What Is Tri-Sprintec Used For?
In addition to birth control, Tri-Sprintec is used for treating acne in women ages 15 and older who have started their first menstrual periods. However, it is only approved to treat acne in women who also desire to take an oral contraceptive for birth control. Healthcare providers may occasionally recommend off-label Tri-Sprintec uses, such as treating heavy menstrual bleeding, irregular menstrual periods, or PMDD.
Tri-Sprintec® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill that also works to treat acne. It is a generic version of Ortho Tri-Cyclen®.
Like most birth control pills, Tri-Sprintec offers the following benefits:
- Relatively easy to use
- An 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).
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, Tri-Sprintec 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 Precautions and Warnings With Tri-Sprintec for more information).
As with almost all methods of birth control, combined hormonal contraceptives must be used correctly and consistently. In addition, Tri-Sprintec does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many situations, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Tri-Sprintec to prevent transmission of STDs.