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These effects may have the greatest impact on elite athletes. Leonard Zhukovsky/ Shutterstock

How periods and the pill affect athletic performance

Some evidence shows that hormonal fluctuations throughout the menstrual cycle can both increase and decrease athletic performance.
What makes chips and chocolate so appealing at certain times of the month? Ken Tannenbaum/Shutterstock.com

Ack! I need chocolate! The science of PMS food cravings

Women might find themselves reaching for sweets and potato chips in the two weeks before their period, even if they don't have a diagnosis of PMS. An OBGYN explains these cyclical food cravings.
Endometriosis can cause a number of symptoms, including pain during sex and pelvic pain outside of the period cycle. Jon Ly

I have painful periods, could it be endometriosis?

Endometriosis can cause a number of severe symptoms, including period pain. But painful periods alone aren't a surefire indicator of endometriosis. Here's what else to look out for.
Women commonly suppress their period around special events and holidays. Haley Phelps

It’s OK to skip your period while on the pill

Women on the pill are able to manipulate or suppress their menstrual cycles to have fewer "periods", or to avoid bleeding at important or inconvenient times.

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