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The best birth control options online include subscription services such as Hers and Nurx, and over-the-counter (OTC) birth control. We looked at price, variety, and age inclusivity to choose the 6 best online birth control options.

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  • Price: around $50 to $90
  • Accepts insurance: yes
  • Options offered: pill

As of July 2023, the FDA approved the first over-the-counter birth control pill, Opill (norgestrel). This is a progestin-only pill. You can get it online or in person without a prescription.

Laboratoire HRA Pharma manufactures Opill. You can buy a pack of three (84 pills) for around $50 or a pack of six (168 pills) for around $90.

You will need to take this pill the same way as you would take prescription birth control. You must take it at the same time each day to reduce unintended pregnancy risks. This pill also has the same side effects as other progestin-only birth control.

People can buy it with or without health insurance. However, not all insurance providers will cover it.

Pros

  • it is available over-the-counter
  • people do not need a prescription for this pill
  • available in all U.S. states

Cons

  • may be more expensive than other options
  • not all insurance providers will cover Opill
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Below, we compare the best online birth control options for price, availability, and more.

Price without insuranceStates availableBirth control products availableInsurance accepted?
Nurx• from $15
$30 consultation
37 states• pills
• ring
• patch
yes
Hersfrom $12 per monthall U.S. statespillsno
Wispfrom $5 per monthall U.S. states• pills
• patch
• ring
no
Twentyeight Healthfrom $16 per pack32 states• pills
• patch
• ring
• shots
• internal condoms
yes
Planned Parenthood Directfrom $15 per pack43 states• pills
• patch
• ring
Medicaid in select states
Opillfrom from $49.99all U.S. statespillyes

Medical News Today chooses online birth control providers based on the following criteria where possible:

  • Types of birth control: MNT chooses providers that offer a range of birth control options that suit most people’s needs.
  • Cost: MNT chooses providers that are suitable for a range of budgets. Some providers may also accept insurance.
  • Healthcare support: MNT chooses providers that have a healthcare professional available to discuss birth control options.
  • Customer service: MNT looks through third-party review sites to evaluate each provider’s customer service.

Medical News Today follows a strict product selection and vetting process. Learn more.

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You can buy over 100 types of birth control online. However, this does not include devices such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants. This is because a doctor must insert or implant these devices.

Many providers ship birth control in unmarked packaging, which may be advantageous to teenagers and others who would prefer their households not to know they take birth control.

However, you will need a prescription from a healthcare professional before you can order birth control. Many telehealth platforms offer a consultation with a doctor who can prescribe a suitable form of birth control.

The types of birth control you can buy online include:

  • Birth control pills: All types of birth control pills are available online from a range of brands. This includes hormonal and nonhormonal options.
  • Vaginal ring: You can insert the vaginal ring, such as NuvaRing, yourself. You typically leave it in for 21 days and have a 7-day break before inserting a new one.
  • Birth control shot: You can get the Depo-Provera shot online. This is an injection that you can administer yourself every 12 weeks.

Can I get free birth control online?

Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans must cover Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved birth control. These include:

However, insurance does not have to cover medications that can cause abortions or male sterilization procedures, such as vasectomies.

You may be able to access free birth control from nonprofit family planning centers or public health clinics. These places usually require an in-person visit. You may be able to access free birth control from Planned Parenthood.

Learn more about free birth control.

Going online to order birth control will often be straightforward. You must select what you want and enter your billing and shipping information. When the company receives the order, it will ship the medication to the address you provided.

Some sites also ask for insurance information to bill the insurance company. The specific steps vary by retailer.

Before making a payment, you should:

  • speak with a doctor about contraception types and your needs
  • check coverage with your insurance provider if applicable
  • confirm your 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 you take 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. If you are in the United States, it is important to check local guidelines.

If you are a minor or an adult who does not want the policyholder of your healthcare insurance to know you are purchasing birth control, you can call the insurance provider to send the Explanation of Benefits for your prescriptions directly to you. However, different insurers may have other policies.

If you cannot discreetly buy birth control on your family’s insurance, you may wish to purchase birth control uninsured. Many companies offer affordable options.

Discussing the options with a healthcare professional in person is advisable. This is especially important if you:

Find out more about the side effects of the birth control pill.

Anyone with questions about birth control may wish to speak with a healthcare professional.

It is especially important for people with certain health conditions and risk factors for health issues to consult a professional before choosing a type of birth control. For example, smoking or having high blood pressure may increase the risk of complications related to some forms of birth control.

It is also important to speak with a doctor about stopping birth control safely and restarting it. This may apply to you before and after you become pregnant. Certain factors, such as breastfeeding or chestfeeding, can affect which medications are safe after giving birth.

Learn more about the long-term side effects of birth control.

Yes, a person can get birth control online without visiting a gynecologist. Most online birth control providers require some 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. In some states, people considered minors can use online services to purchase birth control and get a prescription without restrictions. However, it is important to check local legislation.

It is advisable to bring any questions about birth control to a healthcare professional and have annual health visits. At these, a doctor can provide preventive care and testing to help maintain a person’s overall health.

Yes, it is safe to buy the pill online if a person uses legitimate services. People can look for online services that require healthcare professionals to review a person’s request for birth control and those that only sell FDA-approved medication.

Nurx sells legitimate FDA-approved birth control and states it complies with the same regulations as a person’s usual doctor. Its medical professionals will only prescribe a medication if they think it is necessary.

The best birth control online comes from reputable brands that require a prescription before ordering. Nurx, Hims, Wisp, and other popular brands offer various birth control options at more affordable prices for a range of ages.

Ordering birth control online can be safe and convenient, but it may cost a little more than filling a prescription at a pharmacy or clinic.

Before they send out medication, most online retailers require medical consultation. These online consultations should not replace visits to a doctor. If you have questions about birth control, you may wish to contact a healthcare professional.