Over-the-counter birth control pills up for debate

Nov 28, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: St. Cloud Times

The nation's leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists has recommended birth control pills be sold over the counter.

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Jay

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I totally agree!! Consulting your doctor about which birth control pills you should take is a must! Known side effects are not properly stated by pharmacists over the counter cause they probably trying to sell more! For example, href=" http://whats-health.com/products/detail.php... (&#12516;&#12474; / &#12516;&#12540;&# 12474;)</ were being noted because if as synthetic progestin called drospirenone: heart attack, stroke, gallstones and high cholesterol.
EEB Aust

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The Pill should have been made available OTC many years ago, after decades of use and research it's been proven safe...but it's not seeing a doctor in itself that's been the major issue, although that's expensive and inconvenient. The main hurdle was that women have faced medical coercion to access the Pill. Many women have left a surgery empty handed because they've refused completely unnecessary and unrelated exams or elective and unrelated cancer screening. Others have been put off asking for the Pill. The only medical requirement for the Pill is your medical history and a blood pressure test. Pharmacists are highly trained and could easily assist women in this regard as they do in some European countries.
In Australia, the UK and elsewhere women do not have routine breast and pelvic exams, they are not recommended in symptom-free women of any age - the routine pelvic exam is of poor clinical value and exposes you to risk, even unnecessary surgery. The routine breast exam, no evidence of benefit, but it leads to excess biopsies. Pap testing has been horribly overdone and has lead to huge numbers of women being over-treated after false positive pap tests, much more likely when you're screened too young and too often (damage to the cervix can lead to premature babies, miscarriages, c-sections etc)...also, legally and ethically, all cancer screening is supposed to be optional and requires our informed consent.
It also has nothing to do with the Pill and was never a clinical requirement.
Finland has had a 7 pap test program since the 1960s, 5 yearly from 30 to 60 and have the lowest rates of cc in the world and refer far fewer women for colposcopy/biopsies. The Dutch have the same program, but will move with the evidence and introduce a new program, 5 hrHPV primary triage tests offered at ages 30,35,40,50 and 60 and only the roughly 5% who are HPV positive and at risk will be offered a 5 yearly pap test. This will see pap testing and over-treatment rates plummet and better protect the vast majority of women who are HPV negative and not at risk from a lifetime od unnecessary pap testing and potentially harmful over-treatment. It's also more likely to save lives by identifying the roughly 5% at risk. The Dutch are also using a self-test HPV device, also being used in Singapore and elsewhere. Pap testing IMO, has been used to create a highly profitable industry in the over-treatment of CIN...so many women have been distressed and harmed unnecessarily.This testing has IMO, always operated with no informed consent and often with no consent at all.(with coercion)
Hopefully, the freeing up of the Pill will enable women to take control of their reproductive lives without the annual medical coercion.
CHRIS

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EEB Aust wrote:
The Pill should have been made available OTC many years ago, after decades of use and research it's been proven safe...but it's not seeing a doctor in itself that's been the major issue, although that's expensive and inconvenient. The main hurdle was that women have faced medical coercion to access the Pill. Many women have left a surgery empty handed because they've refused completely unnecessary and unrelated exams or elective and unrelated cancer screening. Others have been put off asking for the Pill. The only medical requirement for the Pill is your medical history and a blood pressure test. Pharmacists are highly trained and could easily assist women in this regard as they do in some European countries.
In Australia, the UK and elsewhere women do not have routine breast and pelvic exams, they are not recommended in symptom-free women of any age - the routine pelvic exam is of poor clinical value and exposes you to risk, even unnecessary surgery. The routine breast exam, no evidence of benefit, but it leads to excess biopsies. Pap testing has been horribly overdone and has lead to huge numbers of women being over-treated after false positive pap tests, much more likely when you're screened too young and too often (damage to the cervix can lead to premature babies, miscarriages, c-sections etc)...also, legally and ethically, all cancer screening is supposed to be optional and requires our informed consent.
It also has nothing to do with the Pill and was never a clinical requirement.
Finland has had a 7 pap test program since the 1960s, 5 yearly from 30 to 60 and have the lowest rates of cc in the world and refer far fewer women for colposcopy/biopsies. The Dutch have the same program, but will move with the evidence and introduce a new program, 5 hrHPV primary triage tests offered at ages 30,35,40,50 and 60 and only the roughly 5% who are HPV positive and at risk will be offered a 5 yearly pap test. This will see pap testing and over-treatment rates plummet and better protect the vast majority of women who are HPV negative and not at risk from a lifetime od unnecessary pap testing and potentially harmful over-treatment. It's also more likely to save lives by identifying the roughly 5% at risk. The Dutch are also using a self-test HPV device, also being used in Singapore and elsewhere. Pap testing IMO, has been used to create a highly profitable industry in the over-treatment of CIN...so many women have been distressed and harmed unnecessarily.This testing has IMO, always operated with no informed consent and often with no consent at all.(with coercion)
Hopefully, the freeing up of the Pill will enable women to take control of their reproductive lives without the annual medical coercion.
yes, Yes, YEs, YES ! Excellent points and information. I dont know what what went wrong in N. America and the U.K. I hope it gets solved .
Fred

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The use of birth control pills still needs to be regulated because it may cause negative effects to the woman. A prescription is important as you have said Jay. If the use is not regulated then there might be dire consequences. The NuvaRing Lawsuit Information Center has also given examples of such situations but only for vaginal rings.
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Fred there are far more dangerous medicines available over the counter. I can die from an overdose of paracetemol bought from the supermarket.
Alcohol is more dangerous yet I don't need a doctor to prscribe me that.
The pill already is available in Europe and Asia OTC.
Also the risk of clots are actually higher when a woman is pregnant than from taking the pill.
A doctor once was quoted saying that the pill is safer than aspirin.

Finally Fred, I don't appreciate men telling me what to do with my body.
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Fred wrote:
The use of birth control pills still needs to be regulated because it may cause negative effects to the woman. A prescription is important as you have said Jay. If the use is not regulated then there might be dire consequences. The NuvaRing Lawsuit Information Center has also given examples of such situations but only for vaginal rings.
I'd like to know exactly what "negative effects" you are citing (?)
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Fred wrote:
The use of birth control pills still needs to be regulated because it may cause negative effects to the woman. A prescription is important as you have said Jay. If the use is not regulated then there might be dire consequences. The NuvaRing Lawsuit Information Center has also given examples of such situations but only for vaginal rings.
A pelvic exam didn't find those issues the first time, why would it now. Or you could go with the older and proven b/c.
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Yes, it is a must to consult a doctor before deciding on what type of birth control to use. Some women are not advised to use certain methods of birth control. I have even read at http://www.nuvaring-lawsuit.com/number-of-law... that some women filed lawsuits because of the negative effects of their birth control. However, these side effects may not occur in all users.
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Birth Control Pills Can and Have caused breast lumps in some woman, which can be cancerous.
CHRIS

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Proven Side Affects wrote:
Birth Control Pills Can and Have caused breast lumps in some woman, which can be cancerous.
AND, What does that have to do with forcing a woman into a pelvic exam !
CHRIS

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Proven Side Affects wrote:
Birth Control Pills Can and Have caused breast lumps in some woman, which can be cancerous.
The F.D.A., just ruled that plan B B/C can be sold OTC to woman as young as 15. The F.D.A. Has ruled this drug safe w/o seeing a doctor .
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May 17, 2013
 
I have read several articles regarding the control of Plan B pills. Many women believe that the age limitation on the Plan B pills is trampling the rights of women. But there were also some who are against in lifting the age limitation. I think I have read at http://www.nuvaring-lawsuit.com/third-generat... that some types of birth control needs to be monitored unlike the Plan B pills.
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There are women who think that birth control pills are the safest and most effective form of birth control method. However, women using birth control pills may have a 20 times greater risk of an unplanned pregnancy than women using longer-acting forms of birth control like an intrauterine device (IUD) or implant, new research shows. Long-lasting contraceptives such as the intrauterine device (IUD) and implants are better at preventing pregnancy than more popular birth control methods, including the pill, patch and vaginal rings, a new study concludes. If you want to know more, refer at mirenalawsuit.us/mirena-iud-ca rries-with-it-some-serious-sid e-effects/.
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Proven Side Affects wrote:
Birth Control Pills Can and Have caused breast lumps in some woman, which can be cancerous.
Where did you get this information ? Do you really think its more reliable then the F.D.A.?????????
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Jennifer wrote:
There are women who think that birth control pills are the safest and most effective form of birth control method. However, women using birth control pills may have a 20 times greater risk of an unplanned pregnancy than women using longer-acting forms of birth control like an intrauterine device (IUD) or implant, new research shows. Long-lasting contraceptives such as the intrauterine device (IUD) and implants are better at preventing pregnancy than more popular birth control methods, including the pill, patch and vaginal rings, a new study concludes. If you want to know more, refer at mirenalawsuit.us/mirena-iud-ca rries-with-it-some-serious-sid e-effects/.
Personally, I don't think either method is a good idea. The pill is systemic, so it goes through the entire body just to 'treat' one area.

The IUD is dangerous. It can implant itself into the uterine wall or cause damage to the bladder. It sometimes needs to be surgically removed.

Solution = spermicide insert. It doesn't need intercession of a medical type, it is local so it only treats where you want it to treat. It can't become embedded in the uterine wall, plus it provides some lubrication
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May 24, 2013
 
Hi there. I think these report do nothing for the medical community, as well as, the profession of medical research and birth control. Pharmaceutical companies should be more responsible for their actions as they are not merely trying to turn a profit, but are also tampering with people's lives and health in the process. There should be better quality testing at all stages to prevent these sorts of stories from happening, and so that people using them won't be harmed. Refer at http://www.articlesnatch.com/profile/Stacey-C...
You are So Right

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Proven Side Affects wrote:
Birth Control Pills Can and Have caused breast lumps in some woman, which can be cancerous.
Tried BC 40 years ago. Developed lumps each time. They were surgically removed and I was Lucky, but even back then the Doctors had to know Estrogen can and has caused breast lumps that could turn into cancer. Now days, there are many woman who totally refuse estrogen because of that risk, even during menopause when it is recommended. Smart Woman.

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