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This is the first time I've had 12 months worth of pill packs and it's extremely reassuring

This is the first time I've had 12 months worth of pill packs and it's extremely reassuring

sigdiff

It's so ridiculous the hoops we have to jump through. I've been taking the same birth control for 18 years. I use Nurx now because I don't want to deal with the hassle, but I still have it go through my insurance so that it's free. I can only get one pack in a month and I like to skip periods. So Nurx tries to fill it early a few days so that I'm only taking 3 weeks worth of pills instead of 4 weeks worth of pills in that I don't take the inactive week. In fact the prescription is actually written that way. Well my insurance won't fill it early. They actually decline it every time Nurx tries to do it and Nurx has to wait a few days and then do it. It's incredibly annoying and ridiculous that my insurance will not fill the birth control the way the doctor at Nurx has written it.


bellagab3

That is so unnecessary wow


Siabhre

It's always baffled me why insurance companies make it so hard to get birth control. Surely it's in their own interest that you not get pregnant, since that's going to cost them a lot more than you NOT being pregnant. One excuse I've heard is that you might lose them and then they have to replace close to a year's worth of medication but that just seems really flimsy to me.


bellagab3

Exactly! Giving birth and prenatal check ups and then a whole new person will be added to the insurance. As far as I know women on the pill are pretty reliable and don't just misplace all their packs constantly. I keep mine altogether in the same place. It is a pathetic excuse


VerbalesEndlager

I've gone to several pharmacies to get a few month's worth of BC at each, and even lied about having a soon-to-be appointment for a prescription renewal in a pinch. Just give me my damn anti baby tic tacs. What am I gonna do, OD on progesterone?


amandarinorangez

"anti baby tic tacs" bahahaha I love it.


saralt

They call them "anti-baby" pills in Germany.


therestissilence117

Wait how do you do that? Doesnt your doctor have to send the order to a specific pharmacy?


hey_look_its_me

Pharmacies in other countries can dispense meds OTC that are prescription only in the US. Betting they aren’t from the US.


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Bilun26

Sadly not a unique situation, insurance regularly balks at paying for preventative care and medications that will be cheaper long run then the things they will prevent. The trick is that the insurance often finds a way not to be on the hook for the bigger bill either.


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tom_49retire92

If only insurance companies didn't want to save money instead of caring for their customers.


SyrahSmile

Most birth control pills are around $30/pack out of pocket. That's $360/year, which I can assure you is a lot cheaper for the insurance than pregnancy appointments, labor & delivery, postpartum care, and pediatric care. The brand in the image is a bit more expensive, but still doesn't come close to the cost of having a baby.


shadeofmisery

Wait. Birth Control is $30? I can buy a pack here for less than $2. That's the most generic one though. It's the brand I've been using since I was 18.


SyrahSmile

(US here). I was a pharmacy tech for a few years and $25-30 was the out of pocket, cash, no coupons price for most of the generic packs (as of a year ago).


SerenadingSiren

The most generic ones are about $25 here, but you can usually get a coupon to bring it down to $15ish. The actual cost to the pharmacy is usually around $1 a pack.


shadeofmisery

That's sick.


MorganChelsea

I’m in Canada and bc averages about $10/month. My depo-shot is $30 and good for three months (nothing out of pocket thanks to insurance though). I would love to know where yours is only $2! Most of our pharmacies have at least a $7 dispensing fee.


tom_49retire92

I understand but don't expect insurance Co. take the long view.


jimmio92

No, it's in people with lots of money's best interest for all the fuckheads in America to have multiple children so they get more money from them. It's all about money. If you add more taxpayers, you get more money. This works the same for customers. How many people rely on the medical field for when they're gonna have a child? I rest my case.


TyrannosauraRegina

FYI you need 13 packs for a full calendar year (52 weeks). Make sure you manage to get the “extra” - some doctors seem to struggle with understanding a 28 day pack is not equal to a calendar month!


bellagab3

I wasn't actually given these all at once. They just give me more packs than I need and it's way less stressful so I'm not rushed to pick up my prescription asap or be late. I've also luckily never lost a pill but if I did I have no back up pack the way the pill pack instructions literally say I should have in case. I'll probably get 4 more packs in a couple months so I'm more than covered :)


cbrgirl88

I received 13 with mine and wondered about this. I don’t think I will even be able to use the extra pack because it’ll be expired..


ChuchuRemains

Just an FYI - prescriptions always have the expiration date documented as one year from the date it's filled, it doesn't actually mean it's expired. 2 packs from the same lot could fill 2 prescriptions 3 months apart and will have expiration dates that are 3 months apart, even though they were made and packaged at the same time.


donkey_of_prey

I remember as a teenager I couldn't even get ONE extra month of BCP when I was going on a trip to Europe. The pharmacy was like, "Sucks to be you!"


bellagab3

Exactly like why do they act like birth control pills are some addictive medication that needs to be controlled so heavily?? Nurx is amazing and I would recommend them to anyone. Didn't pay a penny for any of the packs


donkey_of_prey

Now that I'm old and don't need BCP they are free through my insurance! That would have been nice back when I was a poor college student shelling out $50 a month!


bellagab3

That's insane ):


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ferngully99

Do all pills now only do a 4 day period? I took them years ago and it was 7. Many people these days talk about 1-2 day periods and I'm over here going wtf


magical_elf

I take the progesterone only pill. No periods at all 🎉🎉🎉 It varies from person to person (some spot monthly, or have a light period), but nothing at all for me


ColaRBT16

I take progesterone only and my periods are long and heavy! I wish I was you.


Kam_Rex

Me too :( they said it could stop my periods but no im in the 40% which retain them.


bellagab3

It varies by pill and by person. For mine only the brown pills are placebos so I don't get any period maybe some spotting just kinda depends. I did have another type of pill where the entire last 7 days were placebos and you could just skip it entirely if you wanted to not have a period


thenewmeredith

The ones I'm on are 3 week packs and you just take them continuously. I still manage to forget to refill it every 3 months tho


tomakeyan

Mine a few years ago had a week of placebos but the 4 day period ones just skip my period except some very light bleeding, I love it.


PurpureaVita

The US confuses me so much, I'm in the UK and I can just call my doctor up and be like 'fancy giving me 12 months worth of the pill? I'm running low?' and they'll be more than fine with it! I can't imagine what it's like to be refused control over your birth control, it's so important for so many reasons


Cprich22

When I went to Antarctica I had to try an convince my doctor surgery (UK) that I needed the 18 months worth of inhalers to get through the trip. They put up a bit of a fight on it and took forever for them to understand that no I can't just get them out of a pharmacy while I'm away I'm going ANT-ARC-TICA the god damn south pole, who am I going to get it from? The fucking pharmaceutical penguins?


hum_dum

Okay, you can’t just drop that you went to Antarctica without telling us more.


bellagab3

I really wish it worked like that here. I actually have insurance too. The prices are wild if you don't


PurpureaVita

Gee, I've been on bcp for about 6 or 7 years for period reasons, I'd have probably not been able to do so if it wasn't free


bellagab3

It really is sad especially for teenagers that just want to not be in pain for a week every month. Conservative people assume it's for pregnancy prevention when it can be such a big help with pain. Like we just wanna be able to function


brachi-

We really need to rebrand them from being oral contraceptive pill to something like hormone management pills (adverse effects include temporary loss of fertility).


bellagab3

That would be awesome! I think girls would be less scared to ask for them that way. Also lmao to temporary loss of fertility


firefox22

Let’s go back to calling blood thinners rat poison!


TacoStorms

In Germany they call them anti baby pills. It's not about what it does, it's about the society and how women are viewed. Rebranding won't do anything if the society doesn't change.


Chavarlison

I think I am ok calling Viagra a blood management pill(adverse effects include uncontrollable erections).


eberndl

That is what it was originally developed for....


n6dyr3

As a hormone-management treatment, wouldn’t a standard course of BC be a bit blunt? I imagine there’s lots of heterogeneity in the hormonal imbalances ppl suffer from. Any tweaks to the hormonal balance, if it were really about that, would have to be highly personalized….


iocariel

Going on birth control as a teenager fixed my bleed-through-everything-in-an-hour periods, my terrible acne, and my depression. Anti-depressants did nothing, but when I started BC I went from being a suicidal self-harming wreck to actually enjoying life. I’ve got an implant now for 100% reliable pregnancy prevention, but I take Lo Lo as well to manage depression. People have no idea how life-changing those little pills are, and that there’s a million reasons to take them unrelated to pregnancy prevention.


commandantskip

>I take Lo Lo as well to manage depression. Omg, I just realized that's why my depression gets way worse right before my period. I need to get back on the pill!


bellagab3

Absolutely true I'm so glad you got all that stuff under control. Being a teenager is already hard enough


BlinkReanimated

>Conservative people assume it's for pregnancy prevention Even that line just sounds so stupid... As if that's a bad thing...


bellagab3

Well conservatives are the one that make laws to restrict abortion. Conservatives don't like to teach sexual education in school outside of abstinence which only leads to more teen pregnancies. Conservatives make up most if not all "pro life" supporters that terrorize planned parenthood which really helps young women access birth control. And YES. It is most certainly a bad thing to prevent any woman from having any form birth control and abortions. Reproductive health includes sexual health but it's not always the same thing


BlinkReanimated

Oh yea, don't get me wrong, I certainly wasn't trying to call you out. Just the idea that choosing not to have children(even if only for a specific time-frame) is a negative that needs to be regulated and prevented. It's insane.


bellagab3

Edit cause I misread this comment


BlinkReanimated

I agree with you. I'm saying it's insane that Conservatives treat choosing to wait or to not have children as a bad thing. Women shouldn't have to have the excuse of menstrual cramps. Choosing when and how to have children should be enough for forgo government interference.


bellagab3

I seriously misread your previous comment then my bad. It is ridiculous


DrStalker

If your goal is to hurt and/or control women then leaving them unable to function because they can't access basic medication is just a bonus.


bellagab3

Best bonus ever /s


Arkslippy

The big problem is "conservative" label. It's really "controlling".


tiffytaffylaffydaffy

Yes. I love my implanon bc i don't have periods. Sometimes it makes my bleed if I get stressed. I take lo lo fe for that. I love not having periods every month. I hate buying pads and tamlons, cramps, accidents, tampons, the smell.


Arkslippy

It's €15 for a pack here in Ireland and you don't need insurance. Such a scam. The max you can pay in a calender month for any meds total, €112. It's insanity


bellagab3

I asked how much mine were without insurance and it was something absolutely insane like $50-75 per month


aaraabellaa

The first brand my doctor put me on was going to be $50 a month WITH insurance. Luckily she's awesome, so when I told her how much the copay was, she had me send her the list of the ones 100% covered by my insurance, and she chose her favorite from those.


bellagab3

A reasonable doctor finally


ndreamer

Why are they that expensive? They are a few dollars here in Asia per pack. I guess someone controls the patent?


bellagab3

Well cause I'm in the US lol enough said


Frostygoat

I’m in the US WITH insurance and unless I get the coupon from the manufacturer, it’s $150. If I refill within 2 weeks in case I have to travel, the coupon doesn’t apply and I have to cough up the $150.


SerenadingSiren

Lo loestrin fe? That one and balcoltra are insane because they're still single source (brand only). Balcoltra is less common though.


bellagab3

There's no generic version?


norbagul

My pharmacy said that it was $200/month without insurance for that specific BC, and my insurance downright refused to cover it.


bellagab3

Who can afford that long term??


rainbowcentaur

The one I write for the most often is $10 a month at Walmart with the coupon app GoodRx. I wish it was free, but it's not like insulin prices or anything. Edit: But some are stupid expensive and the cheap ones aren't right for everyone.


bellagab3

That sounds like a great affordable option. Thank you for helping women in need (:


Elle_Vetica

Here’s a fun one: when we adopted our daughter, my husband and I combined our insurance because it was cheaper to have a family + child than our individual plans. We’re both employed by the government and had separate plans but with the same company. That meant I switched, and there ended up being a gap of almost 2 weeks because of “processing time,” even though it was the same company. Guess who needed a refill during that time? Insurance refused to cover that refill even though I was literally just moving from an individual plan with them to a family plan *with them*. That refill cost me $175. I’m fortunate that we’re in a place where I could afford that, but I was pissed. I appealed twice with no luck (why the fuck do they get to arbitrate their own bullshit decisions…?) FUCK the US healthcare system.


bellagab3

Second that all. It's horrible. Do you have an HSA? You can cover that kind of expense with HSAs


Elle_Vetica

I do, and I used it for that, but I typically use my HSA for PT/massage appointments for my arm injury, so I’ll just be paying more out of pocket there.


bellagab3

Well screwed either way lovely


mamatobee328

I don’t have insurance and only pay $15/month through Nurx


bellagab3

I talked to them about my specific pill and it was $50-75 unfortunately. Not sure why but this is the only one that works for me. I get tons of side effects and this is one of the lowest hormone pills on the market


mamatobee328

Oh wow. I’m sorry about that. I’m glad you have a years supply now.


bellagab3

Me too :D the temporary time of figuring out the right pill was worth it because no more period attacks


jamkoch

The problem in the US is not everyone is covered by insurance, either the employer provides it, with whatever limitations they want to impose on you (like no birth or birth control coverage). A lot of the population isn't even insured. To add to this, some states (Texas as an example) prohibits women from getting birth control at Planned Parenthood if you are covered by state Medicaid or uninsured (Planned Parenthood use to get grants from the state for birth control, STI detection/treatment, and they handled over half of the publicly funded counseling and testing for HIV for GAY men in the state - there are no comparable replacement sites of care). Since your coverage is month to month (you pay premiums monthly) few insurers will cover more than a 30 day supply if you are in a "high turnover" category (ACA plans). Even if you can get more than a 30 day supply, it's usually limited to 90 day with the refills coming a week ahead of time. Until the US changes from a reactionary to preventative system across the board, this won't change. \[I work for a health provider, but these opinions and comments are my own\]


unicornbomb

my insurance only lets me get 1 month at a time. its a REAL fun time trying to plan trips out of town around my refills.


ZweitenMal

And insurance company months are 30 days, while pill packs are 28 days. That’s fun math.


unicornbomb

yeeeep, i have on more than one occasion been forced to extend my placebo days.


ThickFile

Why not forgo the insurance and use a service like Pill Club? My doctor writes my script to where I take 2 packs back to back and CVS wouldn’t fill it. Mail pharmacy would though. Very strange.


unicornbomb

i use nurx which is using a mail pharmacy, but its the same deal whether through my doctor or through an online service. not really looking to pay out of pocket for my pills, though - the brand i take unfortunately is pretty pricey.


ohmygoyd

Pill Club can be pricy too. I got my BC without insurance last year (my previous insurer wouldn't cover me taking my BC continuously even though I've taken it that way for 8 years) and it was $480 for a year's worth of the generic. Luckily my new insurance covers it, but I can only get 3 months at a time vs a year's worth like I did off insurance.


vancitydreamer

I'm in Canada, and it also boggles my mind. There was a youth clinic that was near my school growing up that gave free condoms, birth control, plan B, birth control tests, pap smears, counselling, etc, that was entirely free (free of judgement too) until the age of 21. They would have baskets of different types of condoms (even flavored ones) in the waiting room with brown paper bags on the side that you could just fill and take. The clinic wasn't only for girls/women either, boys could come in for counseling, free condoms, etc, as well. It was honestly the most helpful place for the teenagers and young adults in my area. They would also provide advice on teenage pregnancies, STDs, etc. It was honestly the most amazing service. I think it's still available to this day.


PurpureaVita

Providing easy access to birth control and sex education solves so many problems and creates barely any. Birth control needs to stop being seen as a promotion of promiscuity as it is absolutely not that, not that that's anybody else's business anyway as long as you're safe and happy


SaffronBurke

We have Planned Parenthood in the US that offers similar services for all ages, with a sliding scale pricing system (because nothing can be free, ugh). But conservatives campaign against them because some, not all, locations also offer abortion services, so they have very few locations and they're often hard to get to. I'm very lucky and have three in my area, one of which that offers abortion services, and haven't ever had to run a gauntlet of anti-choice protestors while I'm just trying to get checked out for a yeast infection or pick up birth control, but in some areas, it's downright nasty.


Isotheis

Not only the US, they do the same in Belgium. I can't renew progesterone until I'm like two weeks away, and given there's a shortage (since like march), I always end up running without for one or two weeks. More annoying is Estradiol, since the box is only worth 42 days. "It's to prevent hoarding." It's lifelong, you'd give me a million I'd eventually use them.


ZweitenMal

You have to go pick up each month separately at the pharmacy. Some insurance plans will let you mail order 90 days worth. Except insurance doesn’t take into account that a pack of pills is 28, whereas a month is 30 or 31 days. Mine have never let me pick up a pack until 30 days have elapsed.


hum_dum

$10 says that system was designed by a guy.


t0ppings

I'm in the uk and they've only ever given me 3 or 6 months worth at a time. They have to do a pill check interview in between and take blood pressure, weight etc


silkPJson

I didn’t know you could do that here. The doctor always gives me 2-3 months worth I keep asking for more but it’s all they give me.


PurpureaVita

I had a doctor like that, my current one is a queen and since I've been using them for so long without issue I think it's easier for them to do so


gankmi09

Even in Australia where its super easy to get they'll only give you max 3 months at a time. In saying that I now have a online subscription service where my pill auto re-delivers so I really can't complain!


SyrahSmile

Doctors will typically write you a prescription for a year's supply. The insurance companies don't like to let you pick up more than a 3 months' supply about every 2-2.5 months.


t12aq

Australia here and it's the same for us. You pop in once a year, mine comes in 3-month boxes so I get 4 repeat scripts, see you again next year unless I lose my repeats, in which case I will sheepishly come in and go "oops".


VisionsOfLife

Depends what doctor you have though. My surgery always refused to give me more than 3 months at any one time and also demanded that before my next prescription was provided, I had to get an appointment to check my blood pressure and have a blood test. They were very concerned about blood clot risk (even though I’m not predisposed to them) and told me they were asking all young women the same. In the end, after taking time off work for the appointments and them prescribing me with the wrong pill I could not take due to migraines and therefore missing several weeks here and there all the time, I just gave up. I’m pretty sure I got pregnant in one of the breaks I had to take because they prescribed me with a brand I couldn’t use and had to wait for another appointment to get the correct brand. It was just a mess.


notabigmelvillecrowd

Have you been able to throughout the pandemic? In Canada we've been limited to one month at a time for medications for ages, maybe almost a year now, due to supply issues.


PurpureaVita

Yeah I haven't found any problems, I've just had an iud fitted (like a few days ago) though but I've still got some just in case that doesn't suit me


marryme-mulder

I’m from Germany and my BC pills only come in 3 month packages, I only get prescribed one package every time. I think it’s about money tbh the doctor gets paid by the insurance, even if you just go there for a few minutes to get your prescription


Ylevolym

Canada: 10 years of 3 months only, and in the bad part of the pandemic only one month at a time. My insurance only lets us have 3 months supply at a time. Why? I’ve been on the same B.C. since 2009


Kam_Rex

Me too in Canada :( i had a LOT of fun during Covid, having to go the pharmacy each month for a freaking BC, having anxiety because well it's a PHARMACY in a PANDEMIC so OF COURSE sick people are here ....... Also my doc refuses to prescribe more than a year in advance My last did 2 years in a row and i loved it (also fuck unnecessary pap smear)


DylanBeeDylan

In Canada. I use Felix. Get three months at a time auto shipped to me. No hassle.


Arushie_

I always just assumed that they limit the number of months given at a time if insurance is through work. They can't guarantee that I wouldn't get a year's worth of medication and then leave my job, meaning they overpaid.


bellagab3

Cause only women need birth control and screw what women need 🙃


yuriandkubo

HOW? I cannot get more than a months worth. If I try to order my birth control too early in the month they refuse to fill it.


RedeRules770

Getting my IUD inserted was the most pain I’ve ever been in my entire life but the relief was palpable. Can’t mess it up, can’t really forget it, good for like 7 years.


bellagab3

I have read so many horror stories I'm deathly afraid of IUDs


essaymyass

Even in the navy, when deployment can be 10 months long, do they make it hard to obtain more than 6 months worth. My ship ran out of pills, offered me the patch, which I sweat off working in the engine room. And boom, baby.


bellagab3

Wowwwww this was basic logic why is something so simple made to be so difficult??


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Yaffaleh

The best part, and I wish I'd known this when I was ON THEM (same med!) for 10 years was that if I'd just kept taking them I could have avoided my intense, soul-crushingly painful periods! I ended up having a hystero @ 45. Best decision ever.


bellagab3

I had some issues with finding the right pill and sometimes there will be minor side effects but it's nothing compared to the painful periods. I'd cramp so bad I just wanted to stay in bed all day. I'm glad your hystero went well!


boxdkittens

Did you get the hysterectomy for reasons aside from the painful periods? And how have you maintained hormonal health since the removal? Asking because I would love mine removed but don't have any real reason to aside from not wanting biological children.


SaffronBurke

> And how have you maintained hormonal health since the removal? Hysterectomy usually just removes the uterus, leaving the ovaries intact and still able to do their hormone-making job. I would love to have one to provide just *some* relief from my endometriosis, but doctors only bring it up to tell me that they won't do it because they think I'm a high risk for prolapse 🙄 Truth be told, I want all my equipment gone, because my ovaries hurt like hell too, but I'm also "too young for menopause" so I just have to suffer until someone who isn't me and doesn't live with this pain decides that I'm "old enough".


littlej2010

I’ve been using Nurx for 3 years and when they work, it’s awesome. However, I’ve had two different 90 day scripts get lost in the shitty bulk postage service they use, and every associate was super rude and gave me this huge bullshit runaround about not being able to reship, I have to call insurance and tell them the package was lost, etc, so they could recharge. My insurance was like “wtf just tell them to send you another one,” because they didn’t have my prescription. The best they could do was tell me to call my PCP and ask for a one month script sent to them to tide me over until they could recharge. I finally got both to reship for free, but it took hours on hold with Nurx and a bunch of people trying to still make me pay for someone that someone else lost and we have proof they lost it.


bellagab3

I don't actually get mine shipped because my insurance doesn't cover that. I thought Nurx would just cancel my account or something but they started sending it to my pharmacy and I've had no problems. I would look into that if you're able to go to the pharmacy yourself.


littlej2010

Ha, I’ve been working on figuring that out. I prefer the 90 day, but my insurance won’t cover it for pickup, has to be mailed. I’d considered asking Nurx to send the prescription to them (I don’t like being held hostage for a yearly checkup for it or I’d go to the doctor), I just haven’t had time to deal with the on hold. It’s been like an hour each time.


bellagab3

I was held hostage too it's such BS. I hope they're able to get it together for you soon. I think the Pill Club is another BC app that may work better?


littlej2010

Yes! I’ve heard good things about them and once this prescription is up, if I can’t make pickup work, I’ll be looking around for sure.


bellagab3

I just hate to think you have to struggle this much every month so I hope something works out


boxdkittens

How do you get 4 packs at a time?? Does it just depend on insurance? I've been with Nurx since 2016, had 3 different insurance companies and at most they will send me 3 packs at a time. Its still way better than 1 at a time but getting a years supply would be nice... Although at least with a 3 months supply I dont have to worry about losing as many pills if my box goes missing.


bellagab3

Uhhh tbh no clue lol I can't get mine delivered and expected to be cancelled but ended up getting 4 at the pharmacy for pick up


crunchypuff123

Same birth control! But my insurance only lets me get one pack at a time ;_; At least they cover the entire cost, that's better than most of the insurance I've had to deal with.


bellagab3

BC buddies! It gets stressful at the end of the month like uhh I need more is there gonna be a delay?


kitkat616

Uuuuugh I have ADHD and I use the Nuvaring. Its so frustrating to remember to pick up that prescription every month.


bellagab3

Does it expire or something if they give you more at once?


kitkat616

I’m not exactly sure why they can’t give me more then one a month. By the time I got frustrated about it, I called my gyno and found out she no longer worked at the practice I was going to. It does have to be refrigerated.


bellagab3

I'm sorry it's so hard to find a good dr


Bexlyp

The only time I’ve ever gotten my full year’s worth of pills was the year I went to the county health department instead of a private doctor because I didn’t have insurance. And the cost for the exam and medicine was only about twice what my copays had been. It’s a good feeling knowing you’re covered and don’t have to deal with refill bullshit.


bellagab3

Refill anxiety is real. It's a shame out of pocket is sometimes cheaper and more efficient like why have insurance then??


dontfluffmytutu

Mine pharmacy gives me 3 months at a time. But, for a brief moment they would only give me one at a time.. wtf!


Ifogmuux

I remember when I switched insurance and saw my family med doctor for the first time. I asked for the pill and she basically just gave it to me, just made sure I didn’t get blood clots and checked vitals. I was like, “that’s it?” I didn’t feel the smallest minutiae of judgment like I did from my former doctor (mind you I was 23 but really that shouldn’t have mattered). Only downside was that they didn’t have the brand I was on in their formulary and the generic sucked so bad that I eventually just switched to Family Awareness/condoms but I was in a stable relationship.


bellagab3

That sounds so much less stressful. Too bad it isn't the norm


shadeofmisery

I can buy birth control at the drugstore without needing a prescription or waiting for my insurance. Sadly I'm in a backwards ass country where abortion is illegal and sex education is nonexistent because of "religion"


bellagab3

That's basically the southern US


Reallynoreallyno

Awesome! Crosspost this to r/UpliftingNews or r/sex, something somewhere to let men know about this (even if just a few care to know), not to mention all of the crazy health risks but just the whole time "management" of calling in Rx, waiting until the allotted time period then having wait until its filled and taking multiple trips to the pharmacy, just to get access!!! Just exhausting.


ranunnculus

This is such a satisfying picture because this is such a frustrating problem!! For me in Ont Canada, the issue is our doctors don't make any money unless you come to see them. So my doctor has been essentially forcing me to see him once every 9 months just so I can say 'Yep still need that BC I've been on for 12 years' and then he can bill my insurance. First chance I get at a female doc and I'm OUT.


bellagab3

I had a similar issue with my doctor. They also forced me to come in and take a urine test when I just wanted antibiotics for a UTI. Every single time I have gone for a UTI I have in fact had one. It's hard to mistake for something else. Just give me the medicine I don't want to pay $100 every time until I meet my deductible


Shanakitty

There is actually a good reason for them to do that though, because they should also be doing a urine culture to test what antibiotics the bacteria are susceptible to. Usually, they'll go ahead and prescribe you something right away because it takes 2 days for the culture to grow, but if it turns out that the bacteria you have is resistant to what they prescribed you, they can send you a new prescription.


bellagab3

I have a friend whose OB/GYN doesn't require an appt for UTIs. You just call the office and they send the script out


PeachBBT

That seems like poor prescribing practices to me, especially if the patient has had multiple UTIs (could mean that the responsible bacteria has become resistant to whatever antibiotics were routinely prescribed). Patients with recurring UTIs should be receiving preventative medication, not blindly being given whatever antibiotic. Same goes for physicians who go "here, have the broadest-spectrum antibiotic I can possibly give you" just so they don't have to think about their antibiotic choice, or sometimes it's the patient refusing to take the urine culture to find out what the bacteria is *actually* susceptible to. Giving broad-spectrum antibiotics willy-nilly is exactly how you end up with multiple-drug resistant infections (see MRSA and VRE). Source: Canadian doctor of pharmacy


Shanakitty

I mean, that's fine I guess. But if it turns out that their infection is resistant to the antibiotics that were prescribed, it's going to suck.


mybad_knees

I’m also in Ontario and my doctor did the same thing but yearly. They at least did other stuff like a general checkup, a PAP smear when I was due for one, and my flu shot. My parents’ insurance finally kicked me off last year and got OHIP to cover my IUD. F birth control and the terrible side effects it gave me.


DylanBeeDylan

I use Felix. They provide the prescription. Get three months worth auto shipped. No hassle.


succulentsucca

I remember I had insurance once that let me get three at a time and feeling so grateful for that. You scored big time! How sad a metric. Jeez.


bellagab3

Right? ): happy but also... our standards are on the floor


whythelongface_

I’m on the same ones!! It’s so difficult because insurance doesn’t consider it a large enough dose for it to be “essential”...


spamulah

A new and exciting feeling called stability?


Spicywolff

Our insurance only gives my fiancé 3 months at a time. Stupid that it’s not a yearly send and done. Waste of environment to ship 4x vs 1x, and more cost to them.


Redditor30

I'm in Canada and I remember going to get a pack each month from the school doctor. Then one day she said she wants to examine my cervix the next time I see her since birth control can cause structural changes to it so I never went back to her lol


bellagab3

Same happened to me. My doctor refused to refill unless I went in for a pap and I wasn't comfortable with that because it was a GP not an OB/GYN so I found Nurx and have zero regrets


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bellagab3

Some lady at their front desk called and left a message one day saying they wouldn't refill unless I got one. I called back and she was super rude and was not trying to work with me at all. So I was like fine screw it and she seemed confused when I didn't relent. I said I'd figure something else out and haven't gone back to them since. They wouldn't even let me talk to a doctor. I found Nurx from reddit fortunately and their employees are really sweet and helpful.


Canonconstructor

A word of caution- ALWAYS double check expiration dates- as you start to get them in bulk it will be easy to mix them up. I had a MAJOR SCARE when I discovered I accidentally had some expired ones in my drawer (and it never occurred to me to even check).


LastoftheFucksIGive

I paid for a full year of mine a few months ago and was sent 3 packs so I'll basically be getting them every quarter of the year. It cost me over $200 in one payment but it's half of what I would've paid if I'd kept paying monthly. Best decision ever.


bellagab3

Still high but at least less


uniqueinalltheworld

Subscription sites are great for this! Mine gives me enough refills to skip the placebos, and as a result, skip my periods. I like that they don't require an in person doctors visit so that I don't have to schedule around it. I have been using simplehealth but I also hear great things about pill club and I know there are others I'm forgetting the name of


bellagab3

I have Nurx if that's what you mean. These are way better


Resitance_Cat

that looks like a lot of peace of mind!


bellagab3

Yes c:


denryudreamer

I get one pack at a time because of my insurance, so I have to worry about getting it refilled every month


PandaLunch

I remember using the pill i college and I was going to be on vacation when my next months prescription was ready to pick up. I had to get special permission from my insurance company to refill early. And they said I could only do one early refill a year. So frustrating because I knew you could use the pill to skip periods, but i never could because I'd have to have the prescription ready after 3 weeks instead of 4, which they refused to do. Glad I'm on nuvaring now, just have to leave it in for the full 4 weeks to skip my period. And they let me get 3 months at a time.


Frostygoat

Omg!!! I use this BC, and it’s a fight always just to get one pack at $25 instead of $150. How did you score a year’s worth?


bellagab3

Try Nurx! BC buddies (:


abortion_access

FYI 20 states and DC require health insurance plans to provide and cover one full year of birth control at a time


MeYouAndLondonToo

This whole concept makes me sad. I’d happily “go on the pill” and send them to someone in need of them. And before we look at the moral grounds for suggesting this - we need to first look at the bureaucracy of the health (they clearly don’t ) care in the USA.


bellagab3

I thought the same. I would happily use my insurance for anything to give it to someone without it. Why not? I pay and the insurance and doctors will make their money anyway. Chances are the uninsured will forego care altogether. I'm very morally flexible so no judgement here


ladyfatale01

It really is the best feeling, isn’t it? Knowing you hold your future in your hands and no one else’s. 😌 ❤️


bellagab3

You captured exactly what I feel into words ❤


nyanXnyan

Good for you! It’s fantastic to have that reassurance. I was finally allowed to get 4 packs this go round - as I take them continuously for cysts, so I would always run out of my 3 month supply 3 weeks early and had to deal with tons of nonsense. It shouldn’t be such a problem!!


bellagab3

4 packs are the way to go tbh giving us 12 at a time would be perfect


captaings012

How do you get 12 months? I am currently getting 3 months at a time but i am awful at remembering to reup, and would love to only have to deal with it once a year


bellagab3

I just started getting more packs faster than I can take them and now this is what I have stocked up


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murphalicious55

I just want to say be careful of expiration dates. There aren’t a lot of studies out there that deal with the efficacy of birth control after expiration that I’m aware of so I can’t really comment on how long it truly is effective, but if you’re using this as a main source of pregnancy prevention just something to be mindful of!


idk-idk-idk-idk--

wish i was u, i may only be 15 but my periods kill me, either i get stronger pain meds prescribed or i go on birth control, i kinda wanna go on birth control tho cuz when i get my period in the night i often dont take my pain killers until its too late


bellagab3

I would highly recommend giving it a try because there's not really much to lose. If it doesn't work you just stop and that's the end of it. Some women take a few months to be able to get pregnant but I assume that's not a goal for you at your age. Can you talk to your mom about this? If not and you're in the US then Planned Parenthood is a great resource that offers discretion


violet_skiesss

lolo is the best. just went off to try to see if i can get my cycles back on track but it was great :) hopefully you won’t need the extra supply and you can keep getting your prescriptions filled on time!


39bears

Does anyone here use Norlyda? I have 1.75 packs left after I got my IUD and it feels wasteful to just throw them away. I would happily send them to someone who would use them. (Surely this is against some rules here, but I really hate waste.)


miki_cat

My twin is coming for a month and I usually get her to buy some 20 packs (I use it continuously, no period ever) , comes up to $250 total. No need for prescription either, I just let my pharmacist friend know when I'd need them. Gotta love former communist countries.


bellagab3

That's pretty great lol we always find a way to get what we need


clairelise327

Omg thanks for this reminder


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DylanBeeDylan

God the us is such a pain in the ass. In Canada. Just order mine off the internet from one of many services available. Done and done.


bellagab3

That sounds so nice like easy as ordering off of amazon


bellend1991

I counted 7*4 = 28 *12 = 336 pills. What happens during the other 30 days? Why do you need a pill everyday ? I thought the pill is a worst case option when a condom breaks or something. Please enlighten my ignorant ass.


bellagab3

I didn't actually receive these all at once and it wasn't advertised as a year's worth. It was just what I wrote for a succinct title. I'll probably get another 4 packs in a couple months so I'm not running out anytime soon. If something happens with my prescription or Nurx I have 12 packs worth of time to figure it out which is important because you shouldn't stop and start taking the pill carelesslu. The pill serves other purposes besides contraceptives. Also it's not Plan B which is what you might be thinking of. If a condom breaks you can't start taking birth control pills the next day that's not how it works. Many women take BC pills and use condoms for extra reassurance as well as BC doesn't protect you from STIs or STDs. I started taking BS because I had horrible painful periods and it was getting in the way of school which was my number one priority. It can help some women with pain and acne and mood swings and depression and several other non sex related issues.


MeYouAndLondonToo

Depending on the hormone in the pill you have 2 typical outcomes of the pill -1) a 28 day pill, once you stop the body releases the lining of the womb or 2) you take the pill without a break but your body ends up having “break through” cycles that do the same thing. Ultimately the same thing is happening in both cases, the body suspends ovulation. Hence why taking the pill cannot “kill” or be an abortive pill, since there isn’t ever an egg to fertile anyway. The pill can certainly be used as an emergency contraceptive in the right circumstances(although THE PILL/plan B or the coil are much more reliable) Plan b shouldn’t be used as a means to an end, because it messes with your hormones and your cycle so either abstain, pull out or use protection (whatever this is a personal choice in itself) but just be informed so you know when you want to say yes and no all along the way.