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Ortho Tri-Cyclen Uses

Ortho Tri-Cyclen is used for birth control primarily, but it is also approved for the treatment of mild to moderate acne in women ages 15 and older who have started their menstrual period. Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend off-label uses for the oral contraceptive. Off-label Ortho Tri-Cyclen uses may include the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder, heavy menstrual bleeding, and irregular menstrual periods.

Ortho Tri-Cyclen Uses: An Overview

Ortho Tri-Cyclen® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill that also works to treat acne.

Ortho Tri-Cyclen Uses for Birth Control

Like most birth control pills, Ortho Tri-Cyclen offers the following benefits:
  • Relatively easy to use
  • Effective form of birth control
  • Lighter and regular menstrual bleeding
  • Less menstrual pain
  • Decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
(Ortho Tri-Cyclen is equivalent to Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol, Tri-Estarylla™, Tri-Linyah™, Tri-Sprintec®, TriNessa®, and Tri-Previfem® birth control pills. The information in this article also applies to each of these medications.)
A variety of different birth control options are available today. Each particular method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and no single birth control method is right for all women. Some of the most commonly used methods include:
  • Combined hormonal contraceptives (which contain a progestin and an estrogen) -- Most birth control pills, patches, and rings
  • Progestin-only contraceptives -- Some birth control pills ("mini pills"), injections, and implants
  • Periodic abstinence, (known as natural family planning or the rhythm method) -- Avoiding intercourse during the fertile phase of your menstrual cycle
  • Withdrawal -- Removing the penis from the vagina prior to ejaculation
  • Barrier contraceptives -- Condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and other methods that physically block the sperm from entering the uterus
  • Spermicides -- Foams, jellies, gels, suppositories, and inserts
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs) -- Implanted devices that are both effective and reversible
  • Surgical sterilization -- Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") or vasectomy (for men).
Like most birth control pills, Ortho Tri-Cyclen falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norgestimate). Birth control pills are often a great contraceptive choice for many women. However, combined hormonal contraceptives may increase the risk of blood clots and other problems, and not all women should take them (see Ortho Tri-Cyclen Warnings and Precautions for more information).
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently. In addition, Ortho Tri-Cyclen does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Ortho Tri-Cyclen to prevent transmission of STDs.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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