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How Much Does a Morning After Pill Cost?

 
 average costMedium: $10-$70 
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The morning after pill, also known as emergency contraception or by the brand name Plan B, can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse or contraception failure. It is most effective if taken within the first 24 hours after intercourse, but can be taken up to five days afterwards.

Typical costs:

  • For patients not covered by health insurance, the morning after pill typically costs between $10 and $70, according to Planned Parenthood.
  • For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket expenses typically consist of a prescription drug copay of $10 to $30.
  • The morning after pill is sometimes covered by health insurance. According to the Guttmacher Institute[1] , 25 states require insurance plans that cover prescription drugs in general to cover birth control, including emergency contraception.
Related articles: Birth Control Pills, Abortion

What should be included:
  • Planned Parenthood[2] has an overview of the morning after pill.
  • The morning after pill actually is a combination of pills that use higher doses of the hormones in birth control pills, estrogen and progestin.
  • The morning-after pill works in several ways. It can prevent a woman from ovulating, thicken cervical mucus to block sperm and possibly prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. It does not terminate an already-existing pregnancy.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services[3] , the morning after pill is very effective at preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex.
Additional costs:
  • For patients under 18, a prescription is required, except in Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington. To get a prescription, a doctor visit typically costs between $35 and $250.
Discounts:
  • Some family planning clinics provide low-cost or free emergency contraception to women who qualify. Occasionally, local Planned Parenthood[4] clinics across the United States have "Free EC Day," where they offer free emergency contraception, encouraging women to get it before they need it.
Shopping for a morning after pill:
  • The morning after pill is usually available behind-the-counter at drug stores for adults 17 and older. The Emergency Contraceptive Website[5] , operated the Office of Population Research and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, offers a pharmacy locator, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services[6] offers a local clinic locator
  • The morning after pill also is available for patients 17 and older at any Planned Parenthood clinic[7]
  • Because the morning after pill is more effective the sooner it is taken, Planned Parenthood recommends that sexually active women who do not want to become pregnant get the morning after pill before it is needed.
  • The morning after pill generally is considered safe, even for women such as smokers over age 35 who probably would be advised not to take birth control pills regularly, and no deaths have been linked to it. However, side effects can include nausea, breast tenderness, dizziness, headaches and irregular bleeding.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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And it works
Amount: $25.00
Posted by: Tam Tam in Baltimore, MD.Posted: September 20th, 2013 11:09AM
With or Without Insurance: WithoutInsurer::
Policy/Plan:: Doctor or Clinic: Planned Parenthood
Works great, did increase my heart rate though.
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Morning After Pill
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Tati in Santa Ana, CA.Posted: July 4th, 2013 06:07PM
Policy/Plan:: Health Access ProgramDoctor or Clinic: Planned Parenthood
Don't be mislead by the other patient from Santa Ana. Planned Parenthood DOES NOT have their own Emergency medi-cal. If you have insurance use it and it will cover for the pill. If you don't then you can pay $40.00 for it or apply for the Health Access program if and only if you qualify (provided you are actually honest on your application) this program will cover reproductive services if and only if you're not pregnant. This is not a Planned Parenthood insurance it is a state funded program through the state of California. The only "emergency medi-cal" Planned Parenthood offers is Presumptive eligibility which is presuming the patient will actually go to the medi-cal office and apply for medi-cal further more this "emergency medi-cal" is only for pregnant women. So clearly a pregnant woman does not need Birth control pills or the morning after pill. Please ladies know your info when posting... Oh and FYI that little teal green card issued to you is not a medical card.
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Next Choice
Amount: $42.00
Posted by: Overly cautious in Boston, MA.Posted: March 12th, 2013 07:03AM
Policy/Plan:: United HealthcareDoctor or Clinic: CVS
All I needed was a license and my health insurance card. Took five minutes!
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Next Choice
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Doesn\'t Matter in Santa Ana, CA.Posted: February 25th, 2013 03:02PM
Policy/Plan:: Apply for emergency medi-calDoctor or Clinic: Planned Parenthood
Went to planned parenthood for personal reasons. Got on the pill there and got 2 next choice plan b pills.
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Next Choice
Amount: $35.00
Posted by: 2 kids is enough for now! in Waterbury, CT.Posted: February 1st, 2013 06:02AM
Policy/Plan:: The insurance it takes is from the StateDoctor or Clinic: Planned Parenthood
The only insurance they take is from the state, but you have to make an appointment to be able to use your insurance. If you just walk in (even if you have the insurance card on you) you'll have to pay the $35. I made an appointment so I wouldn't have to spend my own money. They do ask you how and when the "incident" happened, so you're given an appointment before it's too late.
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Plan B
Amount: $48.00
Posted by: kcertine in Rock Hill, SC.Posted: January 27th, 2013 08:01AM
With or Without Insurance: N/AInsurer::
Policy/Plan:: Doctor or Clinic: Pharmacy
In SC all you need is a Driver's License to prove you are over 18. it doesn't make a difference if you are insured or not.
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Plan B
Amount: $45.00
Posted by: McKenna in Dickinson, TX.Posted: December 15th, 2012 08:12PM
Policy/Plan:: wouldn't take insurance for itDoctor or Clinic: Walgreens
I had insurance and lady said it won't cover it.
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Plan B
Amount: $45.00
Posted by: McKenna in Dickinson, TX.Posted: December 15th, 2012 08:12PM
Policy/Plan:: wouldn't take insurance for itDoctor or Clinic: Walgreens
I had insurance and lady said it won't cover it.
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Plan B
Amount: $65.00
Posted by: BLP in Baton Rouge, LA.Posted: May 11th, 2012 11:05PM
With or Without Insurance: WithoutInsurer::
Policy/Plan:: Doctor or Clinic: Walmart Neighborhood store
$65 is a bit much, but I was happy to pay it so I didn't have a kid.
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Cost per pill
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: as2637 in Houston, TX.Posted: March 7th, 2012 12:03PM
With or Without Insurance: NoneInsurer::
Just doing some research for my own benefit. Is this cost showing per pill or is it pack of 10, 20 or 30? Thanks.
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Next Choice
Amount: $48.00
Posted by: MissAudrey in Newport, CA.Posted: January 15th, 2012 11:01PM
With or Without Insurance: withoutInsurer::
Policy/Plan:: Doctor or Clinic: Walgreens
Helped. Walgreens in CA was $48. Walgreens in Las Vegas was $80.
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PLAN B
Amount: $52.00
Posted by: I dont need anymore kids in Millbrook, AL.Posted: February 15th, 2011 10:02AM
With or Without Insurance: withoutInsurer::
Policy/Plan:: Doctor or Clinic: wal-mart
I had to use it two times before and I got it for free at the clinic (on different occasions).....needless to say it worked and I needed it again some months later and purchased it at wal-mart....yes it works but me paying 52.00 was a little to much for one pill!!!
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morning after pill
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: a user in sanAntonio, TX.Posted: January 5th, 2011 09:01PM
With or Without Insurance: withoutInsurer::
Policy/Plan:: Doctor or Clinic: walgreens
it was a godsend i am so greatfull best fifty bukz i ever spent
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Amount: $0.00
Posted by: yezenia in florida, NA.Posted: December 4th, 2010 05:12PM
With or Without Insurance: with insuranceInsurer:: yezenia alverio
Policy/Plan:: healtheaseDoctor or Clinic: none
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Plan B
Amount: $15.00
Posted by: monicactrs in los angeles, CA.Posted: June 2nd, 2010 10:06AM
With or Without Insurance: noneInsurer:: none
Policy/Plan:: noneDoctor or Clinic: kaiser pharmacy
i had previously purchased plan b at rite aid and it cost me 60 dollars, i went to kaiser pharmacy and i bought it for 15 dollars... very big difference!
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Plan B
Amount: $38.00
Posted by: Glad to Pay to Keep baby away in Indy, IN.Posted: November 8th, 2009 10:11PM
With or Without Insurance: NoneInsurer:: None
Policy/Plan:: God and My moneyDoctor or Clinic: Planned Parenthood
My case: Condom broke Monday Morning, and the pill was in my system that night...days later there was spotting and breast tenderness and lets just say 9 months later. I still have my figure. It was resonably priced, considering what it did which was work, and easy to obtain. And I don't mind paying the money, Longs as these suckers work.---satified customer
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Morning after pill
Amount: $42.00
Posted by: Relieved in San Antonio, TX.Posted: January 1st, 2009 02:01AM
With or Without Insurance: WithoutInsurer:: United
Policy/Plan:: ?Doctor or Clinic: Pharmacy
The pill was easily accessible but an expensive way to cover up a mistake! I've learned to get it right the first time and am considering abstinence. I could see where price might keep people from purchasing this product. Pharmaceutical companies really know how to extort.
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Morning After Pill
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: Myra in Pacoima, CA.Posted: September 15th, 2008 09:09PM
With or Without Insurance: withoutInsurer:: Anthem
Policy/Plan:: HMO10Doctor or Clinic: Pharmacy
It was easily accessible and there wasn't much for me to do. I went to a CVS Pharmacy and they asked for an ID to make sure I was over the age of 18. and once verified they issued it to me after forking over $50!! I like the fact that it was very available, being that I needed it on the weekend, but I wish it was less expensive!
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External Resources:
  1.  www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_ICC.pdf
  2.  www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/emergency-contraception-morning-after-pill-4363...
  3.  www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/emergency-contraception.h...
  4.  www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/findCenter.asp
  5.  eclocator.not-2-late.com
  6.  findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx
  7.  www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/findCenter.asp
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