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

  • IUD vs Implant: What’s the Best Option for Long-Acting Birth Control?

    May 02, 2017

    When it comes to birth control, long-acting intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants are not only convenient for many women—they are also 20 times more effective than pills, patches, and rings. With insurance coverage of contraception likely to be phased back out in the next couple of years, many women are asking about long-acting, reversible birth control methods.

    Studies show that 45% of pregnancies in the United States are unintended. See More

  • 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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Popular Birth Control Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Progestins 48 See Prices
Estrogen / Progestin Combinations 16 See Prices
Estrogen / Progestin Combinations 15 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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