Friday, May 24, 2024

Doctor’s Prescription Not Needed for Birth Control Pills in California

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*(Via LA Times) – Officials announced Friday that women in California can now drop by their neighborhood pharmacy and pick up birth control pills without a prescription from a doctor. It’s not technically over-the-counter, but you can get them by talking to a pharmacist and filling out a questionnaire.

The new option is intended to increase access to birth control and reduce unintended pregnancies. State legislators originally passed the law in 2013 but it was held up in regulatory discussions until Friday.

California becomes the third state after Oregon and Washington to allow women to obtain more types of birth control directly from a pharmacist.

What kinds of birth control can I get? The law covers self-administered hormonal birth control, which means pills, patches, injections and vaginal rings. Anything a doctor would have to insert, such as arm implants and intrauterine devices, or IUDs, you can’t get from a pharmacist.

Do I have to be a certain age? No, there’s no age minimum.

Get the rest of this story at LA times.

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