WOMEN
10/10/2014 09:24 am ET Updated Oct 10, 2014

10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Over-The-Counter Birth Control

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Recently, a number of Republican politicians have been promoting the idea of allowing stores to sell birth control over the counter (OTC). Considering how many lawmakers have been making birth control harder to get by defunding the family planning clinics that often provide it (or even advocating laws that could make it illegal), this may seem like a massive policy shift. But is OTC birth control really a good thing? Cosmopolitan.com lays out everything you need to know about the debate.

1. Over-the-counter birth control really only refers to birth control pills. When a politician says he or she is in favor of OTC birth control, what that lawmaker or candidate really means is hormonal contraception, and almost exclusively the birth control pill. After all, a pharmacist or cashier isn't going to place an implant in your arm or insert an IUD in your uterus. So while it may be easier to just pick up your pills than, say, having a yearly exam and getting a prescription, you are going to be limited in exactly what sort of contraception you are able to use.

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