Okay, this of way off topic, but I had to share this. Please note, that the below might seem a bit graphic to some, but hey, we’re all women and have this every month so why can’t it be discussed! It’s something that happens EVERY MONTH, which is weird that it’s such a hush, hush topic. Every month? It should be the talk of the day!
So here I go….
It’s one (1) bottle, for those who don’t know, not two separate things; and you can find it in your grocery store where they sale the regular vinegar. I’ll give you the ingredients on how to use it and then I’ll tell you my story.
2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
12 ounces of very warm water
1-2 Tablespoons of Honey
How To Take it: Once a day during your menstrual bleeding. If you can take it a few days before you start, it would provide more additional help. BUT DON’T MISS A DAY, and take it the around the same time every day during those 4-7 days during your flow or it will really come down the next day. Start taking it the very first day you start your flow and continue until it stops.
NOTE: Some people take it three (3) times a day, but I found once a day is good enough to me. I don’t want to use it excessively since, it is vinegar, you know, and I don’t want my stomach or kidneys to get upset. However, on really heavy days, I might take another dose before bedtime, making a double-dose, for only 2 days out of my 7 day flow period.
It tastes awful, believe me, NASTY! But the Honey helps a bit (just a bit). The very, warm water helps to melt the honey. And that awful taste is just really, really, really, really worth it.
SIDE NOTE: NO, I’m not a doctor, opinion only so this is not a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment…you know the drill.
Here’s my history. I have fibriods gallor…EVERYWHERE in my uterus. It bothers my bowel movements, it makes me anemic, and it causes really, really, really, really painful cramps!
I’ve had surgery to have them remove in 2000, 2008, and 2009 (the last time was during my daughters birth during the circumcision because they grew while she was in there and they had to remove them in order to close me back up (otherwise it was pretty hard for them to close me up). That’s how bad my fibroids are.
As for my menstrual flow…a lot of women can’t believe how much I bleed. They think I’m making it all up. One would think I was hemorrhaging. Sometimes I had to run to the bathroom and stand in the tub to allow the flow to come down. I messed up the office chair and rug at work, which told me that I had to start wearing depends. Then even with the depends, I wore five (5)…yes FIVE Overnight Always-with-wings sanitary napkins, which I had to change every two hours (Yep…always 2 hours on the dot).
The only thing that could control the bleeding was birth control pills. I have taken them for eight years, but when you’re trying to reproduce (i.e. pregnancy, babies), you can’t be on the pill. So, I had to work with my job to stay at home at least 2-3 days every month.
Thank Goodness, I got pregnant quickly so I didn’t have to do this for too long. I had hoped that the pregnancy would help with the fibroids–sometimes they do. But unfortunately, not in my case.
I had to get back on the birth control pill. AND I HATE THE PILL! It makes my body feel…restricted, and there’s always something going on with the pill that may give me headaches or cause me to gain weight. And yes, I did the whole thing of having my doctor give me new pills. To be honest, I didn’t have this much problem with the pill during my younger years 1990-1998. It was around 2007 that I started having the massive bleeding problems, and it kept increasing until I had to have the surgery again in 2008, but it didn’t fix the problem.
So, here I am again, wanting to reproduce, and hoping I can do it again (the first time was a miracle in itself) and needing to get off the pill and deal with the bleeding. And I didn’t, DID NOT, DON’T WANNA have to deal with taking off work and dealing with this bleeding again! I mean, you know work, the first time, they don’t mind working with you, and when the months started dragging on…I mean, how long can you keep taking a few days off work…and every month? Fortunately for me, I could also work from home, but I could feel the frowns. Honestly, trying to get pregnant could take years.
Yeah. Stressful times.
Fortunately for me, it took just 4 months after my wedding. And now I want to try again, but the taking off work thing…. it was going to be an issue.
I then went online hoping I could find someone who had someway, somehow, anything, natural I could do to keep this bleeding down. And TA-DAH!
Like many women online, I was skeptical. It couldn’t, COULD NOT, be that easy. But then, I remembered something. Being a woman, you sometimes get UTIs (urinary tract infections), and online said to take some Apple Cider Vinegar to help until I got to the doctor. I didn’t see much difference with taking it along with and Cranberry juice and drinking 8 ounces of water every hour. But I did notice that month, which I was taking the birth control pill, that my period was practically non-existent. I mean, I didn’t hardly have to use any of my overnight pads. I figured it was just a funky month, because the next month, it poured down hard, as usual, but not as much as when I was off the pill.
I then decided that, perhaps there might be some truth to it. I tried it. And being that I had just recently got off the pill, just the month before, I figured the lighter amount of menstrual flow had something to do with some remnants of the pill. But then I skipped a day of taking the Apple Cider Vinegar, and BOY did I see a difference!
This is now my Fifth month of doing the Apple Cider Vinegar, and I still haven’t had to go back to the FIVE Overnight pads with depends. I’m down to TWO overnight pads and depends during work, and at bedtime, I can wear just my TWO overnight with underwear.
It’s not taking it ALL away, but it’s taken it enough so that I can go to work and don’t have to worry about the Mt Rushmore of blood flowing. It is now manageable
So, there you have it. That’s my story. And please Comment and share if you have experienced the same thing.
SIDE NOTE: Someone also said it works with Menapause, but since I’m not of that age
yet (and I only experienced Menopause symptoms when I was on the Lupron shot, which sometimes have to take before the surgeries to remove the fibroids), so, I can’t tell you much about that. Then again, I honestly wouldn’t want to take this stuff EVERY SINGLE DAY. Doing it for Seven Days is a lot for me. However, if the Menapause was causing me a lot of problems, I would do what a woman has to do.
Apple Cider Vinegar can also be used for warts and acne (be careful because it may irritate the skin, so use a bit of Vaseline on the skin and only put the Apple Cider Vinegar directly on the warts and acne). Look it up online, you’ll see all the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.
That’s about it for me. I hope this is beneficial to those who need a little more help during those moon times 🙂