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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winchester View Post
    There are many over the counter medications that carry side effects.
    Where it comes to side effects upon the [individual's] reproductive system? No.

    My answer to the OP question is no. Just as antibiotics should continue to be prescription only.
    Last edited by clownboy; 06-04-15 at 04:22 PM.

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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Simple enough question.

    Making Birth Control available to women over the counter would even the playing field (we don't make men get a prescription and a prostrate exam to get condoms), and lower the costs of birth control. It's been that shifting to OTC BC would result in a 2036% decrease in the number of women using no method or a method less effective than the pill, and a 725% decrease in the number of unintended pregnancies, something you'd think all sides can agree on.

    And, generally, it seems most do. Only 26% of Americans oppose allowing Birth Control Pills to be sold over the counter, and 70% support it. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists support it.


    However, it became a bit of an issue a while back when Sen Mark Udall was running the worlds-most-shark-jumping-war-on-women campaign against Senator Gardner, who has now introduced legislation calling for making OTC BC a legal reality.


    So, where sits DP?
    I am not an expert on this, but from what I can see, the primary argument against making them OTC is that it would remove the screening before getting on the meds. That screening is fairly important, though whether it is important enough to stop a push to move them from prescription only to OTC, I am not sure.

    Also, and I point this out because I know you are capable of doing better, it is a good idea when making polls(as opposed to fishing for the response you want), to actually include something of a balanced view. It took me under a minute to find the reasons people oppose making them OTC, and those concerns are genuine, if not necessarily persuasive to all.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Where it comes to side effects upon the [individual's] reproductive system? No.

    My answer to the OP question is no. Just as antibiotics should continue to be prescription only.
    There are no significant side effects to one's reproductive system from the use of birth control pills. Antibiotics are whole different class of drug which IMO are already over prescribed.

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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winchester View Post
    There are no significant side effects to one's reproductive system from the use of birth control pills. Antibiotics are whole different class of drug which IMO are already over prescribed.
    That's just not true. There can be, depending upon the individual, increased risk of clotting, increased risks of certain cancers, and a few other really bad things. The bolded part explains precisely why they should not be sold over the counter. The likelihood of deadly side effects vary by individual.

    Also, all birth control pills are not the same. Depends upon what type of pill you're prescribed and what concentration of estrogen or progestin it contains.
    Last edited by clownboy; 06-04-15 at 04:32 PM.

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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Looks like I'm the only one who voted in the poll. That would be my "Yes" vote you see.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    That's just not true. There can be, depending upon the individual, increased risk of clotting, increased risks of certain cancers, and a few other really bad things. The bolded part explains precisely why they should not be sold over the counter. The likelihood of deadly side effects vary by individual.
    Then we better get rid of tylenol as an over the counter drug. One can be informed of the risks by reading the warning label just as effectively as having the doctor read them to you. If something is not right, then go see a doctor.

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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Looks like I'm the only one who voted in the poll. That would be my "Yes" vote you see.
    Please enlighten us uniformed males as to why going to the doctor to get a prescription is not really necessary.

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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winchester View Post
    Then we better get rid of tylenol as an over the counter drug. One can be informed of the risks by reading the warning label just as effectively as having the doctor read them to you. If something is not right, then go see a doctor.
    Except no, they can't. Unless they have their lab results and medical history AND the knowledge to interpret them. Again, there can be some pretty deadly side effects with certain formulations of "the pill" for certain individuals. Something you're not going to know until you see the doctor.

    And again, birth control pills are not all the same. Depends upon what type of pill you're prescribed and what concentration of estrogen or progestin it contains.

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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Except no, they can't. Unless they have their lab results and medical history AND the knowledge to interpret them. Again, there can be some pretty deadly side effects with certain formulations of "the pill" for certain individuals. Something you're not going to know until you see the doctor.

    And again, birth control pills are not all the same. Depends upon what type of pill you're prescribed and what concentration of estrogen or progestin it contains.
    Doctors don't do all that lab work and medical history stuff before prescribing the pill.

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