On average, Planned Parenthood finds that it costs anywhere between $500 to $1300 to get an IUD without insurance. Being one of the most effective types of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), Intrauterine devices (IUDs) have been around for over three decades in the United States. The cost of affording an IUD, especially without insurance can be relatively high.
The Cost of an IUD at Different Clinics & Locations
The net out-of-pocket cost for getting an IUD depends on a variety of factors, which makes it hard to narrow down on an exact range. Your total cost will often include a variety of services, such as a consultation visit and an ultrasound in addition to the cost of the IUD. With health insurance, most individuals can get coverage for the IUD (often the most expensive part of the treatment), and might just need to pay for the clinic visit and other additional costs. However, those without health insurance have to bear all parts of the net cost.
Below is a comprehensive list of women’s health clinics in 5 major U.S. cities and how much they charge for an IUD insertion for patients without health insurance. The highest cost was observed to be $1,500 in New York. Meanwhile, the lowest cost was observed to be $1170 in San Jose. It is important to keep in mind that these costs may vary slightly depending on the brand of IUD used.
Cost of an IUD in 5 Major U.S. Cities
Additional Costs Associated with Getting an IUD
As mentioned above, getting an IUD often involves a series of steps and services. Each of these services can add up to the net cost of treatment and should be carefully considered before committing to the process. This is especially important for those without insurance. Find below a list of services associated with getting an IUD and the estimated costs without insurance.
Additional Costs of Getting an IUD
It is a common practice at most women’s health clinics to first call the patient in for a consultation visit with the healthcare practitioner, prior to proceeding with an IUD insertion. It is important for the healthcare practitioner to perform a bimanual examination of your vagina, cervix, and uterus.
A bimanual examination helps determine the position of your uterus, and the depth of the cavity, as it helps ensure high placement of the IUD and minimizes the risk of perforation. The exam also helps ensure that you do not have any pelvic infections that may obstruct the insertion process. During the consultation visit, the healthcare practitioner may also determine a need for further blood tests and other examinations. The cost of a consultation visit will vary for each clinic location and the associated healthcare provider.
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An IUD insertion procedure comes with a range of risk factors. Issues such as IUD displacement, perforation, embedment, or expulsion may sometimes occur after the procedure is completed. This is why it is important that your healthcare provider performs an ultrasound of your pelvis once the insertion is completed.
Ultrasound is among the safest and most cost-effective ways to ensure that IUD is placed accurately and in the correct position within the uterus. Most commonly, it is conducted after the insertion, however more recently, healthcare providers may use a 3-D ultrasound during the insertion procedure for better visualization.
It is recommended by the CDC that if a female patient has not been regularly tested for STDs, they should get an STD panel done before an IUD insertion. It is important to make sure that the patient is free from infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. Your healthcare provider might assign you a list of blood tests on your first consultation visit.
If you are opting for a hormonal IUD, it is important to ensure that your blood hormone levels are intact and in a healthy range. During your consultation visit, if your healthcare provider suspects that you might have cause for concern for your blood hormone levels (especially progestin), then they might administer a blood test for the same.
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