Tri-Sprintec is a triphasic combination oral contraceptive pill (OCP, birth control medication, birth control pills). Tri-Sprintec prevents pregnancy by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation), and thickening the cervical mucus, blocking sperm from getting into the uterus and getting to the egg. Read More
Tri-Sprintec is super easy to use.
Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Tri-Sprintec before bedtime or just after their evening meal helps reduce nausea and other side effects. After taking 21 days of active pills (each week a different color), you’ll switch to 7 inactive pills with no hormones that are there to keep you in the habit of taking your pill every day.
Tri Sprintec uses a blend of two hormones, Norgestimate 0.18/0.215/0.25 mg (progesterone) and Ethinyl Estradiol 0.035 mg (estrogen).
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Tri-Sprintec. Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, and slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels. Positive side effects are also a possibility, too — reduced acne, lighter bleeds, and fewer mood swings are fairly common.
The chances of serious side effects are extremely unlikely, but some cases have been documented, such as blood clots in the head (a severe new headache, causing double vision, or stroke), blood clots in the chest causing severe shortness of breath, blood clots in the abdomen (causing abdominal pain), blood clots in the leg causing leg swelling and pain.
These may sound scary, but remember — they’re very rare. The risk is about 3-6 women out of 10,000 per year using the medication might get a blood clot.
Some women may experience weight gain when taking Tri-Sprintec and any birth control pills. While there’s a chance that the hormones can give you the munchies, it’s mostly water retention (and not actual fat) that’s to blame.
Tri-Sprintec is as effective as any other birth control pill. Birth control pills are 99.7% effective if PERFECTLY used (in a research study) and 93% effective in “regular use” (when real people use it and mess up every now and then).
We generally don’t like any triphasic birth control pill. We suggest you try the monophasic instead e.g. Sprintec instead of Tri-Sprintec. Learn more about the difference between monophasic and triphasic in this video. But the progestin in Sprintec and Tri-sprintec is the same and is one of the good ones in that. It has low androgenicity (less male hormone side effects such as acne, and munchies).
No, Tri-Sprintec should not cause acne. In fact, it can help with acne by reducing circulating androgen (testosterone) levels. Androgens promote sebum production, an oil made by your skin. Too much sebum can lead to clogged pores, which create breeding grounds for acne.
Tri-Sprintec should be available at just about any pharmacy in your area. It does require a prescription from a doctor, though. If you’re hesitant to approach your doctor about Tri-Sprintec, or simply prefer the privacy, convenience, and ease of the internet, give Pandia Health a try. We partner with experienced, licensed, birth control passionate doctors in every state we operate in. We also accept almost all forms of private insurance at Pandia Health.
No Insurance? No Problem! We offer many payment options to fit your needs. If you choose to pay out-of-pocket, Tri-Sprintec is quite affordable because it’s a generic brand. You can also save by choosing one of several other Tri-Sprintec generics, such as Trinessa, Tri-Estarylla, Tri-Previfem, Tri Norgestimate ethinyl estradiol or Tri-Linyah.