Ortho Tri-Cyclen

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Ortho Tri-Cyclen is a form of the Pill, which is used as birth control. Many women are unaware of the non-contraceptive health benefits of the birth control pill. Birth control pills, including Ortho Tri-Cyclen, work by preventing ovulation, which means your egg is not released and, therefore, can't be fertilized by sperm.

Besides preventing pregnancy, Ortho Tri-Cyclen is clinically proven to help your skin look better. The Pill may reduce menstrual cramps, make your cycles more regular, lighten blood flow, and may provide some protection against developing breast cysts, pelvic inflammatory disease and two forms of cancer: cancer of the ovaries and cancer of the lining of the uterus. Among the long list of effects this pill has on you, the main effects include improvement of facial acne, a decrease in the numerous excruciating biological pains, weight gain, and minor side effects along with serious health risks.

It is a well-known myth that by going on the pill, women gain weight.

For most women, they do not gain wait. Women who take this medication just need to watch what they eat and eat moderately, they do not need to go on a diet so they will not gain weight. It is known that the weight they gain is just water weight, and not real fat. An equal number of women tend to lose weight as gain weight while taking a birth control pill, so as long as you keep under control what you eat, you should not have a problem with this pill.

Women experience many biological pains when they are experiencing their menstrual cycle. Cramps, headaches, bloating, body aches, swelling/soreness of the breasts, etc. Taking birth control pills may make your periods become more regular and your flow lighter. A lighter blood flow may mean that you'll lose less iron. Since the flow is lighter on the pill, it also causes women to have their period shortened. Instead of enduring your period for 3-5 days it can be reduced to 2-3 days. Cramps and other menstrual symptoms are usually less severe when you're on the pill. Women who use the pill are also less likely to develop ovarian cysts or experience an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy. Your chances of developing acute pelvic inflammatory disease, (a serious infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes and/or ovaries) are also minimized when you're on the pill.

One of the great features of this pill is that it prevents two forms of cancer: cancer of the ovaries and cancer of the lining of the uterus. Ovarian cancer develops and progresses in to different stages. It is treatable by surgery in the early stages, but if it progresses in to the later stages, there is the possibility of death. The other form is the cancer of the lining of the uterus. Once uterine cancer is diagnosed, the doctor needs to know the stage, or extent, of the disease in order to plan the best treatment. Staging procedures help the doctor find out whether the cancer has spread and, if so, what parts of the body are affected. This form of cancer is easier to treat, but it is still cancer that can be treated with chemotherapy and radiation. Thus, with the use of this pill, you can reduce the risk of these awful forms of cancer from occurring.

Even though there are numerous positive qualities this pill offers, there are still serious health risks. You run the risk of developing blood clots. It may increase the tendency to develop heart attacks and strokes. One must not take this risk with a grain of salt: the occurrence happens more often then one would think. It also may increase one's blood pressure. With regular visits to your OBGYN, you can check your blood pressure, and if anything is irregular, you can go off the pill and not be at risk. If the pill is not right for you, they are the ones that can find what is right.

Other side effects that one may experience are irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting may occur while you are taking this pill. If you wear contact lenses, you may notice a change in vision. Other side effects may include nausea and vomiting, change in appetite, headache, nervousness, depression, dizziness, loss of scalp hair, rash, and vaginal infections. Of course, even though these are some of the less extreme side effects, the occurrence of them aren’t as frequent.