A recent New York Times article, “A Step Forward for Contraceptive Access” stated, “Since the pills are safe for a majority of women, there is no need for a doctor’s prescription… Reproductive health advocates prescriptions are unnecessary.”  Two states are already on board

A recent New York Times article, “A Step Forward for Contraceptive Access” stated, “Since the pills are safe for a majority of women, there is no need for a doctor’s prescription… Reproductive health advocates prescriptions are unnecessary.” 
Two states are already on board with this idea while many others are considering it. 
In some states, pharmacists would make the decisions about birth control pills and a visit to the gynecologist would no longer be needed.  Instead, these pharmacists would screen for risk factors such as smoking without full knowledge of other medical conditions or health factors that might be a concern. 
Proponents feel that making the pill over-the-counter may reduce unintended pregnancies for lower income women who have challenges seeing a doctor due to finances or distance. Supporters of the “see a doctor” system feel that regular Pap Smears and other screenings are important for a woman’s overall health and would decline with the “no prescription” system.  They also pointed out the pill could be an added expense for women because the Affordable Care Act only covers prescription drugs.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologist has stated that even though birth control pills meet the Food and Drug Administration’s criteria for over-the-counter safety, some women do have increased risks for other medical conditions and should not be using birth control pills for health reasons.
So far, the pill is not available over-the-counter and it can take years for approval.  With natural methods available for conception such as saliva to indicate ovulation, women should know their options and the risks associated with birth control pills being sold over the counter. 

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