New App Launched In Colorado Offers Easy Access To Birth Control

By Kelly Ragan
Greeley Tribune, Colo.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) With Nurx, users download the app and fill out a survey, which is sent to remote doctors who are licensed to practice. Users can select the brand of birth control they want if they’ve used it before or if they’ve never used birth control before, doctors can make recommendations.

Greeley Tribune, Colo.

Nurx, a new start up and app, joined the ranks of Maven and Lemonaid in providing access to birth control via smart phone. Nurx launched in Colorado in late January.

The app gives women and girls of all ages another option to get birth control without going to a doctors’ appointment or telling their parents.

All women, even girls, can already access contraception without parents’ permission in Colorado. They can go to a doctor for a prescription, or they can go directly to a pharmacy. Now they can use apps.

With Nurx, users download the app, whether from a store or from the website, and fill out a survey, which is sent to remote doctors who are licensed to practice in Colorado, said Maryam Fikri, spokeswoman for the company.

Users can select the brand of birth control they want if they’ve used it before, Fikri said. If they’ve never used birth control before, doctors can make recommendations. The doctors then send that prescription to a partner pharmacy. It takes between 2-5 business days from a request to shipment.

Alison Cowan, an OB/GYN with UCHealth, said she looked at the app and entered in some mock data to test it out. For the most part, she thought it was reasonable. She also said in general, women’s health care providers support anything that increases women’s access to contraception.

In Colorado, Fikri said, about 45 percent of all pregnancies in Colorado were unplanned.

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