Over-the-Counter Birth Control Available in Oregon, California to Follow

The new birth control measure aims to make the pill more accessible for women.
2:07 | 01/04/16

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Transcript for Over-the-Counter Birth Control Available in Oregon, California to Follow
A big headline out of Oregon. Women and birth control. The pill and the patch now sold without a doctor's prescription in that state, with California soon to follow. Dr. Jennifer Ashton is here to break it down. The thinking here is that it's all about access. Many women may not go on the pill as a means of birth control because they don't have the time or money to see their doctor. Medically, look, the pill has been around for over 50 year. It's 92% effective with typical use. It's generally safe. That's how things weigh out on the positive side of this. Pharmacists are great. I'm glad for the one I have. Gives me great information. You have often talked about, there are risks involved with the pill. Is a pharmacist the best person to be handling the situation? And obviously, this comes down to risk versus benefits. Low risk does not mean zero risk. The pill has a slightly increased risk of blood clots. An 8% failure rate in preventing pregnancy with typical use. Stating the obvious, a pharmacist not a physician. Last night, I spoke to the president of the American congress of obgyn. They don't think the pharmacist is the right person there. It puts another person, another barrier between a woman and that birth control. This is right in your wheel house. What do you want women to know? I think we're facing a developing crisis in women's health care. For those paying attention, we have seen a dialing back in a lot of recommendations. . A smears, pelvic exams, mammograms, now this. I think that has a real Rick of jeopardizing women's health. I would encourage women to uncouple their regular yearly gyn exam. It's about treating the whole woman from head to toe. Not just about access. It's about care. There will be a lot of questions. You'll be on Twitter? You know it. You'll see it. Dr. J. Ashton on Twitter. Por you questions on our Facebook page as well.

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