You need a prescription from a nurse or doctor to get the birth control patch. Here’s the scoop on where to get the patch, how much it costs, and how you might be able to get it for free.

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How much does the birth control patch cost?

Three birth control patches (one month’s supply) can range from $0-$80. But they’re totally free with most health insurance plans and some other government programs.

Prices vary depending on whether you have health insurance or qualify for Medicaid or other government programs that cover the birth control you need.

You may also need to pay for an exam or visit with a doctor or nurse to get a prescription for the patch. This visit can cost anywhere from $35–$250. But under the Affordable Care Act, most insurance plans must cover doctors’ visits related to birth control. Learn more about health insurance and birth control.

If you’re worried about cost, check with your local Planned Parenthood health center to find out if they can hook you up with birth control that fits your budget.

Can I get the patch for free?

There’s a good chance you can get free or low-cost birth control patches if you have health insurance. Because of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), most insurance plans must cover the cost of the birth control patch. Your health insurance provider can tell you which types of birth control they pay for, and the staff at your doctor’s office may also be able to help you get your birth control covered by health insurance. Learn more about health insurance and affordable birth control.

If you don’t have health insurance, you’ve still got options. Depending on your income and legal status in the U.S., you could qualify for Medicaid or other state programs that can help you pay for birth control and other health care.

Planned Parenthood works to provide services you need, whether or not you have insurance. Most Planned Parenthood health centers accept Medicaid and health insurance. And many will work with you to help you pay based on your income. Contact your local Planned Parenthood health center for more information.

Where can I get the birth control patch?

You can get a prescription for the patch from a private doctor or nurse, a health clinic, or your local Planned Parenthood health center. In a few states, you may even be able to get a prescription online.

During your visit, a nurse or doctor will talk with you about your medical history, check your blood pressure, and give you whatever medical exam you may need. Most people don’t need pelvic exams in order to get a birth control prescription. Your nurse or doctor will help you decide what you need based on your medical history.

The Patch

  • 91% effective

  • Costs up to $80, but can be $0

  • Prescription required

  • Change it once a week

The patch doesn’t protect you from STDs. Use a condom with your patch to help stop pregnancy and STDs.
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