Having sex, despite nature’s intention of an affordable entertainment option, isn’t free. Forget about the cost of looking sexy so that you actually have a shot at getting laid. Condoms, birth control pills, diaphragms, dental dams, STD tests, gynecological exams, lube, pregnancy tests, etc are all part of the costs of being sexually active. So who foots the bill?
The Costs of Getting it On:
Birth Control Pills: With health insurance, birth control pills cost $20 – $60 a month. That’s $240 – $720 a year. I’d imagine the woman usually pays for the birth control pill, especially if she’s not in a committed relationship. These costs don’t include any doctor’s visits that are required to get a prescription for the meds. If you’re in the lower class, you can take advantage of Planned Parenthoods cheap and/or free clinic visits and birth control meds… but anyone making minimum wage should expect to have to pay a monthly fee for birth control out of pocket. And that anyone is likely female.
Condoms: Love gloves cost about $.50 to $1.00 a piece. Depending on how often you get some, those costs could add up. If you’re getting lucky 20 times a month (reasonable for a stable, monogomous couple pre-marriage, or a single gal/guy with a little extra time on their hands) this adds up to $10 to $20 a month or $120 – $240 a year. For one night stands or early on in the relationship, guys usually provide the latex coverage. However, later on the girl may have to chip in for the rubbers. (If you really want to go cheap with your condom purchases, check out this dude’s science project on the cheapest way to get condoms in bulk.)
Lube: Ok, so you don’t need lube. But some people prefer it. That’s $10 a tube, give or take a few dollars. Who buys – the man or the woman?
Even if the man pays for condoms, the cost to have sex is far higher for the woman who has to pay for birth control pills, gynocological exams, etc.
Q & you A:
How do you split the costs for lovemaking that come up in your life / relationship? Who should pay for what?