Smart Phones and Birth Control


“Ask if Birth Control is Right for You” is a sketch by Amy Schumer turning the hurdle filled mission to get birth control into a satire that women can laugh at but still understand the struggle. Being a woman seems to come with a cornucopia of issues which shouldn’t have to include getting pregnant when they want to but it does.

Amy has to ask a boy scout, the mail man, her boss, a priest, social media, Jeeves, her mother’s boyfriend, and the Supreme Court to see if she can get birth control only to be questioned on why she has sex for fun. She finally gets it, only to have to go through all of it again the next month.

It’s the modern age with educated Millennials and super computers; shouldn’t there be a solution to this?  There might be.

You can now get birth control from an app but is it a solution to one problem and causing another one?

There are a ton of new apps available to women to receive birth control and emergency contraceptives without having to go to the doctor’s office. How is that though?

Handful of states including California allows heath care online or with a video conference and this was concluded in the Telemedicine Development Act of 1996 and the Teleheath Advancement Act of 2011

There is Nurx which is an app for receiving birth control and HIV prevention medication. Lemonaid, another app that offers birth control prescriptions and treatment options for urinary tract infection, acne, flu and hair loss. The Planned Parenthood has a site that offers birth control prescriptions and home tests for STDs and UTI treatments.

There is also Maven and Virtuwell. Maven calls itself a “digital clinic for women” and has a network of doctors and experts on women and children health. Virtuwell offers general healthcare for minor ailments such as allergies, ear infections, pinkeye and colds. They also offer birth control and STD treatment.

There are now other ways that people can receive health care without having to take time off of work and pay expensive doctor bills. This begs that question; will people avoid visiting the doctor all together since they can just use their smartphones? It is likely.

People react differently to medication and when people avoid visiting the doctor, it can cause fatal complications. The answer to this is the answer to most things, moderation. If there isn’t time to stop at the doctor, use your phone. There is time to go to the doctor, go.

It might be a struggle to secure a prescription for birth control and there really isn’t time to ask the mailman, a boy scout and the Supreme Court isn’t return your calls but seeing a doctor, at least initially, is the best route.

Smart Phones and Birth Control

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