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About Ortho Tri-cyclen®

If you've used Ortho Tri-cyclen®, please help others by sharing your experience with side effects. 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.


Shortness of breath
Date: 6/5/2011
I have been takng ortho tricycyclen Lo for about 6 months. And I constantly feel numbness throughout my body and sometimes if I just sit there I would feel like my body is becoming very heavy and I can hear my heart pumping and i feel like I am going to stop breathing. I also have shortness of breath sometimes, especiay when I reach the top of the stairs... My lips also swelled up three times. They begin itch and then swell up. All this has happened while I Am taking these pills, however I am not quite sure if it is the pills that are causing this... Is it normal? And are these effects common for those who are taking the pills?
Holly

AskDocWeb: No, those symptoms are NOT common. Shortness of breath and numbness are listed as side effects that should be reported to your doctor immediately as they may indicate a serious problem. Other symptoms that should be immediately reported to your doctor are:
  • changes in vision
  • numbness of an arm or leg
  • severe stomach pain
  • sharp or crushing chest pain
  • sudden severe headache
  • sudden severe leg pain
  • sudden shortness of breath
  • yellow eyes
  • yellow skin



Will this happen again?
Date: 6/5/2011
I just got spayed and went off tricyclen 21. the last time i went off birthcontrol (don't remember which), i got bad acne. will this happen again, and for how long? No, i didn't have bad acne before starting it. Thankyou
Diane

AskDocWeb: There is no way to know if you will or not. If you do break out remember that the first three months after discontinuing may produce symptoms that are only temporary. When you stop taking the pill it can take some time for your hormone levels to adjust.


Subject: What are my chances of being pregnant?
Date: 6/13/2011
I started taking ortho tri cyclen lo almost 2 months ago. I missed taking one of the active pills and was supposed to get my period 3 days ago and still haven't and no sign of it comming like I normally have. I do not take the pills at the same time everyday because my doctor did not tell me to. I am married and we often have unprotected sex. I have mood swings headaches and my lower abdomen feels weird. During the first month I had what I thought was my period but it only lasted two days and was very light and now I am late. What are my chances of being pregnant? I am going to go get a test just wondering how likely and if I should even bother?
Alysha

AskDocWeb: Some variations are to be expected during the first three months of taking a new birth control pill. It takes time for the body to adjust to a different pill. If you read the directions you will see that the right way to take the pill is to take one pill at the same time every day. This maximizes the effectiveness of the pill. If you miss a pill the directions say to take it as soon as you remember it. That may mean that you might take two pills in one day. If you didn't do that then you have an increased risk of getting pregnant.


No period this month
Date: 6/13/2011
I have been on ortho tri-cyclen lo for about a year now. Three months ago I started my period a week early. It was also accompanied by a bladder infection, I think. I had burning right before I urinated and wasn't able to hold my bladder. The earlier bleeding started with a little bit of spotting then heavy beedling and it lasted for a week. Which is very abnormal for me, I usually will start on the Thursday when I start my placebo pills and end that Sunday. The next month I started a week early again and it lasted a week and when I started the placebos I was done bleeding. This month I have had no period. I have take numerous pregnancy test and they are all negative. I have no idea what's going on and should I be worried?
Leslie

AskDocWeb: A lack of menstruation (amenorrhea) may be the result of pregnancy, excessive exercise, stress, dramatic weight loss, hormone imbalances, polycystic ovary disease (PCOS), hypothyroidism, menopause, oral contraceptives, or some other medication. Amenorrhoea is a normal physiological event before puberty, during pregnancy, during lactation, and after the menopause. At other times it may be a cause for concern. Always consult with your doctor if you are unsure.


Switching from ortho tricyclen lo to regular ortho tricyclen
Date: 6/14/2011
I went to the dr today for abdominal pain and found out that a have another cyst. I've been on ortho tricyclin lo for 17 months but today the dr decided to switch me to regular ortho tricyclin. Can someone please tell me is this going to be a good thing or am I going to experience worse symptoms?
Kristy

AskDocWeb: If you read some of the feedback on this forum you can see that users of Lo seem to have more problems with side effects than those who use the original Ortho Tri-Cyclen. Of course this varies from one individual to the next but you've probably heard that before. Do post an update in a month or so to let us know how your transition goes.


Messed up my cycle?
Date: 6/16/2011
It didnt last really long my period usually last bot 5 days it stop then started back so it last bot 7 days. Now do this mean i have messed up my cycle cause usually i get my period after the 2 or 3rd white pill im on tri sprintec same as orti cyclen.
Tiff

AskDocWeb: Welcome back Tiff. Originally we talked about missing pills and taking them in the incorrect order. And yes, that may alter your cycle, which may take another cycle or two in order to stabilize.


No adverse side effects on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo
Date: 6/22/2011
I have been on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo for a month now and I must say I have had no adverse side effects. I take my pill at 9:00 pm everyday (They say taking it after dinner can help with nausea) and have not had any issue of upset stomach or vomiting. I started the pill for acne reasons and have seen a slight decrease in my breakouts but I think its too soon to tell its full effects on my skin. I've seen a small increase in breast size but nothing substantial. Overall though, Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo hasn't caused any problems for me, I would recommend trying it and remember that everyone reacts differently. Take into consideration the negative reviews but don't let it discourage you because there are lots of people who are happy with their BC they just are not as apt to write a review as opposed to the people who had horrible experiences with their BC.
Sarah


Is it safe to skip the hormone-free pills?
Date: 6/23/2011
I have been on Ortho Tri Cyclen for several years, and I have no complaints. However, I am leaving tomorrow for vacation, and I just realized that this is the week for my period. Is it safe to skip the hormone-free pills just this once?
Chloe

AskDocWeb: Please read this post.


Does the pill still work if it has expired?
Date: 7/2/2011
i was given a 3 month supply of ortho tri-cyclen its about to expire but i have 2 more months left with the same expiration date. Does the pill still work if it has expired? Or should i get a new one?
Cecelia

AskDocWeb: The effectiveness of any prescription drug becomes unreliable after the expiration date. It is safer to get a new pack.


Allergy medication and no period
Date: 7/3/2011
I have been on ortho tri-cyclen for almost a year now. I just finished my seven non-active green pills in my pack and am supposed to start my new pack today but i still havent gotten my period. i've been taking allergy medication for my allergies that mess with my sinus'. could this be why i havent gotten my period yet? or do you think i could be pregnant even though im not experiencing any signs of it?
Carla

AskDocWeb: Allergy medication has no affect on the effectiveness of birth control. Your period could be late for a variety of reasons other than pregnancy. If this is a continuous problem you need to follow up with a physician. Here are some of the reasons why your period might be late (or early).

Stress
Stress can affect many things in your lives, including your periods. Stress can affect the normal balance of hormones in your body, causing your period to come early, late, or even skip a month. If the stress is intense enough your body decreases the amount of a hormone (GnRH), which causes it to not ovulate or menstruate.

Illness
A sudden, short illness, (allergy attack) or even a longer illness can cause periods to be delayed. This is usually temporary.

Change in Schedules
Making a major change in your daily schedule can throw off your body clock. This is particularly true if you go from days to nights at work or vice versa.

Change in Medications
Some medications can cause a delayed or absent period. Be sure to talk to your doctor about this side effect.

Miscalculation
While it is said that the average menstrual cycle is 28 days long, menstrual cycles vary from woman to woman. Sometimes our period is believed to be late when actuality we have just miscalculated. If your menstrual cycles are irregular, but you know when you ovulate, you can look for your period about two weeks after you ovulate. That's one way to help you keep track of your periods.

Weight related causes
  • Being Overweight
    Gaining too much weight can hormonally shift your cycles and even stop them. Most women see a return to normal cycles and fertility with the loss of excess weight.
  • Being Underweight
    Your body requires an adequate amount of body fat to have regular periods, Losing too much weight can sometimes cause your periods to stop all together. This is called amenorrhea. Typically gaining weight will help your periods to return to normal. This is a frequent cause of a missed period in women who are professional athletes and those who do extreme workouts.
Age dependent causes
  • If you are young, like under 19, your period is still really irregular. It's common to be irregular the first couple years of having a period.
  • Peri-Menopause
    Peri-menopause is that period of time where you are transitioning from reproductive age to a non-reproductive age. Your periods may be more frequent, less frequent, lighter or heavier, - but mostly just not normal. If you don't want to get pregnant then continue to use birth control because you are likely to still be fertile at least some of the time.
  • Menopause
    Menopause is when you have reached the point in your life where you will no longer ovulate or menstruate. Menopause can be a natural life event or may happen surgically through hysterectomy or chemically such as through chemotherapy. (See the online Test for Menopause)
Other health issues, such as a thyroid or pituitary gland condition can also affect your menstrual cycle.

Health note: If your allergy medication says "MAY CAUSE DROWSINESS" and you have an accident, you can be charged with DUI/DWI.

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