Make birth control a personal decision, not a prescribed one


Even though a decision on whether or not to bear a child is very personal, the decision to use birth control is not entirely on an individual.

Birth control pills are prescribed by doctors if they feel it necessary for their patient to take them. If one’s doctor deems it unnecessary for the patient to have birth control, then the patient, who could even be a teenage girl, has to practice extra precautions.

I feel it is unfair for someone’s personal choices to be dependent upon on a doctor or expert. A doctor might know his patient’s medical history but he does not know what goes on in the patient’s mind or what fear the patient has running through her mind every day. A doctor should not be the one who decides a woman’s life choices or changes a woman’s outcome in life. This is the woman’s body and her decision on whether or not she wants to bear a child. Birth control should be available without a prescription because it is the woman’s body, and no one knows their own body as well as themselves.

I look at it like in the case of Tylenol. If I have a headache, I can choose to either let the headache run its natural course or to take a pill and try and stop my headache. So, why is the case different from women using birth control? It is the same principle as Tylenol. If a female does not want to risk a chance of bearing a child, then she should be able to take birth control at her own will.

Another reason birth control should be available without a prescription is that the contraceptive is safe. In an article written by Adrianna McIntyre titled “7 Reasons Birth Control Pills Shouldn’t Require a Prescription,” McIntyre expressed, “Since the birth control pill became mainstream, the main change has been a trend toward ‘low-dose’ formulations; most pills contain lower levels of hormones than earlier versions. The morning-after pill is a strong single dose of the same hormones, and it’s available over the counter.”

The pill is safe. It is not like Xanax or other prescribed pills that have psychiatric side effects. It does not lead people into depression. The birth control pill is safer than the Plan B pill, which is sold over the counter.

Even medical doctors approve of the pill as being an over-the-counter pill. McIntyre stated in her article that along with obstetricians and gynecologists who support the move, a survey of over 2,700 pharmacists found that 85% were interested in providing contraceptive services, and 98% considered it an important public health issue.” Unplanned pregnancies would be nothing to worry about if the pill was over the counter. It is unfair that women should have to worry if doctors’ approval will decide their life’s decisions and outcomes.

Now, I do know that birth control is not the only contraceptive available for people, but what about the people who are allergic to latex? Latex is the main ingredient in condoms. So, for those who are allergic to latex, what contraceptive options are there? There is one option, but it is hard to find, so if the couple is allergic to latex and her doctor does not allow for a birth control prescription, she has to practice sexual activities in an extremely cautious manner. It is not fair to a female that her body does not allow for the cheapest contraceptive.

Birth control should be an over-the-counter pill just like Tylenol and Plan B. The contraceptive is safe. I believe that birth control pills should be available as over-the-counter pill, and a women’s personal decision on what she wants for her body should be respected.

Bethany Duhon
Senior, Psychology

“I do believe that birth control should be available without a prescription to lessen the abortion rate overall as a result of less pregnancy among college students or anyone in general.”

Tracey Cook
Administrative Coordinator, Client Services

“I’m not opposed to contraceptives without a prescription, but to be on the safe side, there’s precautions such as hypertension or other medical situations that should be checked prior to prescribing any medications.”

Andria Nasset
Senior, General Studies

“Due to the myriad of side effects, and a lot of those serious, birth control should not be over the counter. It should be administered by a licensed health care professional who understands the gravity of the effects and side effects of having birth control.”

Myles Cyprien
Junior, Sport Management

“I feel like it should be available because it’s kind of something that could be helpful for most females in certain circumstances.”

Kayla Monlyn
Junior, Communication

“I do not think individuals should be required to go and get a prescription for birth control because they may not be able to afford the previous doctor expenses.”

Patricia Todd
Junior, Communication

“I do not believe birth control should be available without a prescription because although it may lower pregnancy rates, there are many effects it may have on a woman’s body, which should be talked about with a physician before being prescribed.”