Our Approach
Stop coping with symptoms of menopause. Start Living.

Fatigue? Poor concentration? Stubborn weight gain? Mood changes? Night sweats? Decreased sex drive?

These are just a short list of the many changes associated with menopause. Our body systems are complex and interconnected and the changes associated with menopause can impact many areas of life. The hormonal shifts of menopause can cause major upheavals in a woman’s feeling of well being. At Minnesota Women’s Care we're committed and focused on treating the symptoms of menopause and to preventing disease related to aging.

The symptoms of menopause

Though every woman is different, many women experience a number of the symptoms on this list:

  • Hot Flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Decreased libido
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Mood Swings
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of energy
  • Decreased exercise tolerance
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Anxiety

Our Approach
Menopause Management

Focusing on treating your symptoms of menopause as well as preventing long term consequences of poor management of menopause requires an individualized approach through diagnostic evaluations. We then help women achieve symptom relief and optimum health outcomes. Our goal is to enhance your enjoyment of life now and for many years to come.

Consider being able to :

Get through the day without bothersome hot flashes
Be productive and focused
Experience a healthy sex drive
Maintain a high energy level throughout the day
Sleep through the night
“Feel” Great!

Talk with us. We can help.

What our patients say:

I have been seeing Dr Ashford since he first opened the clinic in Maplewood. I had previously received hormone therapy elsewhere with very little education or care. It doesn't take long to see that Dr. Ashford deeply cares about women's health. He takes his time and listens. He is worth waiting for. Best of all he is on the cutting edge when it comes to menopause relieving (and perhaps reversing) the signs & symptoms of aging as well and many other surgical procedures very few have mastered. I have referred this clinic to many of my friends all of whom are in their 50s. Most of them have found another doctor within the multiple clinic locations and are also very happy!! Dr. Ashford has done a great job training them especially in the areas of hormone therapy. I always feel like I'm in good & caring hands when I go in to MN Women's Clinic. I can't say enough good ....except thank you for giving me quality of life back!
G.M. - Patient

An important note from Dr. Ashford
Hormone Replacement Therapy & Hormonal Imbalance

For many years I have struggled to balance the controversies regarding hormonal therapy with the significant and life disrupting symptoms suffered by women with hormonal imbalance. Severe hot flashes decreased sex drive, lack of energy and just feeling out of place are not symptoms conducive to a happy and healthy life. Many other areas of life are negatively impacted by this. Furthermore the underlying health concerns from hormonal imbalance are just as significant. Finally I have found a therapy option that I feel to be safe and extremely effective to help women suffering from hormonal issues.

A Natural Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

The Hormone Pellet Therapy we use is an all-natural bio-identical hormone replacement therapy that specializes in the use of subcutaneous testosterone and estradiol pellets. This method was first used in 1937 in England and Australia. The use of biologically identical, non-synthetic testosterone and estradiol is safe, and the use of pellets provides an effective delivery method. The pellet delivery method allows for the continual release of the hormone – the key to improving brain and muscle function. Other delivery methods result in sporadic, or a “roller coaster,” effect in the delivery and release of hormones within the body. These methods include pills, patches, injectables, and creams.

Literature shows that the use of pellets and all natural testosterone carries less risk compared to synthetic testosterone. We use a science based approach to prescribing (dosing) the patient the appropriate amount of testosterone and/or estradiol based on specific factors about the individual and their blood analysis. This results in achieving physiologic hormonal balance - something research has shown is absolutely vital to good health and well-being. Of all hormonal replacement modalities, only pellet therapy can provide this balance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Individualized care for each woman

At Minnesota Women's Care we believe in providing the best care based on each woman's unique needs. We believe in finding solutions for conditions that diminish the quality of your life - solutions that are consistent with each woman's needs and her desired approach to treatment. Hormone Pellet Therapy for women symptomatic from hormone deficiency is one such therapy. Why live with constant hot flashes, emotional ups and downs, decreased sex drive, deteriorating bone conditions and all the negative consequences of hormone deficiencies. Stop Coping, Start Living!

Melvin Ashford, M.D.

Removing a Hormone Pellet

A number of patients have asked us how the pellet is removed if for some reason their Hormone Pellet Therapy doesn't work for them. Though it's rare, Dr. Ashford prepared this video of the removal process so you can see exactly how it's done.