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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.
Is this normal?
I have been taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen for about 5 months now. The first 3 months my period has come during the sugar pills. Last month my period came a week before I took the sugar pills and this month about a week after I started my new batch of pills I started spotting for about a week and got my period again a week before the sugar pills. Is this normal?
AskDocWeb: There are many reasons for your period to be irregular, even when taking birth control pills. This post gives you a list.
Confused by different packaging
Hi. I've been taking tri nessa and/or tri prefirem for the past 6 years. I am always very timely on when I take my medication. Unfortunately this time the pharmacist changed it to ortho tri cyclen and the round package confused me. I started the pack on the 7th white and went clockwise until realizing on day four I was going the wrong way. Luckily, I still started with white, and quickly changed the direction (by starting with "day 1 white." However I had unprotected sex during the first 3 days of the pack. Should I be worried about being pregnant? I know all of the white pills have the same ingredients...I'm just worried that I could be since I took the white ones out of order. Let me know..thank you!
AskDocWeb: Anytime you are not sure what to do, go back and read the directions. Not only does each white pill contain the same ingredients, they contain the same amount of those ingredients so day 1 pill is identical to day 2 pill, etc. As far as protection from conception is concerned the change in order doesn't make any difference as long as they are the same color. You could also return the pack to the pharmacist for advice.
How long does it take Velivet to become effective?
I just started Velivet on my Day 1 of my period and I have been taking it consistently every day same time for about 10 days now. Is it effective yet or do I still need to use back up contraceptives because the leaflet wasn't clear about it regarding starting on Day 1 but it was clear for the Sunday start. Thanks!
AskDocWeb: In the directions for Velivet (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol), "DAY 1 START" of the product information number 4 states, "You will not need to use a back-up method of birth control since you are starting the pill at the beginning of your period." That statement is not always included in the directions but it is also true for the following birth control pills:
Could I get pregnant?
I been taking lo for two months could I get pregnant after unprotected sex?
AskDocWeb: According to the Physician's Desk Reference, after taking this pill for 7 consecutive days you are receiving the full contraceptive effects of Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo. As long as you continue to take it as directed you should be okay.
Period at 2 weeks
i have been on orthra tri cylen for 2 wks at the blue pills an i have my period is this normal?
AskDocWeb: Welcome Kim. When first starting Ortho Tri-Cyclen it is normal to have some irregular bleeding, spotting, or breakthrough bleeding during the first 1 to 3 months.
Lost weight on Ortho
Ive been on Ortho for about a year and a half and I have lost weight on it and my clothes r Baggie on me and I thought about trying protein shakes to help maybe gain some weight, but other then that I don't know what to do?
AskDocWeb: A good first step might be to ask your doctor if this is a problem or not. What is your current Body Mass Index?
Hi AskDocWeb, i was reading this site and was wondering why you gave advise to someone to use 2 condoms. you do know that using two at once is a no no and can has a higher risk in breakage due to the friction.
AskDocWeb: Yes, we have seen it many times, "Using two condoms at the same time is a bad idea." Theoretically friction between the two condoms increases the likelihood that they would break. That would seem to make sense if the condoms were not lubricated however, that may or may not be true for lubricated condoms. We have been unable to locate any research that would prove that "popular opinion."
Face get hot and weight gain
Hello. My face gets very hot when I consume an alcoholic beverage almost immediately. (beer) I'm wondering what's going on. I haven't read anything about not drinking just not smoking. I just started this pill 3 days ago. Is this normal or a concern? Also does the Ortho tri low make u gain weight because one gets cravings or because it alters your body itself. Please let me know. Any feedback would be great.
AskDocWeb: Drinking alcohol increases the blood flow to the part of the brain that regulates body temperature. When the brain detects an increase in temperature it sends a signal to release chemicals that cause the skin's blood vessels to dilate to dissipate the excess heat. Some people are more sensitive to this than others.
Another possibility, depending on your age, is that it may be hot flashes. Alcohol is known to be a trigger for hot flashes as are spicy foods, heat changes, stress, hot drinks, refined Sugar, and caffeine.
And there is yet a third possibility: It may or may not be related to an abnormal version of the enzyme that breaks down alcohol into acetaldehyde. This enzyme is called Alcohol Dehydrogenase or ADH. Since about 50% of Japanese people have this abnormal enzyme, it has become known Asian Flush. Their ADH enzyme works about five times faster than the regular version, which results in a build-up of acetaldehyde faster than the liver can clear it. However, this enzyme is found in people of all races. The after effects of Asian Flush are so unpleasant that the enzyme was used to develop a treatment for alcoholism (Antibuse).
Changes in appetite have been reported by those taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo but so far the manufacturer neither confirms nor denies an association with this birth control pill.
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