What if I can’t afford birth control?

Worrying about how you’re going to afford next month’s pills, ring, or patch can be really stressful. A lot of women struggle with the cost of birth control at some point in their lives.

If you can’t afford birth control, you have options! Get in touch with the staff at your local Planned Parenthood health center. Planned Parenthood works to make health care accessible and affordable for everyone, so some health centers are able to charge according to income. Most Planned Parenthood health centers accept health insurance, and if you qualify, Medicaid or other state programs could help lower the cost of birth control for you. The staff at your local health center can talk with you about costs and payment for your specific situation. They can also tell you about other birth control options that might be more affordable, like condoms — which are about $1 each if you buy them in a store, but are often available for free at health centers.