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What's the Cost of the Morning-After Pill for Emergency Contraception

Where is the best place to get the morning-after pill? How much will it cost?


The cost of emergency contraception can vary, depending on several factors, including whether you need a prescription, which product you buy, where you buy it, and other associated costs. The cost can range anywhere from $10 to $80 for most emergency contraceptive pills.
Family planning clinics, such as Planned Parenthood, usually charge less than private healthcare providers and pharmacies. Some healthcare centers are able to charge according to your income. Most accept health insurance. If you qualify, Medicaid or other state programs may lower your healthcare costs.
The prescription drug ella® requires a prescription (and therefore usually a doctor visit), so overall, it may be more expensive than an over-the-counter (OTC) choice.
In June 2013, brand-name Plan B One-Step™ became available over-the-counter (without a prescription) to women of all ages, with no sales restrictions and no identification necessary.
Due to some unusual regulatory and judicial actions, the generic versions, such as Next Choice®, still have sales restrictions. These medications are available over-the-counter for purchase by men or women age 17 and older at drugstores and stores with a licensed pharmacist, as well as healthcare clinics such as Planned Parenthood. You will need to ask for these at the pharmacy, as these products are kept behind the counter.
You must show proof of age with a government-issued identification, such as a driver's license, in order to buy these OTC products. It's a good idea to call ahead to the pharmacy to see if they carry these medications. The selection may vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. The cost may vary between all of the available locations.
If your pharmacy has more than one option, purchase the least expensive one, as they all have the same effectiveness. Sometimes, manufacturers offer discount coupons, so it may be worth it to look for these coupons on the Internet.
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