Posted 15 April 2010 - 01:04 PM
Posted 15 April 2010 - 10:48 PM
Posted 15 April 2010 - 10:59 PM
My doctor did prescribe me Ortho Tri-Cyclen that day, but not before letting me in on a little "secret". Pretty much all birth control pills help with acne. Back then, though, Ortho Tri-Cyclen was just the only one that had run studies to prove that theirs did so that they could advertise it that way.
At any rate, my experiences with Ortho Tri-Cyclen and Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo left a lot to be desired. Yeah, they both helped with my acne after a few months (as did all the other birth control pills I've been on), but they both made my period wonky. As Jessicauofw said, everybody reacts differently to different pills.
Just give the Ortho Cyclen a shot. It could be great for you.
As a side note, I'd also like to point out that monophasic birth control pills can be better for women that experience mood swings as they get closer to their period. The varying levels of hormones in triphasic pills can make those mood swings worse, but since monophasic pills keep your hormones more steady, they can help keep your moods steadier as well. ; )
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Posted 16 April 2010 - 02:41 PM
Posted 19 April 2010 - 10:35 PM
Thanks for all of your responses, it is very helpful to get other opinions.
Posted 20 April 2010 - 05:30 AM
(*background - I am 35, was on Tri Sprintec, the generic of Ortho Tri Cyclen for 10+ years and it worked okay for acne. I then decided I wanted to be off hormones. Like you I am back on the pill now for other reasons but still wanted something that should help with acne. My gyn suggested a monophasic and we went with Sprintec since it's the same hormones I previously had decent luck with.)
Both of these pills have the same exact amount of estrogen but the progestin in it (norgestimate) is different. With Tri Sprintec the first week has a lower amount of the norgestimate, the second week has a bit more and then a bit more the third week. The amount that's in the third week of the Tri Sprintec is the amount that's in all 3 weeks of the Sprintec, therefore the overall amount of progestin on the Sprintec/Ortho Cyclen is a little higher.
Anyway, here's my experience so far - I'm definitely going to give it at least 3 full months, if not more, but so far after a pack and a half:
I'm very, very oily. I think the steady dose of norgestimate might be a little too much for me. I'm pretty sure this is the reason, since the week of my period my skin actually cleared up and was way less oily. Then I started the new pack and gradually throughout the first week and now into the second week my skin has gotten more and more oily.
Due to all the oil I am now getting whiteheads, which I have not had since my early 20s. But on the positive side I'm only getting one at a time, not a whole slew at once. It's like one goes away and another forms the next day, like they're taking turns or something.
I have only gained 2 pounds, which I'm positive is fluid retention - but even though it's only two pounds I feel very bloated and "heavy."
I'm hoping my body gets adjusted to the steady amount of hormone, but like I said, I'm going to give it some more time and then I guess my next option is to switch pills again.
I would love to hear how you make out with this pill. I posted a question right before I started my first pack, but no one responded so I thought I might be the only one out there taking it. I'll let you know if I start to see any good improvement (or worse - hopefully not!) Please keep us posted on how you do as well!
Posted 01 June 2010 - 04:06 PM
Is it at all possible that my body will adjust to the medicine? I am already on anti-depressants....maybe they can adjust my anti-depressants?
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