Having a private conversation with a doctor on birth control issues can sometimes be inconvenient, especially when it comes to teenage girls. However, the young women are the ones who could benefit the most from a professional discussion on birth control options.
As a solution for this need of privacy, and to ease the process of getting a prescription for birth control pills, several companies came with phone apps that help women to get in touch with a doctor and even to have the pills delivered to their local pharmacy.
When using Lemonaid, women have to fill a questionnaire and send a photo. The information will be verified by a doctor, which will later send their prescription to a pharmacy in the vicinity.
After a phone call with a physician, the woman will receive in the next day birth control pills for three months. For its services, Lemonaid requires a $15 fee.
Planned Parenthood, another app developer, offers a free video consultation with a doctor and tablets delivery.
The app can be programmed to send daily reminders for pill users or reminders for when to make a new appointment for a Depo shot. There are even trackers for menstrual cycles. However, it does not work in every state.
Even so, in just three months the Planned Parenthood app had been downloaded 90,000 times and has 20,000 active users. Even more impressive, there are almost 99,000 informative sessions over the course of a single week.
The app is not age restrictive, as it has been designed to raise awareness of the importance of birth control and help women understand more about their health.
A study shows that women between the ages of 15 and 19 are sexually active. While being very vulnerable to misinformation, this age group can benefit more from the privacy of their phones.
Another aim of the birth control apps is to lower the rates of teenage pregnancy and help women that want to be independent and to follow their educational and professional dreams.
In the US, women can buy birth control pills without prescription only in Oregon and California. Thus, for those who live elsewhere, the apps bring an enormous comfort in having the medicine approved by a doctor and delivered directly at a close-by pharmacy.
Other apps that have similar services are Virtuwell, Nurx, and Maven.
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