(Closed) The “Pill” without a prescription?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

I don’t know the reason, but you can get it without a prescription from Planned Parenthood.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Eva Peron:I am curious too – it seems like a personal decision to me as long as you know the risks. 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

@Eva Peron: I think that’s the issue though. Planned Parenthood gave me 3 months up front and they wanted me to schedule a pelvic. I think it’s so that they can make sure there is no negative things going on from all the hormones.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

@zippylef: Planned Parenthood does write you an actual prescription and are prescribing it to you. You also can’t get it without a consulation and/or a pelvic exam, so it’s not really over the counter.

I don’t know the reasons but I would speculate that it’s because woman’s reproductive health is complicated. Taking hormones long term can really mess with your body and maybe the thought process is that it should be supervised by a medical health professional.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

@Aure: I dunno. I went there like 5 years ago and they made me do a meeting and then handed me 3 months worth of pills… no prescription. Maybe they have changed it since.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

@zippylef: I don’t actually get my pills from them but I get my prescriptions there. They write me a prescription to take to the pharmacy of my choice. I would assume they have some sort of internal system that records your prescription for their records, even if you didn’t recieve the actual prescription paper.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Taking of too much birth control meds is a serious event, if you read the inserts in them, the side effects should be monitered by a doctor and can be dangerous.  Birth control pills almost killed me by causing massive bleeding and crazy mood swings (they were way to strong).  And there are huge variations in the type and strength, and you should be seen to get what is needed for your body. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

The only reason I can think of is that a lot of other prescriptions can mess with the effectiveness of your pills, so maybe they prefer to have pharmacists and physicians control the usage so they can be sure to warn you about interference. But that’s a guess!

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I didn’t have to have a pelvic exam for BCPs.  I think they are prescription only because there are so many different types, there are many different reasons for taking them and there are risks with taking them.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Every time I need a new perscrpition they take my blook pressure because BC can change it. It’s so that people get a check up and don’t react to it. It’s also a good way to get you in for a check up and that pap smear you’ve been avoiding etc. 

 

Because you only take Plan B once and it is an emergency thing, it can be over the counter. 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

As a nurse I see many reasons why they are NOT OTC. Just like any other prescription medicine it is composed of substances that affect your body. Hormones can drastically effect how your body functions. Also not everyone does understand the risks or even how to take them correctly. There is education that needs to be involved with birth control. I hear all the time adult women complain about certain things regarding the pill such as spotting, missed periods or even unplanned pregnancy bc they still don’t understand that you can’t just take a pill here and there, there are certain pills you can’t miss etc. I would never be comfortable getting and taking birth control with out my physician following me.

Edit: I forgot to add that there are potential side effects to birth control that can be very harmful and even fatal. Though rare, some women do develop blood clots, elevated blood pressure, some do cause cysts, shortness of breath and chest pain that should be monitored.

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