(Closed) Starting Ortho Tri Cyclen…What should I know?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Tri-hormonal bc pills can make you a little crazy. I went on tri-quilar but had to go off. I’ve always been an emotional person, but I found I was crying every day, crying for no reason etc.

Not saying this will happen to you (my friend’s on them and has had no problems), but something to keep in mind.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve never had a tri-hormonal pill.  I think you need to make sure to take them at the same time every day for them to be effective.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

maybe Too Much Information, but I had an un-expected side effect of my boobs getting about 1.5 sizes larger (yay for a small-chest girl)…BUT….they also ended up becoming very firm and it was so pronounced my GYN was concerned. She made me switch because she said it was very unusual. On the whole though, I liked ortho tri cyclen much better than my current BC, Yaz

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I’ve been on ortho tri-cyclen (or its generic, trisprintec) for ten years and I LOVE IT. I know of someone who felt that it intensified a hangover after drinking, but she may have meant that it made her more susceptible to nausea or headache. On the pill I have light, predictable periods – so much so that I sometimes go a whole period with just pantyliners. When not on the pill, it was terribly heavy and i was a mess of cramps, bloating, tears… so, again, I love my triphasic pill.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m waiting for my next period to start them as well, but it’s important to realize that everyone reacts differently, so don’t take anything said here too literally ๐Ÿ˜›

I thought it was a round-the-table experience, but my doctor (and friends) assured me otherwise.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Well, I got pregnant on ortho tri cyclin taking it perfectly, so be careful. I’m pretty sure i’m just one of the 1 in 100 women that get pregnant on it every year, though (or i’m a fertile freak, one or the other ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). We use spermicidal film and a different BC pill now.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You might have some nausea or annoying side effects but stick with it for 3 months. Most pills have side effects that go away after 3 months- if they’re still around after that, tell your Dr. and she can switch you to a different brand. And make sure you take it roughly the same time everyday and make sure you run any other meds you’re taking (even over the counter ones) by your Dr. to make sure there aren’t any interactions. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Oh and one more thing. Unlike mono-hormonal pills, I don’t think you can’t skip your period with these. When I was on mono-hormonal I would have my period (ie take the sugar pills) when it was convenient for me, if I needed to (ie, wedding, vacation). With tri-hormonal you can`t skip as easily.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had breakthrough bleeding (mid-cycle bleeding) and my sex drive TOTALLY died.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When I was on Ortho, it was pretty good for me. Everyone reacts differently. For once, I finally had half a clue when I was going to have a period, which was helpful. It decreased the death-cramps a bit. But like many other hormones, it does make you gain and retain a bit of weight. It isn’t a lot, just a few pounds, but it’s extremely hard to shed once you’ve got it.

For me, the Depo shot actually works much better. I don’t have to remember it as often, and I haven’t had a period for nearly 4 years straight. There’s still some debate as to whether it’s healthy or not, but for someone who used to have oh-my-god-I’m-dying kind of cramps, I’ll take the risk.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I had a horrible experience with Ortho-Tri-Cyclen, but have screwy hormones so that may not have helped. I am not an emotional person but found myself either in tears or raging pissed at least once a day.  My boobs (which do not, in any way, need to grow!! ) got bigger, I threw up evry day a few hours after taking it, and I was just a wreck. And I was on the “Lo” version! That said, my bestie has been on it for years and absolutely loves it. It’s definitely dependent on your natural hormone make-up and which side effects you’re willing to deal with ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck! It took me almost 18 months of trying different BC to find one that I liked so persevere!

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You might have a talk with your Fiance about emotional ups and downs.  He may need to keep a look out for it and know what is causing it.  I am not an emotional person but I just went plum crazy on ortho.  My emotional ups and downs and general craziness was too hard for the guy I was dating at the time to handle and even I for the longest time didn’t know what was causing it.  It was really kind of scary at the time.  Once I got off it I went right back to the normal me.

Not trying to scare you, but just some information you might talk to your obgyn and your Fiance about.

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