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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: Starting the pill after pregnancy
Date: 1/18/2007
I just took my first ortho tri cyclin lo pill. I had a baby 6 weeks ago. I am breast feeding and I haven't started my period since having the baby. I really need to be on birth control NOW. Is it okay to continue taking the pill before getting my period?
Dont want no more kids

AskDocWeb: No, not if you follow directions, and they say to take the first active pill during the first 24 hours of your period or on the Sunday after your period starts.

Subj: Bleeding ALOT
Date: 1/18/2007
I take trinessa, have been for about four years. the past few months I have been bleeding ALOT, heavier than "spotting" and it's a nuisance! Should I see a doc to up my dose or could this be more serious?

AskDocWeb: You should consult with your doctor.

Subj: Generic Vs regular
Date: 1/18/2007
I've been on ortho-lo about 4 months now and for monetary reasons have decided to switch to the generic version Tri-Nessa. I'm kind of leery about taking a generic version of birth control, so I wanted to know if you think its just as effective as the regular Ortho-Tri.

AskDocWeb: For birth control, yes but for keeping acne under control, maybe not. Feedback from users indicates that the generics may not be as effective for acne as is the regular Ortho Tri-cyclen.

Subj: Got pregnant on Lo
Date: 1/18/2007
I took that pill for the past three years and got pregnant. No, I have not missed a single pill. And I still got pregnant. Turned out that I was not alone. My doctor said that she sees a couple of women every few weeks (!!!) that get pregnant while taking Ortho Tricyclen Lo. I wish I could file a law suite against the company, which produces it, or at least get them to pay for my abortion. Do not take this pill if you want to spare yourself an unpleasant procedure. There are a lot of other options out there.

Subj: Alternative to Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo?
Date: 1/20/2007
I have Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo and am starting the pill for the first time, I was told that this is a low dose pill and good for not gaining weight, which was my main concern, but I've read/heard that this pill has actually caused more negative side effects than positive and I was just wondering what other birth control pills would be suitable for me? I have heard of Mirelle, Yasmin and Nordette, are any of these better than the current one I have? Thanks!

AskDocWeb: What is best for one may not work for someone else. Your doctor can tell you which is better for you based on your medical history and current condition.

Subj: Don't feel like eating
Date: 1/22/2007
Today is Monday, and I started taking the pill (ortho tri cyclen lo) yesterday at 5pm (Sunday) I haven't had anything to eat since about 9pm Saturday night. I know that my body is hungry, but I can't eat... I don't feel sick but I just don't feel like eating...since about a half hour after I took it, I have had that feeling of not wanting to eat...please help

AskDocWeb: You don't have to feel hungry to eat, you can do that even if you don't feel hungry. If after you eat, you become ill with nausea then consult with your physician.

Subj: Ortho TriCyclens Lo for acne?
Date: 1/22/2007
I'm just starting Ortho TriCyclens Lo for my acne. Is the Lo form of this pill as effective as the regular dosing of this pill? Thanks!

AskDocWeb: According to the adverse reaction list from the manufacturer, acne may be caused by Ortho Tricyclen Lo, unlike Ortho Tri-cyclen which is proven to help with acne.

Subj: Hydroycut and birth control
Date: 1/22/2007
Hi. I am thinking of starting diet pills. The one I am thinking of trying is called Hydroycut. I wanted to know if this will effect my birth control. I take ortho tryclen-lo and if that brand of weight loss pill is ok to take? Please help!

AskDocWeb: It is not likely to effect your birth control but as to it being okay to take, there hasn't been any feedback on that one way or the other.

Subj: Stopped taking orth tri-cyclen
Date: 1/22/2007
I stopped taking orth tri-cyclen two months ago, and didn't have any problems other than my very regular period was 4 days late last month. Now my period is about 10 days away, and I'm having some nausea, abdominal cramping and sore nipples. Am I pregnant or could this be from coming off ortho?

AskDocWeb: You could be pregnant.

Subj: Ortho Tri-cylcen and acne
Date: 1/23/2007
I am taking Ortho Tri-cylcen and was wondering if it can cause acne to worsen. I am in my 4th month of taking it and have noticed a change in my skin. I use to only get little "whitehead" zits and recently I have been getting deep under the skin painful zits that have no head to them. I am considering going off the pill due to this as well as severe mood swings. Any thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks!

AskDocWeb: There have been many reports of the Lo version of Ortho Tri-cyclen making acne worse but not the regular Ortho Tri-cyclen. We suggest a trip to a dermatologist before you decide one way or the other. If the Ortho Tri-cyclen is helping and you quit taking it, then you may find yourself in a worse situation.

Subj: I thought I was crazy
Date: 1/23/2007
In my early 20's I used Depo Provera and it was disastrous for me. I bled profusely for months. Since then I've been on Ortho Tri-Cyclen and the new low hormones form. I stopped taking it three months ago and noticed a significant improvement in my mood. I had a lot more energy and my sex drive was back. I thought I was crazy to link my mood improvement to my cessation of contraceptives, until I read many testimonies of other women who reported similar experiences. I want to get back on the pill but have no idea which one to switch to. Any advice?

AskDocWeb: Your physician is the only one who knows your medical history and is the best source for picking the right birth control pill for you.

Subj: Concerned about weight
Date: 1/23/2007
I am 19 years old and have been on ortho tri cyclen for about two months now. I know from experience that it takes a few months for your body to get used to any new pill. I have been trying to find the right pill for the past eight years or so and have tried just about every pill on the market. I have been sexually active with the same person for over a year. I am very active, eat healthy and love exercising. Within the past year, I have lost almost 30 lbs. by diet and exercise. While I no longer am on a strict diet, I still maintain very healthy eating habits despite all the "college life" temptations. Bottom line, I work very hard to maintain my current size and physique. Since I started the pill I have gained about 3-5 lbs. Because of this, I have cracked down on eating healthier and going to the gym more often and it still doesn't seem to come off! My question is...since I'm on the pill, is trying to lose this weight a lost cause? Will it take longer to come off? Or, am I just being paranoid?

AskDocWeb: No, you are not being paranoid. With birth control a woman can gain from 10-20 lbs.. If the result of trying to loose weight is zero pounds lost then you have come out ahead because if you don't try, you are almost sure to gain weight. Just keep doing what you're doing, you will be fine in the long run.

Subj: Worried about being able to have a child
Date: 1/23/2007
Hello, my wife has late cycles so her doctor prescribed her birth control. We are worried about the long term side effects of taking birthcontrol since she has problems with low ovulation. She usually takes her birthcontrol but she is scared about the side effects and the possibilities of not ever being able to have a child. What should we do? We know not taking her birthcontrol puts her at risk because she doesn't have regular menstrual cycles.

AskDocWeb: She has to continue to take the birth control pills in order to prevent pregnancy, it's not permanent. It may help to know that 89% of women who quit taking the pill become pregnant within one year.

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