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A 34-year-old member asked:

Question about side effects of ortho tri-cyclen; any permanent cancer risks?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Apparently not.: Side effects include vaginal bleeding, fluid retention, vision changes, spotty darkening of skin, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and depression, among others. Fluid retention is important to tell your doctor because it can be hypertension. The most important fact to note is if you smoke and use this, you can have serious cardiovascular side effects. So do not smoke and use this.
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
Family Medicine 28 years experience
With oral contraceptives in general, the risk of developing ovarian cancer DECREASES by about 50% with more than 5 years of regular use.
Jun 24, 2012
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Provided original answer
Those with pregnancy, heart attack, stroke, clotting problems, and female cancers are advised not to use these drugs.
Jun 24, 2012

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Side effects of ortho tri-cyclen use over the years?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rakhi Dimino
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Same as other pills: Side effects are the same as other birth control pills. It does not decrease fertility, but if you had a fertility problem, it may prevent you from realizing it until you went off of it. It should not be taken by women over 35 who smoke, a family history of blood clot, or those with high blood pressure.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Actual side effects of ortho tri-cyclen can be what?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Fluid, bleed, HTN..: Side effects include vaginal bleeding, fluid retention, vision changes, spotty darkening of skin, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and depression, among others. Fluid retention is important to tell your doctor because it can be hypertension. The most important fact to note is if you smoke and use this, you can have serious cardiovascular side effects. So do not smoke and use this.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Provided original answer
Those with pregnancy, heart attack, stroke, clotting problems, and female cancers are advised not to use these drugs.
Jun 24, 2012
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the usual side effects of ortho tri-cyclen?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Fluid, bleed, HTN..: Side effects include vaginal bleeding, fluid retention, vision changes, spotty darkening of skin, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and depression, among others. Fluid retention is important to tell your doctor because it can be hypertension. The most important fact to note is if you smoke and use this, you can have serious cardiovascular side effects. So do not smoke and use this.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Provided original answer
Those with pregnancy, heart attack, stroke, clotting problems, and female cancers are advised not to use these drugs.
Jun 24, 2012

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