Although menstrual irregularities and symptoms that occur around the menstrual cycle are so common, many women don’t realize that it doesn’t have to be this way! Gynecologists often prescribe the birth control pill to regulate women’s cycles and to alleviate symptoms connected to the menstrual cycle. But the pill is not the only answer, nor is it a particularly good answer! The birth control pill works by providing your body with hormones that it might otherwise not be making enough of. These synthetic hormones are useful in providing you with peace of mind in that you start to enjoy regular, pain-free, acne-free cycles without the emotional highs and lows commonly associated with premenstrual syndrome. However, what the pill is not addressing is the reasons why your body wasn’t making these hormones appropriately in the first place.