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

    Quote Originally Posted by roughdraft274 View Post
    As for the insurance thing, my insurance pays for over the counter allergy medicine for my wife as long as a doctor writes her a prescription.

    But I agree on the medical implications. My wife has has issues with various forms of birth control and I think it would be smart to talk with a doctor before and during its use.
    Most people don't realize that there are a lot of different doses and types of birth control, and that not all women are able to take them all without some potentially serious complications. I've said this before. I can't take many kinds of birth control because I have a blood disorder that increases my chances of a blood clot, which is something that many birth control pills also do.
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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.
    No, they can't because they simply wouldn't go through the questioning that doctors go through (or should) when you request to be put on birth control, including questions about any conditions you have that do limit which birth controls you should be on. I would never have known that I couldn't take certain types of birth control with my blood condition if I hadn't have needed a prescription for it and the doctor basically went over it with me. When I was first told about the disorder, I was not told that this would limit my birth control options. That didn't occur til I went for the birth control prescription.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winchester View Post
    Doctors don't do all that lab work and medical history stuff before prescribing the pill.
    They are supposed to at least do medical history or you need to get another doctor.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    I like under the counter better because of the intrigue. "Pssst, here." (passes something in plain brown paper bag under counter, looking left and right).

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

    I said other, birth control pills should be bought over the counter but not without first consulting a doctor and maybe testing to find out which birth control pill would be safe and effective for the woman who wants to buy them.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    No, for two reasons, first there are medical implications to taking the pill not associated with condom use, so it needs to remain a medical issue. Secondly, by making it available over the counter, it demands that it be paid for independent of insurance which would make it financially out of reach for many women, most of whom are those not financially viable as mothers either. So..... NO not a good idea at all.
    I'm sorry, but you need to better back up your claim of not being affordable. I'm not going to say you are automatically wrong, but that doesn't hold a lot of common sense. Are we going to get upset that various pain or heartburn medications are OTC and thus not affordable to individuals? Maybe not the pain medications, but there are various OTC meds that people take simply because they are cheaper than the prescription strength versions.

    i do fully agree with you that the comparison with the condom is bad as the latter is a physical barrier as opposed to the pill's chemical " barrier"
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan5 View Post
    Yes and it's absolutely bat**** crazy the absolute insane red tape a girl has to go through to get the pill. It's an absolute illogical catastrophe.


    Honestly the govt. should mail every girl by a certain age birth control pills 100% Free and this should be a Federally mandated program. The amount of problems this would fix are literally unfathomable. We're talking hundreds of billions in savings to society. Maybe even trillions.
    Big waste of money. If we could insure that every female would use them, that might be a little more viable. But there would be just way to many thrown away.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Don't make it OTC but states should allow a protocol for pharmacists to prescribe it. There are risks with birth control and it's not safe for some patients. Different considerations should be taken into account given the hormones in each preparation. I don't think it's wise for oral birth control to be completely OTC, but I think increased access via a pharmacist prescribing and dispensing it would be better. The safety and selection/monitoring would be fine and people would have better access. Things like IUDs should still be prescription only though for obvious reasons.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Most people don't realize that there are a lot of different doses and types of birth control, and that not all women are able to take them all without some potentially serious complications. I've said this before. I can't take many kinds of birth control because I have a blood disorder that increases my chances of a blood clot, which is something that many birth control pills also do.
    I commented earlier on the doses and various types; the expertise of a healthcare professional is essential. I've lived long enough to have seen in two different generations some of the very serious side effects of oral contraceptive that were once thought entirely safe. In the first, my parents' friend who was the wife of an OB/GYN and, of course, had access to all the "latest and greatest," developed a permanent "raccoon mask" and then stroked out.

    In the second, because of crippling menstrual issues and after everything else had been tried, a 12-year old was given "the pill." It stopped the ghastly problems, so she took them faithfully for over 20 years...and woke up one day with Stage IV breast cancer (no family history, fit, healthy, etc.) Those hormone pills caused this; I know they did.

    I'm horrified by the idea of over-the-counter birth control pills. They're potentially too dangerous, and they're also too likely to be used incorrectly or misused, IMO.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Don't make it OTC but states should allow a protocol for pharmacists to prescribe it. There are risks with birth control and it's not safe for some patients. Different considerations should be taken into account given the hormones in each preparation. I don't think it's wise for oral birth control to be completely OTC, but I think increased access via a pharmacist prescribing and dispensing it would be better. The safety and selection/monitoring would be fine and people would have better access. Things like IUDs should still be prescription only though for obvious reasons.
    Yes!

    digsbe has it right, I believe.

    Make it CSA-V (not OTC technically, but dispensed from behind the counter only by a licensed pharmacist).

    If not, it's gotta' be scripted.

    There's a myriad of preparations, and different preparations are tailored to individuals.

    This is hormone therapy, and serious stuff - if not done right, it can be ineffectual or even worse, dangerous.

    I was going to opine it should be script only, until I was reminded of CSA-V status, and now think that might work as a compromise - maybe.
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