Women's Health Questions
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When you take ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN® LO, your periods may be more regular and more predictable. Your periods may also become lighter and possibly even shorter.
Menstrual cramps are usually less severe when you're on the Pill. Women who use the Pill may have some protection against developing ovarian or uterine cancer. In addition, acute pelvic inflammatory disease, which is a serious infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries, and ectopic or tubal pregnancy may occur less frequently.
Tell your healthcare professional about all of the medicines you are taking, before starting and while you are using
• barbiturates (for example phenobarbitol)
• bosentan (Tracleer®)
• carbamazepine (Tegretol® is one brand of this drug)
• phenybutazone (Butazolidin®)
• drugs used to treat HIV or AIDS
• phenytoin (Dilantin® is one brand of this drug)
• topiramate (TOPAMAX®)
• St. John's Wort (a herbal supplement)
These medicines/herbal supplements may make your contraceptive less effective and you may need to use a barrier contraceptive when you take these drugs or products.
Also, tell your healthcare professional if you take lamotrigine (LAMICTAL®), an anticonvulsant used for epilepsy. This may increase the risk of seizures so your healthcare professional may need to adjust the dose
Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure if any of your medicines are listed above.
Talk to your healthcare professional about steps you should take to ensure a healthy pregnancy. He or she can help you decide when to stop taking your birth control pill.
• Irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting. If bleeding occurs in more than one cycle or lasts for more than a few days call your healthcare professional.
• Problems wearing contact lenses such as change in vision or inability to wear your lenses. If these occur, contact your healthcare professional.
• Fluid retention with swelling of the fingers or ankles and may raise your blood pressure. Contact your healthcare professional if you experience fluid retention.
• Spotty darkening of the skin (particularly the face). This may persist after you stop using
• Other side effects include nausea and vomiting, change in appetite, headache, nervousness, depression, dizziness, loss of scalp hair, vaginal infections and allergic reactions.
The correct way to take the Pill is to take one pill each day, at the same time. Select a time that's easy for you to remember. If there is something you do at the same time each day-for instance, brushing your teeth—take your pill then. Missed pills may increase the risk of pregnancy and may also increase your chance of experiencing some side effects, such as bleeding between periods. Click here for tips on how to remember to take your pill.
It depends on the day and week that you took the "active" or "inactive" pill out of sequence. Your healthcare professional is the best person to decide what your next steps should be.
There may be times when you may not menstruate regularly after you have completed taking a cycle of pills. If you have taken your pills regularly and miss one menstrual period, continue taking your pills for the next cycle but be sure to inform your healthcare professional. If you have not taken the pills daily as instructed and missed a menstrual period, you may be pregnant. If you missed two consecutive menstrual periods, you may be pregnant. Check with your healthcare professional immediately to determine whether you are pregnant. Stop taking oral contraceptives if pregnancy is confirmed.
If you think you may be pregnant, stop taking your pills and check with your healthcare professional immediately. Until you know whether you are pregnant, it is very important to use another form of birth control, such as condoms.