Menopause Specialist

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

Many 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.

Menopause Treatments

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.

The 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?

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?

This 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 and pain.

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:

If you experience any of these symptoms, call The Ashford Center for a consultation to learn if you’re a candidate for Advanced Endometrial Ablation.

To learn more about how Advanced Endometrial Ablation addresses issues associated with menopause or perimenopause, 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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