Bad clinic experience and new BCP (Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo)

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
3659 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you’re not interested in the IUD, your non-hormonal options are limited to barrier methods (condoms, diaphragm, cervical cap, all with or without spermicide) which aren’t as effective as other methods, natural family planning (which has a steep learning curve), or abstinence. The progestin-only pills have a higher failure rate too because as the doctor mentioned, most people have trouble taking them at exactly the same time every day.

Have you thought about the NuvaRing? I have several friends on it right now, and they really like it. I’m not sure if it’s actually true, but doctors claim that the hormones stay more localized rather than systemic like the pill.

Post # 4
1680 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m sorry you had a rough morning.  Going to the doc is hard enough, let alone bad attitude nurses! 

How long did you take the first BC?  The first one I was on (I can’t remember the name), I was super moody.  I’d never really had mood swings or anything before so my entire family (aunts, cousins, gparents etc) all noticed.  I switched after a year when it hadn’t gone away and the new one, Beyaz, is better.  Did you take it for long enough to see if it would smooth itself out?  Everything I’ve read is that it can take up to 6 months to fully adjust to a new BCP.  

I’d go ahead and try it, knowing that you can switch to a different one if after 3-6 months, you’re not happy with the side effects.  You need to give it at least 3 months though to let your system adjust. 


Post # 7
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@cmbr:  The estrogen doesn’t get into your system as much with nuvaring versus the pills but most people still have similar estrogen side effects… like the mood issues :-/  

Decent review article:

Birth control is all trial and error!!  I’d go ahead and try the new pills and see what happens. You may not be able to tolerate the estrogen, but Ortho Tri Cyclin Lo has a changing amount of progestin per week, so that is different from the Alesse.  The progestin itself is slightly different too.  

There are a couple combo pills with less estrogen than Alesse… Like Lo-Loestrin Fe. 

Edit: PS. I’m a pharmacist Laughing


Post # 9
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@tallierand:  No problem! I think 10mcg is the lowest… until something new comes out lol. 

Post # 10
314 posts
Helper bee

@tallierand:  I was on the pill for 10 years and went off for about 5 months until I decided I wanted to go back on BC. I have the Nuvaring now and I absolutely love it. 

Post # 11
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would suggest going to an OBGYN…I finally (after many years of issues and 11 years on depo) got to one…


she figured out from my symptoms previously on birth control pills

1) I have endometriosis–she is NOT testing for it now since my period has been stopped I won’t have it there, but it WILL come back once periods start again

2) I have ovarian cysts…

3) I cannot take a birth control pill that has multiple hormones…it messes me up

4) that I can change birth control, BUT I can wiat until after my wedding…


She is amazingly knowledgeable…this is the difference of someone who is a doctor vs someone who works with these on a regular basis vs a now and then doctor…

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