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Question: Severe cramping upon starting Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo?

 allyschild - Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:34 pm

I have tried twice to start using Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo. I just took the first pill in my new pack last night (the first day of my period) and had to leave work due to severe cramping. I was wondering if this is a common side effect (I was told Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo could help reduce menstrual cramping, in fact). I do not feel very nauseated, but the pain is a little startling and is interferring with my normal activities. What are the pros and cons of continuing to use the pill? Does cramping usually diminish within a few days/weeks?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sat Jan 31, 2009 11:32 pm

User avatar Hello,
Yes, this can be a side effect of the pill. Chances are within a cycle or two it will improve. If not, you should see your doctor.

Good luck with this.

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