Novasure Procedure Update to the Update

Back in 2008, I had the Novasure procedure done. If you are not familiar with that procedure, is an endometrial ablation that removes the lining of the uterus. I was having a lot of female gynecological issues and my options, at that time were to either deal with it, get the Novasure procedure or have a hysterectomy. I was only 27 years old. Getting a hysterectomy seemed rather drastic. So I opted for the ablation.

Over the years, I’ve updated on how I’ve been since having that procedure done. A few years ago, I updated that I felt that the Novasure procedure failed for me. Well I was wrong. You see, a few years ago, I was on a medication called Metformin. The Metformin was prescribed because my sugar levels were within the Type II Diabetic range. For people with Type II Diabetes, Metformin works really well. It is also prescribed to women with PCOS. So while I was taking it for the Diabetes, it was also helping to restore regular menstrual cycles.

Thankfully, through diet, exercise and losing weight, I no longer test within the Type II Diabetic range and no longer need to take Metformin. As a result, I went back to not having a period at all. Every once in a blue moon, I will have a little spotting, but nothing that has me running out to the store to buy pads or tampons. I have noticed that every other month I tend to have some slight cramping around the time I would get a period (if I got one). It lasts for about 1-2 days and is nothing more than an annoyance than anything else. Nothing like what I was dealing with before I had the Novasure procedure done.

Being almost 8 years later, I still believe that it was the best decision I ever made. If you think that you need to have something like this done, I encourage you to speak with your doctor. Only he or she can answer questions specific to you. I am more than happy to answer any questions in regards to my own personal experience. If you would like to see my past posts on the Novasure procedure, visit this link.

How to Help Hot Flashes!

*This is a partnered post

I really don’t mind getting older.  In fact, I look forward to my birthday every year.  When I turned 30, I was so excited that my husband threw me a 30th birthday party.  When my friends turned 30, they continued to tell everyone they were 29 for the next four years.  I really don’t see age as that big of a deal.  Let’s face it…everyone is going to age.  Why not embrace it as a natural process of life/  If we stay fit and eat right, we can age gracefully!

However, what I do see as a big deal is menopause.  While I look forward to each and everything that comes my way as I get older…I have to say, hot flashes are not something I am looking forward to.  I experienced hot flashes as a side effect of a medication I was on and it was HORRIBLE!  Imagine drinking a cup of coffee that is very hot, all in one gulp.  You’d feel that heat traveling through your body.  That’s how a hot flash feels.  Only with a hot flash, you start sweating and nothing you do can cool you off.  Unfortunately, hot flashes are a symptom of menopause and they are something you could experience before menopause ever starts and after menopause.



How Hormonal Imbalance Happens

When a woman ages, the endocrine system loses productivity and it slowly decreases its hormonal production capability.  Then, hormonal imbalances starts to kick in and a series of health issues start to appear consequently.  

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How Macafem Helps Balancing Hormone Levels

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What do you think?

The Words I Thought I’d Never Hear

It was exactly 11:54 a.m.  

I know this because I looked at my phone to see how long I’d been waiting in the room, naked, for my doctor to come in.  You see, I was at my annual exam at the “girlie” doc and you have to completely undress and cover up with one of those gowns that never seem to cover you in all the places you need covered.  Thankfully they went back to fabric gowns.  The last time I was there they had paper gowns and by the time the doctor got to the room, it looked like I wrestled an alligator.  Every time I moved, the gown ripped.  Not good!

After going over the whole “what’s been going on since I saw you last” stuff, she asked me to lie back so the exam could get started.  As she was doing the breast exam, she asked me if my mom or sister have ever had breast cancer.  I told her no.  So I was told mammograms would start at 40.  I was relieved.  I was in no hurry to get my boob smashed between two pieces of glass.  Who is?  And then the exam came to a screeching halt.  The doctor said  seven little words I never wanted to hear.

“I don’t like what I’m feeling here”

She had me feel and there was definitely something there.  I could feel it.  My heart sank and a bunch of things started running through my head all at once.  I don’t even know if I heard anything else she had to say.  Other than the fact that I was no longer waiting until I was 40 to get a mammogram.  I heard that.

As soon as I got in the car I called the Women’s Health building on Tuesday at 8 a.m. to have my mammogram and ultra sound.  Thankfully my husband can be home to be there with me.  My doctor told me that I would have all the news about what exactly this mass is before I leave there, which is good.  I don’t think I would be able to survive another minute wondering what in the world is going on.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried.  How can I not be?

I will update once I know more, but in the mean time…any good vibes you can muster up would be greatly appreciated.  I almost didn’t write this post, but writing is what I do and sometimes it makes me feel better.  Plus, you can never get too many good vibes, prayers or juju sent your way in tough times, right?

WannaBeWell by Life Supplemented

Do you take daily supplements?  I try to, but even when I buy one of those containers for the day of the week and set it on the counter…I don’t take them.  I can’t say I forget, because I will look at it and make a choice to go do something else…anything else, but take those supplements.  I really don’t have an excuse as to why I do that either.  But…there’s an app for that!  Really, there is!

The WannaBeWell app by Life…Supplemented was developed for people like me who have all the best intentions of taking supplements, but something gets in the way.  The nice thing about this app is the fact that you can set it to remind you to take your supplements.  One of the things I always hated was trying to remember what pill was what and which ones should be taken in the morning and which ones in the evening.  Now you have no need to remember.  Set it to remind you and it will do so at whatever time you choose!  And the funny thing is, when my phone tells me to take my vitamins…I do!

Here are a few features about this free app:

  • Create your Wellness Coach.  This person will deliver daily motivational tips to keep you moving along the right track to a much healthier lifestyle.
  • Receive Healthy Missions from your Wellness Coach and collect trophies along the way!
  • Find out if you are an AlphaWell or an OhWell by taking a short quiz to determine your overall level of healthiness.
  • Utilize the Supplement Resource Center and receive easy to understand information about different supplements.
  • Access to the Supplemental blog that is a wealth of information.
  • Set up reminders to take and restock your supplements.

Life supplemented

Life…Supplemented is really on the money with this app.  Being totally into this technological world and connected to the internet and any given moment of the day, having something actually remind me is kind of like your mom standing behind you with the vitamins and handing them to you…you just take them!  The only thing I would like to see added to this app is a place for you to be able to add reminders for daily medications you have to take.  I take one for my cholesterol and one for my diabetes and while I usually don’t forget, there are those days where life just gets in the way and I do forget.

Check out the app on Facebook and on Twitter and download that app…it’s free!  But most importantly, it’s helpful for you and someone else!  For each app download, $1 will be donated (up to $13,500) to Vitamin Angels.  This organization provides children, under five, worldwide with vital nutrients…significantly reducing child mortality.

*I wrote this blog post while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Life…supplemented. As a thank you for participating, I received a $25 promotional item, and a $25 donation was made on my behalf to Vitamin Angels.


Do You Have a Fitbit?

As you know, I want to lose weight…a lot of weight.  One of the things my husband and I did was get a membership to Planet Fitness gym.  We’ve been members of a lot of different gyms, but this one is by far our favorite.  I never have to wait for a machine (which is good…make me wait and I lose interest…seriously) and they don’t tolerate the whole body building thing where you feel intimidated by big huge guys walking around slamming weights all over the place.  Instead, if they hear that, they press a button sounding an alarm and everyone stares at the offenders.  It’s one of my most favorite times at the gym!  And to top it all off, the membership is only $10 or $20 a month.  I have the $20 a month membership because I like the massage chairs and the infrared machines.

I also use My Fitness Pal to log all of my weight and exercises (ImLeah525 is my screen name…friend me)!  I think it is key to use something like My Fitness Pal to keep track of what you are eating.  What I like about this site is that you can literally see, in pie graph form, the percentage of fat, carbs and protein you are eating.  This way, if you are not losing weight, you can see exactly what area you may be eating too much or too little in.  And they have an app for both your ipad/iphone or your Android phone!

But today I got something I have been wanting for a VERY long time.  I got a Fitbit.  This little thing will track how many steps you take, how many calories you burn and it will also tell you how well you sleep (can’t wait to try that feature out tonight)!  The other nice part is that the Fitbit site will connect with My Fitness Pal so I can see just how much calories I am burning and see where I need to step it up (literally) to be successful in my weight loss journey.  Here’s a picture of the one I got…isn’t it pretty?
Now I just have to decide where I want to wear it…on my waist or my bra.  Apparently women like to wear it hooked to their bra.  I’m thinking mine will be on my waist.  But really, I doubt it will be a bother anywhere I decide to wear it.  This thing is the size of a fun size Kit Kat.

Tomorrow is the first day I start to wear it (well except for sleeping tonight).  How many steps do you think I will take throughout the day?  Knowing my competitive nature, I will always try to one up myself in the steps department from day to day (which will help my weight loss efforts).  I could seriously see myself running around the block before bed because I didn’t beat yesterday’s steps.

Leave me a comment telling me how many steps you think I will take my first day…