What to Expect With ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN LO


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    What to Expect With ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN® LO


    If you've just started using ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN® LO, you're probably curious about the changes that could take place in your body. Remember that every woman's body is different, so experiences on a new birth control pill may vary.

    Here are some things you may notice during the first 3 months of use:


    Greater monthly cycle regulation.

    If your periods have been bouncing all over the calendar, you can look forward to a more predictable period with each month that you use the Pill. Remember to always take the Pill on time to keep cycles more regular.


    Spotting or bleeding between periods.

    Irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting may occur while you are taking the pills. Irregular bleeding may vary from slight staining between menstrual periods to breakthrough bleeding which is a flow much like a regular period. Irregular bleeding occurs most often during the first few months of oral contraceptive use, but may also occur after you have been taking the pill for some time. Such bleeding may be temporary and usually does not indicate any serious problems. It is important to continue taking your pills on schedule. If the bleeding occurs in more than one cycle or lasts for more than a few days, talk to your healthcare professional.*

    * Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., clinical study


    Lighter periods.

    If you're like many women, you may experience this benefit of the Pill right from the start. For some women, it may take a few months. The added benefit of a lighter period is that your body will lose less iron.



    Some women report pregnancy-like symptoms such as nausea in the first several cycles. If you're one of them, hang in there. For most women, nausea goes away by the end of the third month. If you still experience stomach upset after the third month of use, your healthcare professional may have some helpful suggestions on how to take the Pill.


    Reduced cramps.

    When you are taking a birth control pill, you may notice less cramping over the next few months. If you continue to have strong cramps, discuss it with your healthcare professional.



    Many women taking oral contraceptives report feeling bloated at some time. Bloating is also common among women not taking the Pill, and is part of what healthcare professionals call premenstrual syndrome. The good news: bloating is often temporary and relieved by the arrival of menstruation.


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