Contraception and birth control pills are a way to avoid unplanned and unwanted pregnancy.
The Affordable HealthCare Act (ACA) added contraception to a list of preventative services that must be provided without co-payment. It also requires insurance providers to provide contraceptives at no cost to patients.
This means you can get birth control completely for free. Learn more about how to get free birth control and your rights to contraceptives.
Here’s how to get free birth control:
Before getting your birth control prescription it is important to go over all your options.
Decades of contraceptive development mean you have a lot of viable options. It is important to do some research on which method is best for you.
You should also talk to your doctor or a Plushcare doctor during your free appointment to ensure you are choosing the right contraceptive for you.
Some popular contraceptives are:
- Birth control pills
- Birth control patches
- Birth control shots
- Birth control implants
- Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
- Vaginal Ring (NuvaRings)
While each contraceptive method typically uses hormonal controls to prevent pregnancy by altering the levels of estrogen or progestin or a combination of the two, how you use them varies.
For example, birth control pills must be taken everyday at the same time and are significantly less effective if taken otherwise. If you are someone who is likely to forget to take a pill daily then a different method may be better for you such as an intrauterine device.
IUDs are inserted into the vagina and can be left alone for 5 or even 10 years. It requires routine checkups and can be removed at any time but there is no daily commitment to you birth control. Because of that, some women opt for this option.
The point remains you have choices, and when it comes to your birth control you should choose wisely. Luckily there are plenty of great doctors and other resources like Planned Parenthood to guide you through this process.
And like mentioned before, if you have health insurance, then you have completely free access to this guidance and these contraceptives. If you don't have health insurance, there are still ways to get birth control for a low cost.
If you would like to get a free birth control prescription online from PlushCare, just book an appointment with one of our world-class doctors and enter your health insurance provider.
During a video chat session you can discuss with a doctor which options are best for you. These decisions are often based on:
- Your personal preferences
- Your lifestyle
- What birth control methods you have already tried, if any
- What other medications you are taking
- Any medical complications you may have
It is crucial to discuss your medical history and current medications with the doctor to ensure you are using the right contraceptive.
After you and your doctor decide which contraceptive is best for you, they will write you a referral or a prescription for that type of birth control. You can then pick up your prescription at your pharmacy.
This prescription is totally free and you will not be charged upon pick up.
PlushCare is dedicated to providing the best possible healthcare to patients. This is why we make it easy for you to meet with a doctor online and get the best contraceptive prescription for you. And of course, if you have health insurance this appointment and prescription are completely free, with no co-payments or prescription charges.