The costs can vary and depend on many factors including:
-The type of health center you visit
-The type of birth control method
-Where the method is obtained (over-the-counter or prescription)
-Whether or not a person has health insurance
There are many family planning health centers that provide birth control methods at low or no cost to individuals, and fees are based on a sliding fee scale. These health centers are sometimes referred to as Title X ("Title Ten") health centers because they are supported by the federal government under Title X of the public health law. This means that a person pays for services and birth control methods based on income and ability to pay, and no one is denied services if unable to pay.
It's also important to note that you can get services at any Title X health center regardless of where you live. Finding a health center is easy—just use our Health Center Locator, to help you identify the low-cost options.
Additionally, other people may be able to buy your birth control for you. If it's over-the-counter, anyone can buy it. If it's prescription, you will need to get the script from your health care professional, but other people may be able to pick up the prescription if they have certain information, such as your birthdate. Check with your local pharmacy for their policies. And for Emergency Contraception (EC), anyone of any age—man or woman—can buy at least one brand of EC.