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Many online retailers sell birth control. A person needs a prescription, and these companies can offer them in some states. Buying online can be convenient, but prices may be higher than those at local drugstores or health centers.
- For a variety of birth control options: Nurx
- For a wide range of birth control pills: Hers
- For additional health services: Lemonaid
- For convenient renewals: SimpleHealth
- For pickup from local pharmacies: Wisp
- For free shipping: Pandia Health
- For FSA and HSA eligibility: Emme
- For ongoing care: The Pill Club
Ordering birth control online is often straightforward. A person selects what they want and enters their billing and shipping information. When they receive the order, the company ships it to the address provided.
Some sites ask for insurance information, too, so that they can bill the insurance company. The specific steps vary by retailer.
Before making a payment, it is a good idea to:
- Speak with a doctor about contraception types and needs.
- Check coverage with an insurance provider, if this applies.
- Confirm eligibility with the online company, as some do not offer prescription services in all states.
Checking with a doctor is important because some health conditions, such as high blood pressure, can increase the risk of complications when a person takes a hormonal form of birth control, such as the pill.
People who are minors can purchase birth control in several states without limitations. The definition of a minor sometimes varies. For anyone in the United States, it is important to check local guidelines, which a person can do here.
It is a good idea to discuss the options with a healthcare professional in person. This is especially important for people who:
- are over the age of 35 and smoke
- have had blood clots or a blood clotting disorder
- have had breast, cervical, ovarian, uterine, or endometrial cancer
- have any history of stroke or heart problems
- have visual migraine
- have high blood pressure
- have diabetes
- have liver or kidney disease
- have lupus
- have adrenal insufficiency
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The following online retailers offer birth control services in the U.S. Shipping costs vary by company and location.
As always, consult a healthcare professional about any questions related to contraception.
Please note that the writer of this article has not tried these products. All information presented is purely research-based and was correct at the time of publication.
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For a variety of birth control options
Nurx offers a range of services, tests, and birth control ordering options. It can help a person get a prescription at an additional cost.
With an approved insurance plan, a person may be able to get their birth control for free. Without insurance, a person pays $15 dollars for any of the birth control options.
Nurx provides the:
All customers, including those with valid prescriptions, need to take a Nurx medical questionnaire. Once the company approves this, a person can order a single delivery or sign up for automatic refills.
For a wide range of birth control pills
Hers provides products and services marketed for women’s health and wellness. Customers can purchase several types of birth control pills.
The plans start at $12 a month, regardless of whether a person has insurance. People with insurance may prefer to opt for other retailers.
A person can order one or more months of pills, and recurring refills are available.
Customers need approval from a Hers online doctor before they can place an order. This medical consultation is free and involves filling out a questionnaire.
For additional health services
Lemonaid offers a range of medical treatments and services, from primary care video consultations to hair loss medications. It provides 3-month supplies of the birth control pill, and a person can sign up for automatic refills.
To order, a person needs a yearly consultation that costs $25. The price of the pills depends on a person’s insurance status and plan.
Once an order is approved, it arrives in 3–4 days, the company says.
For convenient renewals
SimpleHealth provides the ring, patch, and pill. It allows for automatic renewals every 3 months and offers free shipping.
Like other companies, it requires a medical consultation. And people with insurance may not need to pay for their birth control.
The SimpleHealth website also has guides about birth control and fertility.
For pickup from local pharmacies
Wisp sells several medications online, including various types of birth control pill, though not the ring, patch, or shot. It does not charge an online consultation fee.
The company can call in orders to local pharmacies for people who prefer to pick up their birth control in person or need it immediately. For people who prefer it shipped, Wisp also offers automatic refills.
For free shipping
This company says that it supplies almost all generic and brand-name birth control pills, patches, and rings. These range in price, starting from $15. Some of these products have insurance coverage.
If a person has an active prescription, they can simply transfer this to the company. If a person does not, they can pay a one-time fee of $20 and fill out a health form, which a doctor at the company reviews before writing a prescription if appropriate.
A person’s order is shipped to their address free of charge.
For FSA and HSA eligibility
This company is a subscription service. A person fills out an online form, which a clinician reviews. They then issue a prescription if appropriate.
The company sends out automatic refills with free shipping. In addition, the company’s app can track the pills through a compatible pill case, and the app can send daily reminders to take the pill.
Emme does not list its prices on its website. It does say that a person can use flexible savings accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay for consultations and products. It does not accept insurance at this time.
For ongoing care
The Pill Club sells more than 100 brands of birth control pills and vaginal rings. A person fills out a form, which the company’s medical team reviews before issuing a prescription if appropriate. The company also provides access to ongoing care from their medical team.
It accepts insurance, so some people may be able to receive products for free. For people without insurance, the cost starts at $6.99 a month.
The table below compares the services that we list above:
|Price without insurance||States available||Birth control products available||Insurance accepted?|
|Nurx||from $15||37 states||pills, shot, ring, patch||yes|
|Hers||starts at $12 a month||all U.S. states||pills||no|
|Lemonaid||starts at $15 for a 3-month pill supply, plus a $25 medical consultation||all U.S. states, some may require a video consultation||pills||no|
|SimpleHealth||starts at $7 a month, plus a $15 medical consultation||32 states||ring, patch, and pills||yes|
|Wisp||starts at $5 a month||all U.S. states||pills||no|
|Pandia Health||starts at $15 per pack||13 states||pills, patches, and rings||yes|
|Emme||starts from $20 per pack, $99 for the tracker pill box||16 states||pills||no|
|The Pill Club||starts from $6.99||all U.S. states||pill and rings||yes|
Below are answers to some common questions about ordering birth control online.
Do you have to go to a gynecologist for birth control?
No, a person does not necessarily need to visit a gynecologist. Most online birth control providers require some type of medical consultation, but this tends to involve filling out an online form.
Several online companies, such as Hers and Lemonaid, can provide prescription services in every U.S. state. And in some states, people considered minors can use online services to purchase birth control and get a prescription for it without restrictions. It is important to check local legislation, which a person can do here.
It is a good idea to bring any questions about birth control to a healthcare professional and to have
Are birth control pills available over the counter?
In the U.S., birth control pills are available by prescription only. A person either needs to visit a doctor or use an online service to get a prescription before placing an order.
Is it safe to get birth control online?
Ordering birth control online can be safe, effective, and private. It can also be convenient — some companies send automatic refills.
Before making an order, check reviews on third-party sites. If the company does not seem reliable or safe, it may be a good idea to shop elsewhere.
When to see a doctor about birth control options
Anyone with questions about birth control should speak with a healthcare professional.
It is especially important for people with certain health conditions and risk factors to consult a professional before choosing a type of birth control. For example, smoking or having high blood pressure can increase the risk of complications related to some forms of birth control.
It is also important to speak with a doctor about how to stop using contraception safely and how to restart it, for people who wish to do so, before and after a pregnancy, for example. Factors such as breastfeeding or chestfeeding can affect which medications are safe after giving birth.
Ordering birth control online can be safe and convenient, but it may cost a bit more than filling a prescription at a pharmacy or clinic.
Before they send out medication, most online retailers require a medical consultation. These online consultations should not replace visits to a doctor. Anyone with questions about contraception should contact a healthcare professional.