Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About Endometrial Ablation

Q: When was Endometrial Ablation approved by the FDA, and have there been problems or complications with them?

A: Endometrial Ablation received FDA approval in 2001. This procedure is safe and millions of women have benefited from it.

Q: Which method does Dr. Ashford use to remove the endometrium (endometrial ablation)?

A: The FDA has approved 6 methods of endometrial ablation. Dr. Ashford is an expert in each of these methods, and will utilize the best procedure for each patient’s unique anatomy.

Q: I’ve heard that periods cleanse the body of toxins? Is that true?

A: Yes. As the lining of the uterus (endometrium) degenerates, it does release a toxin that causes many women to experience fluid retention, abdominal bloating, headache, irritability, fatigue, chocolate cravings, as well as other symptoms. The menstrual periods expels these toxins and these symptoms subside. After removal of the endometrium with the Endometrial Ablation procedure toxins are no longer released, and most women’s PMS symptoms go away for good.

Q: After Endometrial Ablation, will I ever have another period?

A: 85% of our patients never have another period.The remainder may continue to have a day or two of spotting from time to time, especially if they have fibroids.

Q: Will I experience pain with the Endometrial Ablation procedure?

A: NO! We GUARANTEE no pain. Our procedures are performed under light sedation administered by an Anesthesiologist. Some women may have mild/moderate cramping for a few hours after the procedures, however.

Q: What are Fibroids and can they be the cause of my heavy periods?

A: Maybe.But though the fibroids don’t actually bleed, they may cause the lining of the endometrium to bleed more, and bleed irregularly. In most other cases, The Ashford Center is able to perform the Endometrial Ablation procedure for women with fibroids, stopping periods or nearly so, avoiding the need for hysterectomy in most cases. The best way to find out if you're a candidate for Endometrial Ablation is to schedule an appointment.

Q: My doctor recommended that I have a hysterectomy. Is the Endometrial Ablation procedure an alternative to hysterectomy?

A: Usually YES! However, it depends on exactly why your doctor may have recommended a hysterectomy. The Ashford Center has effectively treated thousands of women without the need to resort to hysterectomy. On the other hand, certain pain conditions or large tumors require more invasive approaches, such as hysterectomy, with or without removal of the ovaries.

We are happy to provide second opinions for women seeking a less invasive approach than hysterectomy.

Q: Is the Endometrial Ablation procedure safe?

A: Complications can occur with any procedure, but the Endometrial Ablation has a safety profile similar to a minor dental procedure.

Q: What Insurance is accepted at The Ashford Center?

A: Most health insurances are accepted. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept Medicare, Medicaid or Humana at this time

Q: Does The Ashford Center treat PCOS?

A: Once child-bearing is complete, Endometrial Ablation frequently makes a huge improvement in the symptoms women have who’ve been diagnosed with PCOS.

Q: Can a woman get pregnant after having the Endometrial Ablation procedure?

A: No. Child-bearing must be complete in order for a woman to consider Endometrial Ablation.

Q: Does Endometrial Ablation help women diagnosed with Endometriosis?

A: Yes, especially if the woman’s symptoms cluster before or during periods.

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