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I just had my period on from last wednesday to this last monday, and everything was normal. It came on time and lasted its normal 5-7 days. I am on birth control, and have thrown up twice since I went back on the active pills. In my birth control packet, it says that nausea and vomiting are the most common side effects and are not serious. I sometimes throw up when I go back on the active pills after a week of the inactive pills. Is this due to the sudden horomone change that the pills bring? And if so, it said that these side effects usually subside within the first 3 months of using, when i have been using this brand for about 7 months, and I still occationally throw up after I go back on the after pills. Is this anything to worry about?

One more thing: I took my birth control pill at 12 (noon) today, and I just threw up at 4:30. Is this enough time for the pill to be digested into my blood stream and out of my stomach so that when I threw up, I didn't throw up the pill? Or should I use a condom for a week just to be sure?


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If you're still having nausea and vomiting after seven months, give whoever prescribed you the pill a call or go in and see that person again -- it sounds like this formulation isn't right for you, and they could probably find you something that would make you less ill.

I think you're fine for the effectiveness of the birth control, but if you really want peace of mind, use the backup protection anyways. [Smile]

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Given the time lapse between when you took your pill and when you vomited, I would not sweat it: you had more than enough time, by a long shot, to digest your pill before you threw up.

Per the nausea in general, it's possible it's related to the hormones, and it is something you could ask your doctor about. It may be possible to put you on a lower-dose pill and remove this side effect if it is being caused by your pill.

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