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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: Quit ortho-lo
Date: 11/3/2006
I came off of ortho-lo in April 2006. I have gained about twenty-five pounds and I'm Very moody. Anyone else experienced this?

Subj: Spotting
Date: 11/3/2006
I have been on the pill for several months now. During the week I was supposed to get my period, I only had it for two to three days. Two weeks later (when I was off those seven sugar pills) I had spotting for three days with extreme discoloration, however no cramps or pain. I have never had this problem before of getting my period late or early like this while being on the pill. Is there any reason this is or is it just a coincidence? Could I be pregnant?

AskDocWeb: If you have not been ill then use a home pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant.

Subj: Break through bleeding
Date: 11/4/2006
I started ortho almost two months ago, I wasn't bothered by the nausea because I found that if I ate before I took the pill I am fine. My problem is during the 2nd and 3rd active pill weeks I have started having break through bleeding, which is strange because I have not forgotten to take the pill at all and it is always within the same hour every day. Is this normal and what can I do to stop it, should I switch to another type of B.C.?

AskDocWeb: No, this does not sound normal. Changing to a different type of birth control or different pill may be a good idea.

Subj: Ortho tri cyclen lo turned me into Satan
Date: 11/4/2006
I've been on ortho tri cyclen lo for two months and it has turned me into Satan. I have terrible cystic acne from it and I am an emotional wreck, wanting to sleep all day.

AskDocWeb: Whenever the side effects become unacceptable, you need to see your doctor and do something about this.

Subj: Very depressed on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo
Date: 11/5/2006
I've been on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo for about a month now. About a week and a half ago all of a sudden I just got very depressed. I've started crying for no reason at all, all day long. I'm depressed and hate everything. My poor fiance doesn't know what to do. I've never had depression before but for the past week and a half have been curled up in a ball on the couch crying about the smallest things. One minute I'm happy and the next I'm screaming and angry. I thought that I was going crazy until I found this website and am a little relieved to know that I'm not crazy! Other than the mood swings, I've had tenderness in my breasts and horrible headaches. I don't have insurance but my doctor gave me a years worth of these so I'm going to try them for a little while longer and see if anything changes.

Subj: Trinessa
Date: 11/7/2006
Started Trinessa after 2nd daughter was born about 18 months ago. Very low sex drive. Wouldn't recommend this product to any body.

Subj: Generic form of Ortho Tri-Cyclen lo
Date: 11/7/2006
Is there a generic form of Ortho Tri-Cyclen lo? If not, when is it expected? Thanks,

AskDocWeb: There is no generic form of Ortho Tri-cyclen Lo yet. We've put together a list of generic birth control here, hope that helps. Other generic drugs are listed here.

Subj: I'm late
Date: 11/7/2006
I have been taking ortho-tricyclen for about 2 months now. The first month I got my period. This month I am late and haven't gotten my period yet. I did have sex with my boyfriend and he ejaculated inside me. I take the pill as instructed. I took a pregnancy test today but it came up invalid. Is there a chance I could be pregnant while on the pill? Also, if a woman is pregnant and continues to take the pill because she is unaware of her pregnancy what could happen to the baby? Thank you.

AskDocWeb: It depends on how soon you had sex after starting your birth control pill. A backup method is recommended for two to four weeks when first starting a new pill. More likely you are just late, it does take 90 days for your body to become accustomed to the new pill and irregularities are common during this adjustment period.

Subj: Sex without worries?
Date: 11/8/2006
Hey, I stopped taking Tri-Cyclen for about 2 1/2 months already. I now decided to get back on the pill. I started my first pill today Wed.8.06. When will the pill be effective, to have sex without worries'?

AskDocWeb: Three weeks.

Subj: Breast cancer?
Date: 11/8/2006
I have been hearing more and more that being on Ortho Tryclen for an extended period of time can cause breast cancer. I have been on it for about 11 years now. Should I be extremely concerned? Do you recommend switching to a different contraception? Thanks!

AskDocWeb: The risk of breast cancer continues to be a controversy due to the number of possible contributing factors. Using estrogens with or without progestins may increase your chances of getting more than just breast cancer. It's also associated with the increased risk of heart attack, strokes, and blood clots. (The estrogen in Ortho Try-Cylen is ethinyl estradiol.) Some studies have reported that this increased risk is related to the length of time the birth control drug is used. Switching to an alternative may reduce this risk.

Subj: Changing birth control
Date: 11/10/2006
I am 19 and had the IUD inserted after having my first child. After having periods lasting as long as 15 days my Dr put me on Yaz to see if my periods would become shorter. They didn't, and the Yaz made me totally irritable and I didn't like that at all. So, my Dr then put me on the Ortho-tri lo and I loved it. But for some reason I was having bleeding in between periods and even what seemed like a period a week after I had stopped my last one. He finally thinks the IUD has something to do with (as so do I) but he wants me to try the Ortho-Tri. Since it is a change in hormones will it be different on my body as the lo was? Because I absolutely loved the lo. If this doesn't seem to work then he said he will remove the IUD since there isn't a point to have two birth controls going on in my body. Plus, 15 days for a period is ridiculous. So do you think there will be a difference on my body with the regular ortho-tri then the lo?

AskDocWeb: Yes, it will be different and there will be a change, but you should be aware of the three month adjustment period wherein your periods may be irregular.

Subj: Coming off Ortho
Date: 11/11/2006
Coming off Ortho... I had very little problems while on ortho, but a month off of it (trying to conceive), I got really oily skin - like I have never had in my life before, as well as really oily hair...again, like nothing I've had before. I'm wondering when this will stop and return to normal. Showering twice a day is silly!

AskDocWeb: Your body is still getting used to being off of birth control. It could take up to three months to return to normal.

Subj: Acne problem
Date: 11/12/2006
I've been on birth control for about 6 years, I stopped taking Trinessa, 5 months ago. I was not taking any birth control for the last 5 months because I heard it was good to stop taking it if you can. I broke out really bad all over my face, neck, chest and back. Its been 5 months and I just started taking it again. Before I didn't really have a huge acne problem. Its been about 2 weeks, I feel like its clearing a little. Will it go back to the way it was before I stopped taking trinessa. thanks

AskDocWeb: If it helped before then it should work again.

Subj: Ortho Tri-cyclen Lo is terrible
Date: 11/13/2006
I've just recently been on Ortho Tri-cyclen Lo for about a week and its just terrible. I get these bad headaches that will not go away, I even take 2 tab of tylenol to try to get rid of the pain( tylenol always worked for me but for some reason its not working). my headache remains until about maybe 9,10,? hours later and when I take the birth control again, its starts all over. this drives me insane. this also makes me throw up and I think I'm losing weight from this. I get hungry all the time but when I eat, for some reason, I can't eat a lot, I eat a bit and I'm full. I'm also breaking out from this. ever since I got on the pill, I started getting pimples. this is a big stress for me. I'm stopping this. I want to get on a pill that can help me prevent break outs and gain weight. I'm a skinny person. any recommendations?

AskDocWeb: Yes, consult with your physician and don't wait any longer.

Subj: Ortho Tri cylen Lo acne and headaches
Date: 11/13/2006
I have been using Ortho Tri cylen Lo for 2 years (since my daughter was born) I have experienced headaches during every period and my face breaks out and is excessively oily during the "active" phase of the pills. My skin returns to normal for the week of my period. What do you suggest to eliminate the headaches and skin problems?

AskDocWeb: There is not much you can do other than talking with your physician about changing birth control pills.

Subj: Sleep through the side effects
Date: 11/13/2006
I am about a month into my birth control and it has given me extreme mood swings and nausea but I've found that if I take the pill right before bed every night then I can usually sleep through most of the side effects. I had almost given up on the pills because of the side effects but this has really helped me so I just thought I would share that with all those girls that might be struggling with it!

Subj: Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo hair loss
Date: 11/14/2006
My daughter has been taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo for about two years. She has recently started to experience hair loss. Is hair loss one of the side efects of this product. In clinical trials, were there any reports of hair falling out, alopecia?

AskDocWeb: Yes, many women experience hair loss, not just with Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo but with most birth control pills. Typically this occurs in less than 3% of users.

Subj: Using the pill to regulate periods?
Date: 11/14/2006
When I was 12 years old I had my first period. Every period after that got lighter and lighter, but it was every 28 days or so. Soon after, my periods stopped all together. My doc put me on ortho lo to regulate it. I was on it for a year, and couldn't help but notice side effects. My acne cleared up occasionally, but I lost 20 lbs, and my hair started to shed A LOT. I quit taking the pill and the side effects stopped. Are those NORMAL side effects with ortho lo? Or was I just lucky :-( ? After that I found out that I had endometriosis, and had a surgery done to take care of the implants. I also found out that I had massive tubular scarring, ovarian cysts, and that, for some reason, I hardly EVER ovulate. My doc says that it is best for me to go back on the pill to suppress the implants that will eventually come back. Is that a good idea? Is there a better alternative? If not, is there a better TYPE of birth control pill to go YAZ, or something that will only give me 4 periods a year? I don't know what to do, and I am scared to go back on the pill because of the past experience...PLEASE HELP!

AskDocWeb: Usually there is a 15-20 pound weight gain when using birth control pills. The hair shedding is a common problem. And yes, it sounds like your doctor is giving you a good recommendation.

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