THE first ever over-the-counter birth control pill is now available for purchase online in the United States.

Opill, which the US Food and Drug Administration approved for over-the-counter use last summer, launched its online sale on Monday on the company’s website and Amazon.

The pill marks the first time a birth control capsule is available without a prescription in the United States.

The FDA said the pill is about 93% effective and generally safe for most people who could get pregnant.

There are no age restrictions on the drug’s sale.

A one-month supply of Opill starts at $19.99.

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A three-month supply comes with a $49.99 price tag, while a six-month supply will run users $89.99.

For now, the pill is available for purchase on Opill’s website and Amazon.

Sara Young, the senior vice president of Perrigo, who manufactures the pill, reassured customers about privacy when it comes to purchasing the drug.

“Because privacy is important to Perrigo, Opill orders will be sent in plain, unbranded boxes,” Young said.

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Orders will be fulfilled within 24-48 hours of purchase, excluding holidays and weekends.

Opill will soon be available at major retailers like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart.

CVS said the pill will be available online and through the app in late March, with in-store availability expected by early April.

“In early April more than 7,500 Pharmacy stores will offer Opill and for added privacy and conveniences, customers will be able to choose same-day delivery or buy online and pick-up in store,” a CVS spokesperson said.


Opill must be taken at the same time every day to be effective, according to the company.

When used as directed, the pill starts working 48 hours after taking the first capsule and is 98% effective in preventing pregnancy.

Side effects include irregular bleeding, headaches, dizziness, nausea, increased appetite, abdominal pain, and cramps or bloating, according to the FDA.

The FDA recommends that anyone who has, or previously, had breast cancer should avoid taking the pill.

Opill has been available with a prescription since 1973, but last July marked the first time a birth control pill was approved for over-the-counter sales by the FDA.

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Most insurance plans have to cover prescription birth control under the Affordable Care Act, but the laws differ state by state for birth control without a prescription.

Perrigo has also established a patient assistance program for people without insurance or who cannot afford Opill.