3 September 2019
In May 2019, five states passed laws that would ban abortion. These states include Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky and Mississippi. Now, 11 other states have proposed bills that would ban abortion.
Not only are states across the country making access to abortions more difficult and dangerous for women but obtaining basic health care needs is becoming increasingly harder to come by for many American women.
Diminishing access to reproductive health care providers, such as Planned Parenthood, across the country has become a popular goal for conservative politicians. According to istandwithpp.org, “Per year, Planned Parenthood health centers provide birth control for nearly 2 million people, as well as over 4.2 million STD tests and treatments; over 320,000 breast exams; and nearly 295,000 Pap tests.” Planned Parenthood also provides HIV testing.
For many women, Planned Parenthood is their main source for safe and effective health care. Unfortunately, with more and more states shutting down Planned Parenthood clinics, American women are left with few other options.
Fortunately, in recent years, several apps offer simple and inexpensive solutions for women seeking birth control, emergency contraception, UTI testing, PrEP, HPV screening and more.
A few of these apps are: Nurx, Planned Parenthood Direct, The Pill Club, among others. These apps are legal in most states, including Colorado.
The way that these services work is by the user providing their health information to one of the physicians on staff. After reviewing the patient’s medical history, a prescription is made and delivered directly to your door. Many of these apps provide free medication if you have insurance.
If you do not have insurance, there are still other options for getting the health care you need. Nurx offers birth control brands for $15 a month. Shipping at Nurx is always free and your prescription is automatically refilled every three months.
You can easily switch the type of medication you are ordering or stop using the service completely if you choose to do so.
Some may be cautious of ordering pharmaceuticals online without a doctor visit first. According to the Nurx.com website, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not require a pelvic examination before acquiring contraceptives.
However, recent blood pressure information along with other medical history is necessary for obtaining contraceptives. Therefore, it is crucial that while using these online services that you provide accurate health information and do not withhold anything.
It is important to be aware of the health risks associated with birth control. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), birth control pills are associated with increased risk for heart attacks, stroke and blood clots, especially if you are over 35 or smoke cigarettes.
Gynecologist Susan Pesci, in an interview with insider.com, believes that the pros of obtaining online birth control far outweigh the cons, “I do think it’s very safe…We have to start trusting women. There’s a lot of information available to women, so they can come to conclusions on their own if birth control is safe for them.”
The insider.com article goes on to say, “Online birth control providers screen for relevant contraindications — medical reasons why the pill may not be safe for you — before they give you a prescription.”
Everyone has different health care needs, and ordering medication through an app may not be an ideal option for everyone. However, it is a great option for many women who are too busy for traditional doctor visits, or who simply cannot afford or do not have access to a physician.
These apps fulfill needs for many women, especially in a time when our health care is not being prioritized.