06.04.2014

Over the counter pregnancy prevention

When a friend posted the link to his Facebook page, armchair physicians aired some common concerns about that possibility.
Unfortunately, Facebook naysayers aren’t the only ones with unfounded fears about freeing up the pill. The prescription-only system for oral contraceptives is totally out of step with the realities of American health care and life.
While condoms help prevent both STIs and pregnancy, other forms of birth control (also called contraception) only help prevent pregnancy. There are many options available for preventing pregnancy, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. If you've had sex and didn't use any type of birth control, or if the birth control you used failed, you have the option of emergency contraception up to three days afterwards. Using EC is a very personal choice, and nobody should have the right to restrict that access. Even though emergency contraception is now available for teens without restrictions, everyone doesn’t agree that EC should be available over the counter regardless of a person’s age. Sandra, 16, from San Bernardino, California says, “EC should be available over the counter for all teens because it enables teens to take charge of their own bodies. Even though I believe that emergency contraception should be available over the counter for all teens, I understand why some people might think otherwise. There will always be people who are going to oppose teens’ access to EC because they want to impose their own personal beliefs on us.
It seems like using a condom during penile-vaginal sex is drilled into our heads from the start of “the talk” to our final sexuality education class.


As a teenager, you may hear a lot of conflicting information from family, friends and even adults about how pregnancy happens and how to prevent it.
When I moved across the country to Los Angeles, I spent weeks calling down a list of gynecologists approved by my health insurance and found dozens who would accept patients only who were already pregnant or trying to conceive (an event I was hoping to avoid). If you do make the decision to become sexually active, make sure you know how to reduce your risk of getting an STI and prevent unplanned pregnancy.
While you may choose different forms of birth control, remember that condoms are the best form of protecting against STIs as well.
Plan B-One Step prevents pregnancy for up to 72 hours (3 days) after having unprotected sex. If you are sexually active and don't want to get pregnant, you can explore the range of contraceptive choices available.
If you weigh over 176 pounds and need emergency contraception, you should speak to a health care provider about possibly using another emergency contraceptive pill or a copper IUD.
It can be taken up to five days or 120 hours after unprotected sex, but the sooner you take it, the more effective it is. I should be able to get EC without having to worry about finding a way to get to the clinic or go to the doctor to get a prescription. But I believe that teens who are taking EC are being mature and responsible, and they’re making the decision that is right for them.
But making comprehensive care truly accessible would require not just an overhaul of the health care system, but a radical rethinking of the American workplace. You can download our birth control method comparison chart and print out a copy to bring to your healthcare provider, so your provider can help you make the choice that's best for you.


Emergency contraception (EC) is a form of birth control that prevents pregnancy after unprotected sex, sex where the method of birth control failed or sexual assault.
So when teens under the age of 17 were forced to get a prescription for EC, the longer it took to get the prescription, the less effective EC would be when they finally got it. If it’s important that EC be taken sooner than later, it seems having EC available over the counter would be best.
Then he wrote me just a three-month prescription, insisting that I come to see him four times a year to check in on the drug I’ve been taking without incident for a decade. If you are 15 or older, you can purchase Plan B-One Step over the counter at almost all drug stores. I had to start my gynecological hunt all over again and just got in to see my current doctor before the three months were up.
Girls and women 17 and older needed to show an ID that proves their age in order to buy the medicine from a pharmacy.
Thankfully, she was great—and she spoke to me for less than one minute about the medication before ripping the prescription from the pad. If I hadn’t had the benefit of an understanding boss and a flexible work schedule, I may have never gotten my hands on the pill.
Putting birth control on the shelves won’t solve these problems, but it would help prevent unwanted pregnancies, which only compound them.



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Comments to «Over the counter pregnancy prevention»

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  2. SPAWN writes:
    Are sexually active and do not use contraception.