PMS Specialist

More than fifty percent of women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a condition that causes physical and emotional changes before or around the time of the menstrual period.

What is PMS?

Premenstrual Syndrome (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:

When you have PMS, your symptoms interfere with your personal life or affect your productivity at work (e.g. pain, migraine headaches, mood problems, bloating, fatigue, etc.).

PMS Symptoms & Causes

Typically problems with PMS occur with symptoms such as:

Most of the time, the PMS is accompanied by problem periods, which can be heavy, prolonged, painful, or irregular. Each woman is unique, and her complaints may frequently be ignored or brushed aside, and help is not obtained.

PMS Treatments

At the Ashford Center, Drs. Clint and Rebecca Ashford specialize in addressing the issues that women face with PMS, either alone or as it is associated with problem periods.

Their practice specializes in the Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure, which Dr. Clint Ashford helped to pioneer. This procedure was originally developed as an alternative to a hysterectomy for treatment of abnormal menstrual bleeding.

After performing over 4,000 Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedures, Dr. Ashford and his team have documented that this simple, non-invasive procedure also effectively stops PMS symptoms including menstrual migraines.

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

Questions About PMS

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:

When you have PMS, your symptoms interfere with your personal life or affect your productivity at work (e.g. pain, migraine headaches, mood problems, bloating, fatigue, etc.).

What symptoms characterize PMS?

Each woman’s symptoms are different, and yours may change over time. If you have PMS, you’ll experience physical and emotional symptoms

Physical symptoms include:

Emotional symptoms include:

You may want to consider a consultation at The Ashford Center when your symptoms start to interfere with your daily life or affect your productivity at work. If your regular doctor or Ob/Gyn does not offer an adequate solution, you should definitely seek help at The Ashford Center!

What is Advanced Endometrial Ablation?

Dr. Clint Ashford has performed over 4,000 procedures and specializes in using the Advanced Endometrial Ablation procedure to eliminate heavy menstrual bleeding and treat a variety of gynecologic conditions, including PMS.

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that gently removes the hormonally sensitive lining of the uterus using radiofrequency, heat, or freezing energy. All of these techniques safely and effectively remove the uterine lining, either stopping or significantly diminishing monthly flow. This procedure does not affect the ovaries or the fallopian tubes, and for most women it is an alternative to hysterectomy, which of course is major abdominal surgery.

Does Advanced Endometrial Ablation stop PMS?

The good news is YES, Advanced Endometrial Ablation can stop PMS symptoms for good! Drs. Clint and Rebecca Ashford have conducted a PMS study that they presented to the 2012 annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. They interviewed 105 women before and one year after undergoing endometrial ablation with NovaSure®, a gentle radiofrequency treatment. Of the women who reported having PMS before their procedure, 74% reported that their PMS had completely disappeared. Additionally, 19% reported significant improvement in their PMS symptoms. For the small percentage of women who still had persistent PMS, they noted that their symptoms were less severe and only lasted about one day, on average.

Similar studies published by other experts found that endometrial ablation also significantly diminished PMS symptoms such as:

If you suffer from PMS and would like to learn if you are a candidate for Advanced Endometrial Ablation, call or schedule online for a consultation at The Ashford Center.

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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