Top Pro & Con Arguments


Making the Pill OTC would increase continuous use, leading to long-term health benefits.

Research indicates women who have access to OTC birth control pills are more likely to use the Pill continuously. Whereas women who have to go through a doctor to get a prescription are more likely to miss pills between refills or another doctor’s appointment. [19]

A majority of American women (54%) agree that having access to birth control has health benefits.[25]

According to the National Cancer Institute, using the Pill long-term was associated with a 30% to 50% lower risk of ovarian cancer, a 15% to 20% lower risk of colorectal cancer, and at least a 30% lower risk of endometrial cancer. [26]

Hormonal birth control pills also reduce or prevent anemia, irregular or heavy menstrual cycles, bone thinning, endometriosis, fibroids, acne, ectopic pregnancies, breast and ovarian cysts, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual migraines, pelvic inflammatory disease, and infections in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. [27] [28] [29]

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