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Birth Control Pills Over-the-Counter?
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
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Should Oral Contraceptives Be Sold Without a Prescription?

Interested to hear parents perspective from those with daughters!
mrswhitecastle responded:
I'm not going to get into the "encourages them to have sex" debate.

The thing that worries me is the side effects that these pills can have. DH's family has a genetic condition (one that is not all that uncommon) that makes it life-threatening to be on birth control pills. I think a doctor needs to be involved when such a powerful drug is being used.
Emily (7) Elizabeth (5)
iocasta replied to mrswhitecastle's response:
This is my concern as well. This isn't like taking an aspirin. I'm guessing insurance companies are the driver of this.
laney0705 responded:
I agree...too many side effects with BC to be just given out willy nilly. We need to parent our children so they are educated and properly informed.
tlkittycat1968 replied to laney0705's response:
I agree about educating our children but there are many parents who do not do that. I would rather have someone on birth control than having an unwanted child. There are many OTC medications that have side effects but are still considered OTC. Herbal remedies are available OTC and they aren't even regulated so who knows what the side effects of those are.
baby1at35 replied to tlkittycat1968's response:
So agree with all of you. No way ! A doctor needs to administer. There are a lot of health conditions that are not a good combo with the pill. I sure hope this doesn't go over the counter.
Me (43) 2 busy boys 7 yrs and 6 yrs
sarah0323 replied to baby1at35's response:
Honestly not sure how I feel about it (leaning towards no though). I can see both sides of the argument. I have many questions that aren't answered like:
Would the cost still make it prohibitive?
Is this just a money saver for insurance companies?
Is this going to be available to any one or only to people over a certain age?
Would you need to ask for it from the pharmacist or buy like asprin?

I have a teenage daughter. When she went in for her school physical before school started our family doctor brought up birth control. Currently my DD is not taking BC but this gave both of us a chance to ask questions and be comfortable having this conversation. We continued it after we left the office. I would not feel comfortable buying this without talking to the dr first. There also may be a better option than the pill. My DD would like to take the shot or an IUD instead of the pill when the time comes.
Me 33, DD - O 13, DS1 -J 8, DS2 - Cr 6, DS3 - Co 5, DD2 - E (11/10)
earleyml1012 responded:
I agree that these should stay prescription. Since Obama Care is stating free birth control, I guess this is the way for insurance companies to get out of paying for it. Who pays for it then?!? The store? Anyway, there are way too many side effects for this to be over the counter.

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