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

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    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.
    And that goes in spades, if they were to be available OTC to teenagers!
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    I vote yes as long as they are paid for by the individual. Not my business who and how many times a woman sleeps with same as it shouldn't be my financial responsibility to pay for them.

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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?
    I'm certainly no expert, but aren't there some significant medical considerations as to dosage, etc., that need to be taken into consideration?

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

    I'm torn on this one. On the one hand, I think birth control should be readily available to both men and women, so for that reason I lean towards yes.

    But on the other hand, most of the women I've known who have been on birth control for awhile have had side effects that needed a doctor to deal with, so that makes me lean towards no.
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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 by definition, that's not over the counter, it's prescription. My daughter was prescribed a medication but it was cheaper to just buy an over-the-counter drug that was identical, the pharmacist told us that there was no difference between the prescription and the OTC generic at half the cost. Insurance didn't pay for the OTC, but it was still cheaper.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chomsky View Post
    And that goes in spades, if they were to be available OTC to teenagers!
    I can totally see, for example, forgetting a dose and then just doubling up the next day and etc. Or sharing what you've got with a friend in need. And etc.

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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 agree with your first point, however the cost of birth control pills are as low as $10 a month.

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

    Drinking too much water can give you medical complications that require a doctor. Seriously people the insanity here of the bygone protestant hesitancy is illogical at best. The good birth control pills do far outweighs the negatives. The irony being most women are already on BC pills so it's an inherently illogical argument. Women seem to be doing just fine on them now the access needs to be made easier (if not outright subsidized).

    It's the basic ignorance based patriarchal argument of "Women can't handle the freedom of birth control pills" (When ironically they already are).

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

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    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.
    To be fair - that is the same logic of the total-vaccine-opposition. Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc.
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    Re: Should Birth Control Pills be available over the counter?

    No, of course they shouldn't. We don't have nearly enough unwanted pregnancies now - we obviously need more. Making birth control available over the counter might somehow impact this.
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