I tried an app that lets you order birth control pills online for free — and it’s a game-changer


erin brodwin

Getting birth control pills is no easy task.

But a handful of apps is hoping to change that. They’re designed to let you order birth control from your smartphone or computer in just a few minutes — no doctor’s visit required.

Having been on birth control for a decade, I decided to try out one of the apps, called Nurx, for myself.

On Tuesday, Nurx announced it raised $36 million with help from some top Silicon Valley venture capital firms including Kleiner Perkins, Union Square Ventures, and the tech startup accelerator Y Combinator. Chelsea Clinton also joined the company’s board of directors.

Here’s how my Nurx experience went.

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I’ve been taking “the pill” for a decade. This popular type of birth control, which involves a daily pill, works by keeping eggs (or “ova”) from leaving the ovaries.

Birth control is important for many reasons — first and foremost for preventing unwanted pregnancies — but I was prescribed it for a slightly atypical reason: Shortly after starting my period for the first time, I stopped menstruating for five months.

This phenomenon, known as amenorrhea, has a variety of causes, but my doctors chalked it up to the fact that I was (and still am) highly physically active and below-average weight.

Sources: University of Southern California Fertility Institute; Mayo Clinic

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