Group pushes for birth control to be sold over-the-counter

Group pushes for birth control to be sold over-the-counter

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists wants to see hormonal birth control available without a prescription. The idea is to make the contraceptive more accessible, but some doctors say the risks are too high.

A trip to the doctor might be unnecessary in the future for women wanting hormonal birth control. If certain groups have their way, birth control could one day be as easy to purchase as Tylenol or Advil.

"Over-the-counter oral contraceptive pills have the potential to be dangerous," said Dr. Jeremy Kalamarides.

The push, to make birth control available over-the-counter concerns, Dr. Jeremy Kalamarides.

"Without that patient/physician relationship, they simply won't have the safety net," Kalamarides said.

A safety net, Kalamarides says only a doctor could provide.

"I believe there's plenty of access for women to get oral contraceptives," said Kalamarides.

He says over-the-counter birth control could pose a serious risk to some women's health.

"Where a woman can go get a very strong medication or something that affects them in many ways and then may in fact hurt them later without them fully recognizing the potential for that to happen," said Kalamarides.

However, not everyone is ready to write off the idea of over-the-counter birth control.

"I think that making birth control more widely accessible is a good thing," said Dr. Celia Neavel with People's Community Clinic. Neavel says she remains neutral on the idea of an over-the-counter birth control option. She says wants to see more research before making up her mind.

"I think talking about it and creating that discussion within the community is a good thing," said Neavel.

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