They are in many countries. I am assuming you're talking about the US? There's a few reasons - the first being history. We invented the birth control pill back when our society was still VERY conservative. Back in those days, the 1960's, doctors would only prescribe them to married women. Today some of these social prejudices still rear up their ugly head from time to time - I'd say this is one of them. We still like to know who is using them, that they are being used for the right reasons.
There are some things you need to know when you're put on contraceptives - what they health benefits are, what the health risks are, how to use them, what to do if you miss a day, what dosage/brand/form is right for you, how to tell if they're working, what happens if they stop working for you, etc. These things are best discussed with a doctor, not a cashier or pharmacist.
Another reason is that taking oral contraceptives ups your risks of certain reproductive cancers. Sooo.. now when you get prescribed the pill you also get an automatic pap smear/check up by your gynecologist as well. This keeps the gynecologist in business and ups your rate of surviving if you do get one of these cancers.
Birth control is sold over the counter, even given away at most health depts. But, so many refuse to use them, they are called condoms. Plus, a female should be monitored by a physician while taking the pill. There are many side effects. This is not aspirin we are talking about. They can be very detrimental to some women.
In America, I actually don't think they should be. Too many girls (and women) don't have even basic knowledge about their bodies and sexuality. Requiring prescriptions at least (hopefully) forces them to get some basic information and instruction.
Of course, that isn't the reason we don't. They are not sold over the counter because if we were to allow women greater freedom with their sexuality, then satan would rise up from hell and destroy us.
If we actually taught kids sex ed, including complete and thorough information about BC options and concerns, then I would be fine with over the counter BC, but I don't see that happening any time soon. Pretending that genitals don't exist is clearly the superior course of action.
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