A birth control pill is a life-saving tool, but the pill is only as good as the doctors who administer it.
In a recent survey by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), nearly half of women surveyed (46 per cent) said they would stop using the pill if they could find a doctor who had been prescribed it without a prescription.
But if you’re like most people, you probably don’t have a doctor with a doctor’s office in your area.
You might have one in your hometown, or a small, independent clinic in your city, or maybe a community health centre.
A survey of about 2,000 women by the NWLC found that only one in five (19 per cent), and one in six (14 per cent, according to a survey of more than 500 women by women’s health researcher, Sarah D’Ambrosio) had a doctor in their area who had received a prescription for the pill.
So what can you do if you have questions about your birthcontrol?
If you’re in your 20s or 30s, there are a few options: If the pill isn’t on the birth control list, you can ask your doctor for the prescription and ask if they can get a copy.
If they say no, you’ll need to go to the pharmacy, but there’s nothing stopping you from taking it yourself.
Ask your doctor about the price of the pill, and if it’s cheaper than a pill at home.
For women in their early 20s and early 30s and those who live in urban areas, the pill can be much cheaper than what they pay for insurance or pharmacy visits.
And there’s some good news.
Women in their 30s with no insurance, those who have Medicare and Medicaid, or those who are receiving treatment in hospital will likely be more likely to be able to afford the pill than women in the 20s.
More than one in four women in these age groups (26 per cent of the total population) have a deductible for birth control, so if you want the pill for your 20th birthday, you might want to consider that option. Read more: