Nurx app allows greater access to birth control

UTICA, N.Y. -- It's as easy as downloading the Nurx app, making an account, then choosing which birth control option is best for you. Now, some are saying it was only a matter of time before an app like this one was created.

"It's the kind of thing where we've seen services like this in the past," said Emma Corbett, director of communications for Planned Parenthood, Mohawk Hudson. "I think that the shift of it being a website to a mobile application is what stage it's at now."

Even without a prescription, women are able to choose while type of birth control works best for them in their price range before then ordering it through the app. Three to five days later, it shows up at their doorstep.

"It's really about access," Corbett said. "Anything that allows women greater access and personal control over the autonomy is ultimately a good thing."

The minimum age requirement for the app is 12 years-old, and some are saying that's too young. But doctors say the pill is used for various medical purposes, and instead should be called hormone therapy.

"It's often times referred to as birth control, but it has wider applications than just that," said Dr. Chris Kjolhede, attending pediatrician at Bassett Healthcare. "Young women are sometimes put on hormone therapy, sometimes called birth control, in order to manage their menstrual cycle and help alleviate some of those problems."

Because Nurx allows this medicine to be easily available, Kjolhede said young women should have an open dialogue with both their parents and physicians.

"More access is usually a good thing, but lack of supervision by a healthcare provider and lack of knowledge by the parents, where I think that's an important component to this, is the downside to that," Kjolhede said.

Right now the app is eligible in 16 different states, including New York.


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