New Apps Allow Women to Get Birth Control Without Doctor Visit
And they're available in Michigan, ladies.
It's part of a growing, quiet trend to provide birth control to women who don't have the opportunity to go to a doctor. It's no secret that healthcare is expensive, and unfortunately, some people don't have it at all.
Public health officials hope that the apps will encourage women to "start, or restart, using contraception and help reduce the country’s stubbornly high rate of unintended pregnancies, as well as the rate of abortions."
The controversy comes with the age of the patients: one of the apps will prescribe contraceptives to girls as young as 13. However, the rest of the apps have minimum age requirements. Dr. Jason Hwang, the chief medical officer of the app Lemonaid, says that the age limit is “not based on clinical grounds; it was a political decision. We didn’t want people who might be under 18, who might still have parents who would get upset if we were making decisions for them.”
The pills can be picked up at your local pharmacy, or delivered to your door. Sounds a lot like Doctor on Demand, no?
We're real people, and we're honest, so I'll tell you - my doctor, who is very openly religious, can be a little bit difficult about prescribing me my birth control pills. So, I've downloaded the Lemonaid app to streamline the process. I'll let you know how it goes!