Health update and how the menstrual cup helped

How the menstrual cup helped me manage severe menstrual bleeding and better inform my doctors. Natural health and living by

This was the view outside the balcony where I spent four nights a couple of weeks ago. Pretty, right? The bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, the classic Mediterranean pine tree. Except I didn’t really get to enjoy it very much because I spent most of the time laying in my hospital bed.

Yep. You may or may not have noticed that I had dropped off the map for the past month. No new posts or tutorials, no newsletters, very few erratic social media posts. Basically I spent three weeks in bed with an extremely heavy and long period that made me lose so much blood that I couldn’t stand up without blacking out. In the hospital I got a D&C, two blood transfusions and a bunch of IV treatments. And, even though I felt much better when I got back home, I continued to feel very weak and tired, and my hospital souvenir, phlebitis, had left my arm swollen, in pain and basically useless.

How the menstrual cup helped me manage severe menstrual bleeding and better inform my doctors. Natural health and living by

I honestly wasn’t sure if I wanted to write this post, but I decided to in order to potentially help other ladies out. First of all because I’ve never written a post about how incredibly amazing the menstrual cup is, and it really helped me deal with the hemorrhaging and also allowed me to know just how much blood I was losing, which was important information to give to my doctor. And second, because it is so, SO important to listen to your body and not just believe blindly what a doctor tells you if your instinct tells you otherwise.

If you don’t like reading or thinking about blood and/or women’s gynecological health, please just skip this post and come back next week for one of my non-body-related DIY tutorials. If you would like to hear my story and why I decided to write this post, keep on reading!

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DIY bath cuddles

as always, this past year i tried to make as many christmas gifts as possible. i made these knitted necklaces for a few people and gave them along with bags of homemade bath products. first of all, i made these “magic snowballs” for the bath. …

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Toothpaste: orange update

remember the fabulous homemade toothpaste i wrote about a couple of months ago? (as part of my ongoing obsession for truly natural products) when i wrote that post, i was the only one in our household to use those toothpastes. and now? both my husband …

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Natural skin moisturizing

i’ve finally come back to my recipes for homemade body products! after the toothpaste, i hadn’t written anymore partially because i was still doing some experimentation, but mostly because it takes more time and energy to write a post like this. so, today let’s talk …

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Homemade toothpaste: two recipes

and here is the first episode of homemade body product recipes. i’m starting with toothpaste because i was so happy with more than one recipe right from the start. but first…why not use regular store-bought toothpaste? first off, if you haven’t already done so, read …

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Vinegar and baking soda

i’ve been reading recently about ways to clean the house and do lots of other things without using cleaning products from the supermarket, full of chemical ingredients with names i can’t pronounce. my mother has always remedied a blocked sink drain with baking soda, vinegar …

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