Ortho Tri-Cyclen , also known as norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol, is a progestin and estrogen combination used to prevent pregnancy.
Taken orally on a daily basis, this pill prevents the womans eggs from fully developing which ultimately decreases the likeliness of pregnancy. To ensure the pill is effective, it should be taken at approximately the same time everyday.
When taken correctly, this oral contraceptive is 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. However, it is not effective in preventing sexually transmitted diseases .
Common side effects associated with this type of medication include nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness, irregular menstrual periods, weight change, and headache. If side effects become severe, contact a medical professional for assistance.
Ortho Tri-Cyclen may occasionally be prescribed to regulate the patients menstrual cycle, alleviate menopausal symptoms or to treat acne in patients older than 15 years of age.