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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. You can use the form below to add your comments, feedback or Ortho Tri-cyclen review.

Subj: Vision problems with ortho LO?
Date: 2/8/2005
I've been on ortho tri LO for almost 4 weeks now. I'm in the green pills now (green pill #2)and for the past mmm 4-6 days my vision has become progressively blurry. For the first 2 or 3 days, my eyeballs hurt a little bit and now they feel fine. I normally wear contacts, but haven't been wearing them since this started. Today, my vision (reading a computer screen at work) is so blurry that I'm pretty freaked out. It really couldn't be anything other than the ortho. Has anyone else had vision problems with ortho LO? Otherwise, I had a big bout of water retention last week (I think my eyeballs must have swelled at that time and that hurt my contacts to begin with). The bloating has gone away and otherwise, I'm a little more emotional, a little more crazy female. Take b-complex and b-6 vitamin supplements, it helps for the moodiness and bloating for me. Really, anyone else with blurry vision? Why would this effect my vision, medically-speaking?

AskDocWeb: It shouldn't have affected your vision. Have you had an eye exam to rule out glaucoma? Early diagnosis and treatment can minimize vision loss. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?

Subj: Terrible side effects with Ortho Lo
Date: 2/8/2005
I am 36 years old. I have always had irregular menstrual cycles. In the last year my cycles had gotten much worse. I'd have a period, then possibly not have another for 7-8 weeks. But waiting for more than anything past 4 weeks were complete misery, not only for me but for my family. My moodiness, temper, and depression were out of control. Three months ago, I went to my doctor. She put me on Ortho-tricyclen trial packs for two months. Except for about a four pound weight gain, I felt great and my skin looked great. Even the lady that cuts my hair made the comment that whatever vitamins I was taking, to keep it up--my hair was the best ever. When I went back to the doctor, she put me on Ortho Lo instead of the regular that I had been on. I've been on it only one and a half weeks, but I'm a mess. Nausea, headaches, hunger and weeping have been terrible. Would it be ok to ask the doctor to switch me back to the Ortho regular before this month is up. or do I have to stick out a full cycle on the same kind?

AskDocWeb: Yes, it is okay to request changing and it sounds like that would be a good idea.

Subj: Signs of pregnancy
Date: 2/9/2005
I stopped taking the pill about 12 days ago after being on it for 4 months. 11 days after I stopped I had unprotected sex - what is the likelihood that I am pregnant? What signs should I look for?

AskDocWeb: Yes, you could be pregnant. Some of the signs of pregnancy include breast tenderness, nausea, morning sickness, and missed period.

Subj: Depo seems promising
Date: 2/9/2005
I am about to go on ortho lo and have read mostly bad things about it...depression, decreased sex drive, yeast infections (alot), nausea, fatigue etc. I have been on Depoprovera for a year and had no side effects up until now, that being abdominal pain and increased acne. I have had no period or other side effects. Depo seems more promising to me so far...i guess we'll see.

Subj: Getting pregnant
Date: 2/10/2005
I went off the pill the in the middle of the pills because me and my boyfriend decided we wanted to get pregnant. But now I have my period and I just had it a week and 3 days ago? Is this normal and how long will it last because I want to get started on this baby making as soon as possible.

AskDocWeb: It could take awhile, depending on how long you have been on the birth control. Typically it takes 6 months to a year but, some have become pregnant right away.

Subj: Missed pills
Date: 2/13/2005
I had a stomach flu a few weeks ago, during my worst two days I didn't take my pill. Then out of no where my period started on February 1st (when it's usually in the middle of the month), now here it is, February 13th, and I'm still having light flow. I don't have any other problems, and it's just annoying and worries me (since I'm already a worrier). What's going on?

AskDocWeb: You broke your cycle. If you had unprotected sex please do a pregnancy test. Continue your pills and start a new pack as directed, but during that time use an additional means of protection.

Subj: trying to trick my boyfriend but
Date: 2/13/2005
Hi, I have been on ortho tri-cyclen lo for the past 4 months. I missed 2 pills (trying to trick my boyfriend into getting me pregnant--i know it is very mean, but I want children so badly), I caught up like I was suppose to (two pills for the next two days) and I started bleeding on the 9th of february (thats why I took the missed pills so quick), the bleeding lasted for 4 days...i was wondering if maybe I was experiencing implantation bleeding (*my lmp was January 26, 2005*) or if it was just breakthrough bleeding since I missed pills.

AskDocWeb: It was likely just breakthrough bleeding.

Subj: Back to Ortho Tri-Cyclen
Date: 2/13/2005
I've been taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen for about 4 years. I went off of it about two years ago, and it was terrible. I gained 20 pounds, and every day I got at least 20 new small pimples, all over my back and along my jaw line. I waited a few months, but my symptoms didn't go away, so I started taking it again, even though I'm single and don't need it for birth control. Before I went on the pill, I had an IUD for 9 years, which caused severe PMS and REALLY heavy periods that lasted about 9 days, so even though OTC is harder to get out of than the mob, I've been much happier with it than I was with the IUD. Which is good, because apparently I'm stuck with it.

AskDocWeb: Thank you for your feedback.

Subj: Unhappy with Ortho Try-cyclen Lo
Date: 2/14/2005
I'm unhappy with ortho tryclclon lo. I've been experiencing a lot of side effects and would like to stop. I heard somewhere that sperm can live in the body for up to five days. I last had intercourse yesterday. Do I really have to keep taking the pill until five days are up to be sure I won't get pregnant from the intercourse I had yesterday?

AskDocWeb: That depends on where you are in your cycle. If you are taking the placebo pills you can just stop, otherwise, taking the pill for a few more days is worth it to be safe.

Subj: Contact problems with birth control pills
Date: 2/16/2005
I am currently on Ortho-Evra and since I started it 7 months ago have been experiencing problems with wearing my contact lenses. I thought this was a coincidence, but since I have been wearing contact lenses for 9 years and never experienced difficulties I did my research. I found that "rejection of contact lenses" is a symptom for Ortho Evra so I am thinking about switching back to Ortho Tri Cyclen. I was on this for a few months a few years ago and did not experience any problems with my eyes. I just read though that the problem with contacts is also a symptom for Ortho Tri Cyclen. Is this a common symptom for all BCP's or just these few? Also, do many women experience this problem? I am now worried about switching if I will experience the same problems.

Subj: Switching back
Date: 2/16/2005
I've used Ortho Tricylen for about 3 yrs. and was fine with it. But decided to go with Tricyclen-Lo just to try. I had headaches, breast changes, moods swings!!!, acne problems, bloatedness...gosh you name it. I think the one thing I really liked about it is that I didn't bleed as much. So now I'm going back to Ortho Tricyclen and my doctor might put me on the generic Trinessa, but heard nothing great about this one yet. So we'll see...
Switching back

Subj: Trinessa vs Ortho Tri Cy.
Date: 2/16/2005
I was on Ortho tri C. for 3 years...No problems...Trinessa for 4 months and I have had Migraines, sore breasts, weight gain, lethargy, Break through bleeding for 3 and 4 days at a time, severe moodiness...I mean manic. I thought the generic were the people who did the research on the drug...maybe I was wrong.. I need to switch back after my next cycle to get back to my normal life.

Subj: Concerned about fertility
Date: 2/17/2005
Hi, I'm 20 years old. I just got married and I would like to prevent getting pregnant, so my doctor gave me ortho-tri-cyclen lo. I have not yet taken the pill because I'm afriad that I will have problems with fertility. Does taking birth control before ever having a child, cause problems with conceiving later on. Please let me know asap

AskDocWeb: You will not have any fertility problems due to taking birth control pills, so don't worry.

Subj: Getting pregnant after stopping BC
Date: 2/17/2005
I have just quit taking orto-try. I am about 3 days late, after reading this I see that is fairly normal. I know this is a silly question - but if I am not having my period, this means I am not ovulating correct? We are trying to have a baby...and as many of you know it is disappointing to get the "negative". So I just want to know if I need to start having regular cycles before I should count on the possibility. Please help??!!!

AskDocWeb: Most of the time you have to be on regular cycles to get pregnant, but, there have been cases where women became pregnant before their cycles return to normal. I know that is just enough to tease but it is a real possibility.

Subj: How long does it take to get pregnant?
Date: 2/18/2005
I took ortho tricyclen a month and stopped because my husband decided he wanted a baby. How long will it take me to get pregnant.

AskDocWeb: With some women it is immediately after their periods become regular and others 6 months to 1 year. Good luck.

Subj: Which is better?
Date: 2/18/2005
Which is the difference of ortho-tri cyclen and trinessa, which one is better?

AskDocWeb: Ortho-tricyclen has been on the market the longest, which I would trust more.

Subj: Great method of birth control
Date: 2/18/2005
I have been taking othro tri-cyclen for about 2 weeks now and I think it is a great method for birth control and to regulate my period. I have not been feeling any serious side effects but time to time I get sick and throw up a little in my mouth. Being sexually active and having irregular can be a very scary thing. Although I'm thinking about having sex till' I get married this spring I think I'll still take the pills for a while so that I can still get my period, because there are many times that I don't feel like a woman just because I don't get my period.

AskDocWeb: Since you stated that you have only been on the pill for two weeks and at the same time you're sexually active, have you done a pregnancy test? It takes three months for most women to have a regular period.

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