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    More U.S. women using the "morning-after" pill: report

    More U.S. women using the "morning-after" pill: report - Yahoo! News


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More U.S. women are taking the "morning-after" pill, but generally just once, according to the government's first report on how the emergency contraception drug has been used since regulators eased access to it in 2006.

    About 11 percent of sexually active women, or 5.8 million, used the pill between 2006 and 2010, compared to about 4 percent in 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its report released on Thursday.
    This is the part that needs to be "fixed":

    Emergency contraception has been available by prescription in the United States since 1999.
    By prescription is ludicrous. Over the counter should be the norm.

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    Re: More U.S. women using the "morning-after" pill: report

    I don't really understand the prescription part either. What is a woman supposed to make a trip to the doctor the morning after to get a prescription for the morning after pill?
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    Re: More U.S. women using the "morning-after" pill: report

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    By prescription is ludicrous. Over the counter should be the norm.
    It has been since 2006

    from the article you posted

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved sales of Plan B to adult women without a prescription in 2006 after years of contentious debate. It later loosened the restriction to include 17-year-olds.

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    Re: More U.S. women using the "morning-after" pill: report

    Quote Originally Posted by Texas1836 View Post
    It has been since 2006

    from the article you posted
    One version of the morning-after pill, known as Plan B, has stirred the most political controversy.
    The "controversy" part is some of what I'm referring to, and,
    "one version" to me sounds like there are other versions that are only available through prescription.

    If that's wrong, and they're all now available over the counter, that's a good thing.

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    Re: More U.S. women using the "morning-after" pill: report

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    By prescription is ludicrous. Over the counter should be the norm.
    Not saying I disagree but out of curiosity, do you think it shouldn't be on prescription because you don't think it carries a high enough clinical risk or for social reasons around the stigma and practicality of quick access?

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    Re: More U.S. women using the "morning-after" pill: report

    Two extremely important factors involved here.

    #1 - time
    #2 - affordability

    Requiring a prescription will greatly effect both of those factors.

    Yes?

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    Re: More U.S. women using the "morning-after" pill: report

    Those pills can make you sicker than hell, and if you take it after conception has occurred it can cause serious issues for the woman's health. I'm not sure there are a lot of women reading the insert when it's effectively OTC.
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    Re: More U.S. women using the "morning-after" pill: report

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Those pills can make you sicker than hell, and if you take it after conception has occurred it can cause serious issues for the woman's health. I'm not sure there are a lot of women reading the insert when it's effectively OTC.
    You're not suggesting they should all be prescription only are you?

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    Re: More U.S. women using the "morning-after" pill: report

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    You're not suggesting they should all be prescription only are you?
    I'm suggesting that at minimum they should be located behind the counter and should require that the pharmacist enunciate the warnings associated with using the pill.

    I've taken it. I know how severe the side effects can be. I also know that a woman who tries to use it a month in to pregnancy (as an idiot friend did) can end up with serious complications from doing so. It isn't just like popping a BC pill and going about your day. It isn't like taking an aspirin. It comes with a written warning, but I don't personally think that's enough. Tampons come with written warnings regarding TSS and many women are still completely clueless to the risks.
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    Re: More U.S. women using the "morning-after" pill: report

    People know that drinking and driving is potentially deadly...yet how many are killed every year doing just that?

    I hear what you're saying, and I'm not suggesting the pills be sold through gas station bathroom dispensers like condoms and tampons.

    However, I don't think every woman who needs one should have to schedule an appointment with a doctor, then get a prescription, then go find a pharmacy that'll sell them what they need.

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