Shocking News: Birth Control Is Expensive

Put down your beverage of choice, I have shocking and jaw-dropping news: birth control is expensive. Should I wait for you to pick your jaw up off the floor? No? An article from Good News shared some stories of individuals’ views on how expensive their birth control is, including for those with insurance.

I’m lucky – I have health insurance, and it’s pretty good insurance. The birth control I was on had a co-pay of $40, and that was after I had my doctor fight the insurance company for me to be on it. When I wanted to switch to a Mirena, primarily as a treatment option with the idea that it also happened to be birth as icing on the cake, my insurance opted to cover absolutely not even one cent. But they’ll cover Viagra (I called). 

If you don’t have insurance, or if even with insurance birth control is too pricey for you, there are options. If you have a Planned Parenthood near you, I highly recommend giving them a call. There are more than 800 Planned Parenthood locations in America and they will treat patients on a sliding fee scale, plus their website has lots of good information about birth control. There are also many free clinics  that may be an option (in my area, I know it’s often easier to get an appointment with Planned Parenthood and the locations seem easier to access, but this may vary).

How much does your insurance cost? Do you think it’s fair or not? How much should birth control be?

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About Holly Moyseenko

Holly Moyseenko is a sex educator living in Ohio. She is an advocate of positive and healthy sexuality. Holly currently works for a non-profit health organization as a health educator, and also teaches workshops that focus on many topics within the realm of healthy sexuality. In her spare time, she also is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, gardens, reads anything within reach, drinks copious amounts of tea, and naps with her two dogs.