Will Stopping the Birth Control Pill Cause Morning Sickness?

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 | About Morning Sickness, Articles Category | | Print This Article


Some women become nauseous when they use birth control pills. Estrogen, which is one of the hormones in the pill, can cause the lining of some women’s stomachs to be irritated. This, then, makes them nauseous.

Stopping the pill can also make you nauseous. The dropping of those hormone levels can create extra stomach acid, leading to heartburn or nausea.

One of the fears that some women have after stopping the pill and being nauseous right away is that perhaps they’re pregnant. This obviously isn’t always the case; sometimes, it’s not morning sickness at all. It’s simply nausea from changing hormone levels.

If stopping birth control pills causes nausea for you, there are many ways you can treat it:

  • Often, a simple antacid will do the trick. 
  • If not, you might have success using some nutritional supplements, such as mint or ginger.  Mint and ginger are both known to have a soothing effect on an upset stomach.  Many women have had success with a variety of types of peppermint teas, for example. 
  • If tea isn’t your thing, you can mix some peppermint oil into a drink of juice or lemonade. 
  • You can get ginger in a variety of ways, such as ginger tea or ginger root supplements. 
  • Some women have tried using these types of natural supplements in an aromatherapy recipe, as well.

All that said, stopping the pill doesn’t automatically cause you to be nauseous. If you’re worried that your nausea might be morning sickness and you’re also late for your period, you should consider taking a pregnancy test. That will tell you, more than any symptoms you might be having, whether or not you’re actually pregnant.

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