Low Dose Birth Control Pills; ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN LO;


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Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects from hormonal contraceptive use. This risk increases with age, with heavy smoking (15 or more cigarettes per day), and in women over 35 years of age. Women who use hormonal contraceptives are strongly advised not to smoke.

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    How Does ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN® LO Work?


    ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN® LO is a low-dose birth control pill you take every day. When taken as directed, it delivers a low dose of hormones that works to prevent you from becoming pregnant. The hormones in ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN® LO also help to regulate your menstrual cycle, so your periods may be more predictable and pain or other symptoms during menstruation may be encountered less frequently. Watch the presentation below for a reproduction refresher and to learn more about how the Pill works.


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    Why 4 Colors?

    ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN® LO is a triphasic birth control pill, which means that it delivers a different level of hormones for 3 weeks (white, light blue and dark blue pills) and no hormones for 1 week (green pills). During each of the first
    3 weeks, the level of progestin increases.


    Take your Birth Control Pill as Directed!

    ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN® LO is a highly effective birth control pill when taken daily, at the same time of day. Missing pills may increase your risk of pregnancy and your chance of having some side effects, like bleeding between periods. If you forget to take one or more pills, please read our ”What If I Miss a Pill?” section to see what to do, and if you need to use a backup form of birth control!