Last updated on: 11/19/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Angela DeRosa, DO, MBA Biography

Title:
President and Owner of DeRosa Medical
Position:
Con to the question "Should birth control pills be available over the counter?"
Reasoning:

“While expanding access to OCP [oral contraceptive pills] to help prevent unplanned pregnancies is a good idea, as a physician, there are many reasons I believe that making The Pill available over the counter is a bad idea.

First, as an over-the-counter purchase, it effectively throws the entire burden of cost back onto the shoulders of women.

Second, far too many women only see the doctor when they need their prescription refilled. Many younger, seemingly healthy women would skip this step. Doctors would lose the opportunity to monitor their patient, and potentially identify serious short- and long-term health risks.

Third, when choosing a birth-control method, it’s important to understand HOW it works in your body. Oral contraceptives shut down the ovaries to prevent ovulation. No egg to meet up with sperm, no issue.

Here’s the problem. Ovaries are not just about eggs. Their primary function is to manufacture hormones the body needs.

Most OCPs are a combination of synthetic estrogen and progesterone to replace what the ovaries would normally produce.

What they don’t replace is testosterone, which is 40 percent of a woman’s hormonal makeup and ovaries manufacture most of it.”

“Over the Counter May Not Be the Best Choice for the Pill,” azcentral.com, July 7, 2015

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder, MiraVita Metamorphosis, Jan. 2015-present
  • President and Owner, DeRosa Medical, Jan. 2010-present
  • Vice President of Medical Affairs, Matric Medical Network, Feb. 2007-Aug. 2010
  • Medical Director, American Physicians, Oct. 2006-Dec. 2007
  • Senior Medical Director, West Coast, Procter & Gamble, Aug. 2000-Oct. 2006
Education:
  • DO, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1995
  • MBA, Amherst College
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @DrHotFlash
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