#6 Reasons why the pill shouldn’t be made over-the-counter

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Still unconvinced by our previous post? We have compiled a list of reasons why oral contraceptive pills should be regulated and not made available over-the-counter.

  1. With so many oral contraceptive pills on the market and a lot of medical jargon, choosing the right pill to suit you can be confusing. Doctors are qualified to prescribe medication so why wouldn’t you go to them for the right recommendations?
  2. No compulsory check-ups? Then to hell with screening for cervical/breast cancer, STI’s or getting a pap test! According to the National Cancer Institute itself, “A number of studies suggest that current use of oral contraceptives (birth control pills) appears to slightly increase the risk of breast cancer, especially among younger women.
  3. Because not everyone can check their own blood pressure and prevent blood clots. Despite being rare, the sudden health of a young health woman because of a blood clot can be devastating. Sadly this can happen even with the current requirement for a doctor’s prescription.
  4. How much do you really know about IUDs and implants? The uptake of the very effective, long-acting and reversible contraceptives methods as IUDs are low in Australia. This may be an indicator that doctors are not able to spend time with women discussing all the contraceptive options available.
  5. Already priced between $15-$283 (3 month pack) do you want to pay more than what you’re already paying for the pill? Plan B (the morning after pill) became more expensive when it went over-the-counter. If that happened to the pill, it could be unaffordable for many women.
  6. Who’s going to checkout that migraine, change in vision, hearing or motion and caution you to get off the pill?

And those are just 6 reasons why the oral contraceptive pill should only be made available with a prescription and mandatory regular health check ups.

Got more reasons? Or still unconvinced? Let us know in the comment section or sound off on our Twitter or Facebook page.

The Pill without a prescription?

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Continuing on from our last blog post where we discussed the accessibility of oral contraceptive pills to young adolescent girls, today’s agenda will cover the overall accessibility of the pill in Australia.

Since 2012 the National Health (continued dispensing) determination act has allowed the contraceptive pill to be made available for emergencies over-the-counter without a prescription. To test this out I went to the pharmacy and asked them if I could buy a pack of oral contraceptives (I haven’t had prescription nor spoken to a doctor about oral contraceptives in almost 2 years). And surely enough, after a few questions that I could easily navigate around with a few lies, I was offered a fresh pack. This is disturbing. What if I suffered from severe migraines? What if I had high blood pressure? What if I was pregnant?

If you are on the contraceptive pill it is IMPERATIVE that you attend regular check ups and answer honestly to the questions asked by your GP. They can gauge whether you’re at risk of developing any harmful side effects and prevent further health risks, that is why it is so important that the pill remains regulated and not made as accessible as a pack of tic tacs.

Let us hear your thoughts on the accessibility of oral contraceptive pills in the comment section, our Twitter or Facebook page. Should they be made over-the-counter or more regulated?