Taking the birth control pill on a continuous basis may stabilize hormonal swings and knock out physical symptoms for some women. “If you’re on the pill, you aren’t ovulating so you may get symptom relief,” says David Plourd, M.D., an OB/GYN practicing in San Diego. You can use a pill that delivers the same dose of hormones all month long and skip the placebo pills, or use an extended-cycle pill such as Seasonale. Take the pill at the same time every day so you’re getting a steady dosage. The main complaint with continuous dosing is breakthrough spotting, though it may decrease over time.