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Posted by Mommy (Los Angeles, Ca) on 05/04/2014

I'd like to know how much ACV to use and how much Blackstrap Molasses do I use to minimize my vaginal bleeding?

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Mommy,

You can start with one or two of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a tall glass of water once or twice a day. Move up to a tablespoon in a tall glass of water twice a day if it suits you. With the Blackstrap, start with a Tablespoon a day. You can move up to two per day if you like. In an acute bleeding situation, you can take it more often. In acute bleeding situations, I have found liquid chlorophyll to work very well. I would take a Tablespoon every hour or two if needed. After a birth with heavy bleeding, some midwives suggest getting a whole 16 ounce bottle of chlorophyll down in a couple of days.

Hope you find great relief in these remedies!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Sam
Blackstrap molasses is a great tonic for building up iron which is being depleted by heavy periods, but it still has a high sugar content and causes weight gain taken regularly.

I found apple cider vinegar more helpful in regulating heavy menstrual bleeding as opposed to trying to replace lost iron. It worked miracles within a day by reducing the amount of bleeding and killed my hunger along with it. Having given it some thought I decided long term use of ACV isn't the goal, natural living is .. so decided to eat apples instead, seen as Apple Cider Vinegar is made from apples. And they work just as well. So I eat at least 2 apples a day and drink at least a litre of water throughout the day and it seems to have worked. No more heavy menstrual bleeding. It even cut my bleeding time down from 10 days to 4.

Posted by Tracy (Boston) on 01/12/2014
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I had been bleeding moderately since Christmas (approximately 15 days) with a foul smell, which I never have during my period. I went to my gynecologist last Wednesday for an exam. Results pending (vaginal swab to test for infection). In the meantime, I found this site. I immediately drove to the supermarket for blackstrap molasses. I already had ACV on hand. When I got home, I immediately took 3 TBS ACV in a cup of water. 20 minutes later I took 3 TBS of the molasses in a cup of warm coconut milk ( added cinnamon, cayenne and turmeric to taste) then went to bed. The next morning, my flow was reduced considerably. Prior to this, the toilet water would be completely red like jello. I could now see just a small amount of blood wafting through the water. I have repeated the AVC/water and BSM/coconut milk drink every 8 hours. I am gratefully reporting that my flooding has been reduced to some light red spotting on tissue paper after urination. So, basically, after about 36 hours the bleeding has slowed SIGNIFICANTLY! I cannot express how thankful I am to have found this site. I have been devouring its content. I now realize the importance of keeping caffeine and sugar out of my diet as much as possible, keeping my liver toned and being aware of how I may be thawing my hormones out of balance. So, much of what ails us is directly related to what we consume and what we DON'T. I will be including ACV, BSM and coconut oil to my daily supplements. Good luck to every one searching for remedies. May you find your solutions! Have a wonderful new year, new you!

Replied by Tracy
In my original post, I meant to say throwing my hormones out of balance not thawing them. What a funny typo.
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The bleeding has completely stopped. Now I can look forward to going away with my boyfriend this weekend and not having to worry about the inconvenience of such a heavy period. Though the bleeding has stopped, I will continue to take the TBS of ACV daily. I will stop the BSM today. I don't want the high glucose content to build up. However, I am going to work on my immunity with probiotics and fermented foods. I will post again next month to report on my next cycle. Best wishes to every one!

Posted by Nadia (Brooklyn, NY) on 12/06/2013
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I have been drinking ACV and Black Strap Molasses for a month now, twice a day and it is an acquired taste but it has worked wonders for me so. Every month my period has been so heavy leaving me exhaused and depressed but this month has been so amazing. My period would normally be a 1week but it has been 4days and the heavy bleeding has been cut in half. I didnt know what to except but I decided to try these two products by faith and I have to say thank you Jesus and every one that have shared their testimony about using them. Even adding 1/2 a tsp of cayenne pepper to my grape juice made a difference for me. The taste is not great but I believe that it helped enormously. I thank God for finding this website and all the information it has to share.

Grateful, Nadia

Posted by Nadia (Brooklyn, NY) on 11/14/2013

I will like to try ACV and molasses but how often should one take it. How many times a day or week and how much? Please help, tiredof heavy bleeding every month and don't want to have any surgery. Thank you much. Nadia

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
Dear Nadia,

Try 2-3 teaspoons of Raw Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar in 8 ounces of water once or twice a day. Some people take it six days a week, others daily. I have taken it almost daily for years with no problem. I got to where I liked my water better with a little vinegar. I haven't been using it so much lately as I have been drinking more herbal tea. I haven't had any ill effect from stopping. (In other words, I wasn't "addicted" to it.)

You can take 1 or 2 Tablespoons of Blackstrap Molasses a day. I would start with one. If you don't get the desired results, you can take 2. Some put it in coffee or tea. My children take it right off the spoon and like it pretty well. This can also be done indefinitely. If I take it all through a pregnancy, I don't get anemic. If you are taking 1 Tablespoon a day and are still having heavy bleeding, go ahead and take the second Tablespoon on heavy days. 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in some grape juice is also really helpful to reduce blood flow. (An "at the moment" kind of remedy.)

Some people notice results quickly. For others, it can take many weeks or even a month or two to get the desired results.

I hope this helps you a lot. Please let us know what works for you!

~Mama to Many~

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Thank you very much Mama to Many. I will let you know how am doing.

Posted by Cookie (Prescott, Ar) on 08/15/2013
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I started taking the ACV and black strap molasses about a month ago, the first time I had my period there was no change, it was horrible and 3 break throughs and used about 5 packages of the ALWAYS over night pads in the purple, a total of 96 pads, this month I started my period and bought 4 packages, the first day was very light, the second day was very light and I really did have to change but 2 times during an 8 hr work day, but the 3rd day, I sneezed and has a big gush, but above all it has really not been that bad this time. I still have 1 package that I have not open and over half of a another package, so in 5 days I really only used about a 40 pads. I have a dr appointment with my gyn, so maybe next month will be even better, but I think the AVC and molasses works!!!

Posted by Heather (Leicester, Uk ) on 03/31/2012
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Hello, this is my first post. Thank you for your site and all the genuine advice, I love it xx I found this site when I was desperate to find a natural solution to my extremely heavy periods, ie. Flooding etc. This has gone on for 10 years. In my ignorance and embarrassment I accepted this as part of growing older I am now 45. It came to a head this summer when I felt ill and after a blood test I was told I was severely anemic 7.8, so doc prescribed iron sulphate for 2 months and then iron level back up to 10.8. Doctor prescribed transemic acid which my sister told me she and lots of her friends have been taking for years but I didn't want to take this as I am already on asthma medication and medication for allergen rhinitis.

Doctor sent me for a scan this showed extremely thick uterine wall and small fibroids and poss small cyst then they started to heavily push the mirena coil a type of hormone release internal mechanism which is implanted. I refused and was disappointed that my hormone imbalance was not being treated. I did notice that when I was taking the iron sulphate and not drinking coffee or having a glass of wine in the evenings then menstruation improved! But after I resumed old habits heavy menstruation became the norm.

So is this imbalance due to a liver problem? The liver coping with caffeine and alcohol breakdown and not processing hormones correctly? Anyway when I found your site I decided to take I the ACV morn and night in water (2 table spoons) and 1 teaspoon of organic black strap molasses morning and night and during the day possible around lunchtime and 1 other occasion if bleeding heavy. So I am happy to report that this worked amazingly well for me. Thankyou so much this is a life transformer and I am responding in the hope that in turn I can help someone else. If anyone else has any comments or tips on hormone imbalance then I would appreciate them. My sister who also had this imbalance is recovering from breast cancer and has had her ovaries removed.

Replied by Heather
Interestingly I just had my hair analysis test result back. I am deficient in vitamins a, b3 and e and beta carotene and deficient in minerals magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and vanadium. I also have high toxicity rate. Thanks for any advice x
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Hi, I'm 30yrs old, I have been suffering from severe menstrual pain and heavy bleeding for ten years. my doctor told me that I had endometriosis. I saw this website about blackstrap molasses. I tried organic blackstrap molasses with Apple Cider Vinegar last month, I had same pain from the first day, I have been using pain killers for ten days. It was horrible. Is there any changes in taking Blackstrap Molasses and ACV? Please help me, we are trying for baby.

Posted by Jackie (Centennial, Colorado, USA) on 10/24/2008
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Hi, I have been bleeding too much for a month now. I have tried ACV - 2tbs and molasses 2 tbs but the bleeding kept on and on with big clots. Though the first time I started taking ACV and molasses, it did help me . Now I do not really know what's going on with me. Please pray for me such that it can heal and I can become pregnant soon.

Replied by Kitty
Brisbane, Australia
I was reading about the heavy bleeding and experienced the same thing several years ago. I found out I was hypothyroid. Then my sister experienced the same thing and found she was hypothyroid also. We called it liver chunks.

Please go and get your thyroid levels checked. If you are hypothyroid, make sure you don't consume goitrogens which interfere with thyroid function such as soy products, uncooked broccoli or cabbage, peanuts or fluoride.

Replied by Cindi
Meadville, PA
question regarding ACV and molasses: I have a question regarding acv and molasses...just recently started taking both. My question is whether you need to take both every day or only during your period or even just start right before your cycle? I'm very excited to try this natural remedy but don't want to take it every day if I don't need to. thanks.
Replied by Debbian
Kingston, Jamaica
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i have tried 3 tbs of ACV and 1 1/2 tbs molasses in 8 oz water, it IMMEDIATELY stopped the heavy bleeding but within 2 hours started again but with large clots that i never had before, what did i do wrong or is it that it does not work for everyone?

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Posted by Nicole (Melbourne, AU) on 09/07/2014
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Hi everyone,

My history: I've always had heavy periods, I've had check ups and seen specialist and they can't seem to find out why this is happening to me, my periods come every month but sometimes a few days late and they last 8 days. I only feel pain for the first 2 or 3 days but that goes away with Pain killers.

At the age of 16, I decided to stop my periods with the pill. I had 4 years of no periods and it was the perfect life. Then I decided to give my body a break and stop the pill. My hormones went crazy and I got hair all over my body including my face.... horrible.

I tried some natural remedies for a year but I always felt the natural remedies made it worse. I tried Apple Cider Vinegar for a couple months then I tried Blackstrap Molasses for a couple months and then I tried them together for a couple months and still no help.

So I went back onto the pill but a better one with less side effects. I am now getting break through bleeding and acne on my chin. I feel like the pill is making my health worse but I don't know what else to do.

I'm currently doing 1 hour of exercise a day. Stopped drinking soft drinks and am drinking water but not enough because I don't like it or feel thirsty. I'm trying to clean up my diet but it's harder then it looks, also I cannot afford healthy/organic food. I take cod liver oil and turmeric.

I'm thinking of stopping the pill but I need some help with bloating because when I get my period I look like I'm 4 month pregnant NO JOKE!!!

What can I do for bloating and the disgusting feeling I get while on my period?

How do I stop getting stressed and anxious while on my period? because it gets so bad that I don't leave the house in fear of spilling. How can I make my periods lighter? And how can I prevent my hormones from going crazy before/while I stop the pill?

Please help me, this pain has gone on long enough. I'm not working because of it and I really want to get out into the world and make something of myself. Please help me, Please.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Dear Nicole,

I am sorry for your trials with your cycles! Red Raspberry Leaf tea is something you can try. It would take daily use over some time (I would give it at least three months before deciding it does not work.) A one pound bag of the loose tea would last a long time.

Put 3 Tablespoons in a quart mason jar. Pour boiling water over the leaves. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain. Drink throughout the day. You can add some peppermint if you like.

If you have a heavy cycle, you could try cayenne pepper (1/2 teaspoon in some juice, drink with a straw). I have taken this and then repeated the dose in an hour and found it to be very helpful.

Liquid Chlorophyll, a Tablespoon every hour during heavy bleeding is also helpful.

Taking kelp daily may be helpful, too.

I have used all of the above remedies for various female issues with success.

You are already making positive steps for your health; good job.

For the bloating, the tea may help, and plenty of water, and light meals.

There are many stories on the Earth Clinic page about cycle problems. When you have time, read through them. Something may resonate with you and give you some more clues to what would help you the most.

~Mama to Many~

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Hi Nicole,

Stopping soda is for sure a good start. I have my moon now and had a raw soup all day and that yucky feeling is considerably less. I crave meat and carbs but raw is best imho. I also have been taking Vitex (chasteberry powder in coffee with unsulphured BSM) and believe it is helping. I read somewhere to only take it in the 1st half of the month, but read again somewhere to take it daily

(, which I started recently and see my flow stanch a bit. Another friend suggested staying hydrated (water def. not soda), Go with the Flow! Hope this helps.

Replied by Lorna
Try dandelion tea. Just one cup in the evening (soak 2 bags 15 mins) every night made a difference for me and I've always had heavy periods.

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Posted by Nads (Toronto, Ontario) on 05/20/2009
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I am very, very happy today because I prayed to God to help to find a cure to my promblem and he did. I suffer with fibriod and cyst since I was 25 years old. I had a myomectomy to remove them in 1997 and they grew back with a vengenace. I then had terrible periods with heavy clothing and excruciating pains. I had to be wearing pampers as pads were always causing my clothes to be messed up. I also had very irregular periods and infertility. After still having the same problem after my surgery I went to a Iredologist and Naturapathic doctor who gave me a 3 days fasting and cleansing along with her own medicines and instruction of what not to eat. My period regulated (I now had regular cycle which I never had since the age of 16)and the pain and heavy bleeding went away. Three years later I came off the vegetarian diet and two years after that the problem started again. I still was unable to conceive and worst my periods became very very irregular as the years progressed. In 2005 I saw my period and it never came again until middle 2006. Then once in 2007 then again three times April,May and June 2008 after I had used flaxseed oil recommed by my friend to simulate its arrival. I did not see my period after that and in 2009 I became very depress because the flaxseed oil was not working I then thought I was in menopause I then was led by God to this site and must say the ACV, Blackstrap Molasses and 2 Flaxseed oil tablet has now so far restore my period with no heavy bleeding nor pain. I hardly feel the bulky fibriods nor the symptoms of the fibriods or cyst. I however still have not gotten pregnant yet. I am still hoping and praying this will happen soon.

Can anyone tell me of something that can assist me in getting pregnant after having myomectomy surgery. Thank you all very much.

Replied by Secret1
Atlanta, Ga
If you are not allergic to bees, there are bee products like bee pollen and royal jelly that will definately increase your fertility... Hope this helps.
Replied by Lola
Nyc, Ny
I can understand your pain. this is my story..I have suffered with irregular periods since i was 13 yrs old(menstral began at 9. was in long term committed realtionship for over 10yrs, never conceived,always had heavy periods and cramping but nevr thought i was infertal. In 2007 after I demanded an ultrasound (had a tummy as if i was 4mths pregnant)to figure out why my abdomen was getting bigger and not getting pregant. I was informed i had a fibroid. 6mths later after another ultrasound, was informed the fibroid grew 3x in size and now i had an additional small fibroid. immediately my period became out of control! could not go to work or go outside during my first 3days(it was almost as if someone shot me!)the dr said the only resolution was to have myomectomy which i had jan of 2008. as i was healing and getting ready to return back to work, all of sudden wasnt feeling well, went to the dr and SUPRISE I WAS PREGNANT only 2mths post surgery. I delivered my beautiful boy nov 2009 pregnancy and delivery went vry well. so dont loose hope i wish you well.
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Dubai, Uae
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Hi I have a fibroid 2.2 in my uterus as well as polyps and endo thick wall since last two years I was bleeding heavily for around 10 days five months back this worsened and my periods would not stop. The doctor did a D&C on me in August and there was no malignant issue after five weeks of D&C. I got my menses which did not stop I was again bleeding heavily and getting big clots. The doctor put me on primolut N to regulate. When I stopped after 20 days I got my menses and I was back again to heavy bleeding. Again the doctor asked me to take primolut. Two weeks back I came across this website and immediately went and bought ACV and soda bicarb and also unsulphured molasses and started having this along with primolut. When I stopped the pill and got my menses the first day was okay but the second day was the worst of my life I had HUGE clot of blood almost the length and breadth of my pad and when I went to the toilet it fell off on the potty I was scared seeing the size of that... But after that I felt as if my body has settled down I had no more clots but as always the bleeding did not stop until even the 6th day and I was told to take primolut again...

Can Ted or anyone tell me why this happened? I have been religiously having ACV twice a day and molasses once or twice a day but still am bleeding, can ACV and primolut be taken together? Thanks so much in advance for any response- appreciate it."

Replied by Barkkha
Further to my previous post I wish to tell my experience of my second menses after starting ACV and BSM. I was on the pill stopped the pill and after three days I got my menses which after years WERE NORMAL, NO HEAVY BLEEDING, NO BLOOD CLOTS and finally after four days I stopped bleeding and it's two weeks since and I did not need to take primolut to stop the bleeding. I am still in an unbelievable state for I have been bleeding since months, so ACV works for me, I now have 2 tsp everyday.


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Hi, Even I had over bleeding problem. I tried this remedy and working over bleeding.

Try out:

Wash hibiscus flowers well and remove the petals separately.

Heat a pan and boil milk and petals. Let it boil nicely until milk gets a pale lavender colour.

Add sugar and Filter it and drink hot or cold.


Replied by Michele
I had the same problem. I have PCOS and had an ovary removed. I had fertility issues. I had to take Clomid in a pill form in order to get pregnant also going on the Atkins diet helped with the weight gain of this and allowed me to have three beautiful children with only one ovary. Please speak with your Dr. about this and good luck and God Bless!


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Posted by Ann (Fort Worth, Tx) on 06/07/2015
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I am 45 and have had a couple of very heavy periods due to perimenopause. Two years ago I had my first bad one due to stress with a family member. Period was really long but not that bad with heaviness until one night when it started gushing to the point that I got scared really bad. Called a family friend who is a Naturopath and she recommended I take Cayenne until it settled down which I did. That period finally ended after about 6 weeks and things were fairly normal until this period came.

It was about a week and a half late (not normal) and has been going for about 7 weeks now. Most days not too heavy but have had some really bad days too, with gushing and clots. I've tried ACV, blackstrap molasses, and some herbal blends which I'm not sure if I can mention on here. The ACV slowed it a bit, as did the blackstrap molasses but the latter gives me a bad headache. Cayenne makes me feel weird and I can't take that either.

What worked for me so far to slow the gushing is Arnica homeopathic pills. I've a huge fan of the cream for bruising and bumps and had the idea to try the pills for this bleeding. It worked and slowed it dramatically within an hour or so (I took a couple of doses). Flow stayed light as long as I took a couple more doses that day. So far, so good and I've only needed one thin pad all day today. Hoping it stops for good after all this time.

Hope this information helps someone else who may have tried all the other remedies listed - as I have - with minimal results.


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Posted by Jesika (Ft. Worth, TX)
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i either go swimming (with a tampon) or lay in the bath for an hour or so (with nothing) let the water in and push it back out. I did this and period SLOW'D down very fast... I was changing every 15-20 minutes with leaking too...before i got in the water helps me!!

Posted by Diana (New York NY)
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I also found water helps. Laying in the bath (for 30 to 60 minutes or so depending on your situation) really seems to work well. A doctor I know also suggested showering might help as well. Another way I've found that works for me is rest. I've noticed that it seems to be heavier when I don't get enough sleep or if I'm stressed out. Try relaxing and making sure you get at least eight hours of sleep.

Posted by Anne (Texas)
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I have been doing this for as long as I can remember. I have very heavy bleeding but bathing slows it down... I don't know how, but it does. If I am close to the end of my cycle, a long bath will even make it end sooner.

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Blackstrap Molasses is a popular natural remedy for heavy menstrual bleeding. Dozens of women have reported that this helped with their heavy periods. Additionally, blackstrap molasses is a popular natural remedy for anemia, which is often a result of heavy periods. And blackstrap molasses has helped many women with fibroids, which is often a cause of heavy periods! It is possible to kill three birds with one proverbial stone with the natural remedy.

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Posted by Penny (Raton, Nm Usa) on 02/17/2016
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I have had heavy periods with huge clots almost my entire life starting when I was 9. I've had to live with it all this time, except for when I managed to get on "the Pill" when I was in my 20's and then Provera shots when I was in my late 20's - 30's. When I lost my job and stopped being able to afford the shots and didn't want to go to "birth control clinics" to get them because they were overpriced even there, I just gradually started bleeding and clotting again. The few times I've been able to even GET Tranexamic acid the way it would work is that it would shorten my cycle and make the periods last about 6 days instead of 7. By now I can't use Shepherd's Purse because I'm over 40 and with high blood pressure and that has an "estrogenic" effect which is contraindicated for older women and women with high blood pressure. Anything progestin-based would not be, nor would tranexamic acid be. However, I am in a part of a country where those things aren't readily available without a doctor's prescription and that costs money and frankly, doctors are the reason why I went to law school in the first damned place. In the States you have state-by-state lack of health care and it's controversial; I'm covered by MassHealth as I'm Massachusetts resident but currently out of state, but I'm covered out of state in emergency room situations only. The American medical profession being what it is, no Emergency Room doctor will give anything for either the high blood pressure or heavy bleeding when you're "from out of state" and not on THAT state's "Medicaid." (Like I said, the medical profession is the reason why I went to law school in the first place). End result: I suffer. Medications that the US thinks require a prescription (I put it that way because tranexamic acid is available over the counter in the UK - you can just walk into Boots or ASDA and buy it right next to the Midol) I have to sit by the mailbox and wait for the postman to deliver it to me from either the UK or Mexico. I have to be extra-careful of what herbal concoctions I take because of being "elderly" and with high blood pressure. I can only say I hope this BlackStrap Molasses stuff doesn't require a damn PRESCRIPTION in the United States!! And that it WORKS. I can't even get anything else without sending to the UK for it (Tranexamic acid is covered by MassHealth but isn't readily available even in Massachusetts).

My legal opinion is that progestin-only pills should be available over the counter. I mean, come on, USA, the "morning after" pill is starting to be offered "behind" the counter.

I found that extremely high doses of Cayenne Pepper (160,000HU) worked a little bit at lightening the flow but at that heat level it's a little hard to keep down. If I put it into empty capsules and try to take it that way, it won't work as well, I don't think. That also works on high blood pressure, like I said, if I can get and keep it down. Last night I tried a spoonful of it right in my mouth and I almost vomited it back up, but I managed to keep some of it down; I have to because of my blood pressure and the fact that I don't want to flood and clot up someone else's sheets and floor. Yeah, I need a Hysterectomy. But I'm thousands of miles away from where it's COVERED and that's what it's all about, folks, here in the US of A. Money. Being able to pay for medical care.

Replied by Timh Donate

Penny: The BSM has many positive reports here on E.C. and you too should be the next one in this category.

Next, get the hypertension down with effective natural remedies.

Next, read the book Your Hormoneus Life: Learn The Secrets of Progesterone by Calvin Ross D.C., and you can purchase this natural occurring hormone made mostly from Wild Yam and find a therapeutic dose for yourself without the side effects of synthetic estrogen drugs.

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Have you considered a cayenne pepper tincture AKA an extract? It's much easier to take than the powder & in my opinion more effective. I make my own by allowing a mason jar (any size) 1/2 full of cayenne pepper powder, then filled with 80 proof vodka to sit (lid on of course) in my dark pantry for 6 weeks. Then, I add some of the extract liquid to a dark colored dropper bottle. I add a about 8-10 drops into a small (more water = more time you endure heat) of water & I drink it. Not on an empty stomach preferably. No unpleasant effect on my stomach like with the capsules (ugh). I start using on day 2 of my cycle. I'll take the dose above every few hours & I see pretty fast results. I admit that I also use Shepherd's Purse (in tincture/extract form also) & I'm 44 but cayenne lowers BP so I think it balances. I use the cayenne tincture throughout the month for cardiovascular health so I'm using that more frequently than the SP. if the SP was having an estrogen in effect on me, I'd imagine my cycle should be getting heavier over the months & it is simply not. Then again, I'm only using SP a few times a day on 1-2 days a month. I'm also going to now add BSM to my regimen.

Posted by Jennysmom2 (Idaho, US) on 01/27/2015

Ugh, I have been on this site and it has helped me more that you will ever know. I have had heavy periods for about 15 years and have pretty much resolved myself to it and my short 21 day cycle. I have tried apple cider vinegar, black strap molasses, cayenne, turmeric, dandelion, red raspberry leaf, you name it. I have been able to lighten the flow somewhat, and my cramps, bloating, pms, etc. seem to be gone. But, this is my question. I had my cycle less than 2 weeks ago, and I got a very bad sinus and chest cold. I have been taking at least 6 tablespoons of the vinegar a day and 2-3 capsules of the cayenne for the cold. My period came back and is incredibly heavy and huge clots. Is this from the pepper? My cold and fever are almost gone, but I can't seem to stop the flow. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.

Replied by Mama to Many Donate

Dear Jennysmom2,

It seems unlikely that the cayenne would cause the bleeding you are experiencing. Perhaps if you were taking a very large amount, but 3 capsules is less than a teaspoon. I take the amount you are talking about to stop bleeding. It seems like I have seen a report or two on this site of ACV increasing flow (or causing periods to come closer together.) It could be a matter of "too much of a good thing, " in that case.

I have used Liquid Chlorophyll to decrease bleeding - a tablespoon every hour for heavy bleeding. (May turn the stool dark.)

Do you possibly have fibroids? You have tried so many things and have improved your symptoms some, but heavy cycles that are only 21 days apart is a lot on your body, not to mention a pain!

I wonder if, when you get your current acute sickness dealt with, if castor oil packs over the pelvic area 4 evenings a week for 4 weeks would improve the situation. (Never use when you have a period, though.)

Or there is Dr. Shultze's Ladies Formula. It might be helpful to bring further improvement to your situation. It is expensive, but if you tried it and it helped you, you could make your own. It is not hard to do. I have done so and found it helpful.

I hope you feel better all around soon!

~Mama to Many~

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Idaho, US
Thank you Mama to Many for your reply. Now that I step back from the situation, I do believe it was the apple cider vinegar; I did have the same situation before, now that I think about it. I went ahead and ordered the Female formula. I have been taking it for about 15 days. My period came again, after 21 no change there yet, but this time, it is still heavy, but not nearly as bad as last time. I have done castor oil packs in the past, and they did lighten the flow. They are messy, though. I guess I will just have to keep at it. Cayenne does lighten the flow for me, but I just need to keep working to find the root of the problem. Thank you again for your help......
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Dear Jennysmom2,

Thanks for updating! I am glad to know how things are going.

Let me know how the female formula works for you over time!

~Mama to Many~

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Idaho, US
Mama to Many......I really think the women's formula helped me the most....3 cycles now about 28 days each, with a lighter flow. They women's formula is pretty spendy. Any tips to make my own? Thanks again, Jennysmom2
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Dear Jennysmom2,

Here is how to make the Female Formula.

Mix together the following herbs in the amounts explained.
1 part Dong Quai Root (Angelica)
1 part Chaste Tree Berries (Vitex)
1 part Wild Yam Root
1 part of the following mix - (3 parts Damiana leaf, 1 part Hops Flowers, 1 part Licorice root)

Take 2 ounces of the dried herb and put into a mason jar. Pour 16 ounces (2 cups) 100 Proof Vodka (50% aqueous-alcohol solution) over the herbs. Put the lid on the jar. Leave on your counter where you will notice it. Shake twice a day. After two weeks (up to six weeks), strain through a clean piece of muslin or t-shirt fabric or coffee filter. Store in a cool dark place.
When I made this tincture, I skipped the Hops Flowers and Licorice root because I didn't have them on hand and there was not a lot in the mixture. So I just used equal parts of Dong Quai Root, Chaste Tree Berries, Wild Yam Root and Damiana Leaf.
I usually get my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. You can just get 1/4 pound of each. Between that and the vodka, the up front cost seems like a lot. But you will be able to make oodles of this tincture. The tincture will last a couple of years. So you could make a lot of this stuff up at once and not worry about it for a while.

Dosing Information Here

Let me know if something isn't clear. Hope this works well for you. I am so happy to hear of your improvement.

~Mama to Many~

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I hardly remember I have fibroids till my period starts. This is the 11th day. It is not heavy; maybe because I am taking ACV/BSM, but the bleeding hasn't stopped either. What do I do? Pls help.
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Dear Ify,

I have found Shepherd's Purse tincture to work well for bleeding. I take a dropperful in an ounce or two of water and repeat the dose after a few hours if need be.

~Mama to Many~