Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pills Would Be Safe for Teens, Researchers Say

March 17, 2017

(NPR) – A review of oral contraceptive research presents the most comprehensive evidence yet that, as the authors state, “There is no scientific rationale for limiting access to a future over-the-counter oral contraceptive product by age.” “There is a growing body of evidence that the safety risks are low and benefits are large,” says Krishna Upadhya, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the lead author of the review, which was published this week in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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