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Have You Cut Your Birth Control Budget Due to the Recession?

Desperate times cause for different contraceptive measures. Forty-eight percent of lilsugar readers said they'd take a Dollar Store pregnancy test with many adding that they already use them. In light of the recession, a recent report also said that women are tightening birth control budgets and relying on cheaper, less-reliable methods. It said:

The survey, conducted by the Gallup Organization, found 3 percent of women of child-bearing age had quit using birth control because they could not afford it. Six percent of women using a hormonal form of birth control, such as the pill, said they had abandoned the method because they could not afford it. Ten percent of women said they were worried about their ability to keep paying for contraception. Some women said they had switched birth control methods because of cost.

The piece goes on to state that about 50 percent of American pregnancies are unintended and 20 percent of the women polled have become more concerned about unexpected pregnancy.


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girlygirljenn girlygirljenn 8 years
I've stopped taking birth control but not because I can't afford it. My fiance and I are going to start trying for a baby and I'd like to be off about 3 months prior.
WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 8 years
Um, no! Babies are way more expensive than even pricey birth control.
jessiduh jessiduh 8 years
I use an IUD. You pay a few hundred dollars once (or not if insurance covers it) and it's good for 10 years or until you have it taken out. Worry free, hassle free--in my mind perfect. After you have it taken out, you can get pregnant the next month.
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
Anonymous is right. Walmart does list different generic birth control pills for $4. I'm on YAZ and its pretty pricey but I think its better to be safe than sorry.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
My insurance covers most of it -- I have a $15 co pay.
sofi sofi 8 years
Um, no! My husband and I would agree that would be the last thing to save on right now!
Sarana Sarana 8 years
It's covered by my insurance.
luckyme luckyme 8 years
Good luck, M Rosslter. We used that method too... and we've got a nice surprise due next month ;).
msshellokitty msshellokitty 8 years
i have an iud.i don't have to worry about birth control for 5 years.
M-Rossiter M-Rossiter 8 years
When my last 2 NuvaRings are gone, we're going to start the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) to avoid having children. I have a friend who's planned her children that way and it's worked well for her. I'm comfortable charting my temp, cycle and what not.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Who cuts back there birth control in a recession. That makes no sense. Babies cost more money than condoms/birth control/sterilization.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I needed an other, we went ahead and decided to have another, this recession isn't going to last forever and I want to get the kid out of the way.
smileyface smileyface 8 years
Well said chouette, well said. Omg $75 a month for birth control? That's ridiculous! I only pay $5 bucks a month or $10 for 3 months on my pill. Its generic, and it is getting the job done!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I had to switch to a generic of my birth control because I lost my insurance and my old packs were $75/month, compared to the $25/month for the generic.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
Cutting back on birth control would be one of the least logical ways to save money.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
No way. I love my BC, and the added benefit is that I don't get pregnant. I don't want to compromise my sex life and my sanity because of a damn recession. We have cut back on other things instead -- since birth control is very important to us, a couple in our early 20's, who think children right now would be a death sentence.
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