Birth control remains legal in all 50 states. (Although some states allow physicians and pharmacists to deny prescriptions.) But with recent changes in abortion laws, some people worry that access could be banned or limited.
Given this concern, a growing number of online providers are making sure that anyone who needs birth control can get it. And many can be sent directly to your pharmacy of choice.
Male and female condoms and spermicides do not require a prescription. You can find these over-the-counter options at local pharmacies. Some health clinics and community centers provide condoms for free.
Methods of birth control that contain hormones (like estrogen and progestin) are a form of medication. Some forms require an in-office visit, like a hormonal or copper IUD, implant or injection. Others, like the pill, ring and patch, can be prescribed through an online consultation.
All healthcare appointments—online and in-person—are entirely private. Both options protect your health information and won’t share it with anyone.
No hormonal method is 100% effective at pregnancy prevention—and they don’t protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). So use a barrier method like condoms with a hormonal method for top pregnancy and STI protection.
Some insurance companies cover the cost of reproductive care. This means you may be able to get birth control online for free.
Many online health providers like Dr. B do not submit claims to health insurance companies. But you can use insurance plans at your pharmacy for any resulting prescription cost.
You don’t need insurance to get birth control online. But the out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on the type you choose.
Birth control pills online without insurance can be as low as $20 - $50 per month ($240-$600 per year). Intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants are more expensive. They cost $800-$1000 each without insurance—but last for several years.
Condoms and spermicides are available over-the-counter to anyone, regardless of age or parental consent.
Some providers can prescribe hormonal birth control treatment to teens without parental consent. (There may be places that do require a parent’s permission.) Such teens can contact their local Planned Parenthood or choose a non-hormonal method like condoms. In some states, pharmacists can prescribe birth control directly.
Note that hormonal birth control (like the pill) is only appropriate for people who have started their periods.
Non-hormonal birth control, like condoms and spermicides, is available over the counter without a prescription. Some types of hormonal birth control (like IUDs and implants) require a visit to a provider’s office.
Other hormonal options like the pill, patch and ring can be prescribed online and sent directly to your pharmacy. Those require an online consultation with a healthcare provider, where you’ll complete a health questionnaire. In some states, you’ll also need to video chat with a provider before they can prescribe medication.
Talking options out with a provider is always a smart choice. Not all forms of birth control are safe or appropriate for everyone. Some contain side effects that may dissuade you from taking it. And some help ease other conditions—like acne or heavy bleeding during your period.
A licensed provider can help you find the most beneficial method for you.
Dr. B provides discreet and confidential support for anyone looking for online birth control. Just fill out a $15 online consultation to connect with a licensed healthcare provider. They’ll guide you through your options. If appropriate, they’ll send a prescription to your chosen pharmacy.
Dr. B offers 150+ birth control options, including the pill and the ring. Whether or not you have insurance, we’ll show you the lowest prescription costs at your local pharmacy. And we’ll send you a drug discount card to secure the low cost at the pharmacy you choose.
Licensed providers often review consultations within 3 business hours. So with Dr. B, you can get on the safest + most effective path to pregnancy prevention. Get started today!
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