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User Reviews for Ortho Tri-Cyclen

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Summary of Ortho Tri-Cyclen reviews 5.8 218 reviews

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For Acne "I was previously on trinessa prescribed by my dermatologist as my acne wasn’t fully cleared up. I just had a couple bumps on my face nothing crazy. The bad thing about trinessa for me was that I was hormonal and depressed and I was always tired. I hated it then I went to my gynecologist and she switched me to orthocyclen and so far I’ve noticed that my mood swings and fatigue improve drastically, but as far as acne goes it hasn’t changed much. I’ve only been on it for three weeks the right side of my face is completely clear but the left side has a slight break out but that is the side I sleep on so that might have something to do with it. So far I’m not too upset at the results but I’m only three weeks in so I will be sure to keep everyone updated!"

   
7.0

Molliepops (taken for less than 1 month) October 6, 2018

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For Acne "I went on this BC because I was previously taking Lolo estrin since that one made me feel like I was pregnant EVERYDAY. I have pretty acne prone skin but nothing horrible mainly my forehead but my cheeks were typically pretty clear with the exception of a few pimples every so often. Well when I got off Lolo I wanted something that could prevent pregnancy and clear up my skin .... NOPE NOPE NOPE. This BC broke me out in places I NEVER had issues with before! Now I thought it was my body adjusting so I gave it 6-7 months and still nothing! Broke me out so bad, constant red inflamed skin it was horrible and I was miserable and for my wedding day my skin was so bad. As soon as I got off it my skin cleared up a bit but it just hasn’t been the same since taking Ortho tri cyclen. Everyone is different but just didn’t work for me."

   
2.0

Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 1, 2018

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For Acne "I’m 1* & I’ve dealt with acne since I was 13. I’ve been on pills & pills & pills since I was 14. It got better depending on the pills I’d take (spirinolactone, doxycycline). Although my face was never completely clear so I started taking ortho tri cyclen prescribed by my doctor for acne, not my dermatologist. It’s been about almost 2 months now, no improvement, just a lot worse. I didn’t know if I should continue this, but after I read some of these reviews I learned that it may take your body some adjustment to do in the beginning before it starts activating properly. I hope that’s the case for me, I’ll be back to let you all know :)"

   
2.0

cocoa butter (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 20, 2018

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For Birth Control "My best friend and I were both switched to tricylcen because it was a heavier dose of hormone and would help make our periods lighter and help with acne. My acne got worse on the pill and I found myself emotional but it was effective at preventing pregnancy as it was the only form of birth control my partner and I were using. My best friend was also on tricyclen and she recently found out she was pregnant. She was responsible with her pill and never missed a dose. I went with her to get the abortion where the nurse told us the pill is only 91% effective. 9 out of every 100 women get pregnant while on tricyclen. Those were numbers I did not know when I was prescribed it and since learning that I have switched to another form of birth control."

   
1.0

Study978 (taken for 1 to 2 years) September 16, 2018

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For Acne "I've been on this for about six months now. My skin condition has not changed at all. My periods are predictable- but much heavier & longer than on the Nuvaring. Sex drive has restored and there is less pain afterwards. However, the main reason I switched to this was to clear my skin and it's not happening. I don't know how much longer I'll stay on this if it doesn't work."

   
6.0

MN (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 11, 2018

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For Birth Control "I was on this pill for a few years. My doctor put me on it because I get unbearable period pains. I will say, the pill helped regulate my period and lighten the flow as well as making it a little less painful, BUT.. I figured out that this pill wins the entire cause of my acne!! I always had nice skin & this pill made me have the WORST acne. Every inch of my face was covered in nasty clogged pores, it wasn’t even cystic acne. Just extremely bumpy & I was always embarrassed. Anyways I immediately changed pills as soon as I came across the idea and within a month or two of changing pills my face really calmed down. The pill was literally the only thing I changed in my life. My face will never be the same now but at least I figured it out!!"

   
2.0

Jules September 6, 2018

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For Birth Control "Cleared up my acne. Increased sex drive. Increased sugar cravings. Worked perfectly for contraception. Regulated my period. No problem getting pregnant after going off. Possibly contributed to developing dry eye syndrome."

   
7.0

EC (taken for 10 years or more) August 31, 2018

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For Abnormal Uterine Bleeding "I’ve been on ortho tri cyclen for a few years now. I honestly haven’t had any major problems. Mild nausea occasionally and swollen breasts once every couple of months. No weight gain and little to no acne"

   
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Kolby (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 24, 2018

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For Acne "I went on Ortho Tri-Cyclen for acne after trying everything in the book to try and clear my skin. I absolutely love the outcome of being on the Ortho! My skin has never been this clear and I am incredibly happy with my results!"

   
9.0

Grace (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 23, 2018

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For Acne "I was on this for a little over 2 years before switching to Ortho Cyclen. Pros: Significantly decreased the amount of facial acne I had, no more back acne, did not seem to affect my sex drive, a bit lighter day 2-3 flow during period, and cramps only happened every few months Cons: Did not get rid of all acne & still had a lot of chin/hormonal acne, weight gain of around 10 lbs/extreme hunger, occasional migraines, erratic depression, did not help my heavy flow as much, lots of bloating during my period. Overall it did help from where I was before taking this, but I am now a lot happier with Ortho Cyclen with much more improvement."

   
6.0

Amber (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 22, 2018

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For Acne "This birth control has done a great job clearing up my hormonal acne. I use a full skin regime along with this stuff and it’s been great for me. I plan to do a chemical peel for my scars here soon:)"

   
10

DesMk (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 25, 2018

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For Birth Control "Month 4 on this pill after switching from the Nuva Ring. Periods are longer and heavier, skin has not cleared up and mood swings are worse before period. However, my sex drive is back, I haven't gained any weight and I haven't experienced any migraines. I hope it'll clear my skin soon, that's why I switched from the ring in the first place."

   
7.0

MN (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 23, 2018

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For Ovarian Cysts "I started taking ortho tri-cyclen to alleviate severe pain around the time of ovulation and menstruation, for ovarian cysts, and for acne. The first few months were fine, however I’ve been spotting for about a month now. My breasts have gone up a cup size and they’re very tender and swollen, but my acne (which used to cover 80% of my cheeks) is now going away and I only have 3 or 4 spots. I’ve gained some weight, but not too much."

   
6.0

indie (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 19, 2018

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For Birth Control "I've had spotting for 3-4 weeks at a time with this pill, mood swings like never before! And weight gain. Definitely going back to the doctor to change pill."

   
3.0

Mo (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 9, 2018

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For Acne "Everyone’s body is different, but in my experience taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen was the worst decision I’ve made. I gained 25 pounds in the span of less than 4 months even with a healthy diet and leading a very active lifestyle. The weight gain was crazy and happened extremely quickly. Nausea was also a prevalent, everyday thing when taking the medication. Did I mention the mood swings? I felt like all my energy had been zapped from my body. Originally I took it to help with my acne, but ultimately it ended up making my acne WORSE! Horrible medication and would never recommend to anyone."

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 1, 2018

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For Acne "I'm a 21 yo female always struggled with huge cystic acne breakouts. I'm talking mountains on my chin since I was 16. Tried differin and made it worse, loestrin and brevicon was horrible. The first week on Ortho Tri-cyclen my skin cleared up faster and in the first month I had no breakouts, in my second month and I've had minuscule pimples on my chin which go away quick and aren't noticeable. I workout lot s so no change in weight or boobs and regular periods so far. Super happy and finally experiencing clear skin!"

   
9.0

Sweetpea (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 30, 2018

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For Endometriosis "2 stars for predictable periods. Periods were still painful and longer than normal. Nauseous every time I took it, even with food. Constant abdominal discomfort while on it. I felt depressed and unmotivated. I was on it for a year and decided to stop taking it after it was recommended that I take it continuously (skip sugar pill week) because I got a period the 2nd week that was heavy and very painful. As soon as I stopped the pain diminished greatly and my mood improved. Won’t be going back to this."

   
2.0

Notworthit (taken for 6 months to 1 year) June 17, 2018

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For Birth Control "I switched to this pill from aubra as it made me break about and I got headaches from it. I've only been on it for a few days and I'm already stopping it at the end of the week. This pill makes my heart race and stomach pain/cramps. I just got off my period and it feels like I'm about to get it again. I get extremely nauseous every time I've taken it. The nausea is off and on all day, I feel either super constipated or like I have severe diarrhea. I've had cramps for days straight even tho I'm not on my period. One plus, my face hasn't broken out yet. Stopping this tonight actually."

   
2.0

No (taken for less than 1 month) May 11, 2018

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For Acne "I started this for acne on my back. I've had acne for 10 years. I'm in week three and just started getting really, I mean really bad break outs. I stopped getting cystic acne years ago, and the last week, I've gotten three cysts, where I would get three in a year and a bunch of smaller zits. My acne was more clogged pores on my face. I'm started to get huge cysts on my back too. I'm trying it for one more month, and if it doesn't get better, I'm going back to the minipill. I can't stand to look at my face in the mirror. "

   
3.0

HurricaneWhitney (taken for less than 1 month) May 2, 2018

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For Birth Control "I used Yaz before this one and everything was great but when I went to a different doctor to get a prescription he told me that tri-cycle is better of the different levels of hormones in each pill and also because Yaz is known for high blood pressure. Anyway I have been using it for 5 months now and I hate it I did noticed that my period is longer and hurts more but my main concern was when and if I miss a pill (which happens) and I mean one I get my period right away! This time I got my period in a weeks time from the last one!!!! And I have been taking birth controls for 7 years and I never had problems with my period before always in a month a part."

   
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Annoyed (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 30, 2018

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For Birth Control "Was on this pill for a year & went through hell. The only good thing is it kept me from getting pregnant, & I gained no weight. I started to get yeast infections, UTI's, long periods with the worst cramps, & had mood swings. All of these I have never experienced before & I’ve been on different birth controls for about 4 years, nothing else in my life had changed to cause any of that except for taking the pill. I later on started to develop a constant urge to urinate & do so frequently it affected my job, sleeping, & sanity. I went to doctors about it, antibiotics would not work because it wasn’t caused by a UTI. Did some research & found out many others had been suffering from the urination problem & it has all been linked to this pill! Since then I switched my birth control & my urination has significantly changed back to normal. I will never take this pill again nor recommend it. If you don’t want to get pregnant it’ll work, but totally not worth going through the side effects."

   
4.0

Anonymous April 12, 2018

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For Birth Control "I was on this birth control for 2 years. My periods were nice, I gained a few pounds and my boobs got slightly bigger (which is nice because my boobs are an A cup). Overall this pill was very reliable, but it made me very angry all the time and very irritable. I have been off this pill now for 5 months and I feel better off the pill than I was on it."

   
7.0

PB (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 26, 2018

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For Acne "I was on this for 2.5 months and will never go back to Ortho Tri Cyclen. One huge side effect was that I had very bad nausea EVERY DAY along with migraines. I had so much nausea that I would gag at certain foods which I’ve never done in the past. I constantly felt full even when I skipped a meal. I can see how that would benefit people who are trying to lose weight but I’m already relatively thin trying to stay at a regulated weight. I used this to CLEAR my acne but it only made it worse— there are now twice as many acne “clusters” than there were prior to taking this. My acne has never been this bad. The only positive about this medication is that it made my periods slightly lighter and it regulated them down to a T."

   
4.0

Sophie (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 21, 2018

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For Acne "This is my 4th month on the medication and I am so happy with the way my skin is looking now. I used to look in the mirror and tear up with how bad my acne was, and now I can leave the house without any makeup at all! My redness has completely calmed down and I rarely get breakouts, if I do it’s when I get my period. I won’t lie, the first month of side effects I was ready to give up. I had serious cramping even when I wasn’t on my period and a much heavier flow. But, that has now gone away and my periods have become regular (after years of getting them every 2 weeks) and my acne has cleared up a ton! Would definitely recommend :)"

   
8.0

lyonia_lucida (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 14, 2018

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For Birth Control "My first pills I took were regular orthcyclen. I switched due to bleeding between cycles to another pill. They pill worked for awhile until I had more breakthrough bleeding a year in. They then switched me to this. I had no irregular bleeding. But over 6+ months me & my partner noticed a big change in my moods. I already struggle with depression and anxiety and it wasn't for 8 or so months that I had a full on mental breakdown unlike I have EVER had. I started thinking about it & I really have a low stress life at the moment so I looked for triggers. Then I thought about the fact that this is a TRI phasic pill which means constantly changing hormones from week to week. I feel like that hormonal swing could possibly be that trigger. Immediately set up an appointment and switched to a monophasic pill & my mood has changed tenfold. Not a good pill for people with already touchy mental health in my opinion."

   
6.0

Rab00 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 7, 2018

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