Drug name: Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo
Generic name: Ethinyl Estradiol and Norgestimate
Use: Birth Control
Ortho Tri-Cyclen LO Description
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Until you are ready to start a family, you can talk to your doctor about a prescription to buy Ortho Tri-Cyclen LO. This is a triphasic oral contraceptive that has both Norgestimate (progesterone) and Ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen) hormones. In the 4 week supply of Ortho Tri-Cyclen LO, from the 1st to 3rd week there is a gradual increase in Norgestimate and the 4th week the pills are placebos with no hormones at all. The rise of Norgestimate in Ortho Tri-Cyclen is similar to the natural path progesterone takes during your monthly cycle.
Oral Birth Control Pills Work to Suppress Ovulation with 99% Success Rate
When taken as directed, Ortho Tri-Cyclen LO will work to suppress ovulation so there is no ova or egg released. Then the cervical mucus may undergo a change that can make it difficult for sperm to reach and fertilize the egg. The level of the hormone combination in all birth control pills change the womb lining (endometrium) so a fertilized egg is unable to attach. The environment of your fallopian tubes is also affected so fertilization and implantation cannot take place. When all of these activities take place as planned, you should not conceive and implantation should not occur.
However, the 99% success rate is with perfect use so the onus is on your ability to remember to take Ortho Tri-Cyclen LO, or other oral contraceptives, every day and at the same time in order to keep a steady level of these hormones in your body at all times. Failure to do so could result in an unplanned pregnancy.
Other Reasons Women May Take Ortho Tri-Cyclen LO
Besides the obvious reason for taking birth control, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo can help decrease symptoms of heavy bleeding during menstruation due to your uterine lining not building up as much so there is less for your body to expel and cramping is reduced or non-existent altogether. You may also alleviate the physical and emotional symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) by keeping hormone levels balanced.
Possible Side Effects of Ortho Tri-Cyclen LO
Cramping or bloating