Sexy Time: The (Literal) Cost of Sex

Gettin' some doesn't come cheap.


With the latest events surrounding Planned Parenthood, I’ve been thinking a lot about how much it costs to be responsibly sexually active. Birth control, condoms, PAP smears, STI tests, and Plan B — it adds up fast!
In Canada, the cost of medical tests are usually covered under our provincial health care. As far as birth control goes, my school’s health insurance plan covers the vast majority of the cost every month, leaving me to pay a tab that usually ends up anywhere between $3 and $5.
But for Americans without access to insurance or an institution like Planned Parenthood, the cost of having a healthy active sex life can be huge. Prices tend to vary from place to place, but according to the Planned Parenthood website, here are some ball-park figures of how expensive it is to get sexy:
Standard medical exam (needed in order to receive a BC prescription): $35-$250
The Pill: $15 – $50 per month
NuvaRing: $15 – $70 per month
Depo-Provera: $35 – $75 per injection (4 injections per year)
Ortho Evra (the patch): $15 – $70 per month
Birth Control Implant: $400 – $800, effective for up to 3 years
IUD$500-$1000, implanted once and effective for up to 12 years
Condoms: Though you can often receive condoms for free from sexual health clinics, a 12-pack of condoms can cost anywhere from $5 to $15
Pregnancy Test: Up to $20
Plan-B (morning after pill): $10 – $70
PAP smears and STI Tests: Sliding scale depending on income and state
The bottom line is, this sh*t can get expensive, and having a place like Planned Parenthood or other sexual health clinics that take into consideration that we all might not have $50 a month to spend on birth control is very important.
And honestly, as expensive as it is to be responsibly sexual — even with places like PP giving a helping hand — it’s even more expensive to raise a child or treat an STI. (Just ask CC writer Donyae, a college student and mother.) So maybe you should put off buying those fancy shoes and instead invest in your sexual health. It’s worth it.

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