Irregular Periods; Get Checked Babes!

Here are some helpful definitions for you.

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Culled from Capital Women’s Care.

During your menstrual cycle each month, your body releases unfertilized eggs. Your estrogen and progesterone levels rise and thicken the lining of your uterus to protect the eggs if they become fertilized. If none of the eggs are fertilized, your body sheds the excess lining in the form of your monthly period.

Typically, a woman has her period every 24 to 31 days, lasting between four and seven days, and losing approximately four to 12 tablespoons of blood. But not all women have typical periods.

Some women completely miss or have irregular periods. You may have more or fewer periods, your periods may be shorter or longer, or you may lose more or less blood. These conditions can be caused by chronic medical issues or by changing medical or emotional circumstances. In most cases, the condition causing irregular periods can be resolved or treated.

Some…

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The Joys of Surgery

Odds 'n Endo

So today’s the big day. The day I’m depending on, maybe a little too much. I’m hoping that the surgery today will take away some or most of the pain I’ve been having. But there’s two ways of looking at it. If the surgery doesn’t help with the pain, or only some of it, maybe endometriosis isn’t the only thing causing pain. Which will be hard since I won’t know what’s causing my pain, but could also be good because perhaps whatever is causing the pain has a simpler solution then endo. So I don’t know what I’m hoping for right now. Endo or no endo? Not sure. Just some answers, I guess.

So although I’m hoping this surgery helps take away my pain as well as shed some light on the whole pain issue, the whole surgery thing is for the birds.

First, there’s the prep beforehand. This time…

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When the News is Not Good

Improvised Life Hope

For the males in my audience, I apologize ahead of time for the frank female discussion that is about to commence.

I’ve never been one to give my body much thought.  I breathe, my heart beats, I have been relatively healthy my whole life.  And then I got a bad pap smear that led to another one that led to two cryosurgical procedures and multiple biopsies that led to a surgical procedure called LEEP and a D&C last week.

I’ve pretty much been recuperating as expected with a little more bleeding than I thought but I’ve been able to do all normal activities except my running routine.  And I really wanted to start running again, so I called the doctor the other day, left a message for the nurse to call me and she never did.  So, I called back yesterday.  They apologized and said they’d call me back again…

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HERstory-Coming Out of the Shadows to Tell Our Story

There are so many issues around hysterectomies, fibroids, endometriosis, etc that get very little ‘press time’ but are very important issues nonetheless. Here’s one more voice in one of those conversations that need to be happening more often.

Maybe Mama

Art Work: Women of Soul by Glenn Daniels We are a Sisterhood as we go though this journey together.Art Work: Women of Soul by Glenn Daniels
We are a Sisterhood as we go though this journey together.

Its encouraging to find now that I’m not alone. I’ve always known I’m not alone in fighting fibroids and infertility, but recently I’ve seen more Black women sharing their stories. The lack of discussion and transparency in the Black community inspired me to start this blog. I knew several women my age and older that have gone through this, but no one talked about it or used it as a testimony. Now I slowly see more and more Black women speaking up on this issue, and I love it!

Yesterday, I was inspired by a woman named Gessie Thompson. In the May issue of Essence magazine, she shares her story. I had the good fortune to hear her as a guest on a radio show as I drove home yesterday. She…

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