Valley doc calls OTC birth control a 'terrible idea'

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- There's a push by a group of obstetricians and gynecologists to make birth control pills available without a prescription.

While it probably won't happy any time soon, the influential American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is declaring it's safe to sell the pill that way.

A local doctor specializing in women's health, however, disagrees, calling over-the-counter birth control a "terrible idea."

Dr. Angela DeRosa of DeRosa Medical discussed the issue with Kaley O'Kelley.

"Most OB/gynies don't understand the full breadth oral birth control pills can provide for women," she said. "I'm looking at it from a metabolic, internal medicine approach.

According to DeRosa, making birth control available over-the-counter, will allow patients to skip yearly appointments, which means missing out on opportunities to check in with their doctors and educate themselves.

While the pill is commonly prescribed in various forms, DeRosa said there are other options available, some of which might be better suited for you and your situation.

Dr. Angela DeRosa is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Internal Medicine and Women's Health. DeRosa Medical has locations in Scottsdale, Sedona and Chandler. For more information, call 480-619-4097 or visit