Over the Counter Birth Control

Tarah Klenk

Over the past few lectures, we have been talking about expense of types of different prescriptions, especially in birth control. But if birth control became over the counter, it can become more expensive and there are many forms of birth control that cannot be given over the counter or be sold like ibuprofen or Advil.

According to BuzzFeed News, Donald Trump told Dr. Oz that, “You have women that just aren’t in a position to go get a prescription. So and more and more people are coming out and saying that, but I am not in favor of prescription for birth control.” Having birth control be no longer sold as a prescription can be something that may happen in the future but there are some things to consider. Like what methods would be over the counter? Besides the patch and pill that can easily sold next to the aspirin what about the implant or the shot? Doctors have to do the implant and give the shot, so will there be a doctor waiting right there for you? And since the FDA covers the cost or gives you a co-pay on all types of birth control as long as you have insurance, if birth control no was longer a prescription we would have to pay out of pocket along with paying for our insurance. Along with which type one can receive and the cost, there may be restrictions on who can receive or have access to the pill. The sellers of the birth control would mostly be encouraged to sell to only people who are 18 and older, and this may cause a rise in teen pregnancy since younger girls would not be able to have access to birth control.

But there can be some upsides to having over the counter birth control. Doctors agree that selling birth control pills over the counter is safe since it is one of the most studied medications out there. And people also need to remember that the FDA is the one who has to approve if any type of birth control becomes over the counter, not the president.

(picture: BuzzFeed News)

reference article: https://www.buzzfeed.com/caseygueren/is-otc-birth-control-a-good-idea?utm_term=.xvlD2ydZ8#.kjAlVnAPG

 

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4 thoughts on “Over the Counter Birth Control

  1. I hadn’t heard of this, this seems like a risky change that would have little to no benefit. If people aren’t aware of interactions between their birth control and other medications they are taking, it could be rendered ineffective. Not to mention there are several different types of each birth control, each with their own benefits and downsides. A drug with this much potential to impact your life shouldn’t just be handed out, it should come with a certificate that you spoke with your doctor about it and you both have come to an agreement about what is the best kind for you. That certificate: a prescription.

    Dylan Nourse

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  2. I liked this article a lot! You brought a lot of really interesting points to light that I haven’t really thought of before. Especially because of the debate going around on birth control I think this is extremely relevant and important discuss, access to birth control is a huge issue in our society. After all, there are a lot of medications that are over the counter that can be really bad for you, or if not taken properly can kill you.

    Victoria Obermeyer

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  3. When reading your post I had been thinking of the things that will be changes that will come along when getting a new president. I did not know that Trump was promoting this in his campaign and what would change to women who are currently on certain prescriptions of birth control. I still hope that woman have to go to the doctor regularly to be informed for what they are taking and what is suited for them. Rather than just walking into Walgreens and getting a contraception they chose because their friend is taking the same one.

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  4. I had never heard that conversation between Trump and Oz before. They are actually trying OTC BCP in California (http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-birth-control-law-20160408-story.html). It’s not completely over the counter, as a woman needs to be counseled before she is able to purchase it, (much like Narcan all across the US) but it is a great start to making BCP accessible to women everywhere. Like other commentors have pointed out, there are precautions and challenges with this as well, since BCP affects every women differently and every woman has a different health history and background. It is still very important to see a doctor to discuss your BC method annually to prevent lasting damages and effects.

    Amanda Hecker

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