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Ordering birth control online is easy, convenient, and discreet. The services on our list offer a range of birth control options, whether you have insurance or not.

Online birth control services offer a convenient way to help prevent pregnancy, and to manage other conditions like endometriosis. Many services provide a broad range of birth control options, including pills, rings, patches, and more. Depending on where you live, you might even be able to get your medication mailed directly to your home.

If you don’t have insurance and pay for medication out of pocket, most online services offer low cost options and subscriptions to help make getting birth control easier.

If you want to manage your reproductive health without needing to go to a doctor or clinic, you might consider an online birth control service. Read on to learn how they work and for our recommended options.

The services that made our list are the most reliable and offer a positive overall experience, according to online reviewers. They also offer other types of contraception, in addition to pills, in case you want to explore more options.

When shopping online, you want to make sure that the online birth control delivery is legitimate and features medical professionals who specialize in birth control. All of the services recommended in this article are highly regarded, vetted by Healthline, and offer legitimate birth control medication.

To choose these services, we:

  • researched what options are available
  • dug into each service we ultimately list here
  • spoke with medical professionals
  • read reviews to find which birth control delivery services were most reliable and offered customers a positive overall experience

Each service on our list has been vetted to ensure it aligns with Healthline’s medical standards and approach to well-being. Read more about our vetting process.

Consultation feeDeliveryType available
Nurxi$153 to 5 days• pill
• ring
• patch
• shot
• emergency contraception
Hersincluded in subscription fee6 days before last dose• pill
• condoms
Lemonaidi$252 to 3 days• pill
• ring
• patch
Optumi• free for first prescriber consult
• future consults are $15
5 business days• pill
• ring
Planned Parenthood• $0 if delivered by mail
• $20 to $30 if delivered to pharmacy
2 to 3 days• pill
• patch
• ring
• emergency contraception
• abortion pill
Twentyeight Healthi$263 to 5 days• pill
• patch
• ring
• shot
• internal condom
• emergency contraception


Pandia Healthi$252 to 3 days• pill
• patch
• ring
• emergency contraception
Wisp• $18 for one pill
• $42 per pack of three
3 to 5 business daysemergency contraception

i = Accepts insurance

Nearly all women use some type of birth control method at some point in their lifetimes, including:

  • Birth control pill: “The pill” is a good option for those looking for easy-to-take birth control and may offer support for other health concerns, including acne. Birth control pills have a 93% effectiveness rate.
  • Patch: The contraceptive patch is a good pick for anyone who doesn’t want to (or can’t) remember to take a pill each day. Patches also have a 93% effectiveness rate.
  • Ring: The discreet, low maintenance hormonal birth control ring works well for anyone who doesn’t want to remember to take a pill each day and may not like the feeling of a patch on their skin. The ring also has a 93% effectiveness rate with typical use.
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs): An IUD is great for those who want a reversible but long-term way to prevent pregnancy. IUDs have a 99.2% to 99.9% effectiveness rate, depending on the type.
  • Gel: Vaginal gel prevents pregnancy by lowering the vagina’s pH level when sperm is present. A gel is a great birth control method for those who can’t tolerate or choose not to take hormonal birth control. It has about an 86% effectiveness rate.
  • External condoms: External (or “male”) condoms are worn around the penis and prevent semen from making contact with an egg. Since condoms also protect against some STIs, they’re great for anyone looking for a single method of protection. With typical use, external condoms have an 87% effectiveness rate.
  • Internal condoms: Internal (or “female”) condoms are soft plastic (nitrile) pouches that go into the vagina to prevent pregnancy by creating a barrier that stops sperm from contacting an egg, or into the vagina or anus to prevent STIs. With typical use, internal condoms have a 79% effectiveness rate.

Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception comes in two forms:

  • IUD: Emergency IUDs are available within 5 days after sex without a condom or another barrier method. This is the most effective emergency contraception type.
  • Emergency contraception pill: There are two types of this pill, which is sometimes called the morning-after pill:
    • Plan B: Plan B contains levonorgestrel. It should be taken within 3 days of sex without a condom or other barrier method. Effectiveness begins to decrease after 3 days.
    • ella: The pill called ella contains ulipristal acetate. It can be taken within 5 days of sex. Because fewer pharmacies carry it, ella tends to be more difficult to find than Plan B.

Each service will vary slightly, but in general:

  1. You answer some health questions and create an account.
  2. A healthcare professional reviews your information. You might also schedule a virtual consultation with them to review your information, ask questions, and determine the best birth control method for you.
  3. Once your prescription is approved, it gets shipped to your door.

“Readers should be prepared they will need to provide up-to-date medical information to use this service (for example, a blood pressure reading),” said Brooke Murad, Healthline team member and tester, when she started using Nurx for online birth control.

“It is easy to obtain this info or get a reading done at a drugstore, so while you will be able to register for the service/product, you will not be able to receive the prescriptions until all info is in and assessed by their medical staff.”

A warning about fake pills

Fake birth control pills are designed to deceive consumers. They’re rampant, sold online every day, and could even be contaminated. Also, they may not:

  • have the right ingredient
  • have the right active ingredient
  • contain the wrong dose of the right ingredients

Fake pills could seriously harm you or result in an unplanned pregnancy.

For these reasons, it’s very important to practice due diligence — you can do your research and be careful where you buy birth control online. The packaging of many fake pills looks almost identical to the real thing, but you can see the difference when you compare the actual pills.

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If you have contraindications to taking estrogen-containing birth control pills, consider getting a prescription in person.

Common contraindications for combination hormone birth control pills include:

  • high blood pressure
  • a history of blood clots
  • a history of lupus with clotting antibodies
  • breast cancer
  • liver cancer
  • being older than 35 years and a smoker
  • having diabetes with complications
  • a history of migraine with aura

Meanwhile, using progestin-only birth control, including pills, patches, injectables, and IUDs, may increase the risk of breast cancer.

Visiting a healthcare professional in person for birth control prescriptions can be beneficial for discussing your medical history and assessing any health risks. The healthcare professional can take and monitor your blood pressure and administer any needed exams.

In-person visits can provide an opportunity for a more thorough health evaluation, which can be particularly important if you’re starting birth control for the first time or the first time in a long time.

Yes, you can easily and safely order birth control online. Most medical birth control requires a prescription, but you don’t need to visit a doctor’s office to get it. You may be able to keep your current prescription by uploading it to a service, or get a new prescription altogether.

Opill is the only birth control available without a prescription. This new progestin-only pill is available online or at brick-and-mortar retail outlets, including Walgreens, CVS, and Target.

Our top pick for best birth control online is Nurx. But there are many others. The best service for you will include the features, options, and medication you need and want.

For example, if you want your prescription ready ASAP, Lemonaid may be best.

You may be eligible for free birth control online with Medicaid, depending on where you live and your birth control needs. Some health clinics, including sexual health clinics, may also offer free birth control.

Many of the online services on our list provide birth control pills for less than $15 a month if you pay out of pocket. Pandia Health has options beginning at $7 a month.

If you have insurance, you may not pay anything for birth control.

 

 

When taken as prescribed and directed by a physician, birth control delivered by Nurx should be safe.

Its website states: “Drugs prescribed and sent through Nurx are prescribed using the same rules and medical standards as your family physician. A Nurx medical professional will only prescribe a medication if it is safe to do so based on the information provided by the patient.”

It depends on where you live. For example, in the United States, there are different laws across states about whether doctors can prescribe birth control to teenagers without parental consent.

Currently, 25 states and the District of Columbia allow all minors to get birth control without permission from their parents or guardians.

Obtaining birth control online can be a convenient and effective way to prevent unwanted pregnancy. The services and options on our list are widely respected, offer a range of birth control options, and may offer things like health consultations, prescription delivery, and more.

Mainly, online birth control services help remove barriers to access by offering a convenient and affordable way to obtain birth control — with or without insurance coverage.

When shopping online, it’s best to apply caution and research companies before ordering.

While not suited for people with certain health conditions, online birth control services are an easy and time-saving way to get birth control.