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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: Ovarian pain
Date: 4/4/2008
I’ve been taking the pill for a few months as a pain killer as well as birth control because of ovarian pain. The pain is regulated but my period begins at the end of the month, where the green pills start, the ones with no medication. Therefore, I get ovarian pain. What do I do?


AskDocWeb: You might try Midol but see your GYN if you need something more.

Subj: Condom slipped off
Date: 4/6/2008
I have been on sprintec for over a year…While having intercourse the condom slipped off…is it possible for me to get pregnant. My period is down to only 4 days from the five I was on before the pills.


AskDocWeb: As long as you have consistently taken your pills, you will not get pregnant.

Subj: Skipped my period
Date: 4/6/2008
I have been on Ortho Tricyclen for 4 months now. I just recently skipped my period by starting on the blue pills of a new pack. After I took those I started a new pack with the white pills. Now I have been spotting with brownish discharge. The first few days it was red and it seemed like I was starting my period. I have been spotting for 4 days now. Is this normal? When is it supposed to stop? I have continued to take the pills, I have 3 more white ones before I get to my light blue ones.


AskDocWeb: It is not uncommon to spot when you misuse your birth control pills like that.

Subj: Generic Tri-Sprintec
Date: 4/6/2008
I was just wondering…I have been taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen for 5 years and I used to go to the health department to get them. Now I have insurance and I go to my PCP. The pharmacy that filled my script gave me the generic, Tri-Sprintec. I don’t mind taking a generic, but I am really scared that it will be like the Ortho LO was to my friend. She took her pills religiously on time and still ended up pregnant. I guess you can say she was the 1%. My husband has worked and currently works with women that have had the same outcome with the LO pill. Do I have anything like that to worry about with this pill switch? Or is this pill EXACTLY like Ortho Tri-Cyclen in every way except the name and the price? Thanks for the help.


AskDocWeb: The generic Tri-Sprintec is equally as effective at birth control as the name brand Ortho Tri-cyclen®.

Subj: Regular ortho tricyclen
Date: 4/7/2008
I was on the generic ortho tricyclen and then ortho tricyclen lo for awhile and experienced a lot of break through bleeding. My dr. changed me over to regular ortho tricyclen-name brand about 3 months ago. This past month I experienced break through bleeding again. I don’t know if it is taking my body time to adjust to the new pill or if this is just a consistent side effect from this brand. Any suggestions? It is very frustrating. Thanks for your time.


AskDocWeb: After three months your body should have become accustomed to the new pill, you will have to consult with your physician again.

Subj: Breasts are swollen, sensitive and sore
Date: 4/9/2008
I’ve never taken any kind of birth-control pill before just started on the tri-cyclen lo. I have been taking it for a month, and is currently the second week in for my 2nd month. The thing is, my breasts are still swollen and sensitive/sore even after my period(some of my symptoms of PMS still remains during the period).. So I was just wondering if this is fine? Or is something else going on with my body?


AskDocWeb: This is known to be a side effect of Ortho Tri-cyclen lo and can be terribly uncomfortable. We suggest you consult with your gyn if it gets too bad.

Subj: Is something else going on?
Date: 4/10/2008
I have taken Ortho Lo for two years and never had a problem, but last month when my period came instead of lasting the normal 7 days it lasted 14. I continued to take the new pack into the second week and now it is time for me to have my period but it hasn’t come. Is it because I had a long one last month or is something else going on?


AskDocWeb: You will need see your physician to find out.

Subj: Palpitations and shortness of breath
Date: 4/15/2008
Hello, I just started Ortho Tri cyclen lo about 8 days ago and just started the light blue pills. I am experiencing palpitations and shortness of breathe sometimes, even if I’m sitting down. Is it an allergic reaction? Should I switch pills? I am using this for contraceptive reasons and don’t want to switch pills because of having unprotected sex. Please get back to me.


AskDocWeb: Sometimes you don’t have much choice about changing pills. Either of these side effects should be reason enough to contact your doctor.

Subj: Period or breakthrough bleeding?
Date: 5/8/2008
If I start taking the pill now (and not wait until Sunday or until day 1 of my period) will I get my period or breakthrough bleeding?


AskDocWeb: We encourage you to follow directions, that is much better than cramps and breakthrough bleeding.

Subj: When are you supposed to get period
Date: 5/9/2008
when are you supposed to get you period when your on the pill..? is it when you start a new cycle, or the last set of colored pills?


AskDocWeb: The last set of colored pills.

Subj: Two weeks late for my period
Date: 5/9/2008
After my last pack of ortho lo (a month ago) I stopped taking the pill. I did this because I am not sexually active and am trying to lose a little weight. However, I am now almost two weeks late for my period. I am so bloated and definitely cranky (my normal PMS) and I’ve been having really bad cramps but still NO PERIOD. I had sex a few months before I stopped taking the pills so I don’t think there is anyway I could be pregnant, could it just be b/c my cycle is really messed up that I still haven’t started my period?


AskDocWeb: It could be because your cycle is messed up but you may want to do a home pregnancy test just to be sure.

Subj: Will I get pregnant?
Date: 5/12/2008
I’ve been taking ortho tri-cyclen lo for about 3 months. Will I get pregnant if my partner doesn’t pull out in time and gets a little sperm in me?


AskDocWeb: In most cases no, that’s why women take birth control pills, so you don’t have to be concerned about that. There are, however, 23.6 pregnancies per 1000 women per year for those who are taking Ortho Tri-cyclen lo.

Subj: I love the pill
Date: 5/15/2008
I’ve been on Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo for 5 years, after trying yasmin, which made me spot for 3 months and my hormones all out of whack. I’ve loved Lo, except that my face seems to break out more on it that it had on Yasmin. I’m now 1.5 years post pregnancy and starting up again on Lo. This time around I did experience breast tenderness, but the lighter and shorter periods were immediate, and I love the pill. My insurance doesn’t cover Lo at all though… still waiting for a generic brand of the low dose to come out.


Subj: Fertile again?
Date: 5/24/2008
I been off the shot since Jan. it hard for me and my fiance to conceive a child. Is there anyway to tell that I am fertile again? I have a basal thermometer that I take vaginal but the reading is always 98. Something so what should the reading be when I’m ovulating or is it steady because I am not ovulating?


AskDocWeb: Most of the time your temperature will be steady because you are not ovulating. The general rule is that you have ovulated when your temperature rises .2 degrees higher than any temperature from the previous 6 days, and it stays elevated for at least 3 consecutive days. Your temperature after ovulation may range from 97.7 upward as this varies from person to person.

Basal temperature is your temperature when you first awaken in the morning before any activity. That means that you take your temperature before you get out of bed, go to the bathroom, brush your teeth, or any other activity. Remember to take your temperature at the same time every day.

Subj: Missed a pill
Date: 5/27/2008
I have been taking Tri-cyclen for about 7 months now, and although it has helped with my excruciating pms cramps, I now experience light cramping throughout the month. I recently missed a pill at the end of the first week, and now I have brown (breakthrough bleeding?) cramps, and breast tenderness. Could this be from missing a day and taking 2 pills to make up? Or should I be very concerned?


AskDocWeb: Missing a pill may result in breakthrough bleeding but not the cramps or breast tenderness so check with your physician.

Subj: I’m throwing up A LOT!
Date: 5/30/2008
I have been feeling nauseous every afternoon off and on for 2 weeks or so, I took a pregnancy test and it was negative and the next day I started my period. That following Sunday I started my first pack of ORTHO TRI-CYL and my period stopped that same day. I have now been taking it everyday for 6 days and I am not only nauseous every afternoon but I am getting very sick. I have sharp stomach pain and I’m throwing up A LOT! Is the birth control making me sick or could I be pregnant?…should I get some more home pregnancy test?


AskDocWeb: Since this started before you had your period, another pregnancy test would seem to be a waste of time. It sounds like there could be something else going on so better see your physician.

Subj: Pregnant?
Date: 5/31/2008
Hi. I was on Depo-Provera shot for five years and then went to the doctor for my acne about 5 months ago. I got pregnant WHILE I was on the pills without knowing about it and miscarried about six weeks in. This was about three months ago. I stayed off of the pill after that, trying to let my body heal and get back to its regular rhythms and I had one period in March (about a month after the miscarriage) and it lasted three days, really light. But I have not had a period since March 31st and it is now May 31st. I have taken several urine pregnancy tests and one BCHG blood test and all came up negative, this was about two/three weeks ago. But I still have not had my period. I was wondering if this was from going off of the pill or if I could be pregnant and just testing negative? Is there any way to know for sure or is it just a waiting game? Thanks,


AskDocWeb: The blood test you had done was the sure way to find out if you are pregnant or not. Since that was negative you can be sure that you are not pregnant.

Subj: Brown skin discoloration
Date: 6/1/2008
I have been taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen for 9 years. I have seen a little bit of brown discoloration on my upper lip. A couple days ago I donated blood at the American Red Cross and the next day noticed I large brown skin discoloration on my forehead. Is there any link between this discoloration, donating blood, and being on the pill? I try to wear sun screen every day, however I do forget sometimes. Is there a way to remove these brown spots? I was thinking of switching to Merina? Is that as effective as Ortho Tri-Cyclen?


AskDocWeb: Being on the pill may cause dark patches of skin on your face. Exposure to the sun can make these patches darker. We have found no relationship between donating blood and dark patches of skin on the face. There are many over the counter products you can use that will help lighten these spots. Ask your pharmacist for a local recommendation. Using a sunscreen daily will help prevent them from getting worse. Read more feedback

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