Unfortunately, Ortho Tri-Cyclen was discontinued by the manufacturer. If you’re looking for a replacement for this birth control, our team at Nurx can help. We can prescribe the generic equivalent Tri-Sprintec for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15 without insurance.See full product details
Does Ortho Tri-Cyclen Help Acne?
Ortho Tri-Cyclen is not FDA-approved to fight acne, but many patients have noticed clearer skin after they started taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen. When taking this pill, your acne may improve because your hormones are regulated, which reduces one main cause of this condition.
Does Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lower Libido?
Some women may experience a decreased sex drive after taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen and other birth control pills. This should be relatively mild and should pass within a month or two. However, if your libido doesn't bounce back, talk to your doctor. They should be able to find a form of birth control that won't have such dramatic side effects.
What Else Should I Know About Ortho Tri-Cyclen?
Before you start taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen, or any other birth control pill, tell your doctor about any allergies or any other medications that you're taking. This pill can interact with certain medications and create adverse side effects that range from uncomfortable to life-threatening. Plus, the chemicals in Ortho Tri-Cyclen could get canceled out by other medications, increasing your risk of getting pregnant. Ortho Tri-Cyclen is also not recommended for women older than 35 who smoke; it can increase your risk of blood clots and other complications.
What Are the Side Effects of Ortho Tri-Cyclen?
Many women experience side effects while taking birth control pills, and these can vary among patients. During the first few months on Ortho Tri-Cyclen, you may experience:
- Changes in weight or appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Breast tenderness
- Anxiety, dizziness, or headaches
- Problems with contact lenses
- Changes in menstrual bleeding
What Precautions Should I Take When Taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen?
Ortho Tri-Cyclen is most effective when you take it every day at the same time. Even taking your pill four hours later than usual increases your chances of getting pregnant. If you miss one pill, take two the next day. Ideally, space them out rather than taking them together. You do not want to take more than two pills in one day (and then only rarely). If you do, you could be at risk for an overdose. Ortho Tri-Cyclen is not approved to treat sexually transmitted infections and diseases (STIs/STDs). Continue to use barrier protection (such as condoms) with new partners and get tested regularly.
How Can You Get Ortho Tri-Cyclen?
After your doctor prescribes Ortho Tri-Cyclen, you should be able to get it at your local pharmacy. Ortho Tri-Cyclen is a fairly affordable pill, and you will likely pay $15-$30 per packet. This depends on your pharmacy and health insurance provider. Ortho Tri-Cyclen has multiple generic alternatives you can choose from if you can't afford the brand-name pill. These include Tri-Sprintec, TriNessa, Tri-Previfem, Tri-Linyah, and Tri-Estarylla. These pills should be cheaper, if not free, on your health insurance. Our company also offers affordable birth control options for women who don't have health insurance or the health coverage they need. You might be able to get Ortho Tri-Cyclen through our services easier than you can at your local pharmacy.
How Does Ortho Tri-Cyclen Work?
Ortho Tri-Cyclen uses hormones to regulate your reproductive system while making it difficult to get pregnant. First, these hormones stop ovulation, making it unlikely that you will pass an egg that can be fertilized. Next, it thickens your vaginal fluid, preventing sperm from reaching the cervix. Finally, it makes the uterine lining thinner, which creates a difficult environment for a fertilized egg to survive. Many women notice lighter periods while taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen because of these changes. Ortho Tri-Cyclen does not affect your long-term fertility. When you are ready to have a baby, simply stop taking this pill and your body will return to normal.