Birth Control

TRICARE covers the following types of birth control if a TRICARE-authorized providerAn authorized provider is any individual, institution/organization, or supplier that is licensed by a state, accredited by national organization, or meets other standards of the medical community, and is certified to provide benefits under TRICARE. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network. DS prescribes them:

  • Contraceptive diaphragms
  • Intrauterine devices
  • Prescription contraceptives, including the Preven Emergency Contraceptive KitA prescription contraceptive containing special doses of regular birth control pills and a self-administered pregnancy test. 
  • FDA approved implantable prescription contraceptives if you are using them prevent pregnancy
  • Surgical sterilization

TRICARE also covers non-prescription emergency contraceptives, such as LevonorgestrelEmergency contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. It's also known as Plan B. It's available to all beneficiaries for free without a prescription. (Plan B One-Step Emergency Contraceptive).

TRICARE doesn't cover:

  • Condoms
  • Nonprescription spermicidal foams, jellies or sprays
  • Reversal of surgical sterilization, unless medically necessaryTo be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition.

Generally, TRICARE doesn’t cover assisted reproductive services or noncoital reproductive technologies. This includes:*

  • Artificial insemination (including cost related to donors and semen banks).
  • Invitro fertilization (IVF).
  • Gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), in most cases.

*Note: TRICARE may cover these services for wounded, ill, or injured service members. >>Learn More


This list of covered services is not all inclusive. TRICARE covers services that are medically necessary and considered proven. There are special rules or limits on certain services, and some services are excluded.

Last Updated 3/20/2022