Menopause and Menstrual Irregularities

Menopause and Menstrual Irregularities

With age comes wisdom, experience, and for women, the approach of menopause. As women approach menopause, the menstrual cycle goes haywire. Changes in the menstrual cycle range from periods of extremely heavy flow to months without any cycle at all. The first thing most women do is visit the doctor to get prescriptions for hormones. While this works well for some, for others it just adds to the problem and doesn’t relieve the menstrual irregularities they are facing. The good news is that there are some natural cures that can help ease or eliminate the menstrual problems that come with age.  


Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is widely discussed and often promoted as the cure for nearly any ailment you have. While a great deal of these cures are old wives’ tales, some are valid. Apple cider vinegar helps women with menstrual irregularities. It’s used to both produce a period that has been absent for days or months and stop a period that has gone on for a similar amount of time. Taking a few tablespoons of this wonder “drug” daily could offer relief for a woman suffering from menstrual irregularities.

Why does apple cider vinegar work? Deriving its nutrients from apples, which are high in fiber and antioxidants, apple cider vinegar can provide menopausal women with some of the vitamins and minerals that are lacking from their diet and which may in turn cause their irregularities. The high fiber content can also help women excrete excessive hormones. These hormones often cause imbalances which lead to menstrual irregularities.

The recommended dose of apple cider vinegar is two tablespoons per day when not menstruating and three tablespoons per day during menstruation. Since apple cider vinegar is very acidic, it should be taken with a full glass of water.

Blackstrap Molasses

Unsulphured blackstrap molasses can help women suffering from irregularities. High in iron, vitamin B6 and magnesium, it can play a vital role in regulating the menstrual cycle. The high iron content can help women combat the anemia that comes with blood loss during heavy periods. Blackstrap molasses is also high in vitamin B6. This vitamin aids the liver in ridding the body of excess hormones, which in turn helps to create a balance that alleviates irregularities. The magnesium found in molasses can help stop heavy menstrual bleeding. It is superior to supplements because the nutrients found in blackstrap molasses have a higher bioavailability.

Diet and Exercise

In addition to the foods listed above, a healthy diet and exercise can stop menstrual irregularities in its tracks. Ensuring a diet high in fiber and rich in nutrients can help ease the pains of menopause. Women should include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins in their diet. Fruits include the fiber and vitamins that can help stabilize hormones. Vegetables such as spinach and kale are very high in vitamin K. Vitamin K helps with blood clotting and helps reduce the blood flow experienced with menorrhagia, or excessive bleeding, during the menstrual cycle. An adequate intake of iron, from lean proteins, helps the body restore blood loss that occurs through heavy menstruation.

Exercise, like a good diet, can lower high levels of estrogen. Female athletes have found that they have gone without a period for months due to strenuous exercise. Although some women might cheer at the idea of going a long time without their cycle, this generally only happens to top athletes. The average woman will be able to balance hormones through strength training and cardiovascular exercise. The goal is to exercise from 30 minutes to an hour approximately 5 days a week. This may seem like an impossible task, but the body is miraculous and many find that when they start out with 30 minutes they can easily increase the time spent working out.

Although modern medicine has made incredible leaps and strides and helps millions of people, it does not help everyone. The side effects that come with taking prescription drugs are impossible for some to tolerate. Fortunately, there are some items in your kitchen cabinet that work as well or better than prescription drugs, with none of the side effects. These remedies, when coupled with a good diet and exercise, could make the approach of menopause as easy as a walk in the park.

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18 Comments

  1. Alicia Reply

    I was bleeding so heavily I ended up losing half of my blood supply I was passing out and very week with my heart pounding so hard and I almost died the doc wanted me to get a blood transfusion but I had no insurance at that time so a friend of mine told me to take a tablespoon of black strap molasses 3 times a day and within 3 days my bleeding slowed down to a stop and I felt so much better, my uterus is enlarged and full of fibroids but the black strap molasses has made everything go back to normal….

    1. Sara

      Hey alicia it might be helpful to research the feminine products you may be using that might be negatively contributing to this problem. Due to the chemicals used in most popular brands of pads tampons liners there is an increased risk of cancer, fibroids, cysts, infections among many other things. Im glad the molasses was helpful but there may be other things at work here. I would recommend comparing organic cotton brands that are chemical free to the more popular feminine hygiene products available at your local drug store.

  2. Cicilia mmboga Reply

    I have protruding vein on my legs and are not varicose vein and not painful. On and off but they protrude daily.

  3. EJ Reply

    Could too much apple cider vinegar over a period of weeks cause the excretion of estrogen, leading to spotting in post menopause? I have had this and my doctor says there is nothing wrong with me other than a ‘freak’ estrogen surge of unknown origin.

  4. Risha Reply

    I?ve been doing this for a couple of weeks my bottle is almost gone. But I think Im over do it. With just taking a straight shot . Because I can?t mix it with water or lemon and I just started bleeding out of nowhere like a period then it turn to brownish clear had me freaking out I thought I was pregnant. Took a test it was negative. So it?s still brownish now it switched back over to spotting .. so idk if it?s from the Apple cider vinegar or what . I?m having leg pains and my back was hurting yesterday. But I?m not taking the Apple cider vinegar anymore until I see what?s going on. Just be careful with doing it . They say it?s good for u but it?s always a side effect for something. I?m going to stick back to working out

  5. Prasanna Reply

    Can I use apple cider vinegar for getting periods? How many days I have to use? What is the dosage shall I take?

    1. Londy

      I mc my period for 3 months den I took 1tbsp of ACV in warm water twice a day in 2dyz I get my period

  6. Bunmi Reply

    I had an injection for child spacing for space of 3months(June-August) but never went back to continue when due because I was not interested. This month my menstruation came on the 4th Oct and has not ended till date 13th..
    Can apple cider help out.

  7. C L Reply

    I had menstrual bleeding for about 3 weeks, searched online for remedies and found many sources for apple cider vinegar, flax seeds and cinnamon. I took 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp of flax seeds and 1tsp of cinnamon in a smoothie every day. The bleeding stopped after 3 days of doing this. It really works!

  8. Malyn Reply

    Please do reply me.. I was using an apple cider vinegar last 3days, in my genital area to get rid my labia warts.. I soaked the cotton balls in apple cider vinegar .then put into my vagina in the evening and for 2 hours i keep it out and threw bcos i feel pain because of the acid. And when i woke up .i take a bath the i look at my vagina. It bleeds .a fresh blood. Then so on . again it bleed but in a small amount.. My question is, i’ll be indangered because of using it? How can i stop the spot blood..?

    1. Danielle White

      Please go see a health care professional. You have tried a home remedy that is not working, you must go to your doctor to get a proper diagnosis.

  9. Lee Reply

    Brownish blood is old blood. So could it be that the ACV actually balanced the hormones so well that your period returned to normal, and even dispelling build up. We do retain some of the uterine lining sometimes.

  10. Wendy Reply

    Im 25 and struggling with my periods, its almost 2months now n iv been on my periods and even heavy flowing, im using contraceptive pills but they dont help what can i do because im starting to get weak and im heavily flowing

  11. Katherina Fernandez Reply

    Does ACV actually work to start period, I have tried the turmeric, dong quai and now ACV, I have not a my cycle this month and started trying wsys to get it started

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