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Colleen Krajewski Biography

Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh
Pro to the question "Should birth control pills be available over the counter?"

“OTC access for oral contraceptive pills has been supported by American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists since 2012. There are several benefits to this. Pills are one of the most commonly used contraceptives, and over-the-counter access removes many barriers to pill use and continuation. I have had many patients who have had interrupted pill use because of the logistics of getting to the doctor’s office for a prescription or the inability to get back to the pharmacy for a refill. Since fertility can return almost immediately after stopping the Pill, I have seen interrupted access to the pill lead to unplanned pregnancy.”

Christina Heiser, “Here’s What Gynecologists Think about ‘Over-the-Counter’ Birth Control Pills,”, Jan. 11, 2016

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • Gynecologist
  • Member, Center for Family Planning and Research, Magee Women’s Research Institute
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh
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