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A New Way to Get the Birth Control Pill: Over the Counter

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Getting birth control "over the counter" means you can buy it right off the shelf at your local drug store or another retail location without a prescription.

The first over the counter (OTC) daily birth control pill–Opill, a progestin-only pill–has been approved for sale without an age restriction by the Food and Drug Administration. The Right Time remains committed to removing barriers for those looking for a method of birth control that works for them, especially for those without easy or affordable access to quality health care. All methods of birth control are still available free or low-cost through The Right Time network of health centers


What does OTC mean?

  • Getting birth control OTC means you can buy it right off the shelf at your local drug store or another retail location without a prescription.


How much will it cost?

  • We’re not sure yet, but we’ll update this article as soon as more information comes out.


Is Opill available now?

  • Although the birth control pill has been approved, it isn’t available on the shelf yet. We’re not sure yet when Opill will be available, but many have speculated that it will be at least early 2024 before it hits the shelves.
  • Remember, there are many methods that are available right now! Visit our method explorer to find a method that works for you or make an appointment at a nearby The Right Time health center. 


Are all birth control pills now available OTC?

  • No. At present, only the brand Opill has been approved to be available OTC without a prescription.  


How old do I have to be to get Opill?

  • The Opill will be available without age restriction.


You have birth control options!

  • The Opill is just one birth control option. It may or may not meet your individual needs. Find the method that works for you and your lifestyle and remember, all methods of contraception are available free or low-cost from a nearby The Right Time health center.

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