Christmas 2016

Jesus was born in an obscure village. He grew up in another obscure village. He worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he was a traveling preacher.

Voter Guides

The Ashford Center in Athens is a  pro-life organization, and we recommend voting on the issues detailed here in the Christian Coalition Voter Guides. Click on the links below to access the Voter Guides: Presidential Voter Guide: http://www.cc.org/sites/default/files/3/2016VGPresident.pdf State by State Voter Guides: http://www.cc.org/download_2016_voter_guides Feel free to download and share these with friends and family, particularly in…

What is Perimenopause?

Perimenopause is a term used to describe the period of time when a woman’s body is making a natural transition toward menopause. This doesn’t mean you are starting menopause or that you can no longer get pregnant. You can still become pregnant during perimenopause. It simply means that your body is beginning to release irregular…

Why our patients drive from all over

We see many patients from all over the metro-Atlanta area who drive further than necessary to see a GYN, just to see us at the Ashford Center. Why would so many people drive for hours just for a doctor’s visit? We like to think that we offer something different in the field of women’s health. While there…

Is My Period Normal?

Issues of Women’s Health can be touchy subjects, or just difficult and uncomfortable for some women to talk about, so it’s not at all surprising that many women have questions about their periods. Specifically, there can be some confusion as to what is considered to be “normal” during your period. Every woman is unique and…

How Common are Heavy Periods?

If you suffer from heavy periods and PMS symptoms, you may wonder how common your situation is or even feel alone or isolated. Fortunately, you are far from alone when it comes to these symptoms, as you can see in this video from ChangetheCycle.com As Dr. Shepherd stated, one in five women suffer from heavy periods,…

Common Misconceptions about Periods

Every woman has to deal with periods in some form or fashion; it’s an unavoidable fact of life. Because of the differences in physical makeup, each woman’s body is going to respond differently to their menstrual cycle. Some women have very light, manageable periods with minimal to nearly undetectable PMS symptoms, while others are so…

Healthy Alternatives for Period Cravings

With the hormonal changes that come with your period, it is not at all uncommon to find yourself craving unhealthy foods. While these foods may taste great in the moment, they can actually cause you to feel worse in the long run. Offsetting these cravings with healthy alternatives is the best course of action, but…

Dealing with Stress and Your Montly Cycle

Everyone experiences some level of stress in their lives, it is practically unavoidable. However, excessive amounts of stress can take a very serious toll on your physical health as well as your emotional health. Some studies have even shown that women who experience stress and/or anxiety early in their menstrual cycles are more likely to…

5 Questions to Ask about Your Period

Your “time of the month” can be a strange or even stressful time, as there is a lot of change occurring in your body – and much of it can be unpleasant. Many women have questions about their period that they may be afraid to ask because they seem taboo or embarrassing. At The Ashford Center, we…

Does Your Period affect Your Sleep?

  Sleep is incredibly important to overall health. But, for many women, “that time of the month” can take a toll on not only getting to sleep, but the quality of sleep as well. In fact, 30% of women experience disturbed sleep during menstruation and 23% experience disturbed sleep in the week prior to menstruation….

Meet our patient, Regina.

For many women, like Regina, heavy and unpredictable periods and PMS symptoms interfere with their lives. The headaches, heaving bleeding and other problems Regina experienced affected her work as well as her family life. Watch her powerful story, and how a simple procedure changed her life for the better: The Ashford Center in Athens, GA…