Millions of women in the U.S. are using some form of prescription birth control, but should women need a prescription to purchase birth control? Women who want to get on birth control but don’t have a prescription are left unprotected from pregnancy.
Women choose to go on birth control for a variety of reasons: finances, instability within their lives, their age, or frequency of sexual intercourse. Most will not argue the validity of the use of birth control. Therefore, why is a prescription necessary?
Birth control cannot only help prevent pregnancy, it can help control acne, PMS symptoms and heavy or painful periods, thus increasing its popularity of use. In addition, there are various types of popular and effective birth control methods, including IUD, implantable rod, birth control pills and of course, abstinence.
Yet, many women aren’t using birth control because there’s a necessary prescription, and they can’t afford it. If a woman does not have a family doctor, or does not have a health insurance plan, her options are limited. If birth control pills were available over the counter, it would eliminate this hassle.
It seems to me that due to the necessity of a prescription to get birth control, women who aren’t on birth control and end up pregnant are more likely to get abortions or use the Plan B pill (otherwise known as the morning after pill). The Plan B pill is used more often than not as a form of birth control, because it is easier to get than a prescription birth control.
The birth control pill itself is not like other prescription drugs. It’s not addictive and it doesn’t give a high, so selling birth control pills to someone does not appear harmful for an individual. Therefore, having the pill set as a prescription is pointless for the protection of selling/providing a drug.
On another note, if someone was to consistently take the pill for a year, it has long term health effects, like protection against ovarian cancer. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists even stated that selling the pill over the counter wouldn’t be harmful.
All a woman would have to do is go to a pharmacy and purchase a pack of birth control pills without a prescription.
The fact that women have to have a prescription to purchase birth control is a little outrageous because women who want birth control are trying to protect themselves from pregnancy for their own reasons.
Birth control should absolutely be sold without a prescription because it’s harmless and could help women in a positive way.