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    Should Women Get The Pill Without Doctors?

    Missing Pills May Be More Of A Problem

    Making birth control pills available without prescription will not reduce unwanted pregnancies, an expert says.

    Sarah Jarvis from the Royal College of Physicians argues in BMJ that women forgetting to take a pill every day is partly responsible for the high rates of unintended teenage pregnancies.

    Studies have shown that nearly half of all women taking an oral contraceptive miss one or more pills in each cycle, according to a news release. Nearly one-quarter missed two or more. These women are three times more likely to get pregnant.

    Jarvis said that emergency contraception -- so-called morning-after pills -- without prescription has done little to change the rate of teenage pregnancies.

    Jarvis believes that the solution lies in long-acting, reversible contraceptives or those which can be placed under the skin or injected. They last between three months and three years and are more reliable, she said.

    "Increased uptake of reliable, non user-dependent methods, rather than making a potentially unreliable method of contraception more easily available, has to be the key," she said.

    Dr. Daniel Grossman of Ibis Reproductive Health said, however, that easy access to the Pill is vital, especially in the developing world.

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