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Should US women be allowed to buy birth control over the counter?

Posted by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:08 AM
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Question: Should US women be allowed to buy birth control over the counter?

Options:

Yes. It will cut down on unplanned pregnancies.

No. There are too many potential health risks.

Maybe. It depends on how it is regulated.

Not sure


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Total Votes: 100

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Doctors back over-the-counter birth control pills

Some OB/GYNs are open to making the pills more accessible but it would need the government's OK before proceeding.

 

 

by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:08 AM
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quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:18 AM
I think yes but with a pharmacy consult. You should he able to pick up your birth control at the pharmacy (like the good cold medicine they keep back there) without a prescription but you can only buy so much in a month and a pharmacist would do a quick consult to make sure your choice doesn't have contraindications with other medications you are taking or health conditions you have.
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Justine1123
by Justine on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:25 AM
If they can't take the time to buy condoms at the store I doubt they will take the time to refill birth control pills.

I couldn't careless if they sold them over the counter. Who's it going to hurt?
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SOCO101
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Hell yea! I think it'd be great! If you can get the plan b, I don't see why you can't get the pills. 

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MyahsMom
by Heather on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:35 AM
I can't decide. On one hand I think having readily accessible birth control would be great and cut down immensely on unplanned pregnancies. However, I would worry that the STD rate would go up and many women would stop going in for necessary pap exams and miss out on the potentially life-saving screenings for cancer and other diseases.
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BuzyMommy35
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:37 AM
Yes however the prices would go up. It would basically become an OTC medication and most insurances don't cover things that are OTC
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slransde
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:38 AM
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I think a prescription should still be required...there are so many different types and strengths..at least at first fill...but then the prescription could just not expire
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AjCeCeMom
by Ruby Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 7:39 AM
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No, I think it has too many health risks. I think it should be much more accessible but OTC is not the answer.
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RobinBright
by Gold Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

I don't think so.  There are too many risks regarding strokes and blood clots; being under the care of a doctor makes more sense. 

K_D88
by on Nov. 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM

 Yes, I do think that women have the right to access birth control at a convience.  Men can go in and pick up a box of condoms. Why shouldn't women have the same convience of being able to walk into a pharmacy and pick up a pack of birth control pills if they want?

mcsmom1
by Gold Member on Nov. 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Hell, yes.

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