Painful periods range from mild aches to such severe pain that you can’t do anything but stay in bed and hug a heating pad to your body. For women who are in their childbearing years, the usual solutions involve manipulating hormones with either birth control pills or a hormone infused IUD. However, if a woman’s childbearing is complete, there is usually a superior solution to the problem of painful periods.
Drs. Clint and Rebecca Ashford specialize in innovative solutions for women who are suffering unnecessarily from painful periods.
Learn more about Advanced Endometrial Ablation and whether it may help your symptoms
Questions About Painful Periods
What causes painful periods?
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 addition, menstrual blood per se also
creates uterine muscle spasm as the uterus tries to expel the blood
through the narrow cervical canal.
In addition, certain conditions can worsen dysmenorrhea:
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.
is inflammation around these “dislocated” areas of endometrium, and the
inflammation is increased by hormonal changes during the monthly cycle.
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.
occurs when endometrial cells from the uterine lining start to grow
inside the muscular wall of the uterus. This condition is benign, but it
can cause periods to be heavier and more painful. It also generally
correlates with worse PMS symptoms!
Uterine fibroids (fibroids)
are benign growths within the muscle portion of the uterus that occur
in around 40% of women. They are usually asymptomatic, therefore, most
women are unaware of their presence unless a doctor mentions it to them.
fibroids are located near the lining of the uterus (endometrium) they
occasionally make periods heavier. Because Advanced Endometrial Ablation
removes the endometrium, fibroids usually stop being a problem and no
further treatment is necessary.
How does Advanced Endometrial Ablation relieve painful periods?
Advanced Endometrial Ablation
is a minimally invasive procedure that removes the tissues that line
the inside of the uterus, the endometrium. During a painful period the
endometrium is usually thickened, causing a heavy or prolonged flow. It
is also the source of neuropeptide toxins that get into the bloodstream
as the endometrium breaks down. In addition, the endometrium can be the
cause of imbalanced hormone production during the cycle which can cause
pain and other PMS symptoms. The one minimally-invasive procedure that
can permanently relieve painful periods is the innovative Advanced
Endometrial Ablation procedure. Dr. Clint Ashford has performed
thousands of these procedures and is a leading expert in the field of
endometrial ablation techniques. His trusted experience has brought
patients from all over the Southeast who are searching for help with
their painful and often debilitating periods.
you suffer from painful periods, call The Ashford Center or book a
consultation online today to learn if Advanced Endometrial Ablation can