Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pills Are Here & It's About Time

birth control pillsSo many reasons to love Oregon. Portlandia. Breathtaking hikes in the Gorge. Did we mention the PDX airport smells like freshly roasted coffee and when people ask "How are you?" they REALLY want to know? But we digress; the newest reason to love the Beaver State is because as of January 1, birth control pills can be bought without a prescription.

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Sniff.

The coolness of this literally makes us tear up. Need birth control? If you're over 18, simply head to a pharmacy, fill out a health questionnaire, and a pharmacist can prescribe you contraceptives, be it the Pill or a patch.

That may sound laissez-faire, but it's really not. Pharmacists have to undergo a careful training program. And they're required to ensure that every woman who gets hooked up with BC has a primary care doc to follow up with.

Making it easier to get the Pill doesn't just save you time, but, according to various studies, could cut back on unintended pregnancies and abortions. (Alas, it does not make birth control any cheaper.)

"Great," you might be thinking. "But I don't LIVE in Oregon, so why does this matter to me?"

Glad you asked. Because as you know, there's this thing called a bandwagon, and once one state does something, the rest are all like, "Okay, sure. Why not?"

See legalized marijuana and same-sex marriage for examples.

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California is already up next to bring you OTC birth control, starting in March. (And unlike Oregon's law, there's no age restriction.)

And Washington and Colorado already have bills in the works. Plus, the Pill's already OTC in over 100 other countries, thank you very much, so our guess is that it's really just a matter of time before it's a national trend.

Until your state approves it, though, you can always check out Nurx -- a brand-new web-based app that streamlines the process of getting birth control. Answer some questions, enter your insurance and shipping info, and a doctor in your state approves the request and writes the Rx. Typically, it's delivered for free within 24 hours.

Not as awesome as heading over to the Rite-Aid with your to-go cup of Coava before the annual Naked Bike Ride starts, but it's a good start.

 

 

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