Why do we need OTC birth control pills?

ribbon Medically reviewed Jul 2023 by Robin Watkins, CNM, WHNP-BC

There are so many reasons! Getting your birth control pills over-the-counter (OTC) means you can start and stop using them on your own, allowing you to prevent pregnancy on your own terms. Getting the pill OTC could also save you time and money since you don’t have to see a doctor to get them. They are as safe as other medications that are sold over the counter (that’s why the FDA approved them for OTC use!). The biggest medical associations like the  American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Medical Association, and the  American Academy of Family Physicians agree that birth control should be available over the counter. Also, birth control pills have been available OTC all over the world for decades.

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