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How Much Does Emergency Contraception (The Morning After Pill) Cost?

The morning after pill typically costs between $30 and $50. If you have health insurance, this may cover some of the cost. Where Can I Get Emergency Contraception? There are two primary types of morning after pills. Pills like Plan B One-Step use levonorgestrel to stop ovulation.

Is there a weight limit for using Plan B?

There is some evidence that Plan B is less effective in people who weigh more than 175 pounds, and that another emergency contraceptive called Ella (which is prescription-only) may be more effective in heavier women, There is also evidence that Ella becomes less effective in people with…

What are the best birth control options for women over 50?

The progestin-only pill is the best birth control option for women over 50. The risks of combined hormone contraception (which contains estrogen in addition to progestin) increase for women age 50 and over.

How long after quitting smoking should I wait until using hormonal birth control?

It takes about 12 months after you quit smoking for the heart risk associated with smoking to be cut in half. The estrogen in birth control adds to this risk, so it’s strongly recommended that you only use a progestin-only birth control until you have…

Is there a weight limit for using the birth control patch?

The patch is not recommended for women weighing more than 198 pounds. If you plan to use birth control for pregnancy prevention, better options are the pill or NuvaRing, as these methods are reliably effective regardless of weight.

What birth control is best for me if I have migraines with aura?

A progestin-only pill like Norethindrone is a safe birth control option for women who have ever had a migraine with aura. Women who experience migraine with aura are at increased risk of stroke when taking birth control containing estrogen, which is why progestin-only pills are recommended. …

What birth control pills are recommended postpartum?

A progestin-only pill is recommended for the first 6 weeks after you give birth, because you may be at a higher risk of blood clots during this time and pills containing estrogen could increase that risk. Once you reach 6 weeks postpartum, the risk for blood clots decreases…

What birth control should I use if I am overweight?

When a woman has a BMI over 35 (you can calculate your BMI here), we often recommend one of two birth control pills: Aviane or Sprintec. Aviane is a low-dose pill (meaning it contains a lower dose of estrogen) and Sprintec…

What’s the Difference Between the Morning After Pill and the Abortion Pill?

The morning after pill is used after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy from occurring, while the abortion pill is used to terminate a pregnancy that has already happened. Unfortunately, the two get confused as many people are unaware of how emergency contraception works. The Morning After Pill The morning after…

Where Can I Buy the Morning After Pill?

You can buy the morning after pill at many local pharmacies and also online at Nurx. The morning after pill is one-time contraception that is not used as a replacement for typical birth control methods. You will get one pill per prescription and will need to order…

How Can I Tell if the Morning After Pill Worked?

The only way to know if the morning after pill has been effective at preventing pregnancy is if your next period arrives when it should. The morning after pill works by delaying ovulation so that you don’t release an egg for remaining sperm in your system to fertilize. Since…

Do Birth Control Pills Affect Blood Pressure?

Combination birth control pills can raise blood pressure and be dangerous for those who currently suffer from hypertension. The heightened risk of high blood pressure comes from the presence of estrogen in the traditional combination of birth control pills. High blood pressure is even more prevalent in those with a…

Can I Use Birth Control Pills if I Have High Blood Pressure?

You can take birth control pills if you have high blood pressure, but you may be limited on your options. Some types of birth control pills have been known to raise blood pressure in women. This can be especially true in women who are overweight, have struggled with high blood…

Do I Need to Switch the Time I Take the Pill When Traveling Between Time Zones?

Yes, you do need to switch the time you take your pill because your body remains on your home clock though the actual time in your current city is different. When taking progestin-only birth control pills, maintaining a strict time schedule is primarily important. For instance, if you take a…

Why Does Time of Day Matter When Taking Birth Control Pills?

When taking birth control pills, timing controls the levels of hormones in the body. When they are taken the same time daily, hormone levels stay even with no dips and no break in coverage. Combination Birth Control Pills Combination birth control pills (estrogen and progestin) remain effective as long as…

What Are Emergency Birth Control Methods?

Emergency birth control methods include oral over-the-counter (OTC) pills, oral prescription pills, and an intrauterine device. OTC Emergency Contraception Oral emergency birth control, referred to as “the morning-after pill,” gives women the power of choice. All oral options are thought to be effective up to three days after unprotected sex.

What Are Permanent Birth Control Methods?

Performing a sterilization procedure is the only method of permanent birth control, but there are different methods of sterilization. These methods include: Tubal Ligation — Often referred to as “getting your tubes tied,” tubal ligation is a surgical procedure where a doctor removes a section of each fallopian…

What Are Prescription Birth Control Methods?

Prescription birth control methods, including birth control pills, shots, patches, rings, IUDs and implants, require a consultation with a health care provider in order to obtain a prescription for the medication. Prescriptions can be written in person or provided online through companies like Nurx™ Prescription birth control methods include: Combination…

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