BUT, you can help provide some data for a study by The Oral Contraceptives Over-the-Counter Working Group to learn about the public's attitudes towards OTC oral contraceptives. In light of the government's recent approval of copay-free contraception, as well as other preventative services, this group based in Ibis Reproductive Health wants your opinion on taking this one step further to maximize access; OTC contraceptives.
In order for such groups to properly advocate for change, they need to understand the motivations and desires of their target groups. So, let them know! Take 5 minutes to complete the survey.
It gave me lots to think about, and I want to pose some discussion questions on the subject. Comment if you have any feelings about them!
a) Will users start skipping their annual gynecological visits if they are no longer required for getting oral contraceptives (OCs)?
b) Will users will feel even more stigmatized having the pimply 16-yr-old cashier ring up their OCs?
c) Will they be sold next to the condoms or behind the counter with the emergency contraception (EC)?
d) What are the implications for users forgoing EC due to all the procurement constraints and using OCs as EC instead (of which I am a big advocate, btw). Is this a detriment to full-on EC promotion? Might EC become obsolete, assuming that barriers to procuring it are greater than those for OCs?
e) Can they print up discreet receipts that don't list the product name?
f) Can cashiers refuse to ring it up citing the conscience clause?
Lots to think about! I'm sure this is not even close to happening anytime soon, but good to be prepared in any case. Discuss, I'd love your opinions!