Ortho Cyclen Birth Control Pills
TypeCombined Oral Contraceptive Pill (cOCP)
Treats Irregular Periods
Less Painful Periods
Decreases Heavy Periods
Decreases Monthly Blood Loss
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cysts
Decreases Risk of Ovarian Cancer
Decreases Risk of Endometrial Cancer
Decreases Risk of Colorectal Cancer
Active IngredientsNorgestimate (progesterone) [0.25mg] Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [35 mcg]
RisksDo NOT use if allergic to estrogen or progestin.
Discuss use with doctor before breastfeeding, may decrease milk volume.
Equivalent Generic BrandsSprintec
Name BrandOrtho-Cyclen (discontinued)
Popular Birth Control Pill BrandsSprintec
ResourcesPandia Health’s Youtube
First time on pills? Here some tips
Ortho Cyclen is a combination oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills). It prevents pregnancy by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation), and thickening the cervical mucus, blocking sperm from getting into the uterus and getting to the egg. Ortho Cyclen is also prescribed to: treat acne, reduce the risk of ovarian cysts (as in polycystic ovarian syndrome [PCOS]), treat painful or heavy periods and more.
If you have high blood pressure or take blood pressure medications, this medication is NOT for you. Instead, Pandia Heath Medical group’s doctors recommend progestin-only pill (POPs), IUD with hormone (Mirena, Liletta, Kyleena, Skyla), implant (nexplanon), the birth control shot (depo-provera), or condoms and spermicide.
Pandia Health’s doctors are always happy to help you choose the right birth control for you. Pandia Health’s doctor team can prescribe Ortho Cyclen at special request or another generic equivalent: Sprintec, Estarylla, Femynor, Mono-Linyah, Previfem, or Monessa for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15/pack (3 pack minimum) without insurance.
As with any new prescription, you should go over anything you’re already taking with your Doctor before starting on Ortho Cyclen. This includes recreational drugs, over-the-counter meds, and even herbal supplements. Even something that seems relatively harmless such as St. John’s wort can cause Ortho Cyclen to be less effective at preventing pregnancy. There are certain meds you should absolutely bring up with your doctor. These are aromatase inhibitors, cancer, HIV, seizure, and chronic hepatitis C medications.
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced side effects when taking Ortho Cyclen. Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, and slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels. Positive side effects are also a possibility, too — reduced acne, lighter bleeds, and fewer mood swings are fairly common.
The chances of serious side effects are extremely unlikely, but some cases have been documented, such as blood clots in the head (a severe new headache, causing double vision, or stroke), blood clots in the chest causing severe shortness of breath, blood clots in the abdomen (causing abdominal pain), blood clots in the leg causing leg swelling and pain. These may sound scary, but remember — they’re very rare.
Pretty much every medication comes with a tiny risk of allergies, including Ortho Cyclen. The symptoms are usually mild and include rashes, itching, dizziness. If you experience trouble breathing or swollen lips, throat, or tongue, call 911.
Depending on your medical history, hormone-based birth control may not be for you. It’s important to discuss your medical history with your physician or one of our helpful Pandia Health Patient Care Advisors before you get started on Ortho Cyclen, especially if you’ve have health problems such as cancer, heart disease, blood clots, uncontrolled diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Ortho Cyclen has been discontinued. You can choose of its generics instead. Watch our video explaining generics vs. brand birth control pills. Birth Control Pills do require a prescription from a doctor/provider. If you’re hesitant to approach your doctor about Ortho Cyclen, or simply want the privacy, confidentiality, and convenience of the internet, give Pandia Health a try. We have experienced, birth control passionate, licensed doctors in every state we operate in. We also accept almost all forms of major private insurance at Pandia Health.
No insurance? No problem. We offer many payment options to fit your needs.
Ortho Cyclen has been discontinued. Choose one of several Ortho Cyclen generics, such as Estarylla, Mono-Linyah, Previfem, Norgestimate / Ethinyl Estradiol, Femynor, Mononessa, Sprintec Mili. Generics have the SAME active ingredients and dosage as the name brand.
Ortho Cyclen’s generics uses a blend of two hormones, estrogen and progestin, to make your body think it’s pregnant so a real pregnancy won’t happen. It’s super easy to use. Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Ortho Cyclen before bedtime or just after their largest meal helps reduce nausea and other side effects. After taking 21 days of active pills, you’ll switch to 7 inactive pills with no hormones that are there to help you keep in the habit of taking a pill every day.
If you want to #SkipPeriods, check out our #PeriodsOptional because #PeriodProblems blog post here.
Some women worry that birth control pills like Ortho Cyclen can cause long-term fertility issues.
This isn’t true. If you want to have a baby soon, just stop the medication and you should return to full fertility within a cycle or two after stopping.
Watch our video by our Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Yen on birth control and infertility.