What is Birth Control?

Birth control is used to prevent pregnancy. It can also be used for other conditions such as acne or hormone conditions. Birth control pills usually contain one or two hormones. These hormones prevent egg release from the ovaries. It also causes changes in the cervical mucus and uterine lining which may make it more difficult for sperm to fertilize an egg.

Birth control comes in many forms, but is commonly prescribed in pill form. Patches and injections are alternatives to pills. Common hormone combinations include estrogen / progestin / folate combinations, estrogen / progestin / iron combinations, estrogen / progestin combinations, and progestins.

Savings Tips for Birth Control

  • It’s Back! Find Generic Ortho-Tri Cyclen Lo In Pharmacies Now

    May 09, 2016

    Over 8 years ago (when I was an intern) a generic for Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo was released. Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo was already one of the most popular birth control options in the early 2000s, and it’s still used by many, many women today—so a generic was big news.

    As the only generic option at the time, Tri-Lo Sprintec quickly became a favorite, especially since co-pays and cash prices were drastically lower than brand-name Ortho Tri-Cyclen LoSee More

  • Don’t Believe These 10 Birth Control Myths

    April 12, 2016

    In clinic conversations with young women, I am always surprised by the amount of misinformation out there on oral contraceptives—aka birth control pills.

    So let’s clear some things up. Here are the 10 most common myths I hear about birth control pills, and the facts that contradict them.

    • Myth 1: “They will make me gain weight.” Many women believe that oral birth control causes weight gain. Please know that with the lower dose pills we currently prescribe, weight gain is not a consistent finding.
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  • Update: Oregon Pharmacists Can Now Prescribe Birth Control

    January 08, 2016

    In 2015, the governor of Oregon signed a bill (HB 2879) that would allow anyone 18 years of age and older to receive birth control from a pharmacist without a doctor’s prescription.

    Now, as of January 1, 2016, Oregon pharmacists can officially prescribe and dispense birth control.

    Oregon is the first state to pass such a bill—one that may pave the way for easier access to contraceptives.

    The only other state that has passed a law to allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control is California (SB 493), though it won’t go into effect until March 2016. See More

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Popular Birth Control Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Estrogen / Progestin Combinations 15 See Prices
Estrogen / Progestin Combinations 14 See Prices
Progestins 42 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Birth Control Drug Classes

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