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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: Can you drink?
Date: 1/10/2009
Can you drink while on ortho tri-cycle?

AskDocWeb: Yes, alcohol has no influence on the effectiveness of Ortho Tri-Cyclen®.

Subj: Waiting to get pregnant
Date: 1/11/2009
I just started tri-cyclen. I have a few questions. I am on it because my periods are not normal. I am soppose to get off of it in 3 months, how long after that will I have to wait to get pregnant?

AskDocWeb: The 2008 Physician's Desk Reference says that "It may be advisable to postpone conception until you begin menstruating regularly once you have stopped taking the pill."

Subj: Late starting new pack
Date: 1/12/2009
I have been on ortho tri cyclin lo for 5 months. At the beginning of this month, I ran out of packs and didn't get a refill until a day late. So I had finished my placebo pills and then didn't take my next white pill until Monday (a day late since I am a Sunday starter) am I protected during the placebo pills? I then took the white pills for 4 days before I had unprotected sex. Should have I waited 7 days? Am I at risk for being pregnant? But about ortho lo: I have had no complaints. I had mild headaches and nausea for the first month, but not unbearable. It has not affected my mood. It made my boobs tender at first, but they are a cup size bigger (yay!) I am happy with this product.
Late starting new pack

AskDocWeb: Starting the new pack a day late does reduce the level of protection but not completely. The safest thing to do would have been to wait the full 7 days. Since there is a small chance of getting pregnant, you might want to do a couple of pregnancy tests (7 days apart) to find out for sure.

Subj: Haven't had my period yet
Date: 1/12/2009
I took Ortho Try Cyclen Lo for about 3-4 months. I stopped it about a month ago and I haven't had my period yet. What should I do?

AskDocWeb: It makes a difference if you are continuing to have sex or not so check with your doctor to get an idea of what to expect.

Subj: Different colored pills
Date: 1/12/2009
Why are the ortho try-cyclen pills different colors

AskDocWeb: The pills are different colors so that you can tell them apart. It makes a distinction between the active and inactive or placebo pills.

Subj: Safe to have unprotected sex?
Date: 1/12/2009
I just started the white Sunday pill this Sunday and I want to have sex by next Friday. So its about 12 days. Do you think its safe to have unprotected sex?

AskDocWeb: If you are talking about protection from the possibility of getting pregnant then you are safe, however, the pill does not protect you from any sexually transmitted disease.

Subj: Changes in weight and sex drive
Date: 1/13/2009
I just started taking ortho-tri cyclin lo 2 months ago and have noticed a few changes in my weight and sex drive and have been experiencing some depression. I took ortho-tri cyclin for 6 years without many side effects besides the fact that I was nauseated every morning when I woke up after taking at night. Could the lo be causing these other side effects? Help! Have any suggestions.

AskDocWeb: Changes in weight and sex drive have been reported by other women taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen®, if they become unacceptable talk with your doctor.

Subj: Nothing but problems
Date: 1/15/2009
When I was first put on the pill I was taking Lutera. Then I started seeing a different gyno and he took me off Lutera and put me on LoEstrin. Then he changed it again to Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo to help with endometriosis, bad cramps and to make my period alot lighter. I have been on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo for a little over a year now and ever since then I have had nothing but problems. I have had multiple yeast infections, I've gotten very dry, my sex drive has decreased drastically, and I have been breaking out with rashes on my face. I told my gyno about the lack of sex drive & dryness and he put me on a testosterone cream which helps a little bit. I'm 22 years old. I find it embarrassing that I'm having this problem so early. I have gone to an allergist for the breakouts on my face, which he said looked like hives. I have gone through all the tests (blood work, scratch test, patch test) and have been put on all kinds of allergy meds but I'm still getting the rashes. I'm beginning to think that it's the pill. I didn't start having these problems until I started taking it. I don't know if I should switch to a different pill or if I should stop the taking birth control all together. I don't really want to stop taking birth control but I don't know if I'm gonna have this problem with any other pill.

Subj: Nausea, bloating, and cramping
Date: 1/19/2009
Hi I'm new to the site, and I thought maybe you could help ease my concerns. I have been on Ortho Tri-cyclen for almost 3 months now. The first two months I would get my period about 2 days before the inactive pills, and this month it is the second inactive pill and I haven't started. I have the nausia, bloating, and cramping but I still haven't started.

AskDocWeb: The nausea, bloating, and cramping are not unusual during the first three months. It may take until the fourth month before things settle down.

Subj: I don't WANT to tough it out
Date: 1/23/2009
Hi, I've been using Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo for about 4 or 5 months now. Everything was great in the beginning! My periods were regular, I had no spotting. I wasn't irritable or anything, but after the three month mark, I started getting sick to my stomach after I took the pill. I would feel fine during the day and then I'd take the pill at night before I go to bed and I'd be sitting up late into the night feeling sick to my stomach. I went to my OBGYN about it and she said that the sick to the stomach symptom is natural and I just need to tough it out. Well I don't really WANT to tough it out anymore. I want off these pills. I'll just use condoms instead. When can I stop taking them? Is there a specific time or can I just stop taking them?

AskDocWeb: If the pills are discontinued in the middle of the pack then doing so will disrupt the established cycle. Discontinuing at the end of a pack would maintain the regularity of the menstrual cycle.

Subj: Could I be pregnant?
Date: 1/23/2009
I have been taking triNessa for a while now a year or so but I ran out of my perscription and I stopped taking it for like a week /2 weeks and me and my boyfriend barley even had sex less then a couple minuets but like 3 or 4 days after we did my nipples are really sore and I have never had sore nipples before is this becasue I stopped taking the pill so suddenly? Or like that I could be pregnant?

AskDocWeb: Yes, you may want to get a couple of pregnancy tests because you could be pregnant.

Subj: Great choice of birth control
Date: 1/25/2009
I have been taking Orthro-tri cyclen for eight years and I have to admit I never took at the same time everyday like I am suspose too. However, I have never got pregent. I have never had any bad side effects eaither. I personly, think it is a great choice of birth control.

Subj: All of a sudden quit
Date: 1/26/2009
I was on ortho tri cyclen and all of a sudden quit. The very next day I start bleeding dark blood and its nowhere near time too yet ... I have hpv and am wondering if this could be a sign for cervical cancer or just withdrawl bleeding?

AskDocWeb: Getting a period soon after quitting is to be expected when you don't wait till the end of the pack.

Subj: Might not be able to get pregnant
Date: 1/26/2009
I have been on the ortho-tricyclen lo-28 for almost 4 years. My husband and I have plans of having a baby next year 2009. but my question is how long would it take me to get pregnant if I stop using the pill? I have heard that I might not be able to get pregnant do to the 4 years I have used the pill from some of my friend is that true?

AskDocWeb: According to the 2008 Physician's Desk Reference, "There may be some delay in becoming pregnant after you stop using oral contraceptive, especially if you had irregular menstrual cycles before you used oral contraceptives. It may be advisable to postpone conception until you begin menstruating regularly once you have stopped taking the pill and desire pregnancy."

Subj: Spot bleeding
Date: 1/28/2009
I've been on ortho tri cyclen now since I want to say October or November and lately I've had spot bleeding and it makes me really nervous. Is it normal? Like, I've researched it, and many women have had the same exact problems. The thing is, I've had unprotected sex with my boyfriend and it makes me extremely nervous that something may be wrong, please tell me that nothing is wrong.

AskDocWeb: No matter how common spot bleeding may be, the only way to be sure that nothing is wrong is to check with your doctor.

Subj: My only complaint
Date: 1/29/2009
I am almost done my first pack of Ortho tri-cyclen and so far it's cleared up some acne and my breasts have grown. My only complaint is that I've started to have a lot of headaches. I also got a yeast infection... hopefully that does not come back. Other than that it seems to be fine so far.

Subj: Weight gain with Ortho Tri-cyclen
Date: 1/30/2009
I've been taking Ortho Tri-cyclen for three weeks now and I have the worst food cravings ever!! I can't stop eating...I'm not going to carry on with these pills. I've probably gained 5lbs already...

Subj: Spotting
Date: 1/31/2009
Well I was on Ortho-cyclen and the pharmacy decided to put me on Ortho Tri Cyclen and I'm about a week into it and I started light spotting is there that much of a difference between them for this to happen and I've been moody lately and I'm not a fan and have had some odd cravings, so normal or not?

AskDocWeb: Remember that when you change birth control pills there is always an adjustment period to go through in getting used to the new pill. Typically it takes about three months.

Subj: Intense sleepiness and inability to stay awake
Date: 2/2/2009
I've been on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo for almost three years. I am currently being tested for narcolepsy and other forms of hypersomnia because of my intense sleepiness and inability to stay awake during "normal" hours. I realize this could be completely separate from my birth control use, but could this be a side effect from the pill? I've noticed my fatigue for the last year or so. I have not been off the pill and my doctors are aware I am on OTC Lo, but they do not seem to be "up" on women's health (they prescribed me monafidal, which interacts with my BC without the blink of an eye!). Please advise...if I can solve this by switching BC methods, I'll be a lot happier than spending my life on stimulant drugs.

AskDocWeb: Sorry, it looks like changing birth control pills may not do any good because neither insomnia nor hypersomnia are listed as side effects of Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo. Since the inability to stay awake during normal hours can indicate a sleep problem, you may want to check with your local sleep clinic.

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