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Birth control

Being in the experimental period of our lives, birth control serves as a “saving grace” to many. There are many different types of birth control teens can take that ranges from the pill, stick-patches, shots and even implants. Even though birth control has the reputation of just preventing pregnancy, it is also used to regulate menstrual cycles, clear acne and even stop menstrual pains like migraines and back aches.

Unfortunately, getting birth control requires a doctor’s visit. Women under-go a simple examination and receive a pamphlet with all the different birth control options. They then have a conversation with their doctor of what type of birth control suits them and their lifestyle the best.

This process isn’t necessary.Women in Indianapolis, Indiana, are looking to launch a new app that doesn’t require a doctor’s visit in order to get birth control. According to Fox59.com, women can download the app, “Nurx”, to get a prescription and have the contraception delivered to their door. Women can register for a free Nurx account online by filling out a basic medical questionnaire and exchanging a few messages with a doctor. With birth control options expanding and the stigma shrinking, it shouldn’t come to a surprise that an app has been created. With this, people just looking for a quick and easy path to getting birth control can get it without a doctor’s visit safely and affordably.

Who wouldn’t want this app? It enables to women to get their birth control quickly and easily, still, with the doctor’s opinion and approval. Ohio needs to authorize this app so women throughout the state have more options.

After choosing birth control type and brand, women can enter their insurance information for review, and a doctor will fill the prescription, which will then be delivered to their home. Uninsured patients can still receive birth control at a cost of just $15. Nurx is currently only authorized to deliver to California, Washington, New York, Washington, D.C, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Florida, Michigan , Missouri, Minnesota, Maryland and Indiana.

According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies, 49 percent of all pregnancies are described as unplanned, and in 2010, public spending for unplanned pregnancies totaled an estimated $376 million.

The broad, positive impacts of birth control include boosting the US economy because fewer unplanned pregnancies will occur, so therefore consumers should have more access to birth control because it is ultimately does more for the country’s bottom line.

Places like Planned Parenthood allowed “the U.S and state governments to save $13.6 billion in 2010 and it is estimated that for every $1 invested in family planning programs, federal and state governments save $7.09 in part because of the unintended pregnancies that were prevented from publicly supported contraception, ” according to Planned Parenthood’s website.

Ohio constituents need to contact their state representative to encourage the authorization of the “Nurx” app for Ohio so it is among the countless other states throughout the country to approve it.

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