Other Reasons to Take the Pill
Pill perk #5: Endometriosis relief
Endometriosis, a condition in which uterine-lining tissue grows in other
pelvic areas, can lead to scarring, severe pain, and sometimes infertility. The
Pill stops the growth of tissue in other areas by reducing the hormones that
cause the lining to build up.
Pill perk #6: Fewer periods
Women on the Pill can reschedule their period so it doesn't come at
inconvenient times. To do so, make sure you're on a monophasic formula, which
contains pills in only two different colors: one for the active pills and one
for the placebos. You simply keep taking active pills (typically up to three
months) and switch to placebos when you're ready to menstruate. "I often
prescribe an extra pack of pills," says Teal, "so a woman can dip into her
spare to postpone a period."
Pill perk #7: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) relief
While the Pill doesn't cure PCOS - a hormonal disorder that triggers
irregular cycles, excessive hair growth, and acne - it does offer symptom
relief to sufferers. Experts recommend women with PCOS take a pill with 30 to
35 mcg of estrogen, since estrogen helps regulate periods, and combats skin
problems and unwanted hair growth.