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I've been on the pill on and off for several years - I was on it for about a year and a half, then went off of it for another year and a bit and currently, I've been on it since November/December 2009. I've been on the same pill and have taken it correctly, so it isn't an adjusting thing.
When I took the pill for the first time a few years back, I didn't really have any problems. The first pill I took made me ragey, so I switched after 3 months to a different one that didn't cause me the same problems. I had next to zero symptoms and things were regular.
This time, I've been having some issues. My "period" comes on the same day every month, as it should, but it randomly comes at different times and in different strengths (?) and it's mostly annoying, but not a big deal. However, I have also noticed some months I'll just have a week to a week and a half of days where I get nauseous several times a day. Not all months but some and it's unpleasant.
Df suspects it might be an effect of the pill, since nothing else seems to be a constant when it happens (food, rest, hydration, time of day, etc). Has anyone had problems with side effects of the pill years into taking them? Is it just that I'm older now than I was when I started? I'm only 22.
I'm normally just a lurker, but I read your post and it sounds just like me, so I thought I would contribute. I have been on the pill for four years, pretty consistently only changing brands twice. However since I started this last pack I have been getting so nauseated. I used to get it a lot when I very first started taking my bcp four years ago. This is a very similar feeling of nausea and doesn't seem like it is in any way related to another health issue, dehydration, food, etc.
I suppose I don't have any advice for you really except to say that I can relate. I am not sure if age has anything to do with it either. I just turned 24, and it seems like it is just happening again. If it continues through next month I think I am going to make a dr. appt.
I'm glad it isn't just me! I've also been noticing that I get random cramping some months - not just before the last week of pills either. Currently I'm on day 12 of my pack and I've been cramping in the evening for a couple of days.
I guess it's just strange that it's only in the last year or so that the side effects have started to come out.