Costs of birth control methods

Costs of birth control methods include the cost of:

  • Regular visits to your health professional.
  • Prescriptions.
  • Nonprescription products, such as condoms and spermicides.
  • Surgery for tubal ligation or vasectomy (usually a one-time cost).
  • Insertion and removal of an IUD.
  • Treatment of possible complications.
  • Cost of emergency contraception if the method fails.
  • Pregnancy if the method fails.

Injections, such as Depo-Provera, may require a larger one-time payment when the injections are given as well as costs for regular visits to your health professional while the method is used. Methods such as birth control pills also require regular visits to your health professional as well as prescriptions each month.

Over time, the higher one-time costs of IUD insertion, hormonal implant, or surgery may be less than the continued costs of buying pills or condoms and spermicide.

Costs of birth control failure. Prenatal care, delivery, and raising a child are more expensive than any of the methods of birth control. Sometimes an unintended pregnancy also has emotional costs for the child and parents. Terminating an unintended pregnancy (abortion) is also expensive.

Last Updated: May 22, 2008

related physicians

related services

Bon Secours International| Sisters of Bon Secours USA| Bon Secours Health System

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Privacy Policy. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2010 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.