Public health experts are seeing this new convenience as a way to get more women using contraception. They are hoping this will reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions.
Nonprofits and private companies like Planned Parenthood have clinicians who are are able to give out prescriptions after talking with the patient about health history. They can prescribe contraceptives such as birth control pills, patches, rings and morning-after pills.
Using the new services to obtain the contraceptives is convenient because they arrive right outside your door.
The New York Times report that there are about 40 percent of unintended pregnancies within The United States. Due to these numbers, birth control and other contraceptives are seen as a critical public health issue.
There has been ongoing questioning on why there is not easier access to birth control along with insurance companies covering the prescription. Since there is no legislative approval required for these new apps and websites, there is hope this will help and reach many women.
“This kind of access is certainly an improvement for some women who have access to the web and a smartphone,” Dr. Nancy Stanwood, the chairwoman of the board of Physicians for Reproductive Health, told The New York Times. “Look, if I can order something on Amazon and they’re going to drone-deliver it half an hour later to my house, of course we’re going to think of better ways for women to get birth control.”
Many young women are facing issues and insecurities of going to a doctor at such a young age. These along with many more women are uncertain how to obtain birth control pills, but this new service could give comfort to countless women.