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I started taking Trisprintec three weeks ago and on the third week I started spitting then the next week (now) I am full on bleeding. Is it normal?
Maybe: Its not uncommon to have some breakthrough bleeding when you first start taking a new birth-control pill. It usually goes back to normal after a few months. Keep taking it as prescribed. If your bleeding is heavy or you have pain in your lower abdomen, you should see your doctor. A pregnancy test is also a good idea the first few times this happens. Best wishes! ...Read more
I'm on trisprintec BCP and my periods are always consistent. But my period started a day early is that normal? It isn't that heavy yet either.
Normal: It is quite normal to go through this situation ...Read more
Do I still have to wait a week before having unprotected sex when switching from trisprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) to sprintec?
No: If the switch was made with no missed days/doses in between, then there should be no period of increased fertility after the switch. With a switch from triphasic to monophasic (Tri-Sprintec to Sprintec), no matter what phase you make the switch in your progestin dose is either not changing or going up a bit, and the estrogen dose doesn't change at all. This should not cause/permit ovulation. ...Read more
On TriSprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) (3+ yrs), 2 days left on placebo. Starting Gildess 1/20 (21) on Sunday. How long should I use a backup method?
Changing brands: You do not have to use a back up method when changing brands. Your body will not know the difference. Both are birth control pills ...Read more
I'm taking trisprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) I take them every day. I had sex on my first fertile day of my fertile week. My boyfriend pulled out. Should I be worried?
No: Not if you take your pills regularly. ...Read more
On ortho trisprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol). Usually take the pill at 8 am. Yesterday I forgot and didn't take it until 11 pm. I have never missed a dose. Am I protected?
Is Trisprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) a reliable pill? Ever since I switched to this pill my periods have been way off schedule and I'm getting nervous. I haven't started
Yes: All prescription birth control pills are reliable as long as taken regularly as directed, which means every 24hrs +/- 3 hours or so. Progesterone pills are more finicky & must be taken consistently. We usually warn patients that it takes 3 months for your body to get used to pill (ironic, right?). So you can expect irregular spotting during that time. After that, if still irregular, go see ur doc. ...Read more
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If I was switched from trisprintec to trinessa (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) do I need to wait to have sex in order for it to be effective?
Depends: If you started the new pills right after finishing the older pack, them you don't need to use a back up method. ...Read more
I'm on BCP's (trisprintec) and I'm on a 5 day antibiotic of nitrofurantoin. How long after taking the antibiotic will my pill become effective again?
B.C. stays effective: The current thinking is that except for rifampin, other commonly-used antibiotics do not alter the effectiveness of birth control pills. This is likely presuming a person is not sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or some other condition that decreases the absorption of a swallowed pill. One can look up: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/12063491 ...Read more
I've been on trisprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) for 6 days &I had unprotected sex on Day 5. He pulled out but I'm paranoid. Can I use trisprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) as an ec? What should I do?
If you have been on: The sprintec consistent for months prior then you should be covered. But if you just started the Sprintec then you should just utilize emergency contraception (levonorgestrel - Plan B). There are ways to take mulitple Tri-sprintec tablets but this is off label use, not as effective with more side effects (also more complicated due to variable dosages of your OCB tablets). ...Read more
What's the mini progestin pill Micronor? Is that in a combination pill pack like Trisprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol)?
Does it matter that I went from taking trinessa (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) to Trisprintec and my periods are off a little bit? Does switching BCP make any difference?
Same drug: Trinessa (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) and Trisprintec are generic equivalents meaning they are the same drug with the same amount of Estrogen and Progesterone. They are just two different brands sold by different companies. It sounds like you are just experiencing breakthrough bleeding that coincidental to a brand change. Breakthrough bleeding is common an usually resolves on its own ...Read more
I been on trisprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) for almost a year and my period has never been I early. It came 5 days early. I am not stressed more than usual. Is this okay?
Yes: It is not uncommon to have an occasional variance in the cycle even when on the pill. ...Read more
My doc switched me from triprevifem to trisprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) when I requested a lower or more consistent dose of hormones. Is there even a difference?
They are the same: No. Tri-previfem contains 0.18mg/35 mcg x 7 days, 0.215mg/35mcg x 7 days, 0.25mg/35mcg x 7 days, and inert tabs x 7 days. This is same as Tri-sprintec. Dosages indicate is norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol concentration. ...Read more
No: It shouldn't have a substantive effect.Get a more detailed answer ›
I switched from trinessa (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) to Trisprintec birth control pills after finishing the old pack. Do I need to be safe the first month on new pills?
Change: Those 2 pills are very similar so as long as u take like you're supposed to then you shouldn't be concerned with the change. ...Read more
Can birth control make my boobs bigger and sore. I take trisprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol).
Yes: Birth control pills can make your breasts bigger and more sore. If it bothers you, talk to your doctor and maybe he/she can switch to another pill. I typically recommend patients try a pill for 2-3 months before switching because sometimes the side effects go away or get better. Hope it gets better! ...Read more
On trisprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) (birth control) for a year and half but last 2 months I start spotting the week before my period. Is this normal?
See your MD: You should not spot when still on the active pill especially since you have been on this pill for a long time. I would see your doctor to further investigate since this is a change from what you are used to on this pill. This bleeding may be a sign of an anatomical change, a change in your hormones, or a fluke. Consider having a pelvic ultrasound and or changing to a different birth control pill. ...Read more
I'm on my fifth pack of trisprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) and I got my period on the 3 day of placebo and its like spotting with cramps and that's it. It is normal?
Yes: Porky pig summarized it well, 'that's all folks! '. ...Read more
I have migraines right before my period and during... Is it because of my birth control pills? I'm on trisprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol)
Menstrual migraine: Hard to say whether female hormones do or do not cause more migraines, as studies have failed to pin down well. However, if your patterns are regular, you might try some Frova (frovatriptan) for a few days prior to menses as this may prevent headaches. Of course you could work with gynecologist, and maybe find a different agent, but odds of success are low. ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more