Post # 1
If any of you don’t have insurance, how do you get your birth control? I wanted to use the local health dpt but the women’s health doctor is only there certain days in the afternoon & people line up an hour before the clinic even opens & I can’t do that cuz of my job! So I called around to some ob/gyns and it’s pretty expensive for a visit. Just wondering what other people do?
Post # 3
check out planned parenthood.
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Post # 5
I used PP in college- it was actually cheaper for me to go there than to pay the co-pays for my parent’s insurance plan.
Post # 6
I also used Planned Parenthood when I was in college. I’d highly recommend looking into them!
Post # 7
I talked to the lady nearby today and she said it would be 125 for the exam which ends up being the same or more than what I will pay at the ob/gyn in town..oh well…what about after you’ve had it filled? I’ve seen something about Wal-Mart having a $9 prescription? Is that for certain people?
Post # 8
I used to go to Planned Parenthood, but I actually found that a local doctor was less expensive for me. If you call, ask what the visit and lab fees will be (you can also call the labs they use themselves – I called Quest and LabCorp and found that LabCorp was cheaper where I live), you can do a cost comparison.
Sadly, I think a visit will still run you around $125.
As for the actual BC, I take Junel Fe now (generic), which in the NYC Metro area (I don’t know if that makes a difference…) costs me $32 for 3 months worth. It’s similar to Loestrin 24. My doctor gave me a list of generic prescriptions similar in their chemical composition to Loestrin 24 and the pharmacist at CVS was kind enough to price each one (of about 20!!!) for me.
Walmart’s list is limited to certain prescriptions, which they list here, under women’s health: http://i.walmartimages.com/i/if/hmp/fusion/customer_list.pdf
Also, I just wanted to add that when you find the right doctor, he/she will make an effort to let you know the most cost-effective treatments/options for you – I love my doctor and she always goes above and beyond to calculate costs for me!
Post # 9
Before we got married (in case I wouldn’t be able to use my parents insurance anymore, since we weren’t sure how long it’d take my husband to get a job after graduating), I got a copper IUD. There were a lot of reasons I got it, but one was that the cost was just one time and I didn’t want to be paying full price every few months for something else.
Post # 10
Thankfully you only have to go once a year – my doctor appt came to 200.00 🙁
I am currently on TriSprintec – I know everyone is different and that means not every birth control works for everyone but my perscription with no health insurance is $9.00 a month at Walmart. With insurance it is still only $5.00! I have had nothing but a positive experience with it so far (helped with my face and heavy periods).
I would definitely see if it could be right for you by your doctor. I needed something affoardable (don’t we all?) now at CVS this same perscription is $33.00, so it is worth a look if you have a Walmart near you.
Post # 11
Definitely check out Planned Parenthood for obtaining your prescription from a doctor.
When I didn’t have prescription coverage I bought my thyroid medication from Target for $5/mo or $10/3 months. I imagine there could be some generic birth controls that they also sell at a discounted rate like this, like Tiffner mentioned.
I’ve also heard of a prescription plan you can purchase through Walgreen’s that only costs like $25 or so a year but provides significant savings.
A couple of things to look into – good luck!
Post # 12
For the prescription, I pay $7 a month at Walmart with no insurance.
Post # 13
If you are against planned parenthood (some are), pay to go to your gyno, it’ll cost more than a chechup at PP, but walgreens has a prescription savings thing. It’s $25 to sign up for the year, but my Bridal Party is $12 a month!!!
Post # 14
thanks everyone! planning to see if the walmart brand will be right for me–that’s super affordable