Apple cider vinegar has rightfully earned its place among beneficial home health remedies. Stocked in pantries and cupboards in households all over, it’s proven itself useful for a variety of conditions.

If you have been wondering about women’s health and ACV, now you can add menstrual cycle needs to the list. Do your hormones really throw things off? Are your PMS symptoms horrible? This stinky, tangy, sour-tasting liquid may be able to help tame your body’s uncomfortable symptoms.

First, you want to look at using an unfiltered (preferably organic) version of apple cider vinegar. Because of its unpasteurized state, good bacteria and enzymes are still present which boosts its healthy properties.

How can it help? So far, one study supports ACV’s effectiveness for women living with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It can aid in regulating blood sugar levels and hormones, easing infertility woes. ACV helps to lower insulin levels but stimulates the production of hormones in the ovaries.

Heavy flow is also associated with PCOS, but apple cider vinegar can help balance out menstrual flow, whether it’s heavy or light. Because of its activity with hormones, it’s been known to kick-start absent periods and lighten heavy ones.

With PMS, ACV can relieve cramping, headaches, fatigue, bloating, and cravings. The key to it working for premenstrual issues is to start taking it in advance by about a week or two. Users swear by this method and say it helps with water retention, mood swings, breakouts, and the other symptoms mentioned above.

Apple cider vinegar also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, naturally reducing pain in the uterus and other parts of the body. For many women who drink it, they also alleviate symptoms of yeast infections (especially recurring) as the elixir works against “bad bacteria” overgrowth in the vagina.

To get past the taste, you can mix 1 teaspoon of ACV with warm water and some honey. It’s not so bad! If you’d rather take it at room temperature, combining it with a cup of apple juice can take the sting out of it. Yeah, that’s right, apple juice. Your other option? Capsules! They make them.

What you don’t want to do is something cray and drink it straight. Never do that. You can damage your esophagus and tooth enamel, plus it just plain burns on the whole ride down to your stomach.

Keep in mind that results are seen with consistent use, so if you’re interested in seeing how effective ACV is for PCOS or your menstrual cycle, be sure to take it once a day. Some women may need to ingest a little bit more than 1 teaspoon, so experiment until you find the right dose for you.

Remember: shake, pour, stir, and sip. A shot of this will certainly do if you want to get it over with quickly, but just remember to dilute your apple cider vinegar in another liquid. Bottoms up!

Are you already taking ACV to help with menstrual issues? Were you aware of its action with PCOS? Will you try it now?