Endometriosis Specialist

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?

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.

While 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

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:

Endometriosis Treatments

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.

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Questions About Endometriosis

How does Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with endometriosis?

Advanced 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.

The 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.

For women who have been diagnosed with endometriosis and have completed childbearing, Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a safe and effective treatment option.

If 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.

Common Symptoms treated at the Ashford Center

Bloating Learn more

How can Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with bloating?

Have you ever heard of a man complaining of bloating? Rarely, if ever. The reason is that most of the sensation that causes women to complain of “bloating” is actually caused by a neuroactive peptide from the shedding

Fatigue Learn more
Heavy Periods Learn more

How are “heavy periods” defined?

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

Hot Flashes Learn more

What are hot flashes?

A hot flash is an unpleasant feeling of intense warmth or burning that flows through your body, often causing your skin to redden, your face and chest to flush, and sweat to break out.

The feeling generally comes on suddenly, which is why it’s

Mood Swings Learn more

What are mood swings?

Mood swings are rapid changes in the way you feel. For example, you might feel happy and content one minute, then burst into tears; or you might feel calm and then suddenly become angry and lose your temper. Some women simply feel a steady level of anxiety, or

Painful Periods Learn more

What causes painful periods?

There are two main causes of painful periods, or dysmenorrhea. One component of dysmenorrhea is caused by chemicals (neuroactive peptides) produced in the uterine lining. These neuroactive peptides irritate the uterine muscle causing it to spasm. In

PMS Learn more

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
Premenstrual Headaches Learn more

What are the symptoms of premenstrual headaches?

Premenstrual headaches are usually throbbing, causing a sensation of pounding and increased pain with movement. Most times there is a component of nausea also. In addition, there may be other symptoms, such as:

Other GYN Issues treated at the Ashford Center

Alternatives to Hysterectomy Learn more

When would a hysterectomy be required?

A hysterectomy is usually the most appropriate treatment for women diagnosed with uterine cancer. If you don’t have cancer, however, a hysterectomy is the last option and should only be performed after other conservative

Endometriosis Learn more

How does Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with endometriosis?

Advanced 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

Fibroids Learn more

How are fibroids diagnosed?

Diagnostic methods that can confirm the presence of fibroids include:

  • Transabdominal or transvaginal ultrasound
  • Hysteroscopy
  • CT and MRI scans

It’s not uncommon to find that what a woman thinks are symptoms of

Low Libido Learn more

How can Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with low libido?

Advanced Endometrial Ablation can potentially help with low libido that is related to hormonal imbalance. The endometrium that lines the uterus is closely linked to hormone levels, as hormones trigger the breakdown of the

Menopause Learn more

When will I enter menopause?

Menopause is a time when there is no more menstrual bleeding. Perimenopause is a time when the ovaries’ production of estrogen can waver and sputter before eventually ceasing altogether (menopause). This time of changing estrogen production and unbalanced

PCOS Learn more

Does PCOS cause health complications?

The hormonal imbalances associated with PCOS affect many functions and systems in your body. As a result, PCOS increases your risk of:

  • Infertility: PCOS is a leading cause of infertility due to ovulation
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