Over 8 years ago (when I was an intern) a generic for Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo was released. Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo was already one of the most popular birth control options in the early 2000s, and it’s still used by many, many women today—so a generic was big news.
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In clinic conversations with young women, I am always surprised by the amount of misinformation out there on oral contraceptives—aka birth control pills.
So let’s clear some things up. Here are the 10 most common myths I hear about birth control pills, and the facts that contradict them.
- Myth 1: “They will make me gain weight.” Many women believe that oral birth control causes weight gain. Please know that with the lower dose pills we currently prescribe, weight gain is not a consistent finding. See More
In 2015, the governor of Oregon signed a bill (HB 2879) that would allow anyone 18 years of age and older to receive birth control from a pharmacist without a doctor’s prescription.
Now, as of January 1, 2016, Oregon pharmacists can officially prescribe and dispense birth control.
Oregon is the first state to pass such a bill—one that may pave the way for easier access to contraceptives.