Post # 1
I just started birth control for the first time. Mr.Rain and I are waiting til we are married, but I wanted to go ahead and get the ball rolling to make sure by the time we get married I am on the best possible BC for my body.
I am on Kariva, and aside from some stomach issue for the first week it has worked really well for me. I’d be happy to stick with this one, but at $40 it’s more expensive that i thought it would be! Anybody know of something less expensive that works similarly? Obviously I could talk to my obgyn about this, but my insurance only covered the first preventative exam…
Post # 3
I’m not sure how Kariva works…i’m on Seasonique and it works fine. I AM more emotional on it than i was on nuvaring. That being said, you shouldn’t have to go visit your OBGYN for her to prescribe you a new pill. All you have to do is call (at least this is all I have to do) and leave a message saying it’s not working that good for you and it’s too expensive and you’d like to try X birth control.
My doc lets me pick up samples every 3 months in her office if it’s too expensive. I call every once in awhile with something that is wrong or a worry of mine (i’m bleeding through or something of that nature) and the nurse just gets back to me with a new solution. They’ve prescribed new medicine or told me to take more, etc. You really shouldn’t have to go in for something so minor.
Is it $40 a month? that’s kinda normal depending on your plan. I was paying $35/month for Nuvaring on my old plan. Now I pay $60 for 3 months of Seasonique. Is there a generic brand?
And good call on getting your body used to it. The influx of hormones throws you for a loop!
Post # 4
I looooooove Kariva. I pay $30 for it.
Post # 5
I’m on Tri-cyclin lo. =) No real complaints, other than I seem to have gained a bunch of weight since I went on it, but that could be due to a lot of other factors that were going on at the time.
If you’re a student, sometimes your university pharmacy will sell BC to you for less.
Post # 6
I pay 27 for what I am on.. I dont have it in front of me. Usually a dr will reccomend that you try it for 3 months before you change… that is about how long it takes for your body to FULLY adjust to the hormones you are feeding it. I would talk to your dr if you are concerned about the price… maybe ask about others that are cheaper with a similar hormone and chemical makeup….
Post # 7
If your insurance doesn’t cover more visits, and the bc you are on now is more expensive than you can afford, can you make a visit at Planned Parenthood? You will still have to pay, but they adjust the payments to what you can afford based on your income. Also, they do OBGYN visits the same way, so you could have an appointment with a Dr. for a consultation but not pay the full price.
When I was in college, I paid $20/month for bc. They would bill my insurance, and then I just paid as much as I could toward the difference between the actual cost and what my insurance paid.
Post # 8
Perhaps a follow-up question– what pharmacy do you guys use? I have been using the Target Phamacy because they get me my migraine prescription lower than anywhere else.
Post # 9
Hi missrain- I was on Kariva for a couple years and it is a great low dose pill. However it started to not work so well for me after about 2 years (my periods got really irregular) and so I was switched over to Ortho Novum.
My suggestion would be, instead of trying to go back for a doctor’s visit, call up your OBGYN office and ask your doctor or leave a message for your doctor about it that way. My experience is that most doctors are happy to provide whatever advice they can over the phone, and if there’s a cheaper alternative it seems like something a doctor wouldn’t want you to waste a visit on anyway.
Post # 10
I’m on the most expensive birth control out there, essentially (Yaz, no generic yet!)- but the cheapest place I’ve found it is Sam’s Club. You don’t have to have a membership to use their pharmacy, and they definitely have the best prices I’ve seen.
Post # 11
I’m on ortho-cept, and this was after about 5 different types of hormonal birthcontrol methods and pills. (I had a lot of problems with emotional mood swings and such) I love it, this is the first pill that has worked great for me and now made me feel crazy! I go to planned parenthood and I’m a student so I get it for $15 a month, actually no, now it’s down to $12.
Post # 12
my OBGYN prescribed orth cyclen for me. with my insurance its $35, but I found out that I can get the generic (Sprintec) for $9 WITHOUT my insurance at most grocery store pharmacies. I haven’t really experienced any side effects, either…so its all around great!
Post # 13
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Find a women’s clinic (PP is fine for this) that will give you your prescription at a reduced price. Or shop around for your pharmacy if you don’t have insurance.
Post # 14
Definitely find a health clinic in your area that might offer a reduced rate even if you have to go in for one visit. Unfortunately, they took away subsidized birth control from colleges and soon from clinics like PP – I did an advocacy campaign on in law school and found that there are still clinics in certain areas (community health centers, etc) that might offer a reduced rate.
I am in the same predicament – no health insurance since im a law student and part-time employee & legally single – I get NuvaRing for $20 at a community health center
Most importantly – look for Federal Qualified Health Centers which offer the reduced rate since they get subsidized birth control from the government.
Hope this helps!
Post # 15
http://www.communitycaretx.org/index.html this FQHC seems to be in Austin (which according to your profile I think you are from) – contact them & ask them about subsidized birth control & if you qualify for services there – if not, ask them if they can refer you somewhere & contact the City of Austin’s health services or something similar and see if they can point you in the right direction. Good luck!
Post # 16
I’m on the same brand. It’s been working well for 4 years. I like it because it didn’t cause me weight gain.