2014 has ushered in a new era of health care for women with President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which requires health plans to provide contraceptives and related services to women without a copay. Unfortunately, this does not apply to all women, as exceptions have been made to certain grandfathered health plans, as well as group health insurance coverage sponsored by certain religious employers. Considering the fact that 36% percent of sexually active Catholic women in America use birth control, we know that there are a vast number of U.S. women who are paying completely out of pocket to do so. Unfortunately, the expense is overwhelming. The chart below shows what an uninsured woman can expect to pay for birth control over her lifetime, assuming she starts usage at age 18 and discontinues usage at age 51.
|Method||What’s Included||Lifetime Cost|
|IUD||Doctor’s visit, device, insertion, and follow up care, every 7.5 years||$8,178|
|Implanon||Doctor’s visit, device, insertion, and removal, every 3 years||$19,601|
|Injections||Doctor’s visit, follow-up care, and four injections, every year||$32, 496|
|Birth Control Patch||Doctor’s visit and an annual supply of patches, every year||$66,644|
|Vaginal Ring||Doctor’s visit and an annual supply of rings, every year||$66,644|
|Surgical Sterilization||Doctor’s visits, surgery, and follow up care; one time cost||$6,000|
If you are one of the many women who do not have their birth control covered under the Affordable Care Act, you will be pleased to know a birth control method exists that is both less expensive and more natural than those mentioned above. Lady-Comp is an intelligent fertility monitor that learns, analyzes, and indicates your fertile days with 99.3% accuracy based on your daily body temperature and data you provide. At just $485, it is an investment that will save you thousands of dollars over time.