How to Get Birth Control Pills Without Health Insurance

Without health insurance, birth control pills and other family planning aids can be quite expensive. But getting birth control pills without health insurance isn’t impossible, as some birth control pills are less expensive than others and can simply be purchased from the pharmacy after bringing in a prescription from a medical professional. Read on to learn about affordable ways to get birth control without membership in a health insurance program.

    Find a family planning or community clinic. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) can direct you to a community clinic in your area. Community clinics can provide a multitude of options for those who would like to get birth control pills without health insurance. Planned Parenthood is a national organization that works with people, including those from low-income households and the uninsured, to provide annual gynecological exams and birth control (see Resources).

    Make an appointment. Some clinics may require documentation of income and residence at the time of the first appointment.

    Attend the appointment. When meeting with a medical provider, discuss your medical history, including your reasons for wanting a birth control prescription. Though commonly used for family planning, some birth control pills are better suited for treating other conditions, such as acne. Your medical provider can choose the right birth control pill for your personal needs.

    Advise the health care provider that you will not be using health insurance for the birth control pills. Providers can often give several months’ worth of samples to help reduce the cost, or enroll you in a program to provide you with free birth control pills.

Tips & Warnings

  • Call several pharmacies before having the prescription filled. Because the cost of prescription drugs may vary between stores, you may find that one pharmacy is considerably less expensive than others.
    Talk to your family doctor about your options; she may be able to write you a prescription without another exam.

  • Birth control pills do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
    If using a community clinic or Planned Parenthood, make sure to plan ahead. Many community resources are overwhelmed with patients, resulting in a waiting list up to three months.

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