Elaina’s Story – Tubal Ligation

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Yes this is my story, but more than just my story, it is my family’s BEST story. I am just so grateful, I mean really, really grateful for the help I received from the Hotze Wellness Center.

My name is Elaina and I am 45 years old, married with three children. My “story” started just after I gave birth to my last child who is now 15 years old. After a tough birth that resulted in a c-section along with having a tubal ligation (without understanding the possible side effects), I came home much different than I had left. I was depressed and gaining weight. Before this last birth, I was always active. I ran 5K runs 5 to 7 times a year, aerobics at least 4 times a week and was a biker. I was able to do this even after having two children. But, something about this last birth changed all that. I continued to be depressed and I started to be fatigued most of the time. The family joke became “where’s mom?”, “in her chair”, always said with a chuckle. But it was not funny to my husband who said that “he felt he had lost his wife” for the last 13 years. YES! I was like this for 13 long years.

In that time, I saw many doctors.   The first was my OB/GYN doctor (3 months after my child was born). When I explained my symptoms, he smiled and said “you just have the baby blues, eat right and exercise and you will be fine”. I was not. The next doctor was a gynecologist, who listened to me and then walked out of the exam room, proceeded to give me a prescription for symptoms of depression (Wellbutrin), incontinence, and birth control pills (despite my tubal ligation). I went home and never filled the prescriptions nor went back. I figured that at 41, my life was going to be this way until I died. I had no energy for my daily life, I had no sex drive…AT ALL, I was depressed constantly and I started thinking I just want this to be all over.

Thanks to my husband and my mother who both are forward thinking, knowledge seeking individuals; I was helped. My husband was on an airline flight and read an in-flight magazine about bio-identical hormones and what they could do. He read that I had many of the symptoms listed that could be helped with natural, bio-identical hormones, NOT THE CHEMICAL versions. My husband brought this article home for me to read and told me it was either Hotze Health and Wellness or a lawyer! We found to our surprise that this forward thinking center was not in Europe, but right down the street in Katy, Texas.

All I can say is…”LIFE IS GOOD AGAIN”! It was not overnight, but it seemed like it. I am now finishing college. I go to the gym three times a week without feeling like I am going to die when I wake the next morning. I feel like I did when I was in my 20’s. My only worry now is not having my natural hormones. I never want to go back to the old tired routine of a doctor telling me that I just need to live with it. Or that it is just aging and so on. I no longer need a special “Mom’s chair”. I now have many chairs to choose from when I “choose” to sit and relax.

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