How to Get Birth Control

Buying a condom or getting a prescription for birth control can be a bit unnerving. Don't let anxiety keep you from protecting yourself from an unwanted pregnancy.


  • Step 1: Pick up your prescription at a pharmacy or the pharmacy counter at your grocery store. Prescriptions can also be filled online.
  • TIP: Condoms and female condoms have a slightly higher failure rate at protecting against pregnancy, but they also prevent the spread of many sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Step 2: Use your chosen birth control as directed by your doctor or the device's manufacturer. Now rest easy knowing you're practicing safer sex.
  • FACT: The very first condom commercial to air on TV was shown in 1991 on the Fox network.
  • TIP: Birth control pills, shots, patches, and cervical rings all require a prescription. Implants, IUDs, and diaphragm fittings are all taken care of at the doctor's office.
  • Step 3: Go to your appointment and discuss birth control options with your doctor. You may need a pelvic exam if you choose to get prescription birth control.
  • Step 4: Call your insurance provider to determine coverage for your chosen method. Many health insurance policies will cover birth control.
  • TIP: If you don't have insurance, Planned Parenthood offers quality care at a discounted price.
  • Step 5: Call your doctor or a local family planning clinic to make an appointment.
  • Step 6: Research methods of birth control online to determine which method you prefer. Prices, devices, and accessibility are all factors you have to weigh.

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