Guest Author - Maria Brown
If having children is not something you would like to do right now but you are still engaging in sexual activity, you may want to utilize birth control. If you have a financial need and/or have no insurance, free birth control is a great option. Here are a few ways to get free birth control.
Planned Parenthood offers numerous services to the community. One of the services that they provide is birth control. Many local Planned Parenthood clinics offer free birth control. Condoms are always free at Planned Parenthood. In addition, many Planned Parenthood clinics provide free birth control pills to people who qualify. Call ahead to see what is required to qualify for free birth control. Often you will need to bring pay stubs and/or w-2s to provide proof of income. If you are a student, you may need to bring your student id as proof of your attendance. If you donít qualify for free pills, most Planned Parenthood clinics offer the pills on a sliding scale. Medicaid is also usually accepted at Planned Parenthood clinics.
Free Samples from Companies
Most condom companies will happily send you free condom samples. You can visit each companyís website to get more information. Some companies that provide free samples are Trojan, Durex and Lifestyles.
Your Doctorís Office
When you visit your doctor, donít be afraid to ask for samples of the birth control method that you want to try. Most pharmaceutical companies leave stacks of samples of their birth control products. I remember one of my previous doctorís giving me a 3 month supply of birth control pills that I could use before I even needed to fill my prescription.
Your doctorís office will generally also offer free condoms that you can take with you when you visit.
Your Local College
If you are currently in school, more than likely you pay a ďHealth FeeĒ every semester. Itís included in your normal school fees. If thatís the case at your school, then you can use the schoolís health services office. The schoolís health services office almost always offers free condoms and they usually provide birth control pills at a reduced price.
For more information visit: Planned Parenthood's website