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Where Do You Stand? Who Should Pay For Birth Control

If you're dating or in a relationship, chances are you're having sex and using birth control (unless you're trying to have a baby). Although birth control is absolutely worth every penny, it's not exactly cheap. Depending on the method you're using, you can end up spending $15 to $30 a month — $180 to $360 a year, which is no small chunk of change no matter how much money you make.

So where do you stand on who should pay for it? Some of my friends split the cost evenly with their significant other. I also have a few friends who have a deal that whoever uses it or wears it pays for it; the women pay for the NuvaRing, the pill, the patch, or the IUD, and the guys pay for the condoms.

So who pays for it in your relationship? You? Your partner? Both of you? Or do your insurance companies foot the bill for birth control?


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HeatherMartin84 HeatherMartin84 8 years
Who ever goes to the store or has the money. I only pay 9.00 a pack of pills and I buy them every 3 months at Walmart. so 27.00 for 3 months. not bad I have been on the pills for almost two years, before that I did the Depo shot I love that but it was 70$ every 3 months and I could not afford that any more. And before that the pill. or withdraw, The pull out method does work, but only if you trust your man, and know he will, cause some say they do and go just a little then pull out. So only do that if you trust him and know u can spend the rest of u life w him if u where to have a child. cause if you stay w him or not if you have a child he is always gonna be there.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I pay for my pill. If I forget one then he forks out for condoms or an Emergency Contraceptive.
lovelylei lovelylei 9 years
wow where do you find doctors who supply a years free BC prescription? and where would you find a boyfriend who pay for it all anyway?
designerel designerel 9 years
I've never considered making him pay for it, because like others have said on here, I would still be taking it if I was single for medical reasons. Besides I can get a 3 month supply for $25 which I'm perfectly fine with. I've paid for Plan B myself too (mostly because it was my fault I forgot to take the damn pill). But condoms are his responsibility.
samischo samischo 9 years
wow, mine's only $8 a month, thank god!
moxierain moxierain 9 years
I pay for my own bc. Its my responsibility to be healthy so I pay for it whether I'm single or in a relationship. Its the guys job to wear condoms and thus he should pay for them.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
this is a ridiculous question. I wonder if couples actually fight about this! Its YOUR health - plain and simple. If you care about it then its worth fricken 180 a month if not, then go ahead, leave it up to the other person and contract a STD/I or get pregnant.
nopenope nopenope 9 years
On my previous health plan, a year of birth control was $20 -- It was $5 for a three month supply. That was awesome. I always joked that it was $20/year to be a girl, as the BC made my period non-existant and I haven't had to buy tampons in two years. My new individual plan (as of May 1st) is at $10 a month. Sucks that I'm going to have to pay $100 extra each year, but oh well. My boyfriend has said that he wouldn't mind pitching in; since we don't use condoms -- he's not paying anything to keep us baby-free. It was never a big thing before as I was paying $20 a year, but that $100 extra has made him want to help -- I think it's cute.
kia kia 9 years
Before we were married my method was $50/month and even though my hubby made three times more than me I paid for it. I resented him for it and brought it up and he said he would pay for it but never did. He still does not pay for it but I feel that if I left it up to him I would never get it.
cjmara805 cjmara805 9 years
Geez the Nuva-Ring costs $47 and my insurance company covers ONE DOLLAR (ridiculous, right?). I pay for it because I make much more than my boyfriend.
pinkhearted pinkhearted 9 years
when mine was $15 from the college pharmacy, I paid for it... after they passed the bill that raised the price, I started getting it from the regular pharmacy for $40, which is a little steep for me (being the poor student that I am), so now my boyfriend and I switch off every month. He pays one month, I pay the other. If I needed him to pay it every month, he would, but I don't think it's a big deal. He doesn't mind paying at all...the way he sees it, it's an investment for both of us.
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
My BC is $40/ month for the copay. If it were $10 I might not bother splitting it, but I have always split the cost with my boyfriend. The way I see it, the only reason I'm on it is because of him, so he needs to chip in.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I think that if you both don't want kids and that you are having sex together then both should be responsible for BC! I don't pay for mine (totally free), but if I did have to pay then yes he would pay for half... He's right there in the act with me, he doesn't want a kid right now so yes he should have to help pay.
juliefischer juliefischer 9 years
I pay for it on my own. $50 a month :( I hate paying that much every month but I'd rather have it than not.
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 9 years
My pills are $30 a month, but he has offered to pay when it comes to anything romance-related (lingerie, BCP, dinners, movies, etc.). I refuse because I know I would take the pills regardless of whether we're in a relationship or not, so it's MY choice. However, in the past, I have also spent money on condoms (The most expensive one...we only used two and threw out the 30-pack box); expensive lube (I was allergic to it, so another waste of money); and Plan B. He has bought condoms and lube before, so that was nice.
miss-jaxx miss-jaxx 9 years
Thank god Ive been getting my pills for free from my doctor because they are $50 a month! I also buy the condoms... just because he forgets and when youre in the moment and there arent any... that sucks! There are times when I make him go and get them though.
emalove emalove 9 years
I've never thought about this...always just paid for my pills myself.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
I think the women should take care of their birth control (pills, shot, sponges, and etc...) and the men should take care of their own too (Condoms). But I do think that the women should have something on hand just in case the men forget their side of the contraceptive. But when it comes to the IUD's, tubes being tied, Hysterectomy, or other things in that manner - on that level, then the insurance company should pitch in to take care of all OR at least half of the bill.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I do, duh. It's not HIS job.
fashiondip fashiondip 9 years
I usually pay because I like to be in control of the situation. But sometimes he will pick them up from the pharmacy and he will pay. Plus he does take me out to dinners :)
tyffi tyffi 9 years
The woman! I'd never asked my fiancé to pay for my pill. After all, I take it. He profit, of course, but in the end it's my decision to take it, and I simply can't let him pay for it - although he would.
geebers geebers 9 years
I just found out I can pay $30 for a 3 month supply through my insurance ($10/mth). I would be on these even if I were single so this would never occur to me. I would only make him pay if he was the one to ask me to go on the pill and I would never take it otherwise. Also -when we first started dating we used condoms (as should anyone FYI) - he paid for all of those.
Sydney-C Sydney-C 9 years
Mine is $15, which I have no problem paying. Like some of the other posters, I would still be taking it even if I was single. However, when I was taking Yaz and it was $50/month, I did feel the resentment kind of building up...I was like we do not have sex enough to justify that kind of money each month!!
missbanana missbanana 9 years
we share our money so we both pay. i used to be on the pill, but i just didnt like the sideffects. too bad condoms werent covered by my benefits.. lol.. because if i was on the pill it would be covered 100%
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
it's my copay.. for him to pay for it would be a hassle.
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