Her post is at Female Finance: Birth Control Costs
She gives a nice look at a bunch of different birth control and its prices/effectiveness and breaks it down like this:
For the record, I consider birth control a necessary health product. My motto is condoms+ - condoms plus another form. No babies, no babies, no babies.
To sum it up, here are the options I’ve come up with so far, all in pre-tax dollars:
- Condoms: Maybe $150/yr, but not enough protection
- NuvaRing: $600/yr
- The Pill: Estimated $300/yr
- IUD: ??? One time (per 10 yrs) cost of $300+
- Abstinence: $0, but perhaps my happiness and/or my boyfriend
Gosh we women get ripped off. . . (Although any male paying $50/mo for condoms has my sympathy too.) Also, why aren’t feminine hygiene products eligible for my HSA spending but band-aids are? The sort of do the same thing. Ok, not at all, but still! I consider them a necessary health product but I guess they aren’t.
The entire post is interesting if you want to see how different methods compare, and the comments are another good place to get an idea of how much people are spending on birth control, anywhere from free to $5 to $55.