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Birth Control Pills Over the Counter
Birth Control Pills
Over the Counter Birth Control Pills
Suprisingly enough, obstetricians and gynecologists across the United States agree that birth control pills should be available over the counter. This does not mean the physicians think women should quite undergoing PAP smears and annual exams is important for the purpose of detecting problems and disease.
Catching vaginal cancer early is the difference between life and death. What it does mean, is women could walk into any drug store and purchase their birth control pills without a doctor visit. For someone without medical insurance, this would be fantastic. It would also be useful if a woman was running low on pills and could not get a doctor appointment in time. Women that are over the age of 17 can already purchase the morning after pill without a doctor visit.
View of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists stated that cost issues and access are two of the reasons many women do not use birth control pills. There are several countries that already sell these pills without a prescription; however, that does not include Canada or most of Europe.
Doctor's view will certainly vary, and laws would have to be changed for the medication to become available over the counter.
Cost of Birth Control Bills
One of the problem areas with Obamacare was the new insurance requirements. If an individual is employed, the insurance policy for that company must provide FDA approved contraceptive at no cost to the employee. While women with government insurance, like Medicaid, pay nothing. Other companies did not provide insurance for any reasonable cost, and the cost of Obamacare in some states is very expensive.
According to Planned Parenthood, birth control pills can cost from $0 to $50 for one month. Fortunately, most insurance plans do cover a month of pills for a low cost.
Of course, this will not cover all the women in the US that want to take birth control pills, which means women would have to pay for their pills. In addition, there is the cost of the doctor visit to consider.
Insurance is changing with some of the new laws, and private insurance may vary for coverage of the pills. Of course, if you want to have a beautiful baby, like my new granddaughter, pills are not a problem for you.
Procedure to Get Pills for OTC
First, the government would have to give permission to a company to manufacture the over the counter contraceptive. The physicians are also concerned about the cost. They want these pills to be distributed at an affordable cost to consumers.
They are willing to meet with any company to discuss this matter. They feel this plan would be successful, and they compare it to when nicotine patches and gum went on sale. Attempts to quit smoking nearly doubled in the first year.
There are certainly valid arguments on the other side of the issue. Some women do not tolerate some birth control pills and may need to see a physician to make sure they are taking the right dosage. Some parents will argue that OTC contraceptives will encourage risky behavior.
Adherence may be another aspect that is discussed; however, adherence can be a problem whether the pills are purchased OTC or by prescription. Religious beliefs will probably come into the argument as well.
While the emergency contraception pills (the morning after) are available, not everyone liked the way the FDA handled the situation. Basically women just need to ask the pharmacist for the pill if they are over 17 years old. Therefore, they are not on the drugstore shelves, but may be purchased at the pharmacy.
Over the Counter Birth Control Pills
Do you think birth control pills should be sold over the counter without a doctor's prescription?
© 2012 Pamela Oglesby