How old must you be to purchase birth controll?

Anyone 18 and over can get

Anyone 18 and over can get birth control from a doctor. However, if you are under 18 in the US, the rules vary by state. Twenty-one states and Washington DC explicitly allow all minors to consent to contraceptive services. Twenty-five states explicitly permit minors to consent to contraceptive services under certain circumstances (for example, if the minor is married or has a child).

Four states have no explicit policy on minors’ authority to consent to contraceptive services. But, even when a state has explicit law, physicians may commonly provide birth control to a mature minor without parental consent, particularly if the state allows minors to consent to related health services.

More information about minors and the law can be found at

If you are a minor seeking birth control, I encourage you to speak to a parent. This is an important issue in your life. Your parents were young once too, and you may discover that they are a good source of help and advice in this area.

Best regards,
Dr. Williams

Monnica Williams, Ph.D.
Sex Education Advisor.

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