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A Guide to Getting Birth Control Prescribed & Delivered Online

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I’m a huge fan of this new startup trend that’s emerged, where you can now get your birth control prescribed online and then delivered to your home. Yes! It’s as magical as it sounds. No more doctor’s visits and no more long lines at the pharmacy. All you need is your blood pressure, which you can get from your doctor or have measured at the drugstore or grocery store. It’s so convenient and makes you wonder why birth control hasn’t always been this accessible. (Ideally, it would be even more accessible. But I’ll take what I can get from the U.S. right now.)

Since I’m based in the U.S., I can only speak to my knowledge of services available here, but Free the Pill has this nifty table including similar services in other countries as well.

Where can I get birth control online?

There are plenty of different companies and organizations offering this service. Planned Parenthood, PRJKT RUBY, Nurx, The Pill Club, and Pandia Health are the ones I’m familiar with and what I’ll be talking about. If I’m missing something, go to the Bedsider website and enter your ZIP code under “Deliver to Your Door” to see what other services deliver to you!

If you’re only looking for an online prescription but still prefer pharmacy pickups (like me), fear not! I’m including these services (Pandia Health, Maven Clinic, and Lemonaid Health) down below, too.

What types of birth control are available online?

Most of these services offer the pill, the patch, and the ring—in addition to emergency contraception, too.

How much does it cost?

If you have insurance, there’s a chance it won’t cost you a thing (thank you Affordable Care Act, please don’t go anywhere soon). If you don’t have insurance, there are some low-cost options available and I’ll break them down for you below.

I want my birth control delivered. Which service is right for me?

Good news: you have lots of options, and I’m about to give you the details.

The Pill Club

The Pill Club is both a telemedicine provider and a pharmacy, meaning they can prescribe you birth control online and then deliver your prescription to you. You fill out an online questionnaire about your birth control needs, and then one of their representatives will reach out to you by text to confirm/explain pricing of the birth control you requested. The bonus: their shipments usually come with free samples of awesome things like organic tampons or chocolate.

Online prescription?: Yes (ages 12+)

Home delivery?: Yes (AZ, CA, CT, FL, HI, IL, IN, MA, MO, NV, NY, OH, PA, TX, UT, and WA)

What’s available?: The pill, the patch, the ring, and emergency contraception

Price: Free with insurance. Without insurance, $15 for a year-long prescription plus cost of birth control (can be as low as $5 per pack depending on the brand).

Nurx

I love Nurx because they offer not just birth control but also PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis). PrEP is a daily pill taken to reduce the chances of contracting HIV and is currently only sold under the brand Truvada. You can get more information about Nurx’s PrEP service on their FAQ.

For their birth control service, Nurx gives you the option of selecting your own brand or letting a doctor choose for you. If you decide to select your own, they’ll help you narrow down your choices by asking a series of questions (your age, whether you have acne concerns, whether you want to skip periods, etc.).

Online prescription?: Yes (CA, NY, DC, WA, IL, PA, VA, FL, MI, MO, MN, NJ, MA, and TX); must be at least 12 years old to be considered but eligibility depends on specific state law

Home delivery?: Yes (see eligible states above)

What’s available?: The pill, the patch, the ring, and emergency contraception

Price: Free with insurance. Without insurance, the cost of getting a prescription is free, and you’ll only have to pay for the cost of the birth control (starts at $15 per pack depending on the brand).

Planned Parenthood

A list about birth control services in the U.S. would not be complete without Planned Parenthood. In recent years, they began offering online services for birth control, UTI (urinary tract infection) treatments, and STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing in a few states. These services are available through their app.

Online prescription?: Yes (AK, CA, HI, ID, MN, and WA); age requirements will depend on state, and for CA it’s 16+

Home delivery?: Yes (see eligible states above)

What’s available?: The pill

Price: $20/pack in CA with free shipping; some states require a video appointment, which comes with its own separate fee, so please check for your state’s specific requirements

PRJKT RUBY

PRJKT RUBY is different from the other options I’ve mentioned because it’s a 501c(3) with a broader mission of increasing contraceptive access to women across the globe. They offer a limited selection of birth control brands on their website (all at $20 per pack except for emergency contraception), and unfortunately they do not accept insurance.

Online prescription?: Yes (all states except AR, IA, MS, NC, and LA, which don’t allow online prescribing); must be at least 18 years old

Home delivery?: Yes (see eligible states above)

What’s available?: The pill (limited selection) and emergency contraception

Price:

  • The pill is $20 per pack (with a minimum 3-month order requirement);
  • Generic Plan B is $21 (emergency contraception that works up to 3 days after unprotected sex and becomes less effective for people at 165 lbs and ineffective for people at 175 lbs)
  • ella is $67 (emergency contraception that works up to 5 days after unprotected sex and is not affected by weight)

I’d like an online prescription but would rather pick up my birth control at the pharmacy. Which service is right for me?

If all you’re looking for is an online prescription, and you would rather pick it up at your pharmacy rather than have it delivered, there are other services where this is an option, too!

Pandia Health

In California, you can go on Pandia Health and get a birth control prescription (including emergency contraception) for a fee of $39. You can either have them deliver it to your home or have the prescription sent to your pharmacy of choice. With Pandia Health, you can get a prescription lasting up to a year.

Online prescription?: Yes (only in California, no age requirement)

Home delivery?: Yes (if desired)

What’s available?: The pill, the patch, the ring, and emergency contraception

Price: $39 prescription fee + cost of your birth control, free delivery

Lemonaid Health

Lemonaid Health is a service that’s available in a select number of states. They offer $25 online prescription services for a variety of issues (including birth control, UTIs, acne, and more). You fill out an online questionnaire and either select your own birth control or go with the one they recommend, and they’ll get back to you within 2 business hours. They’ll send your prescription to the pharmacy of your choice.

Online prescription?: Yes (AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, MD, MI, MO, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, VA, and WA—they’re working on expanding so check back on their website)

Home delivery?: No

What’s available?: The pill

Price: $25 prescription fee to Lemonaid Health (online) + the cost of your birth control (at the pharmacy)

Maven Clinic

Maven Clinic is my new favorite development in the telehealth startup trend. It’s an digital clinic focusing on women’s health where you can schedule video appointments with OBGYNs, nutritionists, mental health providers, and more. It’s all around a great resource—especially if you’re uninsured like me—and I highly recommend you check it out. If you’re interested, you can get a $25 credit for your first appointment with my code: DAWNYRVIP.

Online prescription?: Yes (depending on your state’s laws)

Home delivery?: No

What’s available?: The pill, the patch, the ring, and emergency contraception

Price: $18 for a 10-minute video appointment with a nurse practitioner or a midwife + the cost of your birth control at the pharmacy

Go check them out!

When I first found out about these online services, I thought: we really are living in the future. But of course we have a long way to go, since the cost of birth control remains a barrier for many people. With that said, I hope this information was able to help someone! I know the future for reproductive health in the U.S. is uncertain right now. Let’s take advantage of the resources we have right now and make sure everyone knows the options they have.

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