Sexual Health

How Much Does a Birth Control Ring Cost Without Insurance?

Shandra Ahsan
Shandra Ahsan21 Oct 2022
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Without insurance, the birth control ring can cost anywhere from $30-$2200. The type of birth control ring or whether the ring is a brand name or generic drug affects cost. There are two types of birth control rings: NuvaRing and Annovera. Only NuvaRing has a generic version. 

Cost of Birth Control Ring

There are three different birth control rings available on the market: Annovera, NuvaRing, and EluRyng, the generic brand of NuvaRing. NuvaRing and EluRyng are used for four weeks (one menstrual cycle) while Annovera is used for a whole year (13 menstrual cycles). 

Ring nameAverage cost per unitHow long does it last?Average cost per week*
NuvaRing$2071 cycle$51.75
EluRyng (generic NuvaRing)$511 cycle$12.75
Annovera$2,32013 cycles$44.61

*assuming four-week cycle

Source: Planned Parenthood

The NuvaRing and EluRyng are usually sold in packs of three, allowing for protection for three cycles, whereas Annovera rings are sold individually. You insert the NuvaRing yourself so you will not incur any additional service costs aside from the initial provider visit with an OB/GYN. The average cost of an OB/GYN visit can be about $386.

Like other forms of birth control, the birth control ring is covered by the ACA. However, if you are not eligible for coverage under the ACA, the birth control ring can be purchased at a local pharmacy with a prescription. The price of the ring may vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. 

Average Cost Per Unit Across Various Pharmacies

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Shandra Ahsan

Shandra is a junior at Yale University, where she is studying biomedical engineering. Before joining Mira, Shandra wrote in the science and technology column of a local newspaper. Additionally, she has experience writing healthcare policy, covering topics such as the American Rescue Plan Act, abortion rights, and expansion of Medicare eligibility.

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