How To Make Yourself Throw Up Easily (Complete Guide)

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How To Make Yourself Throw Up Easily (Complete Guide)

Last Updated: 14th March 2018

Did you eat spoiled food recently?

Making yourself throw up could help you feel better by expelling foods and substances that make you ill.

However, it’s a method you should try as a last resort, after speaking with your physician, and only in two circumstances:

  • If you have food poisoning.
  • If you ingested non-corrosive substances, such as pills.

Throwing up is a natural mechanism your body uses to get rid of toxins and substances that make you sick, but inducing the vomit needs to be done with extreme care.

If done incorrectly, making yourself throw up could cause more harm than good.

To be on the safe side, let’s look at the situations in which you shouldn’t induce vomiting.

When NOT To Make Yourself Throw Up

When NOT To Make Yourself Throw Up

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There are cases in which making yourself vomit can put you at risk.

Don’t Throw up If You Ingested Corrosive Poison or Chemicals.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers discourages making yourself vomit unless your physician or poison control center explicitly tells you to do so.

  • The New Zealand National Poisons Centre (NPC) also recommends not to induce vomiting after ingesting a toxic substance. This is because:
  • Vomiting corrosive substances, such as bleach or gasoline, can severely damage your digestive tract and airways.
  • Vomiting can be ineffective at removing the poison in your stomach.
  • The poison could go towards your lungs as you try to vomit.
  • The contractions of your stomach when you vomit could cause the poison to be absorbed more quickly by your body.
  • It can interfere with more effective treatments.

If you ingest any of these substances, call your physician or poison control center immediately and avoid vomiting.

Don’t throw up if you ingested corrosive poison or chemicals.

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Substances that can froth. These include detergents, shampoos, and soaps. These lightweight substances can reach your airways and lungs if you try to throw up, causing inflammation, swelling, and burns.

Solid or sharp objects. These include buttons, coins, toys, or rings. The objects could scratch your throat, make cuts, cause injuries, or get stuck in your airways.

Acid liquids. These include bleach, pesticides, and acids. Vomiting acidic substances will aggravate chemical burns in your esophagus, throat, and mouth.

Petroleum products. These include gasoline, solvents, kerosene, paint thinner and other flammable products. There’s a high risk of these substances reaching your airways if you vomit, which can cause tears and burns in your throat, mouth, and esophagus.

Do NOT throw up as a weight-loss method. Doing so can lead to eating disorders, such as bulimia, that can cause severe malnutrition, damage your teeth, and endanger your life.

Do NOT throw up as a weight-loss method.

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Pregnant women are advised not to make themselves throw up, as it can cause dehydration and deprive the baby of important nutrients if done on a regular basis.

When It’s Safe to Make Yourself Throw Up

When It's Safe To Make Yourself Throw Up

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First and foremost, you should consult with your physician and poison control center before trying to induce vomiting.

Most of the time, it’s safe to induce vomiting when you have eaten spoiled or rotten food that is starting to make you ill, if your body doesn’t do it naturally.

It’s also relatively safe to throw up if you have ingested a non-corrosive poison, such as cyanide, heroin, pills, or other drugs.

 

Methods to Make Yourself Throw Up Instantly

There are dozens of folk remedies to make yourself throw up, however, most of them can be ineffective or have negative side effects.

The safest and most effective methods are the following:

Use Your Index Finger

Methods To Make Yourself Throw Up Instantly

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The quickest way to make yourself throw up is to use clean fingers to trigger your gag reflex.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Wash your hands and cut your nails to avoid scratching your throat.
  • Pull your hair up (if you have long hair) to get it out of your way.
  • Choose where you’re going to vomit. It can either be in the toilet, a bucket, or one of these great disposable vomit bags
  • Sit down or kneel in a way that doesn’t press your abdominal area, you don’t want extra pressure over your stomach.
  • Insert your index finger into your mouth and reach towards the back of the throat.
  • Press the finger down in the back of your throat as far as needed to trigger your gag reflex.
  • Once you start feeling nausea, remove the finger quickly. You’ll likely throw up right away.
  • If you feel nausea but can’t throw up, try once again.
  • Wash your hands after vomiting.
  • Rinse your mouth and do gargles with plain water to remove leftover stomach acid from your mouth and throat.
  • Don’t brush your teeth until 30 minutes after you throw up. Your enamel will be sensitive after coming into contact with your stomach acid.
  • If you can’t trigger your gag reflex this way, try the methods described below.

Watch Other People Throw Up

watch other people throw up

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Another quick way to induce nausea is to watch other people vomit. This can trigger a strong urge to throw up as well. You can watch videos of other people throwing up to achieve this.

If this isn’t enough to trigger your gag reflex, use your index finger as explained above.

Take Emetics

If you’d rather not use your finger or have almost no gag reflex, take emetics instead. Emetics areover-the-counter drugs that trigger vomiting by causing contractions in your stomach.

The most common emetic is syrup of ipecac.

However, there’s controversy over the safety of ipecac, since it can be toxic in high doses. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not to stock it at home. To prevent side effects, drink only in small amounts.

Follow these steps if you have decided to take ipecac:

  • Follow the directions on the syrup bottle.
  • Drink 1 to 2 glasses of water or 8 to 16 ounces after taking ipecac syrup.
  • If vomiting doesn’t occur within 30 minutes, repeat the dose.
  • If the second dose doesn’t work, contact your doctor immediately.

Safety information:

  • Avoid taking syrup of ipecac if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Don’t give to children under 12 years of age.
  • Ipecac syrup could cause drowsiness, dizziness, rashes, and allergic reactions.

Ineffective Remedies To Avoid

 

Baking Soda Solution

Folk remedies to help you throw up are not always effective or safe. They can have side effects you need to take into consideration before trying them.

Anecdotally, these remedies have helped people throw up easily, but there’s no scientific evidence to back up their safety.

Some of the most common recommendations include:

Mustard Solution

Mustard Solution

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A mustard solution is meant to work in a similar way to the salt water solution. The method is to mix one tablespoon of mustard spread in a glass of warm water, drink the solution, and wait 30 minutes for it to take effect.

The unpleasant taste should make you feel like throwing up. As of right now, there’s no scientific evidence to support its effectiveness or guarantee its safety.

Bloodroot Herb

Blood root Herb

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Bloodroot is a medicinal herb that was used by Native Americans to treat fever, cancers, and induce vomiting. The method consists of boiling 1 teaspoon of bloodroot roots in one cup of water. After boiling, let it steep for 20 minutes, strain the tea, and drink it warm.

However, bloodroot has toxic components that make it unsafe to use. High concentrations of bloodroot can cause death. Consult with your physician before trying bloodroot.

If you do choose to go the bloodroot herb root, this Bloodroot Extract is a great choice.

Overeating

Overeating

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Some websites advise overeating as a way to induce nausea and vomiting. This method is highly ineffective because it can promote the absorption and digestion of the substances you’re trying to get rid of in the first place. If you can’t vomit by overeating, you’ll only end up bloated and with severe discomfort.

The Side Effects Of Throwing Up

The Side Effects Of Throwing Up

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Throwing up can have the following effects on your body:

Dehydration. Your body loses significant water content when you vomit.

Burns in the esophagus. The stomach acid can cause inflammation, swelling, and burns in your esophagus. This is called esophagitis.

Aspiration. Some of the vomit can reach your airways and lungs, causing aspiration pneumonia. Aspiration can cause swelling and infections in your airways.

Tooth enamel erosion. Stomach acid can soften and erode your tooth enamel.

Tears in the esophagus. This is a severe side effect that happens less often. If you vomit violently and forcefully, the esophagus could tear. Esophageal rupture can cause saliva, food, and vomit to leak into the chest cavity. This condition needs to be addressed by a doctor.

What To Do After Throwing Up

It’s important to help your body and digestive tract recover from the effects of vomiting.

Here’s what you can do:

Rinse Your Mouth

What To Do After Throwing Up

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Right after vomiting, rinse and do gargles with plain water to remove stomach acid from your mouth and teeth. This will protect your tooth enamel.

Don’t brush your teeth immediately after vomiting to avoid eroding the tooth enamel softened by the stomach acid. Instead, wait 30 minutes before brushing.

Sip Water

Sip Water

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To rehydrate your body, start sipping small amounts of water once you completely stop feeling nauseous.

If you prefer, lemon water also works as a good alternative. Drinking too much water can make you feel nauseous again, so sip slowly.

Eat Bland Foods

Eat Bland Foods

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Once you have an appetite again, start by eating bland foods like banana, oatmeal, rice water, soups, puddings, and yogurt (choose a plant-based yogurt if you’re allergic to dairy).

Bland foods are ideal because they’re gentle on your stomach and digest easily.

Drink Herbal Teas

Herbals teas are excellent for improving your digestion and protecting your digestive tract.

Evidence shows the best teas for digestion are ginger, chamomile, fennel, citrus fruits, artichoke and melissa tea. Ginger tea is especially effective at fighting nausea and chamomile tea will reduce spasms.

Rest

Rest

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Vomiting makes your body lose nutrients and fluids. Therefore, you need time to rest and recover. Stay in bed and take naps to allow your body to heal.

Conclusion

Throwing up can be a good method of removing toxins and harmful substances you have ingested, however, it should be done as a last resort and after consulting your physician.

Never use this technique as a weight-loss method.

Don’t make yourself throw up if you swallowed corrosive substances. In this case, contact your doctor immediately.

Only induce vomit if you have food poisoning or if you have ingested non-corrosive poison.

The best three methods to make yourself throw up are: using your index finger to induce your gag reflex, watch other people vomit to stimulate nausea, or take an emetic, such as ipecac syrup.

Avoid untested folk remedies for inducing vomiting, such as salt water, mustard water, and bloodroot, as they can cause harmful side effects.

Vomiting can harm your upper digestive tract, so make sure to take care of your body after you’ve managed to throw up the dangerous substances that were making you ill.

Self-induced vomiting can also make your body become prone to it. The human body is great at adapting to changes, sometimes developing a habit out of them. Your body might become used to throwing up on its own, which can cause further issues in the future.

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86 Responses
  • MystiKasT
    July 18, 2016

    Thank you for the post! having horrible heart burn

    • Ingird
      December 12, 2017

      I just wanted to throw up so I could miss school

      • THE VOMITER
        December 26, 2017

        Vomiting IS THE WORST!!!! During the process you sweat so much and can’t control yourself, IDK Y U GUYS WANNA MAKE YOURSELVES VOMIT! But, after vomiting and rinsing your mouth with water, it feels so good. You are just relaxed and calm. I just vomited because of a stomach flu, if you guys couldn’t tell. BUT I FEEL SO RELAXED!!!!!!

      • Geraldine
        December 27, 2017

        I used to do that all the time as a kid.

      • Jane
        January 9, 2018

        Same

      • Abigail
        January 16, 2018

        Same B

      • Selena
        January 19, 2018

        Samee

      • Hitler
        January 23, 2018

        Isn’t that why we all came here

      • bich who hates school
        January 24, 2018

        SAME THO OMG

      • BishPlis
        January 24, 2018

        Me too! I threw up to miss school

      • Butt fart
        February 2, 2018

        Me to

  • Kitty
    August 16, 2016

    I ate some bad banana pudding a couple hours ago and it hurt my stomach for a while. I then had some hot chocolate and it made the pain even worse. I don’t know what to do to get rid of it. Should I make myself throw up?

    • None ya
      November 3, 2017

      You should because you might end up in the hospital

    • Katie B
      November 9, 2017

      I am only 9 years old and I want to make myself vomit so that I can stay off school please please help me. Do you think eating lots of sweets will work☺☺

      • YaHooplayer
        November 10, 2017

        I feel the same way but if you do that, you will just have more homework. I am a senior in high school and I did it twice. Worst decision I ever made. I also did it in middle school too. Really regret doing that. So don’t do it, you will only end up with more assignments.

        • YaHooplayer
          November 10, 2017

          My comment probably double commented

      • YaHooplayer
        November 10, 2017

        I feel the same way but if you do that, you will just have more homework. I am a senior in high school and I did it twice. Worst decision I ever made. I also did it in middle school too. Really regret doing that. So don’t do it, you will only end up with more assignments. I think eating sweets does the trick because you will make your stomach hurt, but the negative thing about that is that you will gain more weight so I recommend doing other things.

      • Hoi
        November 11, 2017

        Haha I’m 11 and I have the same problem

      • Fillory
        November 13, 2017

        Probably not, lol. Just say you have a headache and feel lightheaded.

      • Zoey
        November 20, 2017

        Maybe but you can also feel very weak and you won’t want to get up from eating to much, sugar its really unhealthy….
        I did eat all my Halloween candy once, and had to stay home from school for 3 days ….

      • Phillipè Dimion
        November 26, 2017

        Yes but be sure to due it safely Hun you souls never use these methods to stay off from school this is veery dangerous for someone your age

      • Ashly
        December 4, 2017

        Same I’m trying to moth school just drink lots of water and I’m 9 2

      • Holly
        December 6, 2017

        Don’t do it this can trigger belimia.

      • kyla
        December 12, 2017

        that will just make you have to have your teeth pulled tbh so i wouldnt do that, im a junior in high school so ik it is hard to go to school everyday but as you get older it gets better i promise ,just try to go

      • Aidan
        December 16, 2017

        No, for this is a dangerous task to do just to stay out of school. Don’t make your self throw up intentionally so you don’t have to go to school

      • Emma
        December 18, 2017

        Girl look feel the same about school I’m in 8th grade so I get it but don’t make yourself vomit I’m only here because a diner gave me cotton milk but look if you keep doing this you can have health issues in the future and you can get in big trouble so plz don’t do it just to miss school

    • Kelsey
      January 21, 2018

      That’s what I’m dealing with now my stomach hurts so bad and I’m in ths bathroom I tried a bath nothing is working I need to try and vomit hopefully it makes it better.

  • Michelle Anne Barnum
    February 11, 2017

    I thought the same thing when I read the post and then saw the graphic. Then below the graphic it recommends re-posting their graphic on your site! What kind of medical advice is that?!

  • Torri
    June 18, 2017

    Thankyou for this! I drank some bad milk before and it hurts my stomach. This is really helpful 🙂

  • Maria
    June 19, 2017

    I have no gag reflex even when using something longer like a toothbrush and ipecac is not allowed to be sold where I live and nothing else works. What can I do?! I have felt so nauseous for a whole day and I just want to vomit and have it over with.

    • Laura
      August 22, 2017

      Water with 3 teaspoon of salt should do the trick

    • Kenzie
      November 7, 2017

      See, I have a gag reflex where I can’t hold anything at the back of my throat anymore, but I do not throw up. I haven’t thrown up in 10 years, so i figured it would be hard

    • levi
      November 15, 2017

      salt water always works

    • Akins
      December 1, 2017

      You could always try something with salt or tartar cream or powder taste nasty together made me puke

  • Vince
    June 22, 2017

    I also can’t make myself throw up by pressing on the uvula.

    The only thing that as ever worked for me was chewing up a few laxatives. After about 30 minutes – hour I felt nausiated and threw up everything I ate and drank, or what seemed like everything.

    • Deborah Meeker
      July 10, 2017

      What about raw egg?

      • Lauren
        July 20, 2017

        Raw eggs are fine as long as you don’t eat too much because if you drink egg nog it’s made with raw eggs but not everyone can handle it or even raw eggs then self

  • Deborah Meeker
    July 10, 2017

    What about raw egg it causes dogs to vomit?

  • Mathew
    July 13, 2017

    I’m only 12 years old nearly 13 but I feel nauseous in the mornings and at night but my doctor said she doesent know what’s up with me I don’t have anxiety or anything I was looking for ways to throw up without putting my finger down my throat but I read this article and I’m nervous to do it now and I don’t have a physician or anything Like that help me please

    • Becky beddow
      July 17, 2017

      There is no need to be afraid im 13 years old and i have had to gag myself a few times when i have over eaten or have stomache aches my opinion is that it is a pretty normal thing (being sick) and there is nothing to fear. Xx

      • mark
        August 17, 2017

        how do you gag yourself?

      • Anna
        October 28, 2017

        Yah I’m 13 too lol and I just rly want to fake sick today but I’m thinking about just making fake throw up instead of this

      • Haley.b14
        November 6, 2017

        I feel so sick right now i feel like im gonna throw up any second.But i can’t,im 14 im gonna try eat something.

    • Callum King
      July 18, 2017

      Same thing happens to me every morning (I’m 13). Putting your fingers down your throat is fine and it doesn’t hurt at all.

    • Finnley
      July 24, 2017

      I’m also Thirteen, and the are thing happens to me. I recommend that next time you go to your doctors office have your parent step out of the room and talk to your doctor privately, you can tell your doctors anything and they must help you, if you feel this way this often I recommend you notify your mother and talk with your doctor about it as it could be something worse, or even fatal

    • Devs Tay
      October 4, 2017

      Same and the thing with putting your finger down your throat has never worked for me and I’ve tried it so many times but I’m 13 so I don’t know what it is with our age honestly..

      • Logan
        November 14, 2017

        why does it matter our age? I’m 13 but I don’t see how that matters. I’ve tried eating like 50 of those holly bush “poisonous berries” but They didn’t do anything but make me feel nauseous. imma try eating a few of those holly leaves.

    • Penguin
      December 30, 2017

      Yes my stomach dtarted hurting incredibly awful so i was taken to the hospital, after that every night my stomach felt bloated and i cant sleep so your not alone XD

  • Divine Moon warrior
    July 27, 2017

    My stomach hurts alot and I don’t know dude t to do I’m eleven and I’m just sick with having this feeling. I took a gastric pill and a Advil but it didn’t Do ant thing helpppp

    • Me
      October 27, 2017

      I wouldn’t recommend taking a gastric pill at 11 years old ffs ur body is still growing, stop now

  • Shayla King
    August 12, 2017

    What is your nervous about it? How can you still do it?

  • Anonymous
    August 13, 2017

    It is a little confusing how it mentions not using “untested folk remedies such such as salt water” but has an image with contrasting advice. Oh and a good way to induce vomiting is to gargle a beaten egg in your mouth no need to swallow. You can help you stomach settle by having small sips of chilled water, or milk.

  • Chase
    September 19, 2017

    Its not working i tried it twice

  • Gabriela
    September 28, 2017

    I’m 13 and I usually feel nauseous in the morning. I don’t know what’s wrong but I just wanted to see if it was safe before I actually do it.

    • Devs Tay
      October 4, 2017

      Me too and I am 13 also but I don’t know why I feel nauseous in the mornings, my doctor said she doesn’t know why either.. The first idea on here doesn’t work for me but it might work for you.

    • ugh im so sick
      November 13, 2017

      see same im 13 too and every night and every morning when I wake up I feel so sick and also like an hour into the school day I just want to throw up and see what happens but I want a safe way to do it.

  • Louise
    September 29, 2017

    I put my finger down my throat like three or four times and it still didn’t work

    • Devs Tay
      October 4, 2017

      Same.

  • Shresth
    October 12, 2017

    I am 13 and I have cough jamed in my chest and my mother advised me to throw up but I am scared as i cannot put my finger down the throat.

  • Someone rwosonable
    October 12, 2017

    I am surprised that no one said to just try and drink castor oil straight, it always seems to work out for me.

  • Me
    October 27, 2017

    Holy crap, i cannot believe how many young people are doing this to their bodies. Fuck everyone else seriously ur bodies are still growing please stop making ur selves sick it’s heartbreaking that kids as young as 13 & 11 are doing this and u are beautiful how u are. Skinny isn’t sexy anymore kids don’t fall for it x

    • HAILEY PELLETIER
      November 9, 2017

      I am 12 and i agree, there is no reason to do it i was thinking about it, but it was smart for them to put what could happen if something goes wrong so now I am scared to do so. But I am sure whoever saw your post it was helpful to them

      • YaHooplayer
        November 10, 2017

        I am a senior in high school and am working on a medical degree and you 11 yr olds to 13 yr olds should not do that to your body. Several people say not to do that and you shouldn’t. It destroys your body from the inside

    • Nani James
      November 14, 2017

      They claimed to be feeling nauseated in the mornings, and all they seemed to want was to be rid of that feeling–the way they saw fit to get rid of it was to throw up (which makes sense). None of them claimed to want to throw up as a way to become thinner. They felt gross and sick and wanted to throw up; no one claimed thinness as the goal.
      You should just keep that in mind when making assumptions–and you know what assuming does…

    • ooty
      January 5, 2018

      You probably made a lot of small people feel horrible about themselves now.

      This blog seems to be giving suggestions on how to vomit incase of nausea or ingestion of harmful substances. Not on how to prevent weight gain or cause weight loss.

      I also can’t make myself throw up by pushing on anything in the throat even with tooth brush. Also, using finger isn’t easiest method. Not eveyone can even fit their hand in their mouth to reach that far. i know I can’t

      Chewing laxatives like Ducolax also works for me. There’s something in them when chewed causes vomitting most times.

    • stefan
      January 31, 2018

      they don’t do it because they wanna be skinny they just hate school

  • Lucy
    November 13, 2017

    I’m thirteen, I’ve tried this several times and it hasn’t worked for me. Tips pls?

  • donald fuck
    November 13, 2017

    bleach is a base not an acid

    • donald fuck
      November 13, 2017

      “corrosive” is a better word

    • donald fuck
      November 13, 2017

      “corrosive” is a better word
      i refer to the second section, third bullet point under the picture

    • kyla
      December 12, 2017

      sorry but i really just wanted to reply to this and say “well someone knows there shit”

  • Ethan Brock
    November 13, 2017

    I personally haven’t tried it yet, but the finger method works for my sister whenever she gets nausea. I forgot to do my homework and so i’m gonna try this so I can stay home! O_o Wish me luck

  • levi
    November 15, 2017

    Just take a small shot of water and down so much salt with it wait ten minutes and you will projectile vomit

    • kyla
      December 12, 2017

      really ,does it taste bad at all?

  • Kim jong un
    November 21, 2017

    I’m 49 and I felling like vomiting every 1 hours and I eat lots of water and bite water someotimes I don’t know the cure but this helped âme al to

    • Drink Bleach
      February 8, 2018

      Question, Kim jong un. How do you bite/eat water?
      Also, every 1 hourS?

  • Shelby
    December 6, 2017

    Thank you so much for your post an how to throw up

  • Joey
    December 9, 2017

    I just had some medicine and after about 2 minutes later I threw up

  • FTM ( female to man) Alex♥
    December 18, 2017

    Should i try this? 0_0

  • Howdy dodo
    December 29, 2017

    I was feeling nauseated, just had a loose bowel movement, looked down and saw a nasty bowel accident in my jockey shorts. I vomited bigly.

  • H. //
    January 9, 2018

    I’m also thirteen btw but I’m trying to vomit for a different reason. It says not to do it to loose weight but I take laxatives every day after dinner because that’s the only time my parents see me eat. I put on so much over tea last night and need to get rid of it.

  • Ashley Ramirez
    February 1, 2018

    omg im the same age as you and have the same problem… well did… what I did was made myself throw up by watching videos about food. I know that sounds weird but it worked. My stomach hurt and so I lost my appetite. I hurled up everything lol.

  • Aiden
    February 5, 2018

    I feel very sick but I hate puking so I’m to afraid. Does anybody have a non-puke remedy for nesuea?

  • Upchuck dose cookays
    February 7, 2018

    I no throw up tips?

  • Ella S.
    February 8, 2018

    can someone please tell me how to get sick so i miss a day of school????

  • Someone unarmed
    February 9, 2018

    I’m 14 and I want to throw up to help me lose weight I stick my finger down my throat but it doesn’t work! Any ideas ?

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