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Over-the-Counter Contraception

Oral contraceptives, also known as birth control pills, are widely used and highly effective. However in most of North America and Western Europe, women need a prescription for them. This makes it harder for some people to get birth control, especially if they cannot easily get to a clinician. Our research has found that most women who use or will use contraception are interested in getting it over-the-counter. Many who are not using birth control would be more likely to do so if they could access it over the counter.

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