OTC Birth Control Heads to the Supermarket

Did someone say reproductive rights in aisle 4?

Well, it’s about time! The nation’s first FDA-approved over-the-counter (OTC) birth control pill is now available at some retailers nationwide.

That means you can go in and buy Opill, a progestin-only birth control pill, without a prescription. The FDA approved Opill in July 2023. It now appears in major pharmacies and supermarkets, including Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart.

Read: Why access to contraception is important for women of all ages >>

If you don’t see it in your local store, don’t worry: Shipping of the birth control started in March, so it may take longer to see it on shelves near you. But you can buy Opill online at the retailers mentioned above and at opill.com.

Yes, you read that right. Opill is available online without a prescription. Virtual applause for another first in contraceptive access!

Here you will find more information about what you need to know about Opill.

How is Opill taken?

You should take a pill at the same time every day. Note: Opill does not start working until two days after taking the first pill. To prevent pregnancy during this time, use another form of barrier contraceptive methodsuch as a condom, spermicide, cervical cap, or diaphragm.

Do you need health insurance to buy Opill?

No. You can walk into any store that has Opill and buy it without insurance. And no one will ask you for your insurance information.

Who should not take Opill?

You should not take Opill if:

  • You have breast cancer or have had breast cancer in the past
  • You are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
  • You are taking birth control pills or using another method of birth control, including a vaginal ring, patch, implant, injection, or IUD.

Also, if you are taking medications for seizures, tuberculosis, HIV or AIDS, or pulmonary hypertension, talk to your healthcare provider (HCP) or pharmacist before taking Opill. Medications for these health conditions can interact with the pill and make it less effective. Opill may also interact with the morning after pill.

How much does Opill cost?

Opill costs $19.99 for a one-month supply, $49.99 for a three-month supply, and $89.99 for a six-month supply. If you need help with the cost of Opill, read about the Opill Cost Assistance Program (Opill CAP). You may be eligible to receive the pill for free or at a reduced cost.

If you’re interested in taking the pill without a prescription, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before taking any new medication. But we can all celebrate this step towards access to contraception.

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