With the presidential election decided, doctors and some advocates are calling for the administration to relax restrictions on the sale of Plan B to teens.
Dozens of medical, women's health and reproductive health groups marked the first anniversary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' decision to maintain age restrictions on the sale of the morning-after birth control pill without a prescription by urging her to reconsider that decision.
Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 11:01 am
Time for oral contraceptives to be available without a prescription?
The time has come for the pill to be available over-the-counter, the nation's leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists says.
Why? "There's a 50 percent unintended pregnancy rate in the U.S., which is extremely high for a resource-rich country," says Dr. James T. Breeden, president of the American Congress of Obstetrician and Gynecologists. Easier access to oral contraceptives could go a long way to bringing that number down, he tells Shots.
U.N. Population Fund executive director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Aug. 29, 2012 in Myanmar.
Credit Khin Maung Win / AP
Everybody in the world should have access to contraception, says the United Nations Population Fund. By simply helping women space and limit the number of children will add billions of dollars to the world economy, improve global health, increase women's education (which in turn boosts economic output) and save lives.
Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 7:53 am
An insurer's note could tip parents to their adult daughter's use of the pill.
The 2010 health law removes one of the big barriers to contraception for many young women: cost. But if they don't feel confident that the care they will receive is confidential, these women may not take advantage of it.