PCOS Specialist

About 10% of women develop polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which affects ovarian function and causes hormonal imbalance and problems such as heavy bleeding and painful periods.

What is PCOS?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) refers to a cluster of symptoms that occur in women with an imbalance of insulin and androgens. High levels of insulin cause blood levels of androgens to increase. Women normally produce a small amount of androgens, including testosterone. But when androgen levels get too high, the ovaries can’t work normally and ovulation either stops or becomes irregular.

PCOS Symptoms & Causes

To be diagnosed with PCOS, you must have two of three key symptoms:

When androgen levels are high, symptoms such as acne, hair loss, and hirsutism, or excessive, dark hair growth on the face, chest, or thighs can occur. About 70% of women with PCOS have hirsutism.

PCOS Treatments

At The Ashford Center in Athens, Georgia Dr. Clint Ashford and Dr. Rebecca Ashford, specialize in helping women whose childbearing is complete and who suffer with PCOS symptoms. The Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure and the correct hormonal therapy can be extremely therapeutic. While this procedure doesn’t always completely cure all PCOS symptoms, it can often alleviate most and is recommended for women with heavy bleeding when childbearing is complete.

If you struggle with PCOS symptoms, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

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

Questions About PCOS

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:

How can Advanced Endometrial Ablation help with PCOS symptoms?

Advanced Endometrial Ablation doesn’t directly cure PCOS as such, but it may be a good option for treating some of the symptoms associated with this condition. More specifically, it’s a highly effective way to stop heavy bleeding and pain. It also makes women feel better with respect to PMS symptoms, which in turn helps them focus on a healthier diet and exercise, further alleviating the entire PCOS situation.

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a procedure that gently removes the hormonally active lining of the uterus. This tissue, called the endometrium, responds to monthly hormone cycles and thickens for a few weeks, then breaks down and sheds as a monthly, period.

After the endometrium has been removed with the Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure, periods either stop (for most women) or they become very light, so that monthly cycling pain is gone for good! While Advanced Endometrial Ablation has long-lasting benefits, it should be noted that it is performed ONLY on women whose childbearing is complete.

To learn more about how Advanced Endometrial Ablation can relieve PCOS symptoms, call The Ashford Center or book 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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