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Krishna Upadhya Biography

Attending Physician at Children's National Health System
Pro to the question "Should birth control pills be available over the counter?"

“A clinic visit doesn’t need to be a requirement for women to gain access to effective contraception…

One solution that makes a lot of sense to me? Making oral contraception available to purchase over-the-counter.

It would be a smart move. Studies show that individuals can determine whether birth control pills are right for them and whether there are any health conditions that might make taking birth control pills less safe or less effective without a physician’s guidance. The instructions are simple to follow—you take one pill each day—and you cannot overdose if you take too many.”

“This Doctor Thinks Birth Control Should Be Available Over the Counter,”, Oct. 30, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Attending Physician, Children’s National Health System, Jan. 2018-present
  • Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Nov. 2012-Jan. 2018
  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Pediatrics, Section of Adolescent Medicine, Georgetown University Hospital, July 2010-Nov. 2012
  • Research Fellow, Adolescent Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, June 2006-June 2010
  • Pediatric Resident, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, July 2003-June 2006
  • Research Assistant, Institute for Health Services Research and Policy Studies, Northwestern University, Sep. 1998-Apr. 1999
  • MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine, 2003
  • MPH, Maternal and Child Health, Boston University, 1998
  • BA, Literature, Duke University, 1996
  • Twitter handle: @sahmadvocate
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