A few days ago, I had a not-so-minor freakout when I discovered that my local doctor’s office hadn’t renewed my birth control prescription, despite my several requests, and I didn’t have the time or money to make an office visit. I was only a couple weeks away from being out of supplies, and that’s bad news for a married woman who doesn’t want kids. Fortunately, I had heard of Nurx being available in my state and I had them in mind already as a backup option (because I really really really really don’t want kids).
So, I began by downloading the app and filling out a general medical information profile. They ask about any conditions you’ve been diagnosed with (thankfully none here) and then ask if you’ve had a blood pressure test in the last six months (if not, you can go to your local pharmacy and get one for free). Once they have the results of your blood pressure test, they match you with the best birth control pill option and set up your prescription to mail directly to your home automatically. If you have insurance, you can provide your insurance information and, depending on your particular insurance, maybe even get it for free (like me thanks to my husband’s insurance through his work). If you’re uninsured, it’s only $15/mo for generic brands out of pocket. Still cheaper than a kid!
I started the process on a Thursday, and my first pack of pills arrived in the mail on Saturday. Yep, it was that fast. My new pack arrived well before my old one ran out, which was a huge relief.
Some people revere the old school tradition of going to an office visit with your doctor when you need your prescription renewed, but I always hated it. First of all, they would ask all kinds of dumb questions about how many sexual partners you’ve had in the past year (pointless and time wasting for a married woman who’s been with the same guy for over 3 years). Then, they examine your general chart and throw out the usual canned medical advice. Did you know you’re overweight? Have you considered going on a sad depressing all-kale diet until you get down to 120 lbs, your ribs are showing, your boobs don’t exist, and you just want to shoot yourself because life is miserable? (No offence to skinny girls; I’ve been 120 lbs before and I hated my body when I was that thin, so my personal preference is to maintain my curves). Finally, they interrogate you about when your last Pap smear was and try to convince you to schedule one at their office. Now, I’m not anti-pap, but I don’t think it should be a prerogative to obtaining vital contraceptive supplies either. It’s every woman’s decision and responsibility to arrange their own health care according to their schedule and budget, so it’s important to be able to access what we need when we need it in order to responsibly avoid unplanned pregnancies. We’re adults, not children, and we don’t need anyone commandeering our personal decisions about our own bodies.
Overall, I absolutely loved working with Nurx. Every time I messaged in with a question, I got a quick and courteous response, and now I don’t have to worry about going without my pills because they’ll automatically refill them and mail them to my home every single month for free (or every 3 months if your insurance allows that; mine doesn’t).
I would highly recommend this company for anyone who uses birth control pills and lives in a state they service. It’s so easy and affordable, and no one makes you feel awkward or uncomfortable about needing birth control for its intended purpose: to get some smoking hot dick (hello hubby 😉) and not have to worry about pregnancy! It’s 2019 and we shouldn’t have to pretend we need birth control for any reason other than sex in order to make it acceptable: sex between consenting adults who don’t wish to procreate is a perfectly great reason to use birth control.
So thank you Nurx for making contraceptives so much easier to access for busy working women! You guys are awesome and you’re doing a great thing.
Disclaimer: I have not been paid or compensated in any way by Nurx or any other company for this review. I am just a satisfied customer who wanted to share my experience in order to help other women. Also, I am not a doctor, so please don’t construe any of this as medical advice. The medical professionals at Nurx are qualified to give medical advice; I am not.