Yes. In order to start using birth control pills, a nurse or doctor has to give you a prescription. You can get a prescription at a doctor’s office, health clinic, or your local Planned Parenthood health center. In some states, you can even get a prescription online or directly from a pharmacist.
During your visit, a nurse or doctor will talk with you about your medical history, check your blood pressure, and give you whatever exams you may need. Most people don’t need a pelvic exam to get birth control pills. Your nurse or doctor will help you decide what’s right for you based on your medical history.
You may be able to get your birth control pills right away during your appointment. Or you’ll get a prescription for your birth control pills from the nurse or doctor, and you’ll go pick up your pills at a drugstore or pharmacy.
Prices vary depending on whether you have health insurance, or if you qualify for Medicaid or other government programs that cover the cost of birth control pills.