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Should birth control be for sale over the counter? Show more Show less
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Contraceptives such as condoms, spermicides, and the “morning after pill” are all readily available over the counter at any pharmacy. Many question if birth control pills should be one of them. Aside from preventing pregnancy, many women take birth control for other health reasons, such as balancing hormones and regulating menstrual cycles. Should birth control be easily accessible? Or is selling birth control over the counter dangerous and irresponsible?

No, OTC birth control should not be for sale Show more Show less

While the idea of selling birth control over the counter may sound like a good idea, there are many potential health risks. Making birth control available over the counter may actually lead to more unwanted pregnancies, as well as other health risks. No drug is risk free, and women should consult a medical professional before taking any form of birth control.
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Birth control raises the cost of the drugs

When Plan B emergency contraceptive was made available over the counter, the generic brand name cost went from around $5 to roughly $40. By making birth control available over the counter, it would no longer be covered by health insurance. Women would have to pay out of pocket for their birth control, essentially making it more expensive.
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Over the counter drugs are generally more expensive for customers when compared to drug prescriptions covered by insurance. If birth control was made available over the counter, the cost would increase significantly. An example of this is Plan B, known as the “morning after pill”. Before Plan B was available in pharmacies, it required a prescription from a doctor. The insured cost of Plan B was inexpensive, around $5 for a generic brand, or $12 for a brand name. It now costs around $40 to buy a generic brand of Plan B, or $50 for a brand name. The difference in cost is significantly higher, which would mean the same result for birth control pills if they were available over the counter.[1] Many women already face financial barriers when it comes to having access to birth control. Though making it available over the counter sounds like a good idea, it would actually raise the cost significantly. If a woman does not have insurance, using services like Nurx would be the better way to go. Prices of birth control range from $0 to $15 when using these services, even for women without insurance. [2]

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