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There’s been lots of talk, but when will we actually be able to get birth control pills without a prescription?

In recent years there’ve been plenty of headlines about the birth control pill becoming available over the counter. There has even been a proposal about it in Congress. But what does all of this actually mean for women who use the pill?

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There's good news and bad news: You can’t get pregnant from oral sex, but you can get a sexually transmitted infection.

While you can’t get pregnant from oral sex, you can get a sexually transmitted infection (STI, a.k.a. STD). The risk of getting an STI from oral sex is a little different from the risk of vaginal sex.

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Your one-stop shop for the pill, the patch, the ring, barrier methods, and emergency contraception.

Whether you have a prescription from a health care provider or just need to stock up on condoms, your local pharmacy can be a great resource to keep you protected from pregnancy and STIs.

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