Growing Technology now makes it possible for women to obtain birth control prescription contraceptives without directly consulting a doctor. The newly developed apps and websites will enable woman to control unwanted child births. This advancement is not just a comfort for women but will make a difference in controlling the population. Anticipation of many public health experts is this technology will encourage more women to start or restart using contraceptives which proportionally helps in reducing the unintended pregnancies. The other hope is, this can also bring down the rate of abortions in the country.
Birth control is a serious public health issue in United States as nearly 40 percent of all pregnancies are unintended in the Country. Long-acting contraceptive methods, like intrauterine devices are often advised by the experts in this issue. Well, practically speaking if short-term methods are opted, it is difficult to visit the doctor for a contraceptive prescription. It can also be a time killing factor or sometimes costly. And for teenagers, the process of visiting a doctor for contraceptive prescription can be terrifying and embarrassing too.
Susan Hashem 24, an auditor in Dearborn, Mich. said, “At first I didn’t believe it.” Susan who cannot make time out of her work to consult doctor regarding the restart of birth control pills noticed an app called Lemonaid. A doctor reviews a woman’s medical information for $15 and sends a pill prescription to a local pharmacy.
“I thought it was just a setup to get money,” said Susan. But later when she answered the health questions one evening, “a doctor actually contacted me after office hours,” and the next morning, she picked up three months’ worth of pills.
So, these new services through apps and websites have grown up beneath the political radar. Unlike the legislative proposals or taxpayer-funded programs this new services have better results. But issues involving reproductive health are expected here.
Private companies, Non-Profit organizations including Planned Parenthood and a minimum of six digital ventures are now involved in furnishing the prescriptions written by clinicians. Prescriptions are provided only after a woman answers questions about her health online or by a video. According to the source, all prescribe birth control pills, and some prescribe patches, rings and morning-after pills. Some ship contraceptives directly to women’s doors.
Planned Parenthood Care currently serves Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Washington State and also Alaska, where women in remote locations get the contraceptives delivered by float plane.
The other comfort in using apps or websites is, few accept insurance including Medicaid for women and some charge modest fees for the women who are below the line in terms of income. Some send prescriptions to local pharmacies where women can give their insurance information while picking up the contraceptives.