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by Abigail Van Buren

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DEAR ABBY: You were right on the mark when you explained that birth control pills can be used for purposes other than contraception.

I'm a 35-year-old virgin. Before I started on the pill two years ago, I had spent years dealing with disabling menstrual cramps accompanied by flu-like symptoms that interfered with my ability to work. It lasted an entire week of every month.

Thanks to the pill, my productive life is no longer confined to three-week intervals, and the pain is a thing of the past. If only people would stop jumping to conclusions.

Thank you for setting the record straight. -- ON THE PILL BUT NOT PROMISCUOUS