How Much Does Plan B Cost?
Plan B is one of the many forms of birth control that is available today. The term birth control is very broad in meaning, but basically, it covers anything from abstinence to birth control pills to the Plan B pill, more commonly known as the morning after pill. Even if you are on a daily contraceptive to prevent getting pregnant, there are times when you may forget to take your pill. If this has happened to you or you have had unprotected sex, the Plan B pill might be an option.
How much does it cost?
- On average, Plan B is going to retail for $30 to as much as $65. The main difference in price is simply the pharmacy where you purchase the pill.
- Costs can be lower for those that meet certain income requirements. For example, an organization, such as Planned Parenthood, can offer flat rates that are as low as $10.
- According to About.com, the cost of Plan B ranges something from $35 to $60, with the average cost of about $45.
- At Drugstore.com, Plan B one-step retails for $47. As a reminder, store requires that you are over 17 years old to purchase. If you are younger than 17, you will need a prescription to purchase the pill.
- If you have a health insurance policy, you may be covered in the same way as you would be covered for daily birth control pills. Since all policies vary, it is best to look at your coverage. If you do not have insurance, eHealthInsurance.com has hundreds of policies that you can browse through.
What is going to be included?
- According to its package instructions, 1 white pill should be taken by a woman within 72 hours after unprotected sex and another 1 white pill 12 hours later. Each dose contains 0.75 mg of progestin levonorgestrel. This can work in one of three ways. First, it could prevent the egg from leaving the ovary in the first place. If this has already occurred, it can stop that egg from being fertilized by the sperm. Finally, if both of these have already happened, it can stop the implanting of the fertilized egg into the womb.
- Plan B is not an alternate for a regular method of contraception for the reason that it is not as effective as regular contraceptive methods. According to the Plan B website, this pill is effective for 7 out of 8 women, which is a much lower percentage than the effectiveness of daily birth control.
- Plan B one-step includes the possible side effects of heavier menstrual bleeding, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, dizziness, breast tenderness, and delay of menses.
- Plan B can be found either through online registered pharmacies, local pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid and organizations like Planned Parenthood.
What are the extra costs?
- A package of Plan B contains only just one white pill. However, you need to take another one after 12 hours, so your extra costs would be buying another Plan B.
Factors that influence the price:
- Availability. The price of Plan B one-step varies on its availability. In places where it is less available it might cost you more but in places where it is much available, it might cost you less.
- Country. Plan B is widely spread throughout the world and its price depends on the country in which you will be buying it.
Tips to know:
- Never take Plan B if you are already pregnant. It will not do anything to stop the pregnancy, but can cause damage to the mom and fetus.
- Always remember that plan b is not a cure in HIV and other sexual transmitted diseases; thus, you need to use it properly.
- The indication that you are pregnant while using Plan B is when your period is more than 1 week late since the delay in menses in Plan B is only 7 days in maximum. There is no way to tell if the Plan B pill worked until you see whether or not your period is regular.
How can I save money?
- Plan B One-Step is currently offering a printable $10 off coupon on their website. If you want to save, consider using this coupon from their website. Print this and show it at the pharmacy where you will buy your plan B.
- Because the first dose of Plan B is more important than the second, you can spend the money for the name brand for the first pill. When taking the second dose 12 hours later, you can opt to purchase the generic brand which is called Next Choice. This second dose just supports the first and the generic brand will be cheaper, so this is the route than many people take.
- If you are struggling with finances, many organizations such as Planned Parenthood can help you with financial assistance.
- If you are on Medicaid, check your coverage since most of the time they will cover this.