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Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo uses include reducing menstrual pain, regulating menstrual cycles, and decreasing the risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer. It is only approved for use in women of reproductive age. Healthcare providers may also sometimes recommend off-label Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo uses, such as for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric syndrome, acne, and polycystic ovary disease.
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill, also known as an oral contraceptive. Like most birth control pills, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo offers the following benefits:
- An effective, relatively easy-to-use form of birth control
- Decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus)
- Lighter menstrual bleeding (which decreases the risk of anemia)
- Less menstrual pain
- Regular menstrual cycles.
Compared to older birth control pills, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo offers a lower dose of hormones.
A variety of different birth control options are available today. Each particular method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and no one birth control method is right for all women. Some of the most commonly used methods include:
- Progestin-only contraceptives -- Some birth control pills ("mini pills"), injections, and implants
- Combined hormonal contraceptives (which contain a progestin and an estrogen) -- Most birth control pills, patches, and rings
- Periodic abstinence (also 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 various 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).
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo falls into the category of combined hormonal contraceptives, as it contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norgestimate).
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 Lo Warnings and Precautions). As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently. In addition, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo 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 Lo to prevent transmission of STDs.