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

    if birth control pills were used exclusively to prevent pregancy, I would say yes. However, they are used to treat woman's various hormone issues. i voted No.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Winchester View Post
    Please enlighten us uniformed males as to why going to the doctor to get a prescription is not really necessary.
    Because I had to go to a gyno once a year since I was about 19 until I went off the pill a few years after I was married so we could start producing little Borrachos. It was a quick hello, how are you feeling, okay do you want me to call it into Walgreens or CVS? And that was it.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    I think they should come in yummy flavors like apple, pineapple and charcoal (really burnt toast).
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Aren't there potential complications from the hormonal changes? Not specifically to the reproductive system, but for blood pressure, too? My only reticence about this is the potential for someone who would have serious reactions to skip a preliminary assessment and be harmed by those side effects, though there is likely little reason to require subsequent examinations. If that can be accounted for or aren't significantly more dangerous than the side effects from other over the counter drugs, then there's absolutely no reason to object to this. Unless there is a serious health risk, birth control should be made as easy to obtain as humanly possible.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Aren't there potential complications from the hormonal changes? Not specifically to the reproductive system, but for blood pressure, too?
    Yes, and blood pressure is why I cannot use it. Many years ago, I went to my doctor to ask for the BC Pill. She took my blood pressure and it was high, it had never been high prior to that. Over the next couple months, it continued to be high, so she put me on meds and refused to give me the pill. A few years later, I pushed and pushed to get on it so she sent me to a gynecologist for his opinion. He put me on it and a month later, at a regular blood pressure check at my GP's, it was sky high. I had to quit taking the pill. Had it been OTC, I would not have known I had hypertension and would have taken the pill and possibly had a stroke.

    Incidentally, my (adopted) dad was convinced my (adopted) mom died from taking the pill. She had multiple risk factors which were not known at the time but are well known now (over 35, overweight and a smoker). Had he told me this a decade before he did, I probably would not have pushed to get on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winchester View Post
    Doctors don't do all that lab work and medical history stuff before prescribing the pill.
    Yes they do if they don't know the patient. Btw, most BC pills increase blood pressure, not a good thing for those patients with already elevated blood pressure. And that's just one of the many contraindications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Because I had to go to a gyno once a year since I was about 19 until I went off the pill a few years after I was married so we could start producing little Borrachos. It was a quick hello, how are you feeling, okay do you want me to call it into Walgreens or CVS? And that was it.
    That gyno was your regular doctor, in other words they knew you and your medical history, right?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    That gyno was your regular doctor, in other words they knew you and your medical history, right?
    I always went to a doctor for an annual checkup but not just to get pills.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post


    Without question they should.
    Why was he calling for condoms from a public computer lab?

    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 20–36% decrease in the number of women using no method or a method less effective than the pill, and a 7–25% 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?
    Sure, why not? I just want to see the world burn...

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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 20–36% decrease in the number of women using no method or a method less effective than the pill, and a 7–25% 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?
    Well off the top of my head i say yes BUT that is simply based off the service they provide . . . .

    WHat I think is actually right is they should be sold how ever they are classified as long as that classification is medicine based and not peoples subjective morals.

    A Lot of drugs are over or under the counter based on strength, side effects, risks/dangers / classification. There are many types of "the pill" and I certainly do not know what they all are but the ones that fall with in classifications like cold medicines, aspirin etc etc then the answer is CLEARLY yes.

    If it meets the classification of an OTC then it should be, plain and simple

    if it doesnt then protocols should be followed to do so IF those protocols exists, if those protocols dont or cant be met or its MEDIALLY unsafe then it shouldnt.

    If The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists support it id say theres solid grounds it should be . . but again no matter the decision id like it based on the medical community and science not subjective feelings/morals

    EDIT . . .after reading some post . . yes COST would be a factor also . . .

    does the cost actually stop more people from getting it than not or does it become cheaper and can versions still be cover under healthcare . . . if this is not a huge hurdle then im still on board if its based off of medicine
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