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I've been doing some research on birth control pills, I read the side effects; spotting, bloating, weight gain, breast tenderness, ect. Nausea. I thought it was just one of those things listed like it is on all those medication commercials you see on T.V. But after doing some reading, it seems that nausea is a more common side effect from birth control than I thought. Problem is that I'm deathly afraid of being queezy or vomiting. If I start birth control, is it really likely that I'll experience this? Some sites say that very few women experience nausea, other sites say that it's fairly common. I'm usually out late at night, so I was going to take the pill around noon with a sandwich every day, but people recommend taking it at night. I'm afraid of the nausea so I'll prob end up taking it with food like a spazz, but I don't want to be eating constantly. I have a very hectic schedule. Is my life going to be nuts for 3 months until the side effects subside?
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replied March 18th, 2009
nausea is very common. if you experience nausea you need to continue taking the pill. the nausea usually goes away within the first month, well mine did. my nausea was very slight, my tummy would feel qeezy for maybe an hour an then go away. i never take my birth control with food and i feel fine.
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replied March 18th, 2009
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I never experienced any nausea while on birth control-- it varies.

If your symptoms are unbearable, then you can of course speak with your doctor about switching to a different pill before the initial three months is up.
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replied March 18th, 2009
Thanks for the quick replies, I saw a doctor today, and I'm now on Tri Cyclen. The doctor told me to take it with food and that I should be fine. It will be nice to not have to worry about taking it with food constantly. And I can deal with being queezy if I have to, as long as it's not horrible nausea and I don't end up vomiting. I just took my first pill a few minutes ago, and I'm feeling ok so far o.o; and not to change the subject of the thread completely, but does anyone else have any comments on this particular pill?
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replied March 20th, 2009
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I would be a little queazy but that's it, though I did also have weight gain. I wasn't on bcp's for bc...I was on them to have a period.
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replied September 27th, 2009
ESTROGENN BAD.
Im on marvelon now, however marvelon has 0.030 mg of ethinyl estradiol, and only 0.15 mg of progesteron. This is my fourth month, and I can honestly say I've had neausea ALMOST everyday..I just started my fourth pack and am thinking I am going to stop taking the pills today because I cannot stand the constant feeling of being nauseous, but that's just how my body reacts to it i guess! I went to the doctor a few weeks ago, and he gave me tri-cylenlo to try because it only has 0.020 mg of estrogen and goes up to 0.25 mg of progesteron. I didn't end up taking this pill, because switching pills just like that worried me, no matter what my doctor said. I went home and did some research, and found that pills with more progesteron rather than estrogen, help with side effects like neausea and headaches, however! they can be horrible with side effects like, depression and anxiety, basically affecting you emotionally rather than physically, which the estrogen can do. I decided not to take tri-cylenlo just because I'm prone to depression and anixety, etc; So I stuck with marvelon, hoping my side effects would subside, however they havent! but I personally think that is the way my body is dealing with it, and it doesn't mean it is going to affect you the same way! but before taking a birth control pill you want to look at the type of progesteron that is used in it, because they use a different kind in most pills, and you also want to check the level of estrogen, anything above 0.030 mg I think, is enough to cause nausea. like dianette would probably have me sick everyday, only because it has 0.035 mg of estrogen in it. Also make sure you are careful with the progesteron, because if your getting more than your body needs from the pill alone, it could affect you emotionally. Im upset that marvelon is causing me to feel sick Sad because my moods have been great these past few months! I dont even know what it feels like to PMS anymore. Smile

Just be careful!

Because once your on a pill, and you go off, it could take a few weeks to a month for your hormonal levels to adjust back to normal.

Most people blow of the fact that putting a pill into your body couldnt cause you any harm, but believe me, it can affect you, and you may have no idea its even your pill. but everyones body is different, just be careful!
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replied September 13th, 2010
i was put on ortho tricyclin lo probably about 5 years ago when i was pretty young and i loved it, but only stayed on for a short time because i was young and decided i didnt need it. i had no side effects, no nausea, no headaches, no breast tenderness or anything. i started ortho tricyclin lo again a week ago today and i get nausea every day, usually when i'm really hungry like when i wake up in the morning. its never bad, just a little queezy with the exception of one morning when i did have to run to the bathroom just in case. my friend suggested that i started the pill wrong because i forgot to take it the first sunday after my period, and i started it the following sunday, so i figure it will get better after a few weeks. the one thing that really annoys me is my sensitivity to certain foods because i work in a restaurant. i can't even look at melted cheese or mayonaise without feeling sicker. and once i eat, the thought of any kind of hot cooked food grosses me out as well. i'm not sure if food sensitivity is also a side effect because all i have read about is random nausea. my boyfriend suggested taking the pill at night instead but my queeziness is usually worse in the morning when my stomach is empty, and i take my pill at 12. for all i know its not even related to the birth control because i cant remember if this started before i started the pill, or during my period. i really just think everyone is different and you just have to find the right pill for you. if you get nauseous or have certain side effects from one, your doctor will tell you its no big deal and put you on a different one. thats what mine said when she gave me birth control a few weeks ago. everyones bodies are different, and like in my case their bodies change a lot over time so i wouldnt be too biased towards certain birth controls. and personally i'd be more worried about the breast tenderness than the little bit of queeziness you may or may not experience because it is extremely painful, especially if you have larger breasts already
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replied August 19th, 2011
Birth Control Microgestin Fe 1 20
I feel the exact same way! I am currently taking microgesin 1 20 fe and I feel nauseous every second of the day. I have to constantly be eating something or else I will get sick. I took this pill a few months ago and then stopped for a while.. and I recently started again and my body is not happy. I'm going to give this a month .. if not I'm going to see if I can switch.
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replied September 23rd, 2010
Vomiting..Common??
I just started taking Tri-Cyclen Lo. I took it around 1:30 in the afternoon and i felt ok. I was able to eat.. But around 2 in the morning I felt HORRIBLY nauseous!! I took some alca-seltzer and it slowly went away in an hour and i was able to go back asleep. I deathly afraid of nausea and vomiting to, like I will do anything in my power to prevent it from happening.. I just want to know how long (average) would it take someone to get used to these pills so I dont have to feel horrible anymore.. And is vomiting common??
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replied August 8th, 2012
It makes me sick, headaches, depressed. Bloaty, my chest is tender. Foods make me sick to smell. And I'm always tired. And also there's breakthrough bleeding for me on ortho tri cyclen lo. I am miserable.
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replied August 8th, 2012
It makes me sick, headaches, depressed. Bloaty, my chest is tender. Foods make me sick to smell. And I'm always tired. And also there's breakthrough bleeding for me on ortho tri cyclen lo. I am miserable.
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replied January 10th, 2013
Every time I switch birth control pills I end up getting sick. When I started on Loestrin 24 Fe, I got sick 3 days later and would vomit at least once a day in the mornings for 3-4 days. After that I didn't experience any more nausea or vomiting. Then when I switched to Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo I got extremely sick about 6 hours after taking it. I was vomiting at least once an hour for almost 13 hours. That was horrible, but after that I haven't had any problems with nausea or vomiting. I think it just depends on how your body reacts to the change in hormones. I'm about to switch to a new birth control pill soon though (because of breakthrough bleeding, not vomiting) so wish me luck!
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replied August 25th, 2013
I started taking ortho tri-cyclen lo about 5 weeks ago, and I've been severely nauseous in the morning to slightly nauseous in the evening. I take it before bed and I'll wake up severely nauseous around 2 in the morning and I've vomited 5 times in the last 5 weeks. The only time I felt great was on my period Sad
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replied November 25th, 2010
pills and nauseas
Hello
I am always nauseas and sick with all the pills that I get... it's horrible, what sould I do? Is this normal? Because it doesn't strop, only gets worst :\ please help me
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replied April 5th, 2011
Nausea on Pills for Years
I've been on probably 6-8 different types of birth control over the last 7 years. I'm 22 and just got married (so I'm having sex) I realized some side affects from the nuva ring that I wouldn't have before. I had really low libedo and no help in the wetness dept of sex.

The worst side affect I have delt with is nausea. I have had it on MANY of the pills I've taken, and it never went away even after months. I would LITERALLY dread starting the month because I knew I'd be up throwing up all night. Miserable. My doctor told me she would write me an Rx for nausea if it continued. Taking it with food/night or day didn't affect anything for me. We are all different and they affect us all in different ways. Just remember that you don't have to stay with one certain pill. Try several until you find one with little-no side affects. (If you are sexually active, DOUBLE your birth control until you are regular on a pill... AKA use a condom)
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replied July 17th, 2011
vomiting from taking Apri
I just started taking Apri yesterday, and a few hours after I took it I felt horribly sick, dizzy, nausea. I went home from work because of this, and ended up throwing up my entire day's worth of meals haha. I went to bed early, and I feel pretty good this morning, aside from being starving! I refuse to take this pill a second time, I have a busy work schedule and I can't just be puking all over the place and fainting waiting for months for the pill to work. I'm calling my doctor immediately to get a different prescription.
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replied January 10th, 2012
I got put on loestrin24fe to regulate my messed up periods after getting off depo a year ago. I originally got on depo bc the estrogen pills made me super nauseous. I have only been on loestrin for 4 days and I woke up nauseous. This is so frustrating.. Either I deal with a period every other week and being exhausted or I deal with nausea everyday Sad
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replied April 11th, 2012
I am so glad to see its not just me! I am trying oral birth control for a second time as I have PCOS and my Dr. Thinks this would be a good thing to balance my hormones and my two to three month periods. I can't stand it though!! I'm sick all day!! And it makes me feel like the flu. I'm on other medications and already have a pretty strong gag reflex. I tried to give it an honest shot and although I was soooooo sick last night after my first pill Tue I still gaged and almost tossed up my other meds just to swallow this pill plus my other meds and well.. here I am again nausea all day and its a day off and I spent it sleeping and praying to the puke gods.
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replied May 3rd, 2012
birth control & nausea
I just started taking lo loestrin. Basically I went off birth control (the Nuva ring specifically) for a year. After decided to get back on birth control I thought I would just go on the Nuva ring again since I liked it before. I had horrible nausea and woud vomit pretty much every morning. I went to the doctor bc of the nausea and I also had a few days when I first started taking it where my ankles and knees swelled up. It's was so strange!!! The doc put me on the lo loestrin this week. Today is a full week if taking it. I've been nauseous the last few morning but it typically goes away. I also googled "morning sickness" and found out that high levels of estrogen is the cause. So I figure after not being on any birth control for a year and then going back on it my body is just adjusting...hopefully! I don't like being nauseous hut it not the worst thing. But having it so frequently is really becoming an issue.
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replied May 3rd, 2012
I just started taking lo loestrin. Basically I went off birth control (the Nuva ring specifically) for a year. After decided to get back on birth control I thought I would just go on the Nuva ring again since I liked it before. I had horrible nausea and woud vomit pretty much every morning. I went to the doctor bc of the nausea and I also had a few days when I first started taking it where my ankles and knees swelled up. It's was so strange!!! The doc put me on the lo loestrin this week. Today is a full week if taking it. I've been nauseous the last few morning but it typically goes away. I also googled "morning sickness" and found out that high levels of estrogen is the cause. So I figure after not being on any birth control for a year and then going back on it my body is just adjusting...hopefully! I don't like being nauseous hut it not the worst thing. But having it so frequently is really becoming an issue.
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replied November 15th, 2012
Nausea from birth control
I have been on birth control for over 3 years. I have had "morning sickness" everyday since I started taking it and have been on 7 different pills so far. My doctor tells me it's because some women just can't find the right pill that makes them feel as they should. Recently though, it has become increasingly worse. I originally went on to help control my extremely heavy and excruciatingly painful periods which cause me to pass out. I know that if I come off, they will return to being like this and I also risk pregnancy. It really all depends on which issue you think is worse. Some women will only experience nausea for a few days or weeks. But if you are like me with your periods then you will most likely experience nausea far more often.
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replied January 11th, 2013
Side effects of birth control pills varies from person to person. If you cannot tolerate the side effects of the pill, you can always ask your OB for replacement.
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replied May 4th, 2013
I usually feel sick for about an hour or two after i take my birth control. I could never figure out why until I read the back of my pack. I'm lactose intollerant and it turns out my pills contain milk products. I've asked my other non lactose intollerant friends and they all said they never feel sick when they take it. That is unless they take more than one a day because they forgot one. - thats very common. So if you're scared of vomiting (as am I) and are lactose intollerant I suggest asking your doctor about a lactose free birth control! If your forgetful set an alarm so you never have to take two in a day!

Hope this helps.
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replied February 15th, 2014
I started taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen about 5 years ago to regulate my period. Everything was great until I would randomly experience nausea (enough so that I started taking Dramamine to get rid of it). Late last year, my doctor switched me to Tri-Cyclen Lo in hopes that would remedy the situation. Unfortunately, the nausea came back. Since the beginning, I have always taken the pill at night (which is supposed to help with the nausea). Since last month, I stopped taking the pill and haven't felt any nausea since. I only took the pill to regulate my period (am not sexually active). I might ask about the Progestin pill the next time I visit the doctor.
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replied March 3rd, 2014
i'm highly doubting that anyone has put anything on here, since the last comment was posted in 2009...i have highly irregular cycles. three women in my family (or more i'm not sure) has/had PCOS and fertility complications. my last period before istarted birth control lasted from december 23 to january 16 so i went to my OBGYN and i started taking enskyce five days ago and everytime i have taken a pill, i've eaten and everytime i get nauseated for about six hours after i take it. well, today, i took it like clockwork, and got nauseated like clockwork as well. i've taken medication before that had nausea as a side effect, but i have never been affected like this before. well, i threw up everything eight hours after taking the pill. i'm not concerned about throwing up or feeling nauseated because i feel a thousand times better afterward, but i do not like the nausea at all. this nausea is like NO OTHER. i had no energy, i got a lowgrade fever from it, and it made me cry because i'm trying to regulate my cycles like they're supposed to be, but this is some serious hard work.
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