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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: Bad stomach pains
Date: 1/10/2008
I have been on Ortho Cyclen for 5 days now and to regulate and I have been getting really bad stomach pains like I’m hungry but, if I eat it doesn’t get better it is just cuz I just started on it?


AskDocWeb: Yes, that is possible so consult with your physician.

Subj: Stop taking the pill
Date: 1/10/2008
I recently stop taking the pill and I haven’t had my period yet what’s the problem?


AskDocWeb: . If you have been sexually active then you may be pregnant but irregularities in the timing of the menstrual cycle are common when discontinuing birth control pills.

Subj: Worried
Date: 1/10/2008
I just got the pill today (ortho tri-cyclen lo)..and I’ve been reading all these comments…and now I’m very worried. The negative beats the positive.


Subj: Weight gain
Date: 1/11/2008
I have been on the pill for about 1 year. I did notice a weight gain and I want it gone. If I stop taking the pill, will the extra weight go away again?


AskDocWeb: Yes but you may have to diet for awhile, it won’t just fall off without some work.

Subj: Spotting, break through bleeding, and bloating
Date: 1/12/2008
What percentage of women continue to experience side effects such as spotting, break through bleeding, and bloating after the first 90 days on lo? Is seasonique a better alternative?


AskDocWeb: We aren’t sure if statistics are kept on this or not but if those side effects continue talk to your doctor about switching to another birth control pill.

Subj: Brown discharge
Date: 1/14/2008
Hi, I started Ortho Tri Lo the 28th of December and I’m about to start my placebo pills in 3 days. About a week ago I noticed I started having brown discharge, sometimes thick, usually not, and when it drops into water it kind of separates oddly into smaller flaky pieces. I am wondering if, because I’m due to have my period pretty soon, and this is my first month of a birth control use ever, my body might just be adjusting and what I’ve been experiencing this past week has simply been my period/body figuring out hormones. I’ve been experiencing minor bloating, gas and slight cramps associated as well… sounds like a light period experience to me, but I’m worried because I’m not due just yet. Breakthrough bleeding… I don’t quite know because it has not been red, like blood, just dark brown. Please let me know! I don’t want my body getting messed up I’m a dancer and it just sucks.


AskDocWeb: What you describe sounds like your uterus sloughing off its lining and is not harmful.

Subj: Trinessa was awful
Date: 1/15/2008
I have been on BC with out stopping for 14 years, I am now 29. For my first 10 years I was on Ortho Tricyclen, and didn’t have too many problems, except for regular headaches. But that could have been from a poor diet as a teenager. When I got married, our insurance switched me to Trinessa, it was awful, I was moody, cried alot and had absolutely NO Sex drive. After researching some online, I switched to OTC Lo, I felt sick for the first few days but my body adjusted. Now after being on OTC Lo for almost 2 years I am starting to have blurry vision and problems wearing my contacts. I just had a full eye exam and glaucoma test and my eyes are very healthy. Nothing about my diet or lifestyle has changed, I have to think it has something to do with my pills. My husband had a vasectomy last month so I only have a one month supply of pills left then I will be going off of them for good. At this point I don’t even want to take my last months supply. My question is, if I have been on the pill for a long time, is it possible to develop side effects now?


AskDocWeb: Yes, it is possible to develop side effects at any time while on a medication.

Subj: 5 days early
Date: 1/15/2008
I have been on Ortho Tri-Cyclen low for about 6 months now and until recently I haven’t been early for my period but for some strange reason I’m 5 days early. Could this be from stress??


AskDocWeb: Yes, it could be caused by stress, being ill or forgetting to take a pill.

Subj: How long does it take?
Date: 1/15/2008
I took Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo from 04/06-10/07, about a year and a half. Typically, how long does it take to get out of your system until you can get pregnant?


AskDocWeb: You can become pregnant within days after stopping the birth control pill. Some women are just more fertile than others and some women take awhile.

Subj: Months without a period
Date: 1/15/2008
I started taking birth control pills about 8 years ago. I was taking Ortho Tricyclen for my acne. It worked great, acne cleared up. I stopped my pill about 6-7 months ago because I am TTC. My acne as returned, I feel like I’m a teenager all over again – it’s all over my face, chest and back. I am experiencing hairloss, my hair seems to be thinner, and I gained 10lbs. I also haven’t had my period since I got off the pill…which is about 6 or 7 months. Is it just me or does it sound like something is wrong? It sounds like the symptoms of PCOS…


AskDocWeb: You should have had a period by now so see your gyn for a complete pelvic exam.

Subj: Spotting and terrible nausea
Date: 1/15/2008
I started Ortho Tri-cyclen two weeks ago. Not only do I have spotting since yesterday, but I also have terrible nausea. I woke up in the middle of the night thinking that I ate something wrong, then I remembered that I am taking the pill again. I was on BC for eight years, took a year off and resumed two weeks ago. I really need your help. I have been on methotrexate since last May due to rheumatoid arthritis. The nausea and cramps that I had with that went away only two months ago and now I have it again, this time BC related.


AskDocWeb: Your symptoms may subside once your body becomes accustomed to the pill but consult with your physician anyway.

Subj: Lost a pill
Date: 1/15/2008
One of my pills went down the drain, so I took the next pill in my pack so I don’t skip a day. Does this mean I’ll just start my period a day earlier? Then move on to the next pack of pills thereafter?


AskDocWeb: Yes, remember what the instructions say: “The right way to take the pill is to take one pill every day at the same time.”

Subj: First month, no period?
Date: 1/16/2008
Ok, so I’ve been on Tri-cyclen lo for about three and a half weeks, and I should be on my period right now, but I’m not, my doctor said it would be normal to sometimes not even get a period, but is it normal to not get one the first month of being on the pills?


AskDocWeb: Yes, this can happen while starting a new birth control pill.

Subj: My skin is raw and bleeding
Date: 1/16/2008
I have been on Tri-cyclen for about 2 months now. It has really made my already existing eczema a lot worst! My skin is raw and bleeding near my wrist – it’s never been so bad! I was on Alesse before and it seemed too mild to regulate my cycle. But, on the other hand, it cleared my eczema quite a bit. I will now try to switch to it, my eczema flare-ups are way too stressful! I’ll find another contraception method, if I need to. My skin problem is too important right now. Hopefully, it will work!


Subj: Safe way to skip or delay period?
Date: 1/17/2008
My honeymoon is February 1st and my first placebo pill should be the 3rd. Is there a safe way to skip or delay my period for that week?


AskDocWeb: Sorry no, the women that have reported trying that say they have suffered with breakthrough bleeding and bad cramping, and would not repeat the experience.

Subj: Causes problems in my marriage
Date: 1/17/2008
I have taken ortho tri-cyclen for about two years. I am bipolar and recently got off ortho tri-cyclen. I felt like my moods were getting increasing worse every day. I was becoming someone I didn’t even know. It has caused great problems in my marriage and I feel like those who have emotional diseases should be extremely cautious of any hormonal birth control. I have depression and anxiety which is part of bipolar so just take care when deciding which form of birth control is right for you. This is something that means your emotional well-being and happiness.


Subj: Ortho-cyclen
Date: 1/18/2008
I started taking Ortho-cyclen, it messed with my mood, then my eyes swelled and now I have a rash. Night sweats and a throat issue.


Subj: Change in appetite and emotions unstable
Date: 1/19/2008
I am 16 years old and I was taking ortho lo at 15 and I had constant thoughts of suicide and I had nausea which one day led to vomiting and my period came the day after this happened (about 11 days early) and I stopped taking it after that happened…ever since that, my appetite has never been the same and my emotions have NEVER been this unstable. I never want to go back on that pill again.


Subj: Periods began early
Date: 1/19/2008
I was on the ortho tri-cyclen low for about 5 years and I stopped taking it because I was getting my period every two weeks. When I got off my mood swings became unbearable. I was off the pill for about a year and when I started taking it again and my periods began as early as eleven days. Every month it is different. I am concerned if my chances of getting pregnant are increased or if the hormone imbalance is going to cause some long term side effects. Should I stop taking the pill or just find a different one?


AskDocWeb: You will have to consult with your physician because your periods should be more normal than that.

Subj: Birth control that will not cause weight gain?
Date: 1/18/2008
I’ve been on tri-cyc for 2 years and I have gained about 20 lbs. Neither my eating habits nor my work out routine has changed. Is there another birth control that will not cause weight gain? If so, what is best?


AskDocWeb: While many doctors say that birth control pills do not cause weight gain many women put on pounds anyway. Birth control pills effect everyone differently and the only way to find out how one will affect your weight is by trial and error. You might ask your doctor about Ortho Tri-cyclen® or NuvaRing, those two have the best reviews with regard to weight management.

Subj: Antibiotic usage
Date: 1/21/2008
I was wondering how long does it take after on an antibiotic would the pill be effective again?


AskDocWeb: According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine those using birth control pills should employ additional barrier techniques of birth control during antibiotic therapy and for at least 1 week beyond the last dose of antibiotics. Read more feedback

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