How Much Do Birth Control Pills Cost Without Insurance in 2024?

Ashley Brooks
Ashley Brooks1 Jan 2024
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Twelve types of birth control exist and counting, but hundreds of birth control pill brands exist. You may already know of just a few birth control pills brands by name, but many fall under just a few generic formulas. The cost of birth control pills without insurance can range between $10-$200 per monthly pack, which usually comes out to a few hundred or thousands of dollars per year. 

If you consider birth control pills as your contraceptive solution, speak with your OB/GYN about what pill type is best for you to reduce your risk of experiencing harsh side effects. Mira provides discounted rates on doctor’s office visits and for over 1,000 prescriptions. Find out if Mira could help you save on your birth control today.

Cost of Birth Control Pills

Without insurance, the cost of birth control pills can range between $10-$200 per monthly pack, equating to a few hundred or thousands of dollars per year. If you don’t have insurance, you may also have to pay for the cost of your exam, which could end up being an additional couple hundred dollars. 

Read on for more information on where to find discounted birth control pills and further explanations of birth control types. 

Progestin/EstrogenBrand Name ExamplesAverage Price - 1 Pack (24-28 pills)Average Price - 3 Packs (72- 84 pills)
Levonorgestrel/Ethinyl estradiol Alesse, Aviane, Lutera$12.34



Desogestrel/Ethinyl estradiolApri, Desogen, Ortho-Cept$12.12$36.38
Norethindrone/Ethinyl estradiolJunel 1.5/30, Larin 1.5/30, Loestrin 21 1.5/30, Microgestin 1.5/30, Aurovela 1.5/30$15.72$47.17
Norethindrone acetate/Ethinyl estradiolLarin 24, Microgestin 24, Juel Fe 24$26.54$79.61
Ethynodiol diacetate/Ethinyl estradiolZovia, Kelnor$15.12$45.36
Norgestrel/Ethinyl estradiolLo-Ovral, Ovral$28.52$83.91
Drospirenone/Ethinyl estradiolYasmin$29.51$69.54
Norgestimate/Ethinyl estradiolOrtho-Cyclen$13.96$41.87

Source: Medical News Today, GoodRx, MiraRX

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace must cover contraceptive counseling and methods for all women enrolled, as prescribed by a health care provider. These services must be covered without charging copayments when provided by an in-network provider, regardless of whether you have met your deductible. So, if you have health insurance or are eligible for federal health insurance programs, your contraception will be covered. Thankfully, if you do not have health insurance, there are ways to find affordable birth control pills. 

To give you an idea of how much birth control costs and the potential savings available, we identified a list of common combination birth control pills and averaged retail prices and available discounts for cost comparison in the table below. This is not an exhaustive list of all birth control pill brands, as hundreds exist. Cost comparisons were made based on brand name and may be cheaper if requesting the generic name, also known as the progestin and estrogen names, combined. 

Your cost of contraception may also vary depending on what type of birth control you are prescribed and whether you receive a brand name or generic birth control pill prescription. Knowing where to find affordable birth control pills could be an easy way to save you money this year.

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Ashley Brooks

Ashley Brooks works in Healthcare Consulting and graduates with her MPH in September of 2022 from George Washington University, but graduated with her B.S. in Health Science from James Madison University in 2019. Ashley has been with Mira since June of 2021 and shares the passion for creating affordable healthcare coverage for all!

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