There is a pill becoming readily available that would aid in reducing the amount of unwanted pregnancies. It is the "morning after pill" as it is being called. This pill can be used during the first three days after unprotected sexual intercourse to prevent the fertilization of an egg or the attachment of a fertilized egg to a woman's uterus. The question is not necessarily in the ethical issue of the pill itself. The problem or question lies in the issue of the pill being sold with or without a prescription. The measure would allow girls and women to obtain this medication, without a physician's visit or prescription and without parental consent regardless of the patient's age.
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Over the counter birth control pills have been a topic of discussion for many women. Some might say it would pose many risks such as not receiving medical checkups and not knowing the side effects of birth control pills. Others may see it as a helpful to women because of the convenience of accessing the pills and not having to take time to schedule appointments. Additionally, due to health care and insurance policies some women might not have an easy access to birth control pills but the cost should not be a factor. Although over the counter birth control would allow an easier access for women, there are reasons why a doctor’s visit and a prescription are required to receive birth control pills.
From the results of the survey showing that a vast majority of the student body would feel more comfortable with the pill being made available on campus, it seems very important for the issue to be looked more in depth and asked for a change. According to Ann Simmons, coordinator of health promotion at the university?s health care center, the morning after pill was available at JMU beginning in 1995. At that time the pill was Nordette, a high dosage of birth control, and was given out at the cost of $10. Then in 1999 plan B was approved by the Federal Drug Association and JMU accepted it as the pill to distribute and went for $15. The prescription could only be written out to the James Madison student who needed it, therefore a boyfriend, friend or non-JMU student would be unable to receive a prescription but would be directed towards a local pharmacy. However, throughout the year there was no limit on how many times a
Plan B One-Step, also known as the morning-after pill, is currently available to all females of any age without a pharmacist’s approval. However, this has not always been the case. It used to be that females could not obtain the contraceptive if they were under the age of 17 and it was only available over-the-counter with valid identification. Many people still believe in those restriction, including the current president of the United States. On December 8, 2011 Barak Obama presented interesting points in an interview on Plan B about the safety for girls regarding the pill. Plan B stops the release of an egg from the ovary. It also may prevent a sperm from fertilizing the egg. If fertilization has already occurred, Plan B prevents the fertilized
Most birth control pills require a prescription. Some women might expect the visit to their doctors to be filled with blood work and a full physical exam. But to their surprise, the doctor typically asks for information regarding the last date of their menstrual cycle and if they are pregnant. Then the doctor signs off a prescription with no additional questions asked. These quick visits demonstrate that the majority of doctors are not taking the time to examine the health of their female patients to determine if they are even healthy candidates for birth control pills. The majority of doctors must ask more questions regarding weight, smoking habits, and potential heart disease risks. Jandi DuPree is one of the thousands of women that trust their doctors for medications. Dupree was 28 years old when she visited her doctor to get her prescription for birth
In another article, “FDA Ordered to Rethink Age Restriction for Plan B,” Stein points out how in today’s society it is okay for young girls to purchase the Plan B pill over the counter but yet they can’t even see a PG-13 movie (A.2). Also, Stein goes on to mention that the Plan B pill has not been tested to discover the possible side effects or what happens when it is used multiple times raising concerns as the pill consists of very high doses of hormones. Other hormonal methods require a prescription, why shouldn’t Plan B? Plan B is not a form of birth control, it is an emergency contraceptive. By allowing the pill to be readily available over the counter, it is sending a message that it is okay to be sexually active without the use of birth
Unintended pregnancies occur in the United States because of lack of accessible prevention methods. To end unwanted pregnancies and abortions, a change needs to occur. Currently, an oral birth control is in deliberation by healthcare professionals to potentially switch availability for women to buy over-the-counter (OTC). Because no prescription would be necessary, this would make obtaining oral contraceptives easier. The drug would be progestin-only, a female hormone otherwise called progesterone, which is not available in the United States in an oral drug formulation. This birth control is objectively safer than common oral birth control pills that are typically estrogen-progestin combinations. Plan B, (levonorgestrel), an oral emergency contraceptive, was recently legalized to purchase OTC without any
Should the Morning-After Pill be Available Over-the-Counter? Last Tuesday, advisors to the Food and Drug administration voted to make the "morning-after" pill available over-the-counter (1). The FDA has not yet acted on this recommendation (1). The morning-after pill is the vernacular term for emergency contraception, specifically, two pills with the commercial name, "Plan B", which have the ability to inhibit and, depending on one's perspective, possibly to terminate unwanted pregnancies. The FDA approved the first version of the morning-after pill for prescription use in 1998 (1). The issue today is whether it should be available without a prescription.
Since the 1960’s, doctors have been debating on if birth control could be safely sold over the counter. Over the counter, pill access means that rather than go to the doctors' office for prescription women would be able to buy a pack from the drugstore. In the U.S., drugs like Tylenol, Advil, Claritin, and Aspirin were once prescription only and are now available over the counter. In at least 80 countries, women can buy the pill without a prescription. Birth control was designed to prevent pregnancy and a lack of contraception and sex education causes teen pregnancy and abortion rates to spiral. Not only does the pill prevent pregnancy, but can also have many health benefits for women of all ages.
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The ‘morning-after pill’ also known as emergency contraception, is an “oral drug usually containing high doses of estrogen taken up to usually three days after unprotected sexual intercourse that interferes with pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation or by blocking implantation of a fertilized egg in the human uterus.” One of the most common emergency contraception is Plan B; the history of the pill began when the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug in 1999, making it accessible by prescription only. Fast-forwarding seven years later, the Food and Drug Administration gave permission to sell Plan B over the counter to
Levonorgestrel is a female hormone that prevents the women from not ovulating and is used in many birth control pills for years (Plan B One Step, 2015). Plan B is a drug that contains a high dose of levonorgestrel (Plan B One Step, 2015). This is because Plan B is used as a type of emergency contraceptive (WebMD, 2016). Plan B is used to prevent pregnancy if a woman has had unprotected sex. It is also used if there is failure of another form of birth control, such condom breaking or missing more than two birth control pills (Drugs.com, 2016). “Plan B One-Step is not the same as RU-486, which is an abortion pill. It does not cause a miscarriage or abortion” (WebMD, 2016). Plan B will not work if a women is already pregnant when it is taken.
The federal government recently ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make the morning-after pill available to women of all ages without a prescription, the ruling was a political embarrassment for the Obama administration and unleashed protests from abortion foes and abstinence advocates. no less heated discussion that is roiling the medical community should birth-control pills of any type require a doctor’s prescription? Or should they be available, like Tylenol, on pharmacy shelves?. As a teenage girl I strongly believe that birth control pills should be available to teenage girls without a doctor's prescription. teenage girls as early as the age of 12 start having a sexual active life and because some are afraid to talk to their parents
Summary: Oral contraceptives are accessible over the counter or from a pharmacist in over 100 countries, but at this time only two states in the United States, California and Oregon, have a law that permits women to obtain birth control from either of these sources (Wahlin et al., 2014). However, since August of 2013 the United States has allowed unrestricted access to emergency contraceptives such as, Plan B One-Step Emergency Contraceptive Levonorgestrel Tablet (Cleland, Raymond, Westley, & Trussell, 2014). This contraceptive is marketed as “available over-the-counter for accessibility, convenience and peace of mind” (Walmart, n.d.).