crystal 928

Saint Johns, AZ

#769 Feb 19, 2008
ok so i have taken the pill for two days not every long i know but i was taking trinessa which made me horribly sick i would wake up at 1-5am and just puke i ended up loosing weight from throwing up so much so i called and asked my doctor to switch me i am so glad ortho is working i have also been on the depo that did not work either because it made me bleed for four months straight which is what made me consider the pill and i ended up with trinessa and wasting money but now i am on the Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo and it is so much better i don't feel sick to my stomach any more and i don't wake up threw out the night and i am not breaking out like crazy i must say if you can try and stick with the name brand sometimes you just can't replace the real thing my pill coast about 56 dollars a month but i would say it's been worth it only thing with this is that i am hungry alot i mean i ate tons before and have always stayed small so i just don't let myself go over what i normaly eat
Kim

Wilmington, DE

#770 Feb 19, 2008
I also started OTL last Sunday & I was pretty concerned while reading some of the negative responsives people have had with the pill. So far everything is about normal with me while I've been taking it..i just hope that the side effects skip me!
Elizabeth

UK

#771 Feb 21, 2008
I have been on the pill for years and then took a year break. I will admit that I felt much better while not on the pill, but eventually I wanted to have the security of it and have my period regulated again.

The pill is really an individual thing. You need to talk to your doctor about what your needs are and what your fears are. If you know you get dizzy often, tell them that and so on. I had bad cramps and a very sensitive stomach, so my doctor avoided the pills that would be harder on my stomach.

I think over the years, I have bounced around trying to find different pills and eventually change as my needs change...so going from needing them to help with acne, to helping with cramps, to just helping regulate.

It's about following your own body's reaction and also keep in mind it will take a few months for your body to get used to the hormones.

Also...remember to always tell a doctor you are on Birth Control (A Cousin didn't and she got pregnanate because treatment blocked her pill - lesson learned)

and don't buy a full years worth...buy just 3 months at a time, just incase your body does not like the pill, then you can easily switch but always make sure you have at least one extra pack on you incase you miss a pill and need to start a new one.
Sarah

Omaha, NE

#772 Feb 21, 2008
This was posted a long time ago, but hopefully someone can make use of this advice. Years ago I was on ortho-lo and it was great. No weight gain, no bloating, no cramps. My period was very predictible-it started the same day down to the hour every month. My periods are messed up, so I am trying it again after being off of it for a while. My Dr. told me weight gain is because the pill can slow your metabolism so its important to eat small healthy meals and avoid fast food and soda if possible. Since starting the pill a few days ago I have noticed that my back really hurts and I am spacy and can't concentrate. I had a moody outburst my second day because my boyfriend was to busy to take me to lunch. That is not normal for me, so watch your emotions.
crystal 928

Saint Johns, AZ

#773 Feb 22, 2008
so an update on the pill lately i found if you take it before bed with milk and a snack it helps i tried to take it with out milk and something to soak up the pill and i got sick to my stomach so i say take it with milk and maybe a p,b&j sandwhich it helps alot and i have had a lil weight gain just 2 pounds so far so no worries
Lucky Charms

Williamsburg, VA

#774 Feb 22, 2008
I did not like Ortho Tri Cyclen low at all...I dislike all of the triphasic pills because they cause too many ups and down...monophasic pills keep you more "steady" well at least they did with me. I tried LoEstrin 24 Fe and had no issues. It is low estrogen (of course). I can help you get some if you are without insurance or cannot get a script from your doc. Email me at pmcrhlt [at] aol.com if you need this.

Regards,

LC
Shelley

United States

#775 Feb 23, 2008
I have been on Ortho Tri Lo for almost 5 years to regulate my periods. I did not experience any weight gain and the acne that I was getting, especially on my back, cleared up. Cramps are very minimal. If I do get them, it's for the first day only. I did not get sick from taking it and take it at night around 9 pm.
Tiffany

Austin, TX

#776 Feb 24, 2008
Thats weird i cant believe alot of you had weight gain and problems with Ortho tri-cyclen lo! I was on it for about a year and it worked great. At first my periods were a lil wacky, but then they regulated, and even lighter than before only lasting 3-4 days. It works great, but just recently my doctor had to renew my prescription and changed it to Ortho tri-cyclen.Im a lil hesitant because everything was fine from the previous birth control. If anyone has used Ortho tri-cyclen I was wondering how it worked for you?
YoYo

Decatur, GA

#777 Feb 25, 2008
I got headaches while I was on ortho tri-cyclen lo.
GLS

Fort Lee, VA

#778 Feb 26, 2008
Hi:
I am switching from Loestrin24FE to Ortho Try-Cyclen Lo. My doctor gave me the samples today. I was prescribe Loestrin24FE initially because spotting between periods, and the presence of a cyst in my left ovary. The cyst is gone now, and I was on that pill for 6 months. The only problem I had with it was that my periods became non-existant... but continue spotting every two weeks. My Doc expect to regulate better my periods with Cyclen lo. Have anyone else had the same type of switch? I would like to know side effects and experiences.
crystal 928

Saint Johns, AZ

#779 Feb 28, 2008
i am no longering going to take the pill i got head aches and it made tired all the time i have no sex drive at all it didn't help my moods at all and it makes me sick every morning i am only 103 pounds and 5'2" so i figure it's just to much for my body size but who knows never knock till you try it every ones body is different so try it out for 3-7 days and then think about weather or not you really want to keep taking it i went almost a month
Lisa

Ottawa, Canada

#780 Feb 28, 2008
I have been on Try-cyclen lo. for about 3 years im only 18 right now and i love it. At first i got headaches but they went away after getting use to taking the pill.. My period comes every month almost the same day. I love everything about it. I have had no big problem with it yet. I didnt gain any weight. My doctor said you should expect to gain at most 5 pounds but after that its your fault and ur eatting habits you will need to look at. I was just wondering though. My prom is coming up and other things and for some reason everything always ends up happening when i have my period. Is it safe/will it work to skip the sugar pills and just start a new pack or anything? The date is rushing up fast so if u can email me at Lisac901(at) Gmail.com that would be great :) thanks
Jenna

Sunnyside, NY

#781 Feb 28, 2008
On my 3rd week of OTC Lo and have nothing but complaints. Weight gain, SEVERE ACNE, and bad breast tenderness. Was on regular OTC for years and my skin looked great, though I still gained tons of water weight and had the breast tenderness. Does anyone have any acne advice for this pill??? I'm freaking out...my face looks awful...I don't want to switch because I spent close to $120 on 3 packs of OTC lo and I intend on getting my money's worth, but is this situation going to get better??? I'm scared to show my face...
Kadence

San Marcos, CA

#782 Feb 28, 2008
hey im thinking out about going on ortho tri cyclen lo and just wondering how much it costs!? if anyone knows that would be great! thanks!
Sarah

Omaha, NE

#783 Feb 28, 2008
I started taking ortho-lo about 12 days ago. I started mid-cycle because my hormones are out of whack and the day my period starts is disasterous (I black out and have hot flashes). My doc started me mid cycle to try and prevent this from happening. The first week was fine but I was moody and my back and breasts were incredibly sore. Then I started the second week and thats when all hell broke loose. For the first couple of days of the second week I had this sticky brown discharge then I started having a full blown period. I have the worst cramps I have ever had-even a heating pad wont budge them and I am so bloated my pants hardly fit. I know I started mid-cyle so that might be why a lot of this is happening, but has anyone else experienced something like this? I have heard wonderful things about the nuva ring, anyone else using that?
Sarah
Sarah

Omaha, NE

#784 Feb 28, 2008
Lisa wrote:
I have been on Try-cyclen lo. for about 3 years im only 18 right now and i love it. At first i got headaches but they went away after getting use to taking the pill.. My period comes every month almost the same day. I love everything about it. I have had no big problem with it yet. I didnt gain any weight. My doctor said you should expect to gain at most 5 pounds but after that its your fault and ur eatting habits you will need to look at. I was just wondering though. My prom is coming up and other things and for some reason everything always ends up happening when i have my period. Is it safe/will it work to skip the sugar pills and just start a new pack or anything? The date is rushing up fast so if u can email me at Lisac901(at) Gmail.com that would be great :) thanks
I recently started ortho-lo and it is my understanding its ok to skip those pills. They are inactive and only there to remind you that you are supposed to take a pill every day. It is supposed to help you keep on track so when you start a new week you will remember to take them. Perfect for someone spacy like myself!
Laura

Los Angeles, CA

#785 Mar 3, 2008
I just got my OTL today, i am suppose to start my period tomorrow which is a tuesday. I went ahead and took a monday active pill today thinkin that was what i was suppose to do. what should i do? Taking the pill the day before i am "Suppose" to start, will it affect me, how do i fix this?
Danielle

Stevensville, MT

#786 Mar 3, 2008
Tricyclic pills such as Ortho Tri Cyclen don't work very well to keep taking continously to avoid your period. You need to take a pill that has a "constant" estrogen/progesterone level in it...pills all the SAME color except the inactive pills at the end. Tricyclic pills such as Ortho TRI cyclen, TRInessa, etc. have a tapering level of estrogen/progesterone in them.
sasha wrote:
i'm on this pill and i took my pills back to back to avoid my period whcih worked for a little over a week but then i got it anyways and i've had it fro 10 days now!!! what the heck, when will it go away?
Danielle

Stevensville, MT

#787 Mar 3, 2008
About $43/month +/- a couple dollars...and my husband works in the pharmacy and it's still expensive, even paying wholesale price like he does!!!
Kadence wrote:
hey im thinking out about going on ortho tri cyclen lo and just wondering how much it costs!? if anyone knows that would be great! thanks!

“Learn from mistakes!!”

Since: Mar 08

Birmingham, AL

#788 Mar 3, 2008
I just started Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo on Feb 24th. Today, march 2, I started the 2nd week(light blue) pills and I have started spotting. I have been experiencing headaches, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, dizziness, nausea, slight constipation, and weight gain(5lbs) since I started them. All this stuff does not come at once though. Just different day extra stuff to deal with!! I have not slept really in several nights, but I have been sleeping all day. This, mind you, is the very 1st time I have ever been on birth control!! I really dont know what to expect, but from reading some of these posts I see that its normal! The only thing I want to know is if some of this stuff, like breast increasing 2 cup sizes is true?? I wouldn't complain if it is since I am an A cup, but I'm curious to know if its true really. And if taking this pill is worth all the side effects it brings and when will they go away??

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