EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Most participants in the Contraceptive Technology Update Contraception Survey say they support moving oral contraceptives over the counter (OTC). Almost 50% say they would support OTC availability of progestin-only pills, while 32% say they would support similar availability of combined hormonal pills.

  • Support for OTC access has been voiced by medical groups such as the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
  • Ibis Reproductive Health and the Oral Contraceptives Over the Counter Working Group have launched Free the Pill, a website (www.freethepill.org) and social media resource (on Facebook and Twitter) to provide information and updates on making a birth control pill available without a prescription in the United States.