Need to swtich birth controls!

col2717 col2717
I need to get on birth control and I'm currently on the pill. I have no health insurance and am out of pills. Cost is the biggest factor since seeing a doctor will be pricey. My boyfriend doesn't want to use condoms and I don't trust the pull out system. I've been on the shot and hated it. Also, I've had some issues with bad hormones on the pill. I'm considering nuva ring but afraid it's expensive.
01/29/2012
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BobbiJay BobbiJay
Have you tried going to planned parenthood? If you are low income they either help pay for or completely pay for your birth control.
01/29/2012
Chirple Chirple
My friend is on the Pill for $10 a month, no insurance.

I'm not sure if there's a more cost-effective route than that, but I'm sure if you have a local PP, you could ask.

Without insurance, NuvaRing, at least the quote I got (it was a while ago, $70/mo), is pretty expensive.
01/29/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
agree with the previous, but the pill can still fail. On average they're only effective 92% of the time, 5he condom's only effective 85% of the time. a .08 chance multiplied by a .15 chance means that both methods reduce the chance of pregnancy to 1.2%. add in withdrawal and it's reduced to .03% chance, include diaphragm and the odds of pregnancy are a mere .005% finally, spermicide and it's only .001%

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01/29/2012
EnChAnTiNg EnChAnTiNg
I always think the pill is the safest, effective 99% of the time, with the 1% USUALLY (and I capitalize this, because there are some women who take their pills exactly how they should, and they still get pregnant, but this is very rare) being not taking the pill at the correct time of the day, or missing a pill.

Nuva Ring is very expensive, and there can be some very unpleasant side effects. I would suggest going to Planned Parenthood or a Women's Clinic and getting your pills that way. There are many clinics that cater to women with no health insurance, especially now days with the economy being so bad and many people without jobs and with out insurance.
01/30/2012
Jaimes Jaimes
Call up Planned Parenthood. You have to have a yearly exam to get put on a method of birth control, and they offer a cost-effective yearly that will help get you set up on birth control, as well as make sure you're healthy.

But a pregnancy, whether or not it is maintained, is waaaaay more expensive than a condom, so don't let your boyfriend risk it. If he's allergic, that's one thing, but if it's just his personal preference, don't let him be selfish with your body. There are nice ways to tell him that you win in this particular debate.
01/30/2012
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
well, your options are little bit difficult. Your boyfriend is going to have to use condoms, until whatever form of birth control you use starts to work. (sometimes, you'll need to wait up to a month). Honestly, I make all partners wear condoms even while I'm on another form of birth control. If he's allergic, you two can purchase non latex condoms. A condom is so much better than getting pregnant.

Call up your local PP or health clinic. I went to my health clinic the other day, and I'm able to get the Depo shot for free because my income is so low. (I know that's not what you want, but it's an example). Most places have a sliding scale based on incomes and PP is an excellent place to go.

And most Drs. will NOT give you birth control unless you visit them. Almost all places will require that you do a yearly exam and STD test.
01/30/2012
col2717 col2717
Quote:
Originally posted by BobbiJay
Have you tried going to planned parenthood? If you are low income they either help pay for or completely pay for your birth control.
I have tried getting appointments with them but they are always full and hard to get to (especially considering doctors hours are all during my work hours). I think I am going to try and get an appointment with them again but the last time I called they were completely booked.
02/01/2012
col2717 col2717
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Originally posted by T&A1987
agree with the previous, but the pill can still fail. On average they're only effective 92% of the time, 5he condom's only effective 85% of the time. a .08 chance multiplied by a .15 chance means that both methods reduce the chance of ... More
it wouldn't be cost effective to use 8 different methods. I am a student and can barely afford my rent
02/01/2012
NurseKitty NurseKitty
There are other options, if you are a student enrolled at a large college a number of them offer very cheap student health insurance that can cover your birth control, also if you have a health clinic on your campus you can get your birth control at a really low price.

Nuva Ring is still a hormonal for of BC, so if you have had problems with hormone based BC you may want to investigate a little more. The only difference is really the route that you get your hormones. It simply absorbs into the blood supply from around your cervix. A friend of mine tried it and complained bitterly that it slipped out a lot during sex since they dont make the Nuva Ring in different sizes.

Other options you can consider:

IUD - great if you dont have plans for the next several years. The cost is high comparatively to pills but you don't have to think about it for a while and Planned Parenthood actually subsidizes the procedure. Call your local PP and see what the price is. The advantage to this is that there are no hormones in an IUD, if you are really sensitive to hormones it may be a great option for you.

Female Condom - It is the 21st Century and yes girls can wear condoms too. They can be purchased relatively cheaply at Planned Parenthood link link

Cervical Cap - the modern version of the diaphragm, Fits over your cervix and you can get one for about $50-60 and it will last for about 2 years.

You can also use the sponge with spermicide or the Ortho Evra patch.

Also go onto PP's website and use the online booking, that way you can get an appointment way in advance to your liking. If that doesn't work, google search to see if there are any other low income programs in your city. Many County run or community hospitals will have womens health clinics or at least some resources on where to get free or low cost birth control
02/03/2012
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