The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about job losses like no other time in American history. For many, losing their job means losing their health insurance as well. This may be a time when family planning becomes more significant than before. If you find yourself uninsured during this uncertain time, know that RxSaver offers affordable ways to fill your birth control without insurance.
How Much Does Birth Control Cost Without Insurance?
The cost of birth control medications without insurance starts at $9.44* for a prescription of Sprintec for 0.25-0.035 strength and 30 tablets using an RxSaver coupon.
The following are five commonly prescribed birth control products and their prices with RxSaver™. Pharmacy coupon prices vary by location and pharmacy, so be sure to use RxSaver to check pricing at your local pharmacies.
Can You Buy Birth Control Over the Counter?
In 12 states and Washington D.C., you can get birth control from your pharmacist without a doctor’s prescription. Pharmacies, such as Kroger Health and others, have facilitated access to pharmacist-prescribed birth control. If your state does not allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control, you will need a prescription from your doctor to obtain birth control products.
To minimize the spread of COVID-19, many doctors’ offices are opening only for patients with emergencies. If your gynecologist or health care provider is closed, you can choose from several telehealth services to obtain a new birth control prescription or to refill your existing one.
What Are Common Uses of Birth Control?
Birth control products are available in several formulations, including tablets, patches, injections, and vaginal inserts. Common uses of birth control products include the following:
- to prevent pregnancy
- to treat acne
- to treat symptoms of endometriosis (a painful condition in which tissue from the uterus grows outside the uterus)
- to regulate menstrual periods
How Does Birth Control Work?
Birth control products, such as birth control pills, patches, vaginal rings, and injections, are hormonal birth control. Hormonal birth control products contain either a combination of estrogen and progestin hormones or just a progestin. They work by preventing your ovaries from releasing eggs, by changing the uterus lining to prevent fertilized eggs from attaching to the uterus wall, and by thickening the mucus in your cervix (opening of the uterus) making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus.
Birth control pills are more effective when you take them daily at the same time of the day. Vaginal rings are inserted vaginally and left in place for three weeks, during which the ring releases hormones into your body. Birth control patches also release hormones for three consecutive weeks. When you remove the ring or the patch on the fourth week, you have a menstrual period. Birth control injections prevent pregnancy for 12 to 14 weeks. You must get a shot every 12 weeks to obtain the full effects of the hormone.
How to Get the Best Prices for Your Birth Control When You Are Uninsured
Losing your job or your health insurance can be devastating, but there are affordable options for buying your birth control without insurance. If you need a new prescription, you can access telehealth services from home.
A telehealth provider can also approve refills, and some states are allowing emergency refills of up to 30-day supplies of medication without a prescription. Remember that you do not have to go without your medicine. Regardless of your financial position, RxSaver can help you with affordable prices for your medication.
Apri: 0.15-0.03, 28 tablets
Sprintec: 0.25-0.035, 30 tablets
Norethindrone: 0.35 MG, 28 tablets
Junel: 1 MG-20MGC, 21 tablets
EluRyng: .12-.015 MG, 1 vag ring
*Lowest online price at national pharmacy chains Costco, CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens and Walmart as of 1/11/2021. Prices vary by location and pharmacy, see RxSaver.com for actual pricing in your area.
Jen Hadley is a freelance writer and journalist based in Los Angeles, who writes extensively about the medical, legal, health care, and consumer products industries. Jen is a regular contributor to RxSaver.
Jennifer Liang, PharmD
Chia Feng (Jenn) Liang, PharmD, is a pharmacist who earned her Pharm D. from St. John's University in Queens, NY. She remains in active practice serving as a local pharmacist for Walgreens. She has acted as the first point of care to the community and helped patients understand and manage chronic and acute conditions. She has educated patients on the role and importance of medication and adherence to improve health outcomes.
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