Contraceptive pills can now be prescribed by pharmacists in Oregon
(Mirror Daily, United States) – Birth control pills will be sold without a prescription in Oregon thanks to a new law that became effective beginning with the first day of the year.
Birth control is a serious matter that has required until recently consulting a doctor. The main reason for not being allowed to take any kind of birth control anytime and anyhow you want it’s because the pills can affect your body and organism as they enhance your level of hormones.
Therefore, it is recommended that you consult with a doctor, who can tell what contraceptive pills are suitable for you and how you should take them. However, it might happen that you can’t visit the doctor or they can’t receive you because they’re on vacation. So what do you do if you need your pills?
Fortunately, if you’re in Oregon or California, you can simply go to the pharmacy and get you pills over the counter. Of course, it won’t be as easy as buying an aspirin, but the pharmacist can prescribe you the pill. All you have to do is fill out a questionnaire. If you are less than 18 years old, the pharmacist can decide whether to give you a prescription or not.
However, given the rate of births among teenage girls, they most probably won’t decide against it. The law was actually promoted by a doctor and approved by a number of 50 members of the Oregon House.
This is really good news for women who won’t have to wait for a doctor’s prescription as pharmacists will actually get through a training before being allowed to prescribe birth control pills.
However, it is recommended that women still pay visits to obstetrician-gynecologists. Besides getting prescriptions for contraceptive pills, you need regular checkups to make sure everything is alright. This is especially recommended to younger women and teenagers who tend to oversee these aspects.
If you haven’t taken contraceptive pills before, don’t forget to ask either the doctor or the pharmacist about the pill’s effects, how they work, how and when you should take them, as they might forget to tell you or think you already know.
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