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. Some types of birth control require pre-authorization. Check with your regional contractor for more information.

  • Birth control pill
  • Birth control patch
  • Contraceptive diaphragms
  • Vaginal ring
  • Cervical caps
  • Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives
  • Emergency Contraceptives
    • Plan B (levonorgestrelEmergency contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. It's also known as Plan B. It's available to all beneficiaries for free without a prescription.) (no prescription required)
    • ella (ulipristal acetate) 
    • IUD
  • Permanent Contraception
    • Tubal sterilization
    • Vasectomy

TRICARE doesn't cover:

  • Condoms
  • Nonprescription spermicidal foams, jellies or sprays
  • Reversal of surgical sterilization (vasectomy or tubal ligation), 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. TRICARE may cover these services for wounded, ill, or injured service members. Covered assisted reproductive services include:

  • Artificial insemination (including cost related to donors and semen banks).
  • Invitro fertilization (IVF).
  • Gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), in most cases.
Contraceptive Care Coverage
Did you know that TRICARE waived copayments and cost-shares for medical contraceptive care? Learn more at

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 5/17/2023