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Interest in over-the-counter access to oral contraceptives among women in the United States

Author(s): Grossman, D.; Grindlay, K.; Li, R.; Potter, J.E.; Trussell, James; et al

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Abstract: BACKGROUND: A growing body of evidence indicates that over-the-counter (OTC) access to oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) is safe and effective. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a nationally representative survey of adult women at risk of unintended pregnancy using a probability-based online panel. In November–December 2011, 2,046 eligible women completed the survey. Weighted proportions were calculated and logistic regression was used to identify covariates associated with support for and interest in using an OTC OCP. RESULTS: 62.2% said they were strongly (31.4%) or somewhat (30.9%) in favor of OCPs being available OTC. 37.1% of participants reported being likely to use OCPs if available OTC, including 58.7% of current users, 28.0% using no method, and 32.7% using a less effective method. Covariates associated with a higher odds of reporting interest in using OTC OCPs were younger age; being divorced, separated or living with a partner (versus married); being uninsured or having private insurance (versus public insurance); living in the south (versus northeast); and current use of OCPs or less effective methods, or non-use of contraception (versus use of another hormonal method or IUD). Among respondents who said they were likely to use OTC OCPs, the highest amount they were willing to pay was on average $20. CONCLUSIONS: U.S. women are supportive of OTC access to OCPs, and many would obtain refills OTC or start using OCPs if they were available OTC.
Publication Date: 2013
Citation: Grossman, D, Grindlay, K, Li, R, Potter, JE, Trussell, J, Blanchard, K. (2013). Interest in over-the-counter access to oral contraceptives among women in the United States. Contraception, 88 (544 - 552. doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2013.04.005
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.contraception.2013.04.005
ISSN: 0010-7824
Pages: 544 - 552
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Contraception
Version: Author's manuscript

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