Post # 1
Hey, curious how often other people have to go to the doctor to have their birth control perscriptions refilled?? My doctor just told me that I need to start having a full exam every year or they won’t refill my perscription any more. I don’t want to use my limited doctor apointments on my insurance just to have my BC refilled if I don’t have to…I was curious if this isnormal or if I should look for a different doctor?
Post # 3
With every OBGYN I’ve ever been to, you are required to have an annual exam to get the next year’s BC refills.
I’m pretty sure that is standard.
Post # 4
Yup, most annoying part. To get those beloved pills, you need an exam- most places even if you are a “virgin” . Part of the deal I guess.
Post # 5
It is totally normal to have a yearly physical as a requirement to renew your birth control prescription. I would be concerned with any doctor who would prescribe me a medication (such as birth control) without a full physical!
Post # 7
Yearly. I’ve never had a problem getting my well womans exam covered by insurance.
Post # 8
@blabblabblab: not to be annoying, but your yearly gyno exam is a very important doc’s appt that shouldn’t be missed
Post # 9
A yearly exam is important but my doctor said for the pills is every two years.
Post # 10
When I started on the pill, it was every year for a full (female) exam. Then, a few years ago, I guess the recommendation switched to every 3 years. However, if your insurance covers it, go get your gyno exam every year! We (the ladies in my family) fought it and are sure to go each year. Best to be safe, it’s a very important checkup.
Post # 11
@blabblabblab: Yearly, but I’m pretty sure the law changed last year (if your in the US) and it is considered preventative, so it should now be fully covered by your insurance.
Post # 12
@blabblabblab: Check with your insurance b/c this really should be considered preventative care (yearly pap smear and breast exam) and covered. It’s standard practice that in order to have your yearly refill of contraceptives, you have an exam.
Post # 13
Mine is every year. One yearly visit is covered by my insurance though – I don’t think it counts as a regular yearly physical from a general doctor.
Post # 14
I was yearly and they’ll check if you’ve done your pap before they re-presribe. However after 10 years of normal paps, and being in a “low risk” category for hpv, since I’m monogMous and had the vaccine they said I can do the pap every other year.
Post # 15
I’ve gone every year to get a new prescription, but I recently read this article saying that new national guidelines recommend a pap no more than once every three years for healthy women. I’m not sure if doctors following these guidelines will still want to patients to make a quick appointment annually for a breast exam or whatever else to get a new prescription or not.
Here’s the article:
Post # 16
I go to planned parenthood. They require an appointment, but not internal exam, to refill birth control. They do strongly suggest following the recommended pap smear/internal exam schedule