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Many women like to try out different brands of birth control pills before deciding which one works best for them. This allows them to determine the pill's effectiveness, as well as monitor the side effects associated with different brands of birth control pills.
Birth control pills are a form of oral contraception. Free samples of birth control pills allow women to try out different brands free of charge, and may be available upon request through a woman's doctor or healthcare provider.
|Administration||One pill a day, available in packs of 21 or 28|
|Drug interactions||The pill's effectiveness may be lowered when taking certain medications, including migraine medications, tuberculosis medications, antibiotics, and anti-seizure medications|
|Brands of birth control pills||Ortho-Novum, Yaz, Yasmin, Levlen, Loestrin, Necon, Desogen|
|Common side effects||Weight gain, mood changes, nausea, sore breasts, acne|
|Locations||Doctors, Planned Parenthood|
|Limitations||Free birth control pills may only be available to low income individuals or for a limited time|
|Disclaimer||The information provided by PharmacyDrugGuide.com is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not take any action based on the information on this page without consulting a physician.|
About Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills are a form of oral contraception that contain either the hormone estrogen, the hormone progestin, or a combination of both. The hormones in the pills work by preventing a woman's ovaries from releasing eggs, as well as thickening a woman's cervical mucus, which helps block sperm from joining with eggs.
The first birth control pills to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came on the market in 1957, but were only prescribed to help regulate menstruation. In 1960, the pill was finally approved as a contraceptive. Over the next few years, millions of women began taking birth control pills, but they were controversial and remained illegal in some states throughout the mid-60s. Modern, low-dosage birth control pills were on the rise in the mid-80's after health risks of the original pills emerged.
Birth control pills typically cost an average of $15 to $50 a month, depending on the brand. There are numerous types of birth control pills, including Plan B, Ortho-novum, Yaz, Levlen, Loestrin, Necon, and Desogen.
Birth Control Pills Coupons, Samples and Free Offers
- One way women are able to access free birth control pills is through their physician or gynecologist. Many pharmaceutical companies that manufacture birth control pills will provide free samples to doctors to promote new and existing products. These samples are then distributed to patients.
- For women with financial difficulties, places like Planned Parenthood offer free birth control pills and exams to those who qualify. Women who want to determine if they qualify can visit the official Planned Parenthood website for the state and/or county in which they live, and check out the requirements for that state.
- U.S. patients with insurance will be able to get birth control for free, with no co-pay, beginning in August 2012.
- Pharmacies like Walgreens offer prescription savings plans, providing a variety of medications, including birth control pills, at a reduced cost. Birth control pills included in the program include Necon, Microgestin, Lutera, Levora, and Jolivette. The cost of the savings card is $20 annually for individuals and $35 annually for families.
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