Need birth control? There's an app for that


COLUMBUS, Ohio - A report from the Centers for Disease Control reveals birth control pills are the most common form of birth control used by women between the ages of 15 to 44. It’s common but complicated for millions of women because of barriers to access including a doctor’s prescription and taking time off work for an appointment.

The situation seems to be the perfect set up for a growing number of platforms where patients can get birth control online. Prescription birth control from pills to patches are now available on your schedule and at your convenience. There are no in-person appointments with your doctor, which some experts say could present a problem for women with certain conditions or who have side effects.

"The problem with that is you're virtually talking with someone on the other end and you're not getting that personalized screening," said Dr. Anita Somani. "There are certain things we wanna talk about: obesity screening is very important as obesity can lead to so many illnesses like heart disease and hypertension, diabetes; and people don't realize that obesity leads to several different cancers like breast cancer and colon cancer."

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"We've had patients say they've learned more about their birth control in three texts with us than they have in previous health experiences," said Pill Club pharmacist Christine Yu.

Jessica Horwitz is vice president of clinical services at Nurx - another online birth control provider. She says referrals are made when necessary and believes telemedicine has its advantages.

"People are sometimes more forthcoming in telemedicine than they are in person because there's not the potential judgment or, you know, my sister or whatever the connection is to the person in front of you," Horwitz said.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology does not have a position on online birth control sites but stakes a position that oral contraceptives are even safe enough for over-the-counter use.