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For years experts of the real variety have warned about the dangers of oral contraceptives. An increased risk of breast and cervical cancers, fatal blood clotting disorders, strokes, heart attacks, hypothyroidism, infertility, and autoimmune diseases are just a few of the acknowledged potential side effects of birth control pills. 

Research also shows the menstrual cycle influences multiple physiological processes in a female—from sleep, mood, ability to cope with stress, mental health, and energy to hormone balance and the immune system. In fact, it is a vital indicator of overall health. 

Yet, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 13 approved the first daily over-the-counter birth control pill—Opill (norgestrel)—to prevent pregnancy. The FDA’s decision allows anyone to purchase the progestin-only contraceptive at drug stores, convenience stores, grocery stores, and online without a prescription. 

This decision allows teenagers and young girls to purchase the pill without parental consent or a physician’s advice on potential harm. 

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