birth control making me really sick. any advice?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
Member
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

can you try yasmine?  it’s another pill that works well for acne. 

as for the nausea, the best relief for me is to discontinue the medication.  (i recently found out that i’ve developed a sensitivity to vicodin and after switching to tramadol and still throwing up, i gave up and took plain old tylenol.)  but since discontinuing is not an option, i found that mint and fresh ginger helps a lot.  i would take a piece of fresh ginger and just chew on it.  a few people suggested ginger candy but i was at home and only had fresh ginger so i tried it.  sometimes i also drink a bit a warm water with some baking soda.  with certain medications like antibiotics, i get really sick if i take it on an empty stomach so i usually will eat crackers or bread with it. 

Post # 4
Member
5655 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I wish I had some advice.. I couldn’t take a BC pill b/c of that.. I NEVER got used to them even years after trying certain ones.

I was on nuvaring b/c of that 1 stinking side effect and it worked really well for me… I got used to not feeling it when it was in, it cleared up my acne (which was cystic type pimples), and made me kinda emotional at first (1st 2 mths) but then leveled out.

Idk if you’ve tried that or not, but it’s something to look into if you haven’t.

Goodluck

Post # 6
Member
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You may want to try something that you don’t have to swallow, like the Nuvaring, IUD, implanon, Depo-provera injection, etc. Although, it may not control your acne as well. Unfortunately, it’s somewhat trial and error to figure out what works best for you.

Post # 7
Member
5655 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@agirlwithdreams7: prepare for tmi post… but it’s what I learned =)

It’s kinda odd when you first start putting it in, and you can kinda feel it.. but it’s get’s easier and then you don’t even notice it… Even during intercourse Darling Husband didn’t really notice it and it didn’t bother me any. I found it easier to put it standing up with my leg on something than sitting down (kinda like the pic they have on tampon instructions) lol

And don’t worry.. it won’t get “lost”… You can easily get it and “hook” your finger around it to remove it

The only thing that I didn’t really like is you put it back in after 7 days of taking it out whether your period has stopped or not.. so sometimes I was like “yucky” (sorry for the tmi) but it wasn’t that bad

Really I found it WAY more convenient! You put it in… leave it for 21 days.. take it out for 7 and then put in new one not to think about it again for another 3 weeks =)

Definitely see if your insurance covers it! There isn’t a generic yet and it’s kinda pricey on it’s own… but your Dr should be able to letcha know.. or possible get you samples for a few mths.. I know mine did b/c my ins situation changed and I could afford the 70 bucks a mth.

Post # 8
Member
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was on Ortho Lo for a few years and recently switched to the generic of yasmin because I needed to go up on the hormones but the regular Ortho didn’t agree with me.  You may want to look into switching to that one.

Post # 9
Member
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

This used to happen to me, and you need to switch your pill-taking time so you take it with food.  This will really make a difference with the nausea.  The combo of the hormones and an empty stomach are no good 🙂

Post # 10
Member
23 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

First I would check to make sure you are getting the brand name and not the generic version. I started on Ortho Tri-Cylcin and the generic made me so sick, plus a ton of other horrible side affects. Most went away with the brand name, except for the nasuea.

I am now on LoEstrin 24Fe and love it. While my insurance doesnt cover it fully (I pay about $65) but it is totally worth it. I don’t have ANY of the side effects I had before (plus AF only lasts 2 days). Some times it may be better to pay a little more to feel better…

Talk to your health provider. I know for the LoEstrin 24FE there is a discount card they can provide for you to help cover the costs of the pill so you only pay $25. The same is probably true for the Ortho Lo. If it is making you miserable it isn’t worth it. I would try a bunch out and find one that you like for you.

Post # 11
Member
5668 posts
Bee Keeper

I take the Ortho-Cyclen generic Mononessa. It’s different than the Tri-Cyclen because the level of hormones doesn’t change but it’s the same hormones. Switching pills blows. No way around it. I switched from the Apri generic Reclipsen to this about two months ago and my body is slowly adjusting. My gyno told me to stick it out for three months and if it didn’t get better we would try a different brand. If it’s only day one and you’ve been on the lower dose version I would try to stick it out and keep in touch with your doctor at least for a little while.

Post # 12
Member
5668 posts
Bee Keeper

@JBing: This too, I always take my pill with lunch. It seems to help to eat something or have a glass of milk with it.

Post # 14
Member
5655 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@agirlwithdreams7: You might see if your gyno has samples and you can check to see if your insurance covers it so you could go ahead and switch using the sample and then your ins pick it up next month… just a thought =)

Post # 16
Member
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hey!

So sorry you’re feeling so ill. I always felt a little nauseous as well when I took Ortho Tri Cyclin (normal dose). I tried eating around the same time, which helped.

I eventually stopped taking the pill, though, since my body never quite felt right on it.

BUT THE MAIN REASON I’M POSTING:

I wanted to address your misconception about NuvaRing having more hormones than the pill – from literature I’ve read by from them, it actually has less! Here’s why: Since the hormones are delivered directly to your uterine wall where they’re needed to take effect (rather than having to travel through your digestive system), the hormone levels can be lower.

NuvaRing could also address your nausea issues because it doesn’t have to travel through your digestive system (which could be causing the nausea).

Leave a comment


Find Amazing Vendors