One of the greatest parts about being the Contraception Guide is the opportunity to dispense accurate and truthful information to my readers. Just the other day, Angela emailed me wanting to know what kind of birth control pills she can buy over the counter; specifically, Angela wanted to know which birth control birth control pills do not require a prescription from a doctor.
Speaking in terms of the United States, ALL birth control pills require a doctor's prescription, so the unfortunate news for Angela is that there are NO types of oral contraceptives that are sold over the counter. There is, though, one exception, and that is Plan B One-Step(more commonly known as the morning-after pill) as this can be bought over the counter. The clincher - you need to be at least 17 years old to purchase it. Those of you under 17 still are required to obtain a prescription in order to buy Plan B One-Step. Most pharmacies stock this behind the counter, so you will need to provide proof of age to purchase it. Plan B One-Step consists of only one pill that is designed to provide a heavy dose of hormones in hope of preventing a pregnancy AFTER one has had unprotected sex (so it doesn't work like birth control pills do and is not a substitute for them).
- Over-the-Counter Contraception Options (for those of you who need birth control and don't have a prescription)
- More on: Plan B One-Step (what exactly is it)
- How To Obtain and Use Plan B One-Step
- Common Myths about the Pill
Updated April 11, 2011
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