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How to get birth control delivered right to your door

These mail-order services make getting your birth control oh-so-easy.

Life is too busy to wait in line for your birth control. Good news—you can skip the pharmacy and order birth control pills, the patch, and the ring online!

For a while now, you’ve been able to shop online for non-prescription methods (like condoms and emergency contraception). Now several online services are making it possible to order some prescription methods for home delivery too—all in discreet packaging, of course.

Some of these services allow you to get a prescription with an online health questionnaire or video visit with a provider, no in-person visit needed. Many of them provide free shipping and accept health insurance, meaning it could cost you $0 out of pocket. Plus, you may be able to sign up for automatic refills—so you won’t have to worry about remembering to order the next batch.

The only catch could be that the service isn’t in your state yet—so we made sure to spell out the fine print on locations. Here are five ways to get mail-order birth control. (You can also use our “delivered to your door” search tool to see what services are available in your zip code.)

Nurx

Nurx lets you order birth control online without a visit to a health care provider or pharmacy. As in, you can get birth control prescribed and delivered through their website without even getting out of bed. Nurx offers about 40 brands of birth control pills, plus the ring, the patch, and emergency contraception. If you’ve never used birth control before (or if you want to try a new method or switch brands), you can consult a health care provider to help you decide on a method and brand. You can use health insurance to cover the prescription and birth control, so if you have insurance, there’s a good chance you’ll pay $0 out of pocket. Shipping is free for everyone.

The process is simple—select a medication, complete a short health questionnaire, and enter your health insurance information. (Nurx even accepts Medicaid if you’re a California resident. If you don’t have insurance, you can still use the service for as little as $15 a month.) Next, a Nurx physician will review your request and submit the prescription to a partner pharmacy. You’ll receive a three-month supply of birth control at your door, and your method of choice will automatically be sent to your address for a year. BTW, Nurx has an app in progress, which could make the already simple process even easier.

Cost to get a new prescription: Free.
Cost for birth control: $0 with insurance, as low as $15/month without.
Cost for emergency contraception: $0 with insurance, $25-$68 without.
Where is it available? California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and Washington D.C. (They’re expanding, so check their site for the latest.)
Delivery time: 2-4 days.
Automatic refills? Yes.

PRJKT RUBY

Like Nurx, PRJKT RUBY lets you order your birth control through their website without visiting a health care provider. You’ll pick from five brands of birth control pills or two types of emergency contraception, then complete an online questionnaire and health assessment. PRJKT RUBY will have a physician approve and submit your prescription. (BTW, if you’re from Virginia, Oklahoma, or Missouri, you’ll also be required to complete a video consultation.) Before you know it, your birth control will arrive in the mail. You’ll receive a three-month supply of birth control pills at a time. Bonus points: PRJKT RUBY is mail-order birth control for a good cause. For each pill pack ordered through PRJKT RUBY, they donate a month’s worth of birth control to a woman in a developing country through an international org called PSI.

Cost to get a new prescription: Free.
Cost for birth control: $20/month.
Cost for emergency contraception: $25-67 per packet.
Where is it available? In most U.S. states, except for Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Louisiana.
Delivery time: 2-3 days. Option for next-day delivery on emergency contraception (additional $30).
Automatic refills? Yes.

The Pill Club

The Pill Club can mail you birth control pills, the patch, the ring, or emergency contraception. You can transfer your birth control prescription from your current pharmacy or have your health care provider call it in. You can also get a new prescription through The Pill Club—just complete an online questionnaire (there may be a fee if you don’t have insurance), and one of their providers will submit your prescription. If you have health insurance, your cost for birth control could be $0. There are also low-cost options for folks without insurance. The Pill Club mails you up to a three-month supply unless your insurance plan only allows for 1-month refills, in which case you’ll receive one refill pack at a time. Your birth control will arrive at your door with a little treat—because you totally deserve some chocolate for staying on top of your birth control.

Cost to get a new prescription: Free if you have insurance.
Cost for birth control: $0 with insurance, as low as $5/month without.
Cost for emergency contraception: Free with most insurance.
Where is it available? Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin (but they can send your birth control anywhere in the U.S if you’re at a temporary address, like if you’re on vacation or out of town for a short period of time).
Delivery time: 2-3 days.
Automatic refills? Yes.

Planned Parenthood Care

Planned Parenthood can deliver the pill, patch, or ring to you if you live in select states. After you create an account through the app or website, you’ll have a Skype-style video chat “visit” with a health care provider, get a prescription, and arrange to have your birth control delivered. Health insurance (including Medicaid) is accepted for the visit and for the medication, so the price could be as low as $0, or the regular copay your insurance company charges. If you don’t have insurance, the visit is only $25 plus the cost of medication. The Planned Parenthood Care app is available for Android or iOS.

Cost to get a new prescription: $0 with insurance, $25 without insurance.
Cost for birth control: Price varies, but could be as low as $0 with insurance.
Where is it available? Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, and Washington.
Delivery time: 5-7 days.
Automatic refills? No.

PillPack

PillPack is a full-service online pharmacy that delivers medication separated into daily packets. If this sounds handy to you, good news—you can get your birth control pills this way! If you take other medication in pill form, PillPack can combine all your meds (including birth control) into daily packets with the date and time printed on the packaging, so it’ll be easy to realize if you missed a day.

PillPack doesn’t write new prescriptions, but you can transfer your prescription for birth control pills, the patch, or the ring from another pharmacy. They’ll send you your birth control, along with whatever other medications or vitamins you have a prescription for, every two weeks or as needed. PillPack has an iOS app for easy communication with the pharmacy. The app also allows you to schedule medication reminders.

Cost for birth control: Price varies, but could be as low as $0 with insurance.
Cost for emergency contraception: Price varies, but could be as low as $0 with insurance.
Where is it available? In most U.S. states, except Hawaii.
Delivery time: Delivered every 14 days. Option for next day delivery.
Automatic refills? Yes.

Pandia Health

Pandia Health delivers the pill, the patch, or the ring in 3-month packs to residents of California for free if you have insurance. If you have an existing prescription through your pharmacy or a health care provider, Pandia can help you set up an automated free delivery of your method.

If you’re looking for a new prescription, Pandia charges $39 for a doctor’s evaluation to help you choose the right method for you. If your preferred brand of the pill, patch, or ring isn’t available, Pandia will provide you with a generic alternative. (This can be a nice lower-price option for folks whose insurance won’t cover the full price of name-brand medication.)

Cost to get a new prescription: Free if you have insurance.
Cost for birth control: Price varies, but could be as low as $0 with insurance.
Where is it available? California.
Delivery time: 2-3 days.
Automatic refills? Yes.

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