Painful Periods Specialist

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?

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 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:


Endometriosis 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.

There 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.


Adenomyosis 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)

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.

When 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.

If you suffer from painful periods, call The Ashford Center or book a consultation online today to learn if Advanced Endometrial Ablation can help you.

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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