(Closed) Trinessa vs Ortho Tri-Cyclen (and what about Lo?)

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My first BC was Ortha Evra (patch) but I had major bleeding…so I went off that for a lower hormone BC (Tricyclen Lo). It gave me few problems and I was on it for a few years before switching to OTC (I didn’t qualify for Family PACT). I had major mood swings and a lot of stress…it was making my life miserable so I switched back, stopped using BC altogether, and eventually went on the implant (Implanon) which so far works very well for me.

Post # 5
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I was on Lo for awhile. I had breakthrough bleeding pretty badly. Then again, I’m sort of chubby, and I have fibroids, so YMMV.

I don’t really notice much difference between the way I responded to OTC and TriNessa. I know I shouldn’t, but I’ve gone back and forth a few times, and off completely for years at a stretch.

Earlier this year, my acne was HORRIBLE. I mean, I went to the derm, and he almost IMMEDIATELY brought up Accutane horrible. It was a mess! Having tried many other ointments and remedies with no luck, I reluctantly agreed to start, so he put me on the Pill. 

Well, after being on TriNessa for a few weeks, and starting Murad skincare and changing my foundation, my skin stays almost clear. It’s still far from perfect, and my pores are a mess, but I no longer look horribly disfigured when I go out without makeup. In fact, sometimes I don’t even bother with it these days. Needless to say, I had no reason to go ahead with the Accutane.

As far as sex drive…maybe it’s just because I am with someone I am madly in love with now, but I have noticed no ill effects there. If anything, I’m hornier now than I was,lol.

Just for reference, on my insurance, OTC was ~$25 I think (could have been $35, but I think it was 25.) TriNessa is like $10. This is at Walgreens. May be cheaper elsewhere…if it is, let me know!

Post # 6
858 posts
Busy bee

@GreenGables:generic is really the same thing. It might have different filler ingredients. I took the regular ortho tri-cyclen for a few years then switched to tri-sprintec the generic and I have not noticed any difference at all. Everyone is different so some people might have problems with the filler ingredients you wont know without trying

Tri-sprintec is $9 at walmart without insurance so that is a huge plus

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