menopause, and they can vary in size from microscopic to being large enough to push the walls of the uterus out of shape. There can be one or many fibroids, and a mixture of different sizes at the same time.

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Fibroids Specialist

Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) uterine growths that can cause irregular, heavy, or painful bleeding.

What is Fibroids?

Fibroids are benign growths inside the muscle portion of the uterus. Women who have fibroids are usually unaware of them because they experience no symptoms. Fibroids usually don’t affect the ability to conceive or have a successful pregnancy, and they often cause no problems at all.

It’s possible for fibroids to develop at any time until menopause, and they can vary in size from microscopic to being large enough to push the walls of the uterus out of shape. There can be one or many fibroids, and a mixture of different sizes at the same time.

Fibroids Symptoms & Causes

Although some women develop fibroids without experiencing symptoms, other women suffer a range of uncomfortable and inconvenient problems when they have fibroids, including:

Symptoms of fibroids can be similar to symptoms of other conditions that affect the female reproductive system. If you are experiencing problems that could be due to fibroids, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis before starting any treatment. At the Ashford Center, each patient is given the time and thorough attention necessary to provide a complete diagnosis of her problem, and Dr. Clint or Dr. Rebecca Ashford will be able to determine the best treatment plan, customized for each patient.

Fibroids Treatments

Many times women undergo hysterectomy or other procedures to remove fibroids only because of excessive bleeding. However, in the majority of cases there is a minimally invasive 90-second procedure, Advanced Endometrial Ablation, that can stop bleeding caused by most fibroids and can be an alternative to major surgery.

Dr. Clint Ashford is the leading expert in Advanced Endometrial Ablation and is a trusted specialist, having performed over 4,000 Advanced Endometrial Ablations. Call or schedule online for a consultation with Dr. Ashford to find out if you are a candidate for this state-of-the-art, innovative procedure.

Learn more about Advanced Endometrial Ablation and whether it may help your symptoms

Questions About Fibroids

How are fibroids diagnosed?

Diagnostic methods that can confirm the presence of fibroids include:

It’s not uncommon to find that what a woman thinks are symptoms of fibroids are in fact symptoms of a different condition altogether.

How can Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with fibroids?

Advanced Endometrial Ablation can reduce or eliminate symptoms caused by fibroids by removing the uterine lining (the endometrium) which is the source of bleeding caused by fibroids. The endometrium is linked not just to the symptomatology of fibroids, but many other gynecologic conditions that cause similar symptoms.

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is an effective, minimally invasive solution to a range of symptoms, effectively ending periods or other irregular bleeding, and many hormonal imbalance problems as well without the need for a hysterectomy!

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a straightforward, minimally invasive procedure that Dr. Clint Ashford helped to pioneer over 15 years ago. His experience and expertise have earned the Ashford Center a trusted reputation throughout the Southeast.

Call The Ashford Center or schedule a consultation online today to find out more about Advanced Endometrial Ablation and how it can eliminate bleeding caused by fibroids.

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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