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How Much Do You Pay For Your Birth Control?

This month, lawmakers will meet with a panel of experts to decide whether birth control should count as preventative medicine, and therefore be free under healthcare reform.

One doctor tells NPR: "Contraception rivals immunization in dollars saved for every dollar invested. Spacing out children allows for optimal pregnancies and optimal child rearing. Contraception is a prototype of preventive medicine."

While you can't dispute that the pill prevents babies, some worry that this sort of logic could lead to taxpayer money paying for abortion (although making birth control more readily available would theoretically lead to fewer abortions). Other opponents don't consider contraception health care, but a lifestyle choice since pregnancy is not an illness.

I'm curious, if those in favor of covering birth control win out, how much would you save a month? Would you consider switching to a more expensive option, like an IUD, if your insurance covered the cost?

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NeelaChloe NeelaChloe 6 years
I paid $250 to have a Mirena inserted almost 2 years ago from Planned Parenthood. I was (and still am) considered low income by them. I have insurance now (with a $2k deductible), so I will be going back to them when I need to have a new one. For those uninsured, try your birth control manufacturer's web page. They have coupons and assistant programs that will help you. That goes for a lot of medication too.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
I threw down about $900 of my own money for Essure implants. It was the best money I have EVER spent. I'm totally sterile! :D I should probably buy some condoms to replace the ones that I had (they expired, it has been *that* long), but since I'm not having sex with anyone right now, I'm not paying anything.
kea718 kea718 6 years
For Yasmin I used to pay $25 a month when I was using Blue Cross Blue Shield. I switched to Aetna and now I'm paying $60. It's $15 if I get generic.....BUT, the generic isn't covered by my insurance yet because it's to new. Hopefully in January they'll cover generic but I'm not keeping my hopes up.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
$0, my insurance covers it. I have a kid so I have caresource, they pay for everything. I'm grateful for my caresource, but it seems unfair that so many people my age don't qualify for free insurance. The only difference between me and any other low income healthy 20 something female on here is I got knocked up, which really isn't much of an accomplishment. If I was some of you women on here I'd be mad as hell about that.
jkatie jkatie 6 years
I have never once payed anything for any of my birth controls. I do not use planned parenthood. I am an uninsured Californian who uses a state issued discount program. I am currently using the Nuva Ring
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 6 years
I got an IUD because my insurance covered it at the time. I am so glad I did, I have no problems with it. I have the Mirena. I read that it costs $300 which over the course of 5 years is $5 a month. I highly recommend it if you don't like the pill.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
I pay $10 for 3 months worth of Levora (which is like Seasonale).
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
$25 per month.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 6 years
$2 a month for Yasmin. I'm a full time student so I'm still covered under my dad's extended insurance (I'm in Canada, btw)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 6 years
dexaholic I live in Canada and when I was laid off and no longer had health benefits through my company I had to pay out of pocket for my BC pills...what gives!?!
jelibeann jelibeann 6 years
When I had health insurance, I paid $20 a month for the that I am uninsured, the name-brand is $90...I just switched to the generic this past month, but still had to pay $70...blah. I'd love to try out an implant of some kind, but we've finally started discussing the reality of having kids soon-ish, so I don't know that it would be worth it for the short-term. Part of me supports birth control being covered...the other part of me likes being able to choose whatever method/brand I want and pay for my own expenses as I see fit, even with the high cost.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
i would get an IUD in a heartbeat, if my insurance would pay for any of it. i hate hate hate the pill!
Vanonymous Vanonymous 6 years
$15/month. Not too bad, but I do think it should be free when I'm already paying over $300 a month for insurance and I see a doctor about twice a year.
dexaholic dexaholic 6 years
Zip, zero, zilch! Yet another perk of living in Canada!
weffie weffie 6 years
$20 a month if I buy 3 or 4 months at a time... They combine the dispensing fees so if I only buy one month at a time it's around $45 each.
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
I only pay between $30 and $60 per year. They send me one or two bills, I pay it, and then I don't have to worry about it again for another year. (I'm on Ortho Cyclen).
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I have a high deductible health insurance with a health savings account, which works out great. I pay about $13 pre-tax for orthotricyclin.
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