg. If this does not happen, the endometrium is shed in the form of a menstrual period.
The endometriosis outside the uterus continues to respond to hormones also. It thickens each month, breaks down, and bleeds. The blood, however, is trapped in the abdominal cavity, where it causes inflammation, scarring, and pain.
Endometriosis symptoms can include:
Many women diagnosed with endometriosis suffer from significant pain and heavy bleeding. Advanced Endometrial Ablation may be an excellent option for these women!
Dr. Clint Ashford and Dr. Rebecca Ashford at The Ashford Center in Athens, Georgia, can determine if the Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure would be the right treatment option for you. Dr. Clint Ashford has performed more than 4,000 of these procedures and is the most trusted expert in the Southeast in advanced ablation techniques. Drs. Ashford and their team have published their findings in major medical journals, reporting remarkable and consistent results of Advanced Endometrial Ablation.
Call the experts at The Ashford Center today, or schedule a consultation online to learn more about this procedure.
If you are experiencing bloating that does not go away after your period and/or if it is severe enough to affect your daily life.
Sometimes women are simply genetically predisposed to having heavy, painful periods despite normal anatomy and the absence of gynecologic pathology. However, several gynecologic conditions may also cause heavy menstrual bleeding, including:
In 2005, the FDA has formally decided that a woman herself should be the one to determine if her periods are “heavy” or “abnormal”. Therefore, nearly all insurance companies consider Advanced Endometrial Ablation a “covered service” if a woman is tired of having periods and would like to be period-free. In any case, menstrual periods are certainly considered abnormal when they are different from the average cycle. On average, periods last around five days and there should be about 24-38 days between periods.
Your periods are too heavy if:
If you meet any of these criteria — or if childbearing is complete and dealing with the hassle of periods is becoming a problem— it’s time to schedule a consultation with either Dr. Clint or Dr. Rebecca Ashford at the Ashford Center.
Fatigue is a form of extreme tiredness that causes lethargy and a slowing down of the body and mind. If you have this kind of profound fatigue, you may feel like you have no energy at all from the moment you wake until bedtime. Extra sleep doesn’t help, and trying to push through the fatigue can be impossible. You may even feel like you need to leave work early so you can go home and lie down. It’s hard to be the kind of wife and mother you’d like to be!
You'll be glad you did!
Dr. Ashford will review your options and discuss all the aspects of endometrial ablation.
It's your life! We want what is best for you. After your consultation you will be able to make an informed decision and get a better quality of life.