I've had periods so difficult that back in high school, I spent the first afternoon of it on the couch in the office. Nice thing it did for my social life...
..and hives, I already have bad skin problems, but come red tide, it gets so much worse.
I'm looking into starting on the pill for many many reasons (contraceptive being one of them), but primarily, I'll like to not feel like crap every month.
So which pill is best, for those of us with menstrual hives? The only one I know of is Yasmin, from the commercials, but um, what are you guys on?
ETA Nov 8th 2011: I have been on Aviane 28 for over 3 months now, and while I still have enzema problems, the really terrible menstrual hives are gone. Since it's low dose, I have some spotting before the last pill, but the /last/ period (third since pill) was so light, all I needed was a few pantyliners. I highly recommend starting the pill!
...it did make me tired and depressed in the beginning. I read that it depletes vitamin B, and with more beef, liver, and eggs in my diet (plus bananas and potatoes for potassium, which improves mood as well), I feel better now.