Ortho Tri-Cyclen Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills are a popular contraceptive choice for women, and Ortho Tri-Cyclen® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is just one of the options available. This combination product works to prevent pregnancy by:
  • Stopping ovulation
  • Altering the lining of the uterus
  • Changing the cervical mucus.
In order to ensure the drug's effectiveness for birth control, the pills should be taken every day, preferably at the same time each day. Missing doses increases the risk of pregnancy. What to do if you miss a dose will depend on how many Ortho Tri-Cyclen pills you have missed and where you are in your cycle. (Click Ortho Tri-Cyclen to learn more about this birth control pill, including possible side effects, important safety issues to discuss with your healthcare provider, and more.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD