New Recommendations Say *All* Hormonal Birth Control Should Be Available Over-the-Counter The fight to make hormonal birth control more widely accessible continues. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests that all hormonal contraception is safe enough to access over-the-counter without age restrictions. That includes the pill, vaginal ring, contraceptive patch, and DMPA injections. Additionally, the cost of these medications shouldn't increase if they become more readily available. It simply makes more sense statistically and scientifically. Women could have access to contraceptives without obstacles that lead to inconsistent use. Luu Ireland, M.D., M.P.H., FACOG There's also no science that suggests it's a must to make an ob-gyn visit to obtain birth control, adds Dr. Ireland. If the idea of over-the-counter birth control sounds too good to be true, that's because right now it is. Policies haven't changed, and hormonal birth control is still only accessible with a prescription in the U.S.