Why Over-the-Counter Birth Control Is So Necessary
It is quite a long process that people have to go through to use birth control. They have to set an appointment with the doctor and get a prescription for it every time they want to buy the medicines, because there is no chance of getting refills.
In some states this measures have been taken to help people get rid of this trauma. At some places in California, pharmacists can prescribe birth control without having a doctor involved and other states are aiming to follow. Many experts want to take it even further. They say as birth control pills are pretty safe with a few complications sometimes, why not making them as easy and available as Advil or vitamins?
This over the counter access actually could help prevent 45% of the unplanned pregnancies that happen each year in the US. Some countries already do let people buy birth controls without prescriptions. A study of low-income border community had reported that women obtaining their pill in Texas were ironically 60% more likely to stop using it compared to women who went to Mexico to buy their birth control over the counter.
People in Favor:
There is though one potential downside to it. Fewer women got to take their annual cancer screenings if they are not obligated to see their doctors in order to get birth control. Apart from this downside, most of the doctors actually support the idea of making birth control pills accessible easily, even including some republican politicians.
Two-third of the women support this easy idea of getting birth control and one in every three women who does not take the pills assures that they would take it I they can get it without the drag of prescriptions. Moreover, reducing this problem of unintended pregnancies could save the US a lot of money because the federal government pays for 68% of unintended births through Medicaid and other programs. And you would not believe that it costs the tax- payers 21 billion dollars a year; so fewer unintended pregnancies will pave the way for fewer miscarriages and fewer abortions and to top it lower health care costs. Last but not the least as pregnancy is expensive, the prevention should also be easy.
Transcripted by Benazir Elahee Munni