Prices of Contraceptives in Nigeria

What are the prices of contraceptives in Nigeria?

From my mailbox………

Hey Doc, my name is Mrs Zakari. I am 39 years old, happily married and blessed with 4 children. I had my last baby last year June. I and my husband have decided we have completed our family size and we want to do family planning. I have visited our family gynaecologist and I have decided and chosen the best contraceptive for me looking at the side effects, failure rates and cost. 

As for the price, it is major determinant and an issue for me. I heard the prices of contraceptives are very expensive in Nigeria and hardly affordable.

Please I need a breakdown of contraceptive cost in Nigeria so that I can make a better and an informed decision. Thank you.

………..Mrs. Zakari from Kano………..

My reply….

Thank you Mrs Zakari for reaching out to me for information through this blog.

I will go straight to the point. The information you got on the cost of family planning in Nigeria is not correct. The prices of contraceptives in Nigeria are heavily subsidized by the federal government and therefore very affordable. Nigeria is one of the countries in the world with the cheapest form of contraception.

This is a breakdown of the prices of common contraceptives used in Nigeria.

  • Combination3: Combination3 combines three components namely levonogestrel, ethinyl estradiol and ferrous fumarate sugar. It is taken once daily for 28 days. A packet containing 28 tablets is sold for #500 naira.
  • Norethisterone: also known as norethindrone and sold under many brand names, is a progestin medication used in birth control pills, menopausal hormone therapy, and for the treatment of gynecological disorders. The medication available in both low-dose and high-dose formulations and is used and formulated both alone and in combination with an estrogen. Norethisterone price is #450 naira per packet.
  • Implanon: A contraceptive implant are made up of two small rods the size of a matchstick. The rods are put under the skin in the inside of the arm in order to prevent pregnancy. The price of implanon is between N500 to N1,500 naira in government owned hospitals and around N2,000 to N3,000 naira in private facilities.
  • Jadelle: Another implant. It cost #2000 naira per pack.
  • Depo provera (DMPA): An injectible contraceptive.  A depo shot (AKA Depo-Provera) is an injection you get once every 3 months. It’s a safe, convenient, and private birth control method that works really well if you always get it on time.  Depo provera price is #1,000 naira.
  • Sayana Press: It is a self injectible contraceptive. Sayana press is a pre-filled, easy-to-use, lower dose, contraceptive injection that is given every 3 months. It comes with a very small needle that makes the process less painful for women. Sayana Press is  fast, simple and private. A dose of sayana press cost #1,000 in pharmacies.
  • Intrauterine Device( IUD): Also called IUCD. It is a mechanical form of contraception but nowadays it comes impregnanted with hormones called Mirena. There is also the traditional copper IUD, and the paraguard IUD. Copper IUD costs between N500- N1,500 naira in government hospitals and N2,000- N3,000 in private hospitals. Paraguard IUD is #5,000 and Mirena is #22,000 naira.
  • Female condom: #2500 to #3,000 naira per pack.
  • Tubal ligation: Tying the Fallopian tubes. It cost #20,000 naira. It is invasive. It may be less or more depending on the doctor and hospital.
  • Vasectomy: A permanent method of male contraception that involves cutting of the vas deferens. It costs about #80,000 to #100,000 naira.
  • Morning after pills: Postinor 2 cost #2000 naira per packet.
Prices of contraceptives
Various cntraceptive types
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