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The Pill: Myths and Facts

Don’t suffer, Be Happy

Eventually we got Lori on a regimen of prescription-strength Advil and oral hormones. I’m happy to say it worked. She stopped missing school, her grades climbed, and she was soon back to her old self. Her only regret was not coming to see me earlier. Don’t let that happen to you. Remember, you deserve to feel great every day—not just three weeks a month.

One of the very best ways to make sure that happens is to make friends with your period. When you understand how your body reacts to your period every month, then you can adjust your life accordingly. If you notice that you break out before your period, don’t just wait for the zits. Try ramping up your skin-care routine a week or two before your period comes. If you always feel exhausted for the first few days of your period, schedule in some extra sleep.

If you’re worried about embarrassing leaks, skip the white pants. And if you know you’re going to be irritable, try to plan a nice reward for yourself— like a girls’-night-in with your best friends and favorite chick flicks. Overall, the more proactive you can be, the better you’ll feel and the happier you’ll be.

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