Oral contraceptives, or “the pill,” can cost $1,210 per year without health insurance.
Women of reproductive age spend 68 percent more on out-of-pocket health care costs than do men, in part because of contraceptive costs.
Surveys show that nearly one in four women with household incomes of less than $75,000 have put off a doctor’s visit for birth control to save money in the past year.
Twenty-nine percent of women report that they have tried to save money by using their method inconsistently.
More than half of young adult women say they have not used their method as directed because it was cost-prohibitive.
Nearly half of women ages 18–34 with household incomes less than $75,000 report they need to delay or limit their childbearing because of economic hardships they’ve experienced in recent years.