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A 44-year-old member asked:

What are side effects after starting ortho tri-cyclen in the first few months?

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Dr. Andrew Villa
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Unlikely but many: Most women using birth control pills have very few side effects. Most common side effects include: change of menstrual cycle, including irregular bleeding, or no periods. Swelling/edema, headaches, breast tenderness, nausea, weight gain. Rare but serious side effects include blood clots in legs/lungs. Beneficial effects may include normal menses, less cramping, lighter menstrual flow, .

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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.
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