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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Quote Originally Posted by kerussll View Post
    Seriously??? I have never heard of having to go back to the doctor after only 3 months for birth control. That must be a real pain for you. I've switched pills more times than I can count, and it would have been a huge waste of time and money to go see the doctor in person every time. What exactly did the doctor do to check you over anyway? Most doctors only prescribe prescriptions for a year, birth control or not, but that's pretty standard for liability reasons.
    I switched birth control 3 times in my life and every time I have had to go back to the doctor. You may just not remember it at this point. You go back after 3 months and then after that it is normally 1 year prescriptions. She just asked if I felt alright and if I had any negative side effects. This has been with 2 different doctors. One of which is a doctor at a VERY large university who I'm sure does this with every patient. You may say its because of my age but people my age would be taking Plan B as well. Are you for offering birth control on the shelves?

    Edit: I googled doctor visit and birth control and came up with this article about offering birth control just through seeing a pharmacist. Even in the study, they have a check up after 3 months. It is very common.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4534244/.../#.Tuw9SdQS1OE
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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Quote Originally Posted by kerussll View Post
    Uhh no? .
    O.K., as I thought, you were just spewing nonsense.

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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Quote Originally Posted by kerussll View Post
    Seriously??? I have never heard of having to go back to the doctor after only 3 months for birth control. That must be a real pain for you. I've switched pills more times than I can count, and it would have been a huge waste of time and money to go see the doctor in person every time.
    How can you switch without going to a doctor for a new prescription?
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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Quote Originally Posted by kerussll View Post
    Seriously??? I have never heard of having to go back to the doctor after only 3 months for birth control. That must be a real pain for you. I've switched pills more times than I can count, and it would have been a huge waste of time and money to go see the doctor in person every time. What exactly did the doctor do to check you over anyway? Most doctors only prescribe prescriptions for a year, birth control or not, but that's pretty standard for liability reasons.
    Every time I've gotten birth control (before I found out about my blood condition and even when I got the low dose ones for breast feeding after), I only got the prescription for 3 months.
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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    How can you switch without going to a doctor for a new prescription?
    Your doctor can call it in to the pharmacy. There's no point to making an appointment, driving across town, paying a copay just for her to ask me how I'm feeling. A phone call works just as well. I'm glad I have a doctor who doesn't waste my time.

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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Quote Originally Posted by kerussll View Post
    What kind of reaction did you have? Birth control pills and especially plan B can make women feel like they have the stomach flu. It's a reaction to the high doses of hormones and works in the same way as pregnant women with morning sickness. I've known a handful of women who can't take them because they just make them feel too sick. There are a higher risk of blood clots, yes, but they are rare. I've never heard of anyone being "under a doctor's care" while starting on birth control pills. They give you the prescription at your appointment and that's it. They don't check up on you, there are no blood level tests. You get the pill and that's it. Exactly as it would be if it were over the counter. There's nothing a doctor tells you about them that your pharmacist at the drug store or a label on the package couldn't.

    Tylenol is one of the most benign drugs you can take and absolutely belongs over the counter, but you can destroy your liver if you overdose. Many more people will die from Tylenol than they ever could from birth control pills. Make it over the counter with appropriate warnings on the label about possible side effects.
    I had a variety of reactions, some of which are complex and totally anomalous to medical science (which makes it difficult for me to explain them). My reproductive organs are anomalous to medical science pretty much as a rule. So my experiences are not very useful to ascertaining a general trend. I am always an extreme out-lier.

    But, some of the more common side effects I had:
    1. Severe mood changes that didn't resolve with time - depression and irritability. I don't have noticeable mood changes with my normal cycle, so this was definitely BC-related.
    2. Continuous bleeding for over 3 months. I have very strong iron levels, particularly for a women. But I bled to the point of anemia.
    3. Weight loss. And weight loss I really couldn't afford - my weight is borderline as it is.

    I was on a low-dose pill. I am very, very sensitive to hormonal changes.

    Combined with my more mysterious side-effects, my doctors and I both agree that attempting to switch pills or methods was not a solution for me. I needed to stop, period. And my doctors have been furiously debating the cause of my symptoms for going on 6 years now.

    I know several women who have reacted badly to hormonal birth control, or certain pills/types. This is really the main purpose of the Nuva Ring, which is the lowest dose hormonal method - to provide something for women who have unacceptably severe side effects from the pill and other hormonal methods. If someone created a product pretty much for this one niche, obviously it's not uncommon and there is demand for it.

    Some of the heavier methods, like Depo, the implant, etc have very severe long-term side effects, even when they're well-tolerated. It's recommended that women not stay on Depo for more than 2 years because of this.

    Getting prescribed birth control for me involved a verbal evaluation, including family history. I did go back to the doctor, because obviously I had reason to. I think this was about right.

    I'm simply saying that reactions to BC are much more common than reactions to Tylenol. Even discounting myself, because of how strange my reaction was, I can still think of lots of women I know who have had bad reactions. But I can't think of a single person in all my life who's had a bad reaction to Tylenol.
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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Quote Originally Posted by kerussll View Post
    Your doctor can call it in to the pharmacy. There's no point to making an appointment, driving across town, paying a copay just for her to ask me how I'm feeling. A phone call works just as well. I'm glad I have a doctor who doesn't waste my time.
    Ya good thing you have a doctor who doesn't follow conventional methods to keep you healthy. When you start a new pill, a pelvic exam and, I believe, a pregnancy test are typically performed. I would switch doctors if I were you.

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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Quote Originally Posted by kerussll View Post
    Your doctor can call it in to the pharmacy. There's no point to making an appointment, driving across town, paying a copay just for her to ask me how I'm feeling. A phone call works just as well. I'm glad I have a doctor who doesn't waste my time.
    I meant a new prescription to change the drug, or dosage, or whatever, not just a new one to continue the old one. But I guess that wasn't what you meant.
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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeAndMirrors View Post
    I had a variety of reactions, some of which are complex and totally anomalous to medical science (which makes it difficult for me to explain them). My reproductive organs are anomalous to medical science pretty much as a rule. So my experiences are not very useful to ascertaining a general trend. I am always an extreme out-lier.

    But, some of the more common side effects I had:
    1. Severe mood changes that didn't resolve with time - depression and irritability. I don't have noticeable mood changes with my normal cycle, so this was definitely BC-related.
    2. Continuous bleeding for over 3 months. I have very strong iron levels, particularly for a women. But I bled to the point of anemia.
    3. Weight loss. And weight loss I really couldn't afford - my weight is borderline as it is.

    I was on a low-dose pill. I am very, very sensitive to hormonal changes.

    Combined with my more mysterious side-effects, my doctors and I both agree that attempting to switch pills or methods was not a solution for me. I needed to stop, period. And my doctors have been furiously debating the cause of my symptoms for going on 6 years now.

    I know several women who have reacted badly to hormonal birth control, or certain pills/types. This is really the main purpose of the Nuva Ring, which is the lowest dose hormonal method - to provide something for women who have unacceptably severe side effects from the pill and other hormonal methods. If someone created a product pretty much for this one niche, obviously it's not uncommon and there is demand for it.

    Some of the heavier methods, like Depo, the implant, etc have very severe long-term side effects, even when they're well-tolerated. It's recommended that women not stay on Depo for more than 2 years because of this.

    Getting prescribed birth control for me involved a verbal evaluation, including family history. I did go back to the doctor, because obviously I had reason to. I think this was about right.

    I'm simply saying that reactions to BC are much more common than reactions to Tylenol. Even discounting myself, because of how strange my reaction was, I can still think of lots of women I know who have had bad reactions. But I can't think of a single person in all my life who's had a bad reaction to Tylenol.
    This type of thing is why I have changed my mind *GASP* about this and support offering it behind the counter. It really isn't awful going to get medicine from the pharmacy. I think we should get rid of the age limit for it though and make sure pharmacists are well educated in the effects of this medicine. Pharmacists are becoming more like doctors anyways. They should not be able to deny someone the medicine based on their beliefs. Since the medicine is time sensitive and going to another pharmacy might make a difference, it should be illegal for pharmacists to say no.

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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Hey, just think. If Romney (or possibly any other Republican) is elected president, then the morning-after pill could be gone! Because that's killing a fertilized egg, which we all know is a full-grown human.

    /has flashbacks of Rachel Maddow's "man talk" explaining how hormonal BC works
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