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Latinos Buying Birth Control Across Border: Study

Tough times are leading to desperate measures for some women

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    It is an ongoing debate: should birth control pills be covered by insurance or not?

    Some women are resorting to desperate measures just to get birth control despite the health risks, according to a recent study.

    Latinos Cross Border for Birth Control, Study Says

    [DGO] Latinos Cross Border for Birth Control, Study Says
    In Mexico, birth control is cheaper, and it's sold over the counter. A new study found that more Latinos living in the US are crossing the border to get birth control. However Dr. Jorge Galdamez with the San Ysidro Health Center told Diana Guevara that this is a dangerous trend to be addressed. (Published Monday, March 26, 2012)

    With the current state of healthcare, a new study by the American Journal of Public Health says more Latinas are crossing the border for birth control.

    In Mexico, birth control is cheaper and more easily accessible since it is sold over the counter. 

    The study also says that undocumented immigrants are also following the trend and buying birth control on the black market. 

    Dr. Jorge Galdamez with the San Ysidro Health Center says though he can understand the desperation, these women are taking a huge health risk.

    He says using the wrong form of birth control can lead to an increased risk of heart disease and if used inappropriately, even a stroke.

    "These medications are not necessarily safe. They need to be discussed with a primary care doctor or a physician because they come with their own side effects and they come with their own interactions and they might not be the right medication for the patient,” Said Dr. Galdamez.

    But there are some agencies that can help you find the right form of birth control.

    Planned Parenthood offers affordable alternatives to all women regardless of your personal situation and even if you don't have insurance.

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