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How To Get Free Birth Control

written by Leah McCabe Written by Leah McCabe
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Leah McCabe

Leah likes writing about health and science subjects. Through her writing she hopes to help people of all backgrounds have equal access to information and quality healthcare.

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July 26, 2022 Read Time - 4 minutes

Contraception and birth control are ways to avoid unplanned and unwanted pregnancy.

The Affordable HealthCare Act (ACA) added contraception to a list of preventative services that must be provided without co-payment. It also requires insurance providers to provide contraceptives at no cost to patients.

This means you can get birth control completely for free. Learn more about how to get free birth control and your rights to contraceptives.

Here’s how to get free birth control:

Before getting your birth control prescription, it is important to go over all your options.

Decades of contraceptive development mean that you have a lot of viable options. It is important to do some research on which method is best for you.

Some popular birth control options include:

  • Birth control pills
  • Birth control patches
  • Birth control shots
  • Birth control implants
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Vaginal Ring (NuvaRings)

While each contraceptive method typically uses hormonal controls to prevent pregnancy by altering the levels of estrogen or progestin or a combination of the two, how you use them varies.

For example, birth control pills must be taken everyday at the same time and are significantly less effective if taken otherwise. If you are someone who is likely to forget to take a pill daily, a different method may be better for you such as an intrauterine device.

IUDs are inserted into the vagina and can be left alone for 5 or even 10 years. It requires routine checkups and can be removed at any time but there is no daily commitment to your birth control. Because of that, some women opt for this option.

The point remains that you have choices, and when it comes to your birth control you should choose wisely. Luckily there are plenty of great doctors and other resources like Planned Parenthood to guide you through this process.

If you have health insurance, you have access to a variety of free birth control methods. It is important to check with your health insurance provider to see if the birth control of your choice will be completely covered, as there are some exceptions. If it is not completely covered, you can ask your physician to help file an appeal with your insurance provider. If you don’t have health insurance, there are still ways to get birth control for a low cost.

You can get birth control from the comfort of your home, by consulting one of our board-certified doctors online. If you don’t have insurance, we have a prescription discount card that members can use to get their prescriptions, including birth control prescriptions, for up to 80% off.

  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.

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During a visit with one of our doctors, you will discuss which options are best for you. These decisions are often based on:

  • Your personal preferences
  • Your lifestyle
  • What birth control methods you have already tried, if any
  • What other medications you are taking
  • Any medical complications you may have

It is crucial to discuss your medical history and current medications with the doctor to ensure you are using the right contraceptive.

After you and your doctor decide which contraceptive is best for you, they will write you a referral or a prescription for that type of birth control. You can then pick up your birth control at your pharmacy of choice.

 We are dedicated to providing the best possible healthcare to patients. This is why we make it easy for you to meet with a doctor online and get the best contraceptive prescription for you. 


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Medications are prescribed at the sole discretion of a PlushCare physician. Prescriptions for non-controlled substances can only be written after a medical evaluation. Scheduling an appointment does not guarantee that a medication can or will be prescribed.


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HealthCare.gov. Birth control benefits. Accessed on July 26, 2022 at https://www.healthcare.gov/coverage/birth-control-benefits/.

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