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Buying birth control online can be discreet and convenient. In some cases, insurance can make birth control free. Here, we discuss and review our top online choices offering birth control delivery.

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.

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The table below compares the online birth control services that we list above.

Price without insuranceStates availableBirth control products availableInsurance accepted?
Nurx• from $15
$30 consultation
37 states• pills
• ring
• patch
Optum Perksdependant on pharmacyno informationno informationno
Lemonaid• from $15
$25 consultation
all U.S. statespillsno
Hersfrom $12 per monthall U.S. statespillsno
Wispfrom $5 per monthall U.S. states• pills
• patch
• ring
Pandia Health• from $7 per pack
$30 consultation
13 states• pills
• patch
• ring
Twentyeight Healthfrom $16 per pack32 states• pills
• patch
• ring
• shots
• internal condoms
Planned Parenthood Directfrom $15 per pack43 states• pills
• patch
• ring
Medicaid in select states
Alphafrom $25 a month49 states• pills
• patch
• ring

Birth control is available to purchase online. This may suit people who want to use a discreet and convenient service, such as those who do not have access to healthcare clinics or other healthcare centers.

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

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

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.

People 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. A person 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. A person selects what they want and enters their billing and shipping information. When they receive the order, the company ships it to the individual’s provided address.

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

Before making a payment, it is advisable for a person to:

  • speak with a doctor about contraception types and needs
  • check coverage with an insurance provider if applicable
  • 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.

People who are minors and some adults may not want the policyholder of healthcare insurance to know that they are purchasing birth control. People can call their insurance provider and ask that the Explanation of Benefits for their prescriptions be sent directly to them rather than the policyholder. However, different insurers may have other policies.

If a person cannot discreetly buy birth control on their family’s insurance, they may wish to purchase birth control uninsured. Many companies offer affordable options.

As of July 2023, the FDA approved the first over-the-counter birth control pill, Opill (norgestrel). This is a progestin-only pill.

People will need to take this pill the same way as they would take prescription birth control. They 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.

Laboratoire HRA Pharma manufactures Opill. It is now available to purchase either online or in person. A person can purchase a pack of three (84 pills) for around $50 or a pack of six (168 pills) for around $90.

Discussing the options with a healthcare professional in person is advisable. This is especially important for people who:

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 people before and after they 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.

The FDA approved the first nonprescription daily oral contraceptive, Opill, in July 2023.

This pill is progestin-only. While it is not yet available to purchase, the manufacturer expects to be able to sell it this year.

The Pill Club has transferred its customers to Nurx, meaning The Pill Club customers will use Nurx’s services.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) gives Nurx a B+ rating. This rating considers company transparency, licensing, complaints against the company, and how well it interacts with its customers. A B+ rating from the BBB suggests that Nurx is a reputable and reliable company.

However, people report mixed reviews of the company online. Customers frequently complain about delays, insurance problems, and prescription product changes. The service offers convenience and discretion and uses licensed medical professionals to provide medical consultations. However, individuals considering Nurx may want to read a range of customer reviews.

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.

In some cases, people can get birth control online without consulting a doctor.

All reputable companies will need a valid prescription to place orders. However, some services will provide a prescription if a person does not already have one.

In these cases, some services may ask people to complete a questionnaire, which a doctor reviews. If there are no immediate concerns, the doctor can write a prescription without needing to talk with or request an in-person consultation.

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