Hot Flashes Specialist

Hot flashes are just one of many symptoms women may experience upon entering perimenopause, the transition to menopause that affects women in their late 30s, 40s and early 50s. While the mechanism of hot flashes is not well understood, the decline of estrogen production by the ovaries is certainly a part of the picture.

Women have no trouble knowing what a hot flash is once they have experienced one! Most women describe a hot flash as a burning feeling on the inside or feeling very hot all over when everyone else is comfortable. Often hot flashes cause a woman to suddenly become damp all over or have profuse sweating. This same phenomenon at night is referred to as a night sweat, which can certainly interfere with a good night’s sleep!

Dr. Clint Ashford and Dr. Rebecca Ashford, at The Ashford Center in Athens, Georgia specialize in treating women suffering with hot flashes and other symptoms associated with hormonal changes during or around menopause. Dr. Clint Ashford is a leading expert in the minimally invasive Advanced Endometrial Ablation, a procedure that can alleviate hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.

To learn more about Advanced Endometrial Ablation, call The Ashford Center or book online for a consultation.

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

Questions About Hot Flashes

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 called a hot flash. At one moment you may be feeling quite normal, but the next moment a wave of heat rolls over you and you start pouring sweat.

Hot flashes may be so severe that you feel faint. The feeling of overheating may last moments or for longer periods. They may occur infrequently, every day, or almost constantly. If they happen at night, hot flashes can cause night sweats, when you wake up and find the sheets are damp or even soaked through with sweat.

One thing is for sure: hot flashes are difficult to live with and for most women they interfere with the quality of life. It is not easy to be a productive, calm, and focused person in the midst of hot flashes!!

What causes hot flashes?

The precise mechanism of hot flashes is unknown, but they generally are considered a symptom of perimenopause and menopause when a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen and other female sex hormones. In addition to hot flashes, this drop in hormone levels can cause a range of other symptoms including:

Hot flashes can also occur before and during periods in women during their late 30s,40s and 50s. The precise reason for hot flashes and night sweats during this time-frame may relate to the same neuroactive peptide that causes many PMS symptoms. This variant of hot flashes and night sweats will usually disappear after Advanced Endometrial Ablation.

How can Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with hot flashes?

Advanced Endometrial Ablation may help reduce or eliminate hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause/perimenopause by gently removing the hormonally active lining of the uterus, the endometrium.

As menopause has such close links to menstruation, permanent removal of the endometrium has significant benefits for women who are experiencing unpleasant perimenopausal symptoms, including hot flashes.

Endometrial ablation is a 90-second procedure that is minimally invasive and pain-free. Advanced Endometrial Ablation gently removes the hormonally active inner lining of the uterus, and for most women ends periods and other perimenopausal symptoms for good.

For women who persist with symptoms of menopause/perimenopause (hot flashes/memory issues, etc.), Drs. Clint and Rebecca Ashford specialize in customized treatments to balance and restore normal function using bioidentical hormone therapies.

To find out more about Advanced Endometrial Ablation and how it could help you, call The Ashford Center or book an appointment online today.

Common Symptoms treated at the Ashford Center

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How can Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with bloating?

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How are “heavy periods” defined?

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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

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What are mood swings?

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What causes painful periods?

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What is Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)?

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What are the symptoms of premenstrual headaches?

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When would a hysterectomy be required?

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How does Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with endometriosis?

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How are fibroids diagnosed?

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How can Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with low libido?

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Menopause Learn more

When will I enter menopause?

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Does PCOS cause health complications?

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