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About Ortho Tri-Cyclen®

If you've used Ortho Tri-Cyclen®, please help others by adding your feedback. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.

Subj: No longer has a period
Date: 9/24/2008
My daughter, who is in her mid twenties has been taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo for the past year. She is now concerned because she no longer has a period only occassional spotting. This ends up being a real concern for her because she constantly worries that she is pregnant. I can not advise her because I have never taken the pill. Is this normal and ongoing what can she do to put her mind at ease.

AskDocWeb: One of the non-contraceptive benefits of Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo is a decrease in blood loss during menstruation. You could tell her that this is something that is common for a woman to discuss with her doctor, and encourage her to do that.

Subj: Mad at everything
Date: 9/25/2008
I tried ortho tri-cylen lo when it first came out and I had to stop because of the monthly yeast infections. I've been on Trinessa for 3 years now and had no problems. My doctor switched me back to the ortho lo and for the past 4 months I haven't been myself. I get mad at everything, I hate the way I look, and my sex drive is at an all time low. I'm usually a nice person but the raging maniac has been out full force. I can't forget the headaches and major break-outs. So I called my doctor and I'm going back on Trinessa.

Subj: No period
Date: 9/25/2008
Hi I want to known can ortho tri lo can make my period come down because I haven't gotten it for about three months now. What can I do?

AskDocWeb: You can consult with your doctor to find out what is going on, which is a good idea.

Subj: Headaches and pain in legs
Date: 9/25/2008
I have been on the pill for almost a year and I have been getting headahes daily and pain in my legs & calves is it anything serious or nothing to worry about? And what can I do to help this?

AskDocWeb: Daily headaches combined with leg pains may indicate a serious problem. Please consult with your doctor as soon as possible as he may want to do some testing.

Subj: It's time for a baby
Date: 9/26/2008
I have been on OrthoTricyclin for a year and 5 months. My husband and I decided its time for a baby, and we want to know if it is harmful for a child to be concieved the cycle after I get off the pill, since the pill is still in my system?

AskDocWeb: According to the 2008 Physician's Desk Reference, "There does not appear to be any increase in birth defects in newborn babies when pregnancy occurs soon after stopping the pill." Even in the small percentage of cases where pregnancy occurs while taking the pill, the risk to the fetus is minimal.

Subj: How the placebo works
Date: 9/26/2008
I am just about to start my trial for TriCyclene Lo and was wondering about how the placebo works. I have read some people saying they dont get their period until a few days after satarting the placebo and was wondering if it is still safe to have sex without using another contaceptive method during that time.

AskDocWeb: The purpose of the placebo pills is to help maintain your habit of taking a pill at the same time every day. The placebos are taken during that period of time in your cycle when you are not fertile and couldn't get pregnant. Because you are not fertile during the days that you take the placebo pills, there is no need to use another method of contraception.

Subj: High blood pressure
Date: 9/28/2008
Hi, I am almost 20 year old, when I was 17 I started taking ortho tri-cyclin but the doctor had to take me off because every time I went in there my bloodpressure was high. I started taking the shot but it was too expensive so I am back on tri-sprintec. Should I be worried about my B/P?? I havent told my new doctor about it.

AskDocWeb: Withholding information from your doctor is a mistake that you should correct as soon as possible. Your blood pressure may need to be monitored or you may need medication.

Subj: Worst pill
Date: 9/29/2008
I have only been on Orthotricyclen Lo for a month and a half, and I have been miserable! Nausea, Severe mood swings, Depression, Extremely fatigued, and SPOTTING for the past 3 WEEKS. WORST PILL I EVER HAD.

Subj: Concerned about weight gain
Date: 10/1/2008
I am 20 and I have taken Ortho Tricyclen LO for over two years now. I have gained weight but that may or may not be associated with the pill and the only other side effect I have is extreme nausea and induced vomiting if I ever double up. Other than that, this pill is fantastic. I have one question though: I'm studying abroad in Mexico and there is no Ortho Tricyclen LO here. I've been told there is a generic form of Ortho Tricylen here (not LO) but I haven't been able to find it. If I do find it, well the increase in hormones cause more side effects like weight gain? Or is this unlikely.

AskDocWeb: The generic versions of birth control pills are listed here. Changing from Lo to another pill may produce several side effects in addition to weight gain so discuss this with your doctor first.

Subj: We want another child
Date: 10/2/2008
I have been off my BC(ortho tri spintec) for 2 and a half weeks, I had a period for about 4 or 5 days and stopped. Well I had sex with my husband because we want another child and I started spotting brownish. Is that normal and how long can I expect to wait before I conceive? The last time I went off my pill 11/28/99 and was about 3wks pregnant by 2/4/00 and I had been taking birth control for awhile. I am 33 yrs old. Will it take longer because I am 33 or can I expect to have the same success as with our daughter? We also have 16 yr old twin boys. Thank you.

AskDocWeb: It may take longer to become pregnant after you stop the pills, especially if your menstrual cycles were irregular before you used oral contraceptives. According to the Physician's Desk Reference, if your menstruation was irregular before using oral contraceptives then it may be advisable to postpone pregnancy until you begin menstruating regularly.

Subj: Highly recommend Ortho tri-cylen lo
Date: 10/2/2008
Hi, Not sure how old this thread is, but I read through it and will put my two cents in. I am 26 years old and have been on Ortho tri-cyclen since I was 16. I switched to using Ortho tri-cylen lo a few years back - doctor recommended it. I have had a great experience with this pill. It cleared up my skin and my periods come monthly like clockwork. I take the pill right before I go to bed each night and I have never been pregnant. I think I may have gained a few pounds at the beginning of using this pill, but I do not feel like it has any effect on my weight anymore.

Since I know so many people who have gotten pregnant by accident and I had never had that happen, I actually met with a gynecologist and had a full exam to which she told me I was very healthy and fertile (This was a year and a half ago) I think you have to try different birth control methods to find the one that suits you best - but I would highly recommend Ortho tri-cylen lo, I have had nothing but a good experience with this pill. I hope this information helps. Thank you.

Subj: Ortho tricyclen as an emergency contraceptive?
Date: 10/8/2008
This is my 2nd month of being on ortho tricyclen and quite frankly not good at remembering to take it the same time every day (very irregular times). I have missed a day my 1st week of the pack I'm on now and because of that took 2 in one day. My question is if I have 3 more pills left to get to day 14 in my pack and have had intercourse(on day 11) is there a good chance of me getting pregnant and if so can my chances decreased if I use ortho tricyclen as an emergency contraceptive? If that can be done what would be the procedure in doing that? Thanks!
ortho tricyclen user

AskDocWeb: As long you only missed one pill and you made up for that pill by doubling up the next day, you should be fine. Ortho Tri-Cyclen® has not been studied for and is not intended for use as an emergency contraceptive.

Subj: Darkish brown/red discharge
Date: 10/8/2008
I have been on the pill for about a year and a half. I am 11 pills into my pack. About 2 days ago I noticed cramping, bloating and this morning, I when I went to the restroom, I had a large amount of darkish brown/red discharge. I haven't had sex in 2 months and take my pill at the same time every night...without fail. My periods have all been normal and I've had no problems with Ortho tri cyclen in the past. I also have acid reflux, however I have never spotted in the middle of my pill pack. I'm really scared.

AskDocWeb: Whenever you are scared about a possible health problem, you should check with your doctor as soon as possible. This will do two things right away. 1. It will address your fear because you are doing something about it and 2. The success rate is much higher when health conditions are treated early. The longer you wait the more unnecessary stress you put yourself through.

Subj: Really emotional and sensitive
Date: 10/9/2008
I've been taking orthotryclen for about a month now and I feel really emotional and sensative. Is that supposed to happen when your on orthotryclen and will it go away?

AskDocWeb: This is one of those side effects that may or may not go away with continued use. If it is still present after the third month you may want to discuss it with your doctor, if you can wait that long.

Subj: Mistake
Date: 10/12/2008
I am currently on Ortho Tri-Cyclen and I missed on day of my light blue pills. When I went to double up the next day, I by mistake took a dark blue and a light blue pill instead of 2 light blue ones. I now have spotting that has gotten heavier over the past day. Is this bad? What should I do?

AskDocWeb: Please contact your doctor for instructions.

Subj: Just started Velivet
Date: 10/12/2008
I just started Velivet to regulate my period. Because my period is so irregular, I'm not sure if what I see is actually the beginning of my period because it's very inconsistent. If I assumed correctly, I started my period on a Sunday. I began my pack on that following Friday. I am now on week 3, but I have been spotting ever since. Should I be worried? Should I discontinue using the pill? And if so, should I have done that much earlier before going on the third week? Also, maybe about once or twice a week, I'll forget and take my pill an hour late (and once four hours late). Does this have a huge affect on the stability of taking the pill? Thanks.

AskDocWeb: Ideally it would be taken at the same time every day but a few hours one way or the other will not make any difference in the effectiveness of the pill. Switching from one pill to another typically involves an adjustment period that may produce spotting, light bleeding and/or stomach upset. These problems will usually go away but if they don't then check with your doctor.

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