Ortho Tri 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) [0.18/0.215/.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 BrandsTri-Sprintec
Name BrandOrtho Tri Cyclen (discontinued)
Popular Birth Control Pill BrandsSprintec
ResourcesPandia Health’s Youtube
First time on pills? Here some tips
Ortho Tri Cyclen is a triphasic combination oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills). Our CEO and Co-Founder, Dr. Sophia Yen generally does not recommend triphasics because life is better on monophasics. Watch our video on Triphasics vs. monophasics here. Ortho Tri Cyclen 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 Tri 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.
Unfortunately, Ortho Tri Cyclen has been discontinued. Pandia Health’s doctors can prescribe a generic equivalent: TriNessa, Tri-Estarylla, Tri-Previfem, Tri-Sprintec, Tri-Linyah, for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15/pack (3 pack minimum) without insurance.
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.
Some women may experience weight gain when taking Ortho Tri Cyclen and other birth control pills. While there’s a chance that the hormones can give you the munchies, it’s mostly water retention (and not actual fat).
As with any new prescription, you should go over anything you’re already taking with your doctor or Pandia Health Care Advisor before starting on Ortho Tri 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 Tri Cyclen to be less effective at preventing pregnancy. There are certain meds you should absolutely bring up with your health provider. These are aromatase inhibitors, cancer, HIV, many seizure, and chronic hepatitis C medications.
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Ortho Tri Cyclen. Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, and slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels. Positive side effects: 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.
Every medication comes with a tiny risk of allergy, including Ortho Tri Cyclen. The symptoms are usually mild and include rashes, itching, dizziness. A severe allergy would be: trouble breathing, and swollen lips, throat, or tongue and if that happens, you could call 911 or an ambulance ASAP and take an antihistamine while you are waiting for help.
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 Tri Cyclen. This is especially the case if you’ve health problems such as cancer, heart disease, blood clots, uncontrolled diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Ortho Tri Cyclen has been discontinued. Birth Control pills require a prescription from a doctor. If you’re hesitant to approach your doctor about Ortho Tri Cyclen or simply prefer the privacy, convenience, and ease 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.
If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Ortho Tri Cyclen is quite expensive because it’s a name brand. Save money by choosing one of several other Ortho Tri Cyclen generics, such as Tri-Sprintec, Tri-Previfem, Tri-Estarylla, Tri Norgestimate/Ethinyl Estradiol, or Tri-Linyah.. Generics have the SAME active ingredients and dosage as the name brand. Watch our video explaining generics vs. brand birth control pills.
Ortho Tri Cyclen 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 Tri Cyclen before bedtime or with your largest meal of the day helps reduce nausea and other side effects. After taking 21 days of active pills, you’ll switch to seven inactive pills. These are inactive pills have no hormones and 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.
Watch our video by our Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Yen on birth control and infertility.