Birth control at our fingertips? Yes, please!
The latest in birth control technology from Silicon Valley is the app Nurx that makes it easier than ever to get birth control.
Nurx is designed to give women access to birth control who may not live close to Planned Parenthood or can’t afford to make an appointment with the gyno.
So how exactly does it work without a doctor? Well, there actually is a doc, you just never meet face to face. All you do is pick your brand, a doctor approves it remotely and then you get it delivered right to your door. If you have insurance, the cost is free or minimal (just as they would be). Otherwise, the app offers options for as little as $15. Nurx’s Medical Director Dr. Jessica Knox told The Dallas Observer earlier this year,
“We’re doing all the same things that you do at a doctor’s office; we’re just removing the doctor visit because that’s really not necessary. We’re removing visiting the pharmacy, too, because that’s actually a large burden for people as well.”
As we know, getting to the pharmacy on a monthly basis to pick up your prescription is simply unobtainable for a lot of folks who live in rural areas or for low-income women. That’s why states like Nevada are trying to make it possible for women to pick up a year’s worth of birth control at a time, rather than just a three-month supply (which is currently the limit)
Nurx is in no way meant to be a replacement for a yearly visit to the gynecologist. But it is an awesome way to get birth control when getting a prescription can often be more complicated than need be.
The app is currently available for folks in CA, NY, DC, WA, IL, PA, VA, FL, MI, IN, MN, NJ, MA, MO, and TX.