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The Mindy Project Takes Off

Actor, writer, producer Mindy Kaling steps out of The Office and into the spotlight.

The Rx for OB/GYN Health continued...

Menopause. "Don't assume you're going to be miserable. A lot of women find it a relief, and studies show that women in their 50s and 60s are happier than anyone," she says. "And if you're not one of those women, there are so many more options now, including investigating alternative medicine. It's a great time in your life to take a look at your overall health."

Pap tests. New guidelines say women under the age of 21 can skip them, and women between 21 and 29 can settle for screening every three years. For women 30 to 65, screening time can be extended to every five years if a Pap test is done along with HPV testing. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists stresses that this doesn't mean you don't need to see your doctor for an annual wellness visit.

Doctor-patient relationship. "Even though most of us are trained for everything, there's no shame in switching doctors," Lowre says. "There are thousands of us out there, and the person who got you through an STD when you were younger may not be the best person to get you through a natural delivery."  

Mindy Kaling's Must-Haves

Old Spice men's deodorant."Women's deodorant is just too wimpy."

Australian licorice. "It's my favorite thing, and I get a lot of it as a gift."

Sour candy. "It's my treat to myself in the afternoon."

Earrings."I always have rhinestone hoops in my purse. I have a lot more earrings at home. I go to Bloomingdale's and buy them for $3 so if I lose them, it's OK. My mom used to feel like if you left the house without earrings you were naked. I can't live without them."

Tom Ford eye shadow. "I spend a lot of money on very little makeup. These colors are so rich!"

"I still break out so I rely on Mario Badescu Drying Lotion."

"I keep Bumble & Bumble dry shampoo in my purse because my hair can get stringy."

Music videos to watch on the elliptical in her gym. "I wish I could watch TV shows when I work out, but I can't concentrate."

Playlists with Rihanna, Beyoncé, and movie soundtracks for running.

Urban Decay Lip Stain.

Books. "I haven't had a chance to read in months, but I love books."

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Reviewed on October 14, 2012

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