Friday is National Birthday Control Day, yet Barriers to Birth Control Access Persist

Contraception is an essential medical treatment whether used to prevent pregnancy, reduce migraine menstruation, or manage conditions such as endometriosis. Still, many who need it face stubborn barriers to access — and the COVID pandemic has strengthened those barriers while creating new ones. When orders for shelter-in-place began in the spring, people in need of contraception turned to telemedicine to access it in a safe and convenient way.

The pandemic emphasized how difficult it is to access contraception, but even before this year, many people did not have access to contraception at a convenient and affordable price, or (in some cases) at more than 19 million women in the United States I live in the contraceptive desert, an area that requires publicly funded contraception and lacks access to health centers that provide the full range of contraceptive methods.In addition, roughly 1.5 million women I live in a county without a single health center that offers all the means.

Whether women are facing financial, geographic or logistical barriers, or safety concerns related to COVID, telemedicine can be a solution, contraception only. It doesn’t stop there. Telemedicine is especially helpful in accessing care that may have stigma associated with it. This year, we have increased our home sexually transmitted disease testing services by more than 120%, herpes treatment requests by nearly 200%, and emergency contraception requests by 300%.

New to address COVID-related gaps in college student care College Health Hub It was launched to provide students with information on sexuality and sexual health from medical professionals and sex educators.

Telemedicine services can provide not only the ability to access medications and tests, but also something very important, especially this year. It is a feature that allows patients and healthcare providers to connect conditionally at their convenience.

Basically, telemedicine empowers patients and provides them with access to contraception and other basic care without having to jump over the hoop to get the services they need.

Varsha Rao is the CEO of NurxA digital health company that provides convenient and affordable access to delicate health needs. With more than 300,000 patients nationwide, Nurx is the leading online provider of contraception. Prior to Nurx, Rao was COO and Head of Global Operations for Clover Health at Airbnb.

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