Info For Teens
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Can my boyfriend buy the morning after pills over the counter since he is 17? im the girlfriend but i cant cuz im 16. and how much is it? answer this asap plz. thnx
Actually, both you and your boyfriend can buy Plan B One-Step (one brand of the morning-after pill) over the counter at a drugstore.
It used to be true that the morning-after pill (also known as emergency contraception) was only available without a prescription to people 17 and older, but now the law says that anyone — no matter how old you are — can get Plan B over the counter without a prescription at a drugstore, Planned Parenthood health center, or other family planning clinic. At most Planned Parenthood health centers, you can just walk in and get it.
However, this only applies for the Plan B One-Step brand. All other brands of emergency contraception require you to get a prescription from a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider if you’re 16 or younger. If you’re 17 or older, you won’t need a prescription (except for one brand, ella). So your boyfriend can totally buy those.
Without a prescription, Plan B usually costs about $50. The cost of emergency contraception varies depending on the brand, your insurance, where you live, and whether you get it from the drugstore or a health center. It may cost anywhere from $30 to $65.
Since emergency contraception works better the sooner you take it, it’s a good idea to buy some emergency contraception before you need it, just in case. That way you’ll have it on hand if an accident happens, and you won’t have to worry about running out to a drugstore or health center.