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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: Ortho Try-cyclen lo
Date: 3/30/2006
I have been on Ortho Try-cyclen lo for a year now. I notice the crying a lot… I have always had mood swings, so I don’t see much of a change in that. I too am tired a lot but I also take allergy meds that make me drowsy. Other then that I don’t have any issues with it.


Subj: What is going on?
Date: 3/30/2006
This is the fourth month I have been on ortho tri-cyclen lo and everything has been regular until this cycle. I started lightly bleeding on the night of my 14th pill and I continued to lightly bleed until the night of my 16th pill. Then it started again very light the next day but it is now thick and dark. I just took my last pill today and I am still lightly bleeding. What is going on? Is this my period and now I won’t have one during the 7 placebo days?


AskDocWeb: This seems to be happening to other women too. Your doctor may tell you to continue taking your pills as usual but things like this are happening often enough that you may want to consider getting off of ortho tri-cyclen lo.

Subj: Problem switching pills
Date: 3/30/2006
I was on allesse for 6 month then was switched to tri-cylen for 2 month. I stopped taking it in Feb and had my period it is now 37 days later and no period, am I pregnant or would coming off the pill do this to me.


AskDocWeb: You should do a home pregnancy test just to be sure. And yes changing pills could easily do this. You can have irregular periods for about 3 months after switching.

Subj: Possibility of getting pregnant
Date: 3/31/2006
I have been taking ortho tri cyclen lo for about 7 months now. For the most part it is fine but I do experience nausea and sharp pains in my stomach…my question is if I do not use a condom or ‘pull-out’ while I am on the pill, is it still possible to get pregnant and if so what percentage?


AskDocWeb: The chance of failure is so small that it is not a concern but it does increase each time you miss a pill. Most of the time the only reasons to use a condom while taking the pill is for protection from sexually transmitted diseases or just for fun.

Subj: Ortho Tri-cyclen lo
Date: 3/31/2006
Ortho Tri-cyclen lo, I was on for a little over 5 months and all of a sudden in a matter of 10 min, my life turned upside down and now looking back I was getting moody. Unhappy things that bothered me little, hit me like a fright train, really self conscious worse and worse as time went on etc… I hate switching pills but they won’t let me get off of them.


Subj: Ortho-evra patch and blood clots
Date: 3/31/2006
Hi, I have been taking ortho-evra patch for a year and a half and really have enjoyed how easy it is compared to regular birth control, but as of the last month I have read and heard about the new warning of the patch causing blood clots because of the 60% more estrogen it gives to your body than other birth control. I am a little scared that the percentage of estrogen in my body is higher and increases blood clots. I have contacted my doctor about switching to another BC pill. I have had tenderness in both legs for about a month now and will see my doctor.

My question is with a family history of breast cancer and other cancers on both sides of my family is it wise I move to another pill? I do not want to put myself in a situation that could now increase my chances of getting sick. I personally have been very healthy, I am 27 years old and when I was an infant had ITP blood clotting disorder. I only had it for a year and never again. But, am I putting myself at risk again by increasing the estrogen in my body?


AskDocWeb: That patch doesn’t sound like the best choice for you because of the strong history of cancer in your family. You are wise to talk to your doctor about another method of birth control.

Subj: Quitting Ortho Tricyclen
Date: 4/2/2006
I only took Ortho Tricyclen for about well not even a full month. It was to regulate my periods but I have severe seizures and it was making it worse. I had my period right after I got off Ortho. Then I had unprotected sex. Smart. I skipped my period so I went in for a pregnancy Test. My question is, can getting off of the Ortho mess up your period like that? Because although the test came out negative I have still not had my period yet. I am feeling a bit nervous. Thank-you,


AskDocWeb: Yes, it can make your periods irregular for 90 days, until your body gets back to normal. You should do another pregnancy test a week later to make sure you are not pregnant, than you can relax.

Subj: Vaginal infections with ortho tricyclen?
Date: 4/3/2006
I’ve been using ortho tricyclen lo for the past 7 months…I was 125 pounds, now I’m 140 and rising…however I recently switched to ortho tricyclen…I am getting recurrent BV or yeast infections and was just curious to know if that is associated in anyway with the bcps. Have any studies been made to link vaginal infections with ortho tricyclen…please help!


AskDocWeb: Yes, in a small percentage of users of Ortho Tri-cyclen lo, viginal infections have been linked to the use of this drug.

Subj: About Trinessa?
Date: 4/3/2006
I have read so many bad things about Trinessa in like the last 5min. I just picked the pack up today and wouldn’t even start it until April. Does any one have some GOOD news they can tell me about this pill before I start taking it?


AskDocWeb: Any comments on TriNessa would be welcome, let us hear from you.

Subj: Craziness is getting to me
Date: 4/4/2006
I’ve just finished my 2nd pack of Ortho Tri-cyclen LO. (The difference is that is has more estrogen “LO”). I was previously taking Alesse-28 for about 2 1/2 years. My last pills where amazing, I lost 5 lbs and I lost my PMS problems. Until I got my period 2 weeks out of the month consistently.

The doctor moved me to Ortho Try-cyclen LO. I now am having SEVERE depression, I’m crying, I’ve gained 5 lbs. and I’ve just only finished my 2nd pack.

I want to go back to Alesse even with the periods and bleeding! The weight and the craziness is getting to me. What should I do? Switch back? Stop taking them? Does anyone recommend another form of birth control? Additional hormones are driving me nuts. Thanks,


AskDocWeb: Sounds like you need to make better use of your doctor, there are other birth control pills and your doctor will find one that is better for you. Tell him about the depression and make him change your pills (not just give you an antidepressant). There is no need to put up with such craziness.

Subj: Precancerous cervical cells
Date: 4/4/2006
I have been taking Ortho tri cyclen low for 3 months. I started taking it the Sunday after an abortion. Since then, I’ve noticed some weight gain, sugar cravings, but most annoyingly- really long periods. I start my period at the beginning of the third week of pills, and it lasts all the way through the inactive pills, until I start the active ones again. Also, my last pap showed dysplasia, and I’m wondering if taking hormones is even a good idea for someone who may have precancerous cervical cells. I just have a lot of concerns about all this – I’m thinking about trying natural family planning options instead…


Subj: Use of backup birth control?
Date: 4/5/2006
I am currently taking ortho-tricyclen lo, and I am a Sunday starter. I read that when you start on Sundays you have to use another form of protection for the first seven days. Now that I am about 4 days in on my second pack, do I still need to use another form of protection for seven days on the second pack too or was that just a rule of thumb for when you are starting your first pack? Any help is appreciated!


AskDocWeb: That was for those who are starting out new with the pills. You do not have to use another form of protection each month, just the first one, but do consider condoms for protection from any sexually transmitted diseases.

Subj: Very emotional
Date: 4/5/2006
Hi, I am coming to the end of my third packet of Ortho-Lo. I have actually noticed some weight loss. (Is this normal?)I have also noticed that maybe 2 weeks a week and a half before my period I start with mood swings …I am extremely emotional (near tears for no reason) feeling.. not depressed but very emotional about everything! (Is this a normal side effect?) Just wanting to know if anyone else may be experiencing any of the above as well? Thanks!


AskDocWeb: Maybe not normal but it does seem to be a common side effect. Many others have written that they suffer from the same symptoms.

Subj: Mood changes with Tri-Sprintec
Date: 4/5/2006
I have been on tri-sprintec for about 11 days at the beginning of this week. I have been experiencing alot of mood changes, one minute I’m my normal happy self and the next min I’m a complete witch, and then the next I’m crying is this part of being on this pill or will it stop after I’m on it for about a month?


AskDocWeb: This should stop once your body adjusts to the pill, about three months if you can tolerate it. Then if the symptoms don’t clear up, consult with your OB-GYN. There should be a pill just right for you and there is a wide selection.

Subj: Blisters on lips
Date: 4/6/2006
I’ve been using Ortho Tri Cyclen for 6 years now and 2 weeks ago switched to the Tri cyclen lo, as I thought a lower dose is always better. Only a few days after starting the lo, my upper lip has begun to swell and little pustules appeared. They have now blistered and scabbed. And my lips are super dry and the place where the scab was is starting to blister again. Could the two be related? What is the real difference between the regular and the lo if this has never happened before?


AskDocWeb: No, this sounds like a herpes breakout.

Subj: Got pregnant on ortho tri-cyclen lo
Date: 4/6/2006
I was on ortho tri-cyclen lo, had been taking it for 1.5 years, and took it correctly. I still became pregnant. All the websites and doctors make it sound like this is impossible, but it is definitely not. I took it at the same time every day, was not sick during the month I became pregnant, and was not taking any herbal medications. I weigh 125 lbs., a weight they told me would not be a problem with the medication. I am very angry because after missing my period I called health providers and consulted the website- all said it was nearly impossible and I should not worry at all. I did a test and found that I was pregnant. It does happen. I have put a lot of money and faith into a medication that was ultimately ineffective. They saw only 1%, but that’s still one out of one hundred, and it’s not impossible and not everyone who becomes pregnant on this med makes a mistake.


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