Add bumps and bruises to your list of awesome period side effects. Australian researchers say women are more likely to injure themselves during the beginning and middle of their periods because lower estrogen levels reduce muscle tone and coordination. However, this isn't true if you're on the pill because it reduces the level of circulating estrogen. One researcher said the pill may help female athletes because, "It protects you from injuries, it improves performance, improves muscle function."
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