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Type

Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill (cOCP)

Uses

Treats Acne
Regulates Periods
Treats Irregular Periods
Less Painful Periods
Prevents Pregnancy
Decreases Heavy Periods
Decreases Anemia
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 Ingredients

Norgestimate (progesterone) [0.18/0.215/.25mg]

Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) [0.035mg]

Risks

Do NOT use if allergic to estrogen or progestin.

Discuss use with doctor before breastfeeding, may decrease milk volume.

Equivalent Generic Brands

Tri-Sprintec
Tri-Previfem
Tri-Estarylla
Tri Norgestimate/Ethinyl
Estradiol
Tri-Linyah

Name Brand

Ortho Tri Cyclen (discontinued)

Popular Birth Control Pill Brands

Sprintec

Apri

Viorele

Junel Fe

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Yaz

Norethindrone

Jolessa

New Questions

Periods are optional! The only reason that we build the lining of our uterus every month and pop out an egg (ovulation) is to make a baby. On average in the US, periods start at 12 years old and women have their first baby at 26 y/o. If we aren’t going to make a baby, then why bother with that? Every time we shed our lining and pop out an egg unnecessarily, that adds to the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer. That’s 14 years of monthly periods for no good reason. So you can turn those off with the ring or pill or IUD with hormones. It prevents endometrial and ovarian cancer and anemia. Women and physicians have done it since 1960s. And the natural state of a woman is pregnant or breastfeeding and she has no periods during that time. Refer her to the wings of inspired business podcast for more info.  

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Yes. Generics, by law, have the same active ingredients as their name-brand versions. Generics may differ on the inactive ingredients.  

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TriNessa 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. TriNessa 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. TriNessa 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.

Pandia Health’s doctors can prescribe you TriNessa or another generic equivalent: 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.

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FAQ

WILL TRINESSA CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN?

Some women may experience weight gain when taking TriNessa 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).

ANY OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TRINESSA?

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 TriNessa. 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 TriNessa 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 seizures, and chronic hepatitis C medications.

WHAT ARE TRINESSA SIDE EFFECTS?

The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking TriNessa. Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, swollen feet or ankles, and slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels. Positive side effects are also a possibility, too — reduced acne, fewer mood swings, and other perks are fairly common. The chances of serious side effects are extremely unlikely, but some cases have been documented such as blood clotting, shortness of breath, migraines, vision problems, slurred speech, confusion, and fainting. Those who wear contacts or are nearsighted may notice vision problems as well. These may sound scary, but remember — they’re very rare.

WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I BE AWARE OF WITH TRINESSA?

Every medication comes with a tiny risk of allergy, including TriNessa. 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 Trinessa. This is especially the case if you’ve health problems such as cancer, heart disease, blood clots, uncontrolled diabetes, or high blood pressure.

HOW EASY IS IT TO GET TRINESSA?

TriNessa should be available at just about any pharmacy in your area. It does require a prescription from a doctor, though. If you’re hesitant to approach your family doctor about TriNessa or simply crave the privacy, discretion, and ease of the internet, give Pandia Health a try. We have licensed doctors in every state we operate in.

We also accept many forms of insurance here at Pandia Health. If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, TriNessa is quite affordable because it’s a generic brand. You can also save by choosing one of several other TriNessa generics, such as Tri-Sprintec, Tri-Previfem, Tri-Estarylla, Tri Norgestimate/Ethinyl Estradiol, or Tri-Linyah. No insurance? No problem. We have many payment options to fit your life.

HOW DOES TRINESSA WORK?

TriNessa 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 TriNessa 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 that have no hormones and are there to keep you in the habit of taking your pill every day.

DOES BIRTH CONTROL CAUSE INFERTILITY?

Some women worry that birth control pills like TriNessa 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.