Should Birth Control Pills Be Available Over-the-Counter?
Birth control pills are safer than many OTC drugs and common activities.
Between 9 and 10.6 million American women use the birth control pill. The Birth control Pills carries no risk of overdose or addiction.
Over the Counter ( OTC ) birth control would increase access for low-income and medically underserved populations.
Pros of the Birth Control Pills
- It’s a Very convenient method of contraception.
- It May offer some protection against pelvic inflammatory disease (which, if left untreated, can cause infertility).
- It May lead to lighter periods or help regulate periods.
- A safe birth control method.
- The Birth control pills can decrease menstrual cramps.
- It Allows for sexual spontaneity.
- The Birth Control Pill can help you time your period—combination pills can be taken to regulate (change the timing and frequency) of your period or be used to skip your period altogether.
Cons of the Birth Control Pills
If you use birth control pills
side effects you may experience. The good news is that most of these side effects will go away by the second or third month of use—as your body adjusts to the progestin and/or estrogen in the pill. Birth control pills side effects may include:
- May Cause Headaches
- Breast tenderness
- Nausea (sometimes with vomiting)
- Bleeding between periods
- May Cause depression
- It may Change sexual desire
- Decrease your interest in watching pornography