(Closed) Birth control?Ortho Tricyclen Lo side affects?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Birth control side effects are different for everyone.  There are different concentrations of hormones in different birth control pills and these will react differently with everyone’s body (due to your individual hormone concentrations)  For example, I know someone who went on Ortho-Lo and got acne.  I know another person who went on Ortho-Lo and it cleared her acne.  It is sometimes a trial and error finding a birth control pill that works for you. 

In other words, if someone on here had a nasty side effect from Ortho-Lo it doesn’t necessarily mean you will have it, and vice versa.

Common side effects of birth control pills are headaches, break-through bleeding, weight gain, tender breasts and acne.  Some of these side effects are temporary while your body adjusts to the hormones. 

I’d say after a month you should know if you are having any side effects… but this can change as YOUR hormones change.  I was on a certain brand of BC for years, went off it for 6 months, went back on it and started having headaches and crazy mood swings.  I switched to another kind and was fine.

Post # 4
1638 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve been on the lo dose for 1 year and no side effects, works great for me. Good luck!

Post # 5
1250 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve been on ortho-lo for over 2 years. My boobs were kind of sore for the first week I took it, and I was a little queasy for about an hour after taking it the first week, but that all went away pretty quickly. For about a year it went super well, but after about a year I started to feel like it was affecting my libido.

Overall, its been a great pill for me, but because of the libido thing I might try going off it for a while and see if that helps.

Post # 6
226 posts
Helper bee

ITA with Angela83

When I used ortho tricyclen lo, I gained about 10 lbs in the first month.  I felt nauseous every morning (I tookt he pill at night after dinner).  My face also broke out.

BUT, my bestfriend took it and didn’t have any problems at all. 

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