Piggybacking on the changing healthcare landscape, such as the state of Oregon allowing birth control without a prescription, and the CDC’s recent (kind of ridiculous) warning against women of childbearing age drinking alcohol, come a slew of options that are helping women rethink contraceptives.
Nurx, which launched in December and was (perhaps ironically) created by two men, is an app hybrid that feels like a TSA pre-check screening and Uber all in one. Here’s how it works: After you fill out an eight-question survey online once, an in-state doctor writes you a virtual prescription and you’re set. It’s basically a way to fast-track your contraceptive prescriptions and get them on demand, delivered within 24 hours (or, in San Francisco, two hours).
It’s free (including delivery!) if you have insurance, and $15 a month without, delivered in a three-month supply. There are oral contraceptives, the patch, the ring and even emergency options such as Plan B. Automatic refills are shipped straight to you, saving you a trip to the pharmacy, and there are specialists on call via text to deal with any questions or concerns that pop up.
For now, it’s only available in California and New York, and professionals still recommend seeing your gynecologist once a year for a pelvic exam and Pap. But this is one step closer to giving women total control of their healthcare while whittling down the time spent in doctor’s offices and in the pharmacy line.
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