Women frequently expect to deal with hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings when they approach menopause. However, many women don’t expect the heavy, irregular, or painful bleeding that may also occur during the approach to menopause.
This phase of hormonal change, when the ovaries begin to slow down, can be quite prolonged, and some women suffer with this problem for years before their periods actually stop completely.
Menopause Symptoms & Causes
women associate symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats with
menopause, but what about periods?
Leading up to menopause (when periods
stop) is a phase called perimenopause which can begin years before
periods stop. This is a critical period for women when many symptoms can
occur all at once with profound impacts on quality of life. One of the
biggest problems can be heavy, prolonged, painful, or very irregular
periods. Some women even begin having problems in their late thirties.
Most symptoms leading up to menopause are related to hormonal imbalances
that are either caused by hormonal lining of the uterus, or are a
result of a neuropeptide toxin produced during the lining’s degeneration
phase. It is exciting to know that there is a safe and gentle procedure
that can remove this problematic hormonal lining. It is called Advanced
Endometrial Ablation. Dr. Clint Ashford is the trusted expert in the
Southeast for this minimally invasive procedure.
Drs. Clint and Rebecca Ashford specialize in this unique and often
trying phase in a woman’s life which is usually referred to as
perimenopause (around the time of menopause). It is often the most
overlooked and ignored area in gynecology, and it can be a frustrating
and difficult time for women if not given the attention it deserves.
goal of the Ashford Center team is to provide the most compassionate
and comprehensive care for each patient and find the best solutions for
her unique needs.
Learn more about Advanced Endometrial Ablation and whether it may help your symptoms
Questions About Menopause
When will I enter 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 hormones can present quite a
rollercoaster of symptoms!
Many women begin experiencing problems with
unbalanced hormones long before their periods stop. Sometimes women
experience perimenopause for years. If periods become either heavier,
more painful, more irregular, or last longer, these can be signs of
hormonal changes during perimenopause.
Every woman is unique in how long
her symptoms may last. For some women, abnormal periods may occur for
as much as a decade. For other women, periods may stay fairly normal,
but they begin to have hot flashes,
night sweats, lack of focus, weight gain, or anxiety. It is important
for women to know that there are proven and safe treatments to end all
of their perimenopausal symptoms.
The Ashford Center specializes in the
treatment of unbalanced hormonal cycles, including the Advanced
Endometrial Ablation procedure which can end periods for good.
Typically, women ranging in age from their late thirties to late fifties
can find freedom from problem periods, PMS, or other hormonal-imbalance
symptoms of the perimenopausal phase.
What is Advanced Endometrial Ablation?
procedure gently and permanently removes the thin, hormonally sensitive
lining of the uterus. It does not affect the ovaries, fallopian tubes,
or the body of the uterus itself. It is a safe, minimally invasive,
90-second procedure that is an alternative to hysterectomy for many
women. This pain-free procedure is performed under light sedation, and
typically patients can resume their normal activities the next day. Dr.
Clint Ashford is one of the most trusted experts in the Advanced
Endometrial Ablation procedure in the Southeast, having performed more
than 4,000 endometrial ablation procedures to treat abnormal bleeding
Should I consider Advanced Endometrial Ablation during menopause or perimenopause?
The primary reason to consider Advanced Endometrial Ablation during
this phase of life is to treat abnormal bleeding during perimenopause.
Occasionally, bleeding after menopause is a sign of a more serious
problem. If you have postmenopausal bleeding that’s due to a benign
condition such as polyps or fibroids, Advanced Endometrial Ablation may
also be an excellent treatment option. The Ashford Center specializes in
determining the underlying cause of abnormal bleeding,which can occur
around the time of declining hormone output of the ovaries.
Perimenopausal bleeding is abnormal if you experience:
More frequent bleeding
you experience any of these symptoms, call The Ashford Center for a
consultation to learn if you’re a candidate for Advanced Endometrial
learn more about how Advanced Endometrial Ablation addresses issues
associated with menopause or perimenopause, call The Ashford Center or
schedule a consultation online today.