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.
What is Endometriosis?
is a condition that develops when endometrial tissue (the hormonally
sensitive tissue lining the inside of the uterus) begins to grow outside
the uterine cavity. These patches of endometriosis most often grow on
the outer wall of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Although
it’s not as common, endometriosis can also grow on the connective
tissues in the abdomen, bladder, intestines, and elsewhere.
there are several theories about how uterine tissue ends up outside the
uterus, many experts believe that some of the menstrual blood flows
backward, going through the fallopian tubes and out into the abdominal
cavity. By some undetermined mechanism, endometrial cells then begin
growing in areas where they’re not intended to grow. In general, a
woman’s immune system reacts to this inappropriate growth by causing
inflammation and pain.
Endometriosis Symptoms & Causes
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.
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.
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 office or use online booking to schedule your consultation today.
Learn more about Advanced Endometrial Ablation and whether it may help your symptoms
Questions About Endometriosis
How does Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with endometriosis?
Endometrial Ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that gently
removes the hormonally active lining or the uterus, the endometrium.
Because the endometrium is responsible for part of the cascade of
hormones during the cycle and is also producing neuroactive peptides
responsible for dysmenorrhea and PMS, removing the endometrium can
prevent stimulation of the cells growing outside of the uterus and thus
can decrease monthly pain. Research by Dr. Ashford and his team has
demonstrated that Advanced Endometrial Ablation can relieve symptoms of
monthly pain and PMS for most women.
experienced team at The Ashford Center has treated thousands of women
who have been diagnosed with endometriosis, and their goal is to give
each woman the help she needs to navigate this painful condition.
women who have been diagnosed with endometriosis and have completed
childbearing, Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a safe and effective
you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis and you’re searching for ways
to ease your symptoms, call The Ashford Center or schedule a
consultation online today.