Where can I get birth control pills without seeing a doctor?

birth control pills without seeing a doctor
Medically reviewed by Dr. Mandy Liedeman


There are different types of birth control pills that you can get without a prescription to prevent pregnancy. They are usually safe and have few side effects. It’s a good idea to talk to a doctor before starting or stopping these pills, especially if you have specific health issues like heart or kidney problems. Some birth control methods, like condoms, diaphragms, and birth control sponges, don’t need a prescription and can be bought easily. You can also get birth control suggestions online through a virtual chat with a healthcare professional. Choosing the right type is essential based on your health and preferences. Using non-prescription birth control with existing health issues is not recommended, so always talk to your healthcare provider for the best advice.

Can I get birth control pills without seeing a doctor?

Yes! You can get birth control pills by connecting with a healthcare provider virtually.

Birth control pills are of two types that affect the hormone levels in the body, leading to no pregnancy. These pills are usually safe and over the counter with little to no probability of adverse side effects.

If considering safety, it’s always good to talk to your doctor before starting or ending any oral birth control pills to get the well-suited pills. Some of the birth control pills, like “Only with progestin as an active ingredient,” are usually preferred for those people with a history of certain medical conditions like heart problems, kidney conditions—hormone issues, stroke, etc. 

In the case of taking a “combination birth control pills” with a history of these medical conditions, it can affect your health and might present with different sets of adverse effects. 

Get professional help by connecting to a virtual healthcare provider now!

Do you need a prescription for birth control?

There are different methods and techniques used for birth control. Most of these methods do not require a prescription and can be effective for birth control. Methods that do not require the prescription of birth control are as follows : 

Using Condoms

Condoms are readily available in pharmacies or stores and can be accessed without a prescription. Different types of condoms per your choice can be bought before sexual intercourse.

Using Diaphragm

Healthcare professionals can install diaphragms without the need for prescriptions. It is a shallow, dome-shaped device made of silicone that is used as a barrier contraceptive method. It is designed to cover the cervix and prevent sperm from reaching the uterus.

Birth control sponges

A birth control sponge is an over-the-counter sponge available with a prescription or seeing a doctor. It is used by females, where it can be inserted into the vagina before sexual intercourse. It contains spermicide, a substance that kills or immobilizes sperm, helping to prevent pregnancy.

Some of the other contraceptive methods that do not include prescriptions are : 

  • Spermicide
  • Natural family planning
  • Emergency contraception (morning-after pill)
  • Intrauterine device (IUD) – Some types may not require a prescription.
  • Female condoms
  • Cervical cap
  • Over-the-counter pills 

What types of birth control can I get online?

You can get almost every birth control suggestion or prescription through an online consultation and prescription. You will be asked your preferences and time duration for the birth control, after which you can get a detailed and personalized consultation with a doctor and can have the best-suited birth control prescriptions along with suggestions. 

Which birth control pill is best for me?

All over-the-counter birth control options are usually safe and serve best for birth control purposes; however, taking adverse effects and the history of certain medical conditions into consideration, the best birth-control pill for you can only be determined by your healthcare provider or pharmacist. 

There are two types of birth control pills overall. 

  • Combination pill 
  • Only progestin pill 

Most of the time, combination pills with both the hormones present (estrogen and progesterone) are considered best and mostly recommended by healthcare professionals. They are over-the-counter and do not have any adverse side effects except milder ones like dizziness, headaches, etc. The only drawback that should be considered before taking these medications is the history of your medical condition. Medical conditions like cardiovascular problems, migraine, and stroke might be affected by these birth control pills and require an immediate medical consultation. 

People with those medical conditions are usually suggested to take a “progestin-only” birth control pill that does not trigger any previous medical condition or have adverse effects on health. 

Get connected with an online doctor to get well-suited birth control pills right away!

When should I see a doctor?

Usually, birth control pills are easily available over the counter and can be taken without a prescription. Consultation with a healthcare provider, along with a prescription, is essential when you have a history of medical conditions like cardiovascular diseases or stroke. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist will determine the right birth control pill for you as per your health condition and history or medications. Connect with an online doctor to get a prescription well-suited to your needs without going for a walk-in checkup by connecting virtually! 

FAQs about birth control pills without seeing a doctor

How effective are birth control pills obtained without a doctor’s visit?

Birth control pills obtained without a doctor’s prescription are 99% effective. They are used widely, excluding the risk of different medical conditions and history that can get triggered or might present with serious adverse effects. Consulting or discussing your medical condition history with your doctor or pharmacist can save you from any side effects of birth control pills. 

Can I use non-prescription birth control pills with existing medical conditions or other medications?

It is recommended not to use any birth control with any existing medical condition in terms of the safety of an individual. It’s beneficial to discuss it with your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a well-suited and personalized birth control prescription. 

Your Doctors Online uses high-quality and trustworthy sources to ensure content accuracy and reliability. We rely on peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions and medical associations to provide up-to-date and evidence-based information to the users.

  • Manzer, Jamie L., and Ann V. Bell. ““Did I choose a birth control method yet?”: health care and women’s contraceptive decision-making.” Qualitative Health Research 32.1 (2022): 80-94.
  • Hulbert, Randall C., and Robert H. Settlage. “Birth control and the private physician: the view from Los Angeles.” Family Planning Perspectives (1974): 50-55.
  • Todd, Alexandra Dundas. “The prescription of contraception: Negotiations between doctors and patients.” Discourse Processes 7.2 (1984): 171-200.
  • Iles, Susannah. “Prescription Restriction: Why Birth Control Must Be Over-the-Counter in the United States.” Mich. J. Gender & L. 26 (2019): 389.

Get started today

Talk to online doctors now and get medical advice, online prescriptions, and referrals within minutes. On-demand healthcare services at your fingertips.

talk to online doctor 24/7 free

See a doctor now

Continue in Browser