By Maryam

We are dedicated to increasing access to PrEP. Interestingly, one of the major barriers to access is, well, awareness about PrEP in the first place. There are those that are dedicating their lives to spreading awareness about PrEP and the tools that exist to prevent HIV. Shannon Weber is one of those people. She is the Director of HIVEonline, founder of PleasePrEPMe.org and Loveyou2.org and coordinator of GettingtoZeroSF.org. Here, she dives into the strategic mechanisms behind increasing awareness to PrEP.  "PrEP awareness is rapidly evolving. In communities where early PrEP rollout occurred (such as San Francisco), awareness among gay…Read More

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By marthe

What is it? The ring is a small, plastic, flexible ring that you literally put in your vagina. It then will continuously release low doses of progesterone and estrogen. This prevents eggs from releasing from the ovaries as well as thickens the cervical mucus (to block the sperm from the egg).  The ring is about as effective as the pill if you use it correctly. So, how do you use it? You put it in your vagina, either twist it or make it into a small ball before inserting it. Once inside, leave it in there for three weeks,…Read More

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By Maryam

Some women feel that their sex drive has decreased after being on birth control for some time. This theory has been around for awhile and supported by the fact that hormonal birth control decreases testosterone production in the ovaries, which is instrumental in sex drive. Although, according to a 2013 review, only about 15% of women noticed a dip in libido, while 85% noticed an increase or no change. This is still significant to conclude correlation, but there may be other factors that suggest the difference in sex drive. In the most recent research, Dr. Kristen Mark, the lead…Read More

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By Maryam

The strategic efforts dedicated to ripping away our reproductive rights are fully fledged and relentless. When we filter out the anger, confusion and helplessness, the only thing that remains is the pressing question: What can we do? Well, we chatted with Emily Kadar from the National Institute for Reproductive Health who gave us strategies for plugging into the reproductive justice movement. During a time with major impending threats to our reproductive rights, how can we get involved? EK: "I would urge everyone to get involved in the fight for reproductive rights, health, and justice at the local and state level.…Read More

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By marthe

Hello everyone in the The Garden State! We now serve New Jersey! Now, users in New Jersey will be able to use our birth control app to get a prescription for their birth control and have it sent right to their door! As a special welcoming gift to all new New Jersey users, we are offering FREE BIRTH CONTROL to new users! To get the deal, users must visit Nurx.com, create a Nurx account, pick their brand of choice, and enter promo code ‘NEW JERSEY’ at checkout. Users will receive $30 off their order, which equates to up to…Read More

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By Maryam

We chatted with Jenelle Marie Peirce, who is the Founder & Executive Director of TheSTDProject.com and Spokesperson for PositiveSingles.com. Her site focuses on eradicating STD stigma by facilitating and encouraging awareness, education, and acceptance through story-telling and resource recommendations. Jenelle’s work has been featured in popular outlets such as: The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Jezebel, Forbes, HuffPost Live, NPR, Mother Jones, Refinery 29, The Daily Mail, Bustle, and many more.  Here, she discusses what's missing in our sex education and why she started her own independent website. Why are so many people misinformed about sexual health? JP: I believe this all…Read More

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By Eva

Birth Control App in Massachusetts! We now serve The Bay State! Now, women in Massachusetts will be able to use our birth control app to get a prescription for their birth control and have it delivered right to their door! As a special welcoming gift, we are offering FREE BIRTH CONTROL to new Massachusetts users! To get the deal, users must visit Nurx.com, create a Nurx account, pick their brand of choice, and enter promo code ‘MA’ at checkout. Users will receive $30 off their order, which equates to up to two months of free birth control. This promotion…Read More

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By Maryam

Below is an interview with Rebecca Willman from Abortion Care Network (ACN), the only nonprofit dedicated to supporting independent abortion providers and their allies. Here, she discusses what "indies" are and the constant challenges they face trying to provide much needed services to millions of women. What are Indies? RW: Independent abortion care providers (“indies”) include small practice owners, non-profit clinics, local women’s health centers, and others providing abortion care in their communities. Because indies are locally based providers, they lack the support or resources that come with affiliation with a national healthcare system, so ACN fills this gap. Our…Read More

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By Eva

At Nurx, we get a lot of questions from users about birth control. Below, are three commonly asked questions about birth control. Depression: Some studies show that there may be some correlation between contraception and depression. Depression is listed as a side effect, and if you are prone towards depression, you should mention this to one of our doctors when placing your request through Nurx. Adolescents have a higher risk of experiencing depression. This risk decreases around 30 years old. It is important to know that there are numerous options for birth control, so if one doesn't work for…Read More

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By Maryam

At Nurx, we’re interviewing inspiring Changemakers who are making a difference in the health field and reproductive justice. Caitlin Gaffin is the Director of Operations for WV FREE, the leading reproductive health, rights, and justice organization in the state of West Virginia. WV FREE is a reproductive health, rights, and justice organization that works to improve education on reproductive options, increase access to affordable birth control, reduce teen pregnancy, improve adolescent health, and protect personal decision-making, including the decision of whether or when to have a child. What is the most urgent need in West Virginia in the context…Read More

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By Eva

There’s an emoji of a smiling poop, 12 different emojis of the moon and several cat emojis. How relatable are they, really? Why not make an emoji of something half of the world’s population can relate to, such as a menstruation emoji? This question was asked by Plan International UK earlier this year. They wanted to do something about this and had a petition where people in the UK and Australia could vote on 5 different emojis depicting menstruation. In June a winner was announced; a pair of panties with blood droplets on them. Even though menstruation is normal,…Read More

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By Eva

Period blood comes in different colors. Ever wondered what the color means? Below, we’ve broken it down for you! Pinkish: You may have low estrogen levels. Especially if it's accompanied by a lighter-than-usual flow. Watery-looking: You may have a nutritional deficiency. Dark brown: This is a sign that you have older bits of uterine lining and blood that are just now making their way out of your body. But don't panic: This is normal and can be at the beginning of the period or in the end. Brown blood is old blood. Thick and red: You may have low progesterone levels and high…Read More

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By Eva

Menorrhagia is the technical term of heavy menstrual bleeding. Usually it is not a sign of any dangerous diseases, but it can be very uncomfortable. Here are some signs which can indicate abnormal heavy flows: You need ten or more tampons or pads during the days with the heaviest bleeding. You have to use both tampons and pads to prevent bleeding through. Your menstruation lasts more than six days. You have to get up during the night to change pad or tampon. There is blood on your sheets even though you use a pad or tampon. You’re staying home…Read More

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By Maryam

At Nurx, we’re interviewing inspiring Changemakers who are making a difference in the health field and reproductive justice field. Below, is an interview with Dr. Dawn Chin-Quee where she discusses her research in family planning and contraception access internationally. Dr. Chin-Quee was born and raised in Jamaica and migrated with her family to the United States. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in HIV/AIDS research training at UCLA, she developed an interest in public health—specifically international health. Since joining FHI 360, Dawn has designed and monitored research in family planning and reproductive health. What are some current solutions that have helped…Read More

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By Kyle McCarthy

At Nurx, we’re interviewing changemakers who are making a difference in access to health care. Below, is an interview with Angela Mujukian. Mujukian is medical student, and co-author of the best-selling, award-winning book series, 20BeautifulWomen. Her work can be seen at HuffPost, EliteDaily, BuzzFeed, and ThriveGlobal. What motivated you to pursue medical school and become a doctor? AM: It’s not just one factor, one moment, or one thing that shaped my choice to become a doctor. It is a series of multiple events, moments, and experiences. It began with the story of my grandfather: My grandparents were orphans who…Read More

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By Eva

Yes, birth control has shown to be an effective treatment for women with moderate acne. Androgenes, which is the common word for male hormones, stimulates growth of skin, hair and sebaceous glands. If the body produces too much of these hormones, or if the skin is more sensitive to the effects of the hormones, extra sebum will be produced. This will block the sebaceous glands and cause infections and inflammation in the skin, and thus lead to pimples and impurities. Some pills contains an anti-androgen in addition to estrogen and progesterone that will counteract the production of male hormones,…Read More

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By marthe

The pill is one of the most used forms of birth control by women in the US, and when taken as directed, can be over 99% effective. However, there are certain things to be aware of when on the pill. Below, are three things that can make the Pill less effective. Taking the pill at the same time every day? Whether you’re on the mini pill or the the combination pill, you should always take it at the same time every day. However, If you’re on the mini pill, you’ll need to be even more vigilant about this. Having…Read More

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By Kyle McCarthy

At Nurx, we’re interviewing changemakers who are making a difference in the health and reproductive justice fields. Below, is an interview with Aleka Gurel. Gurel is a research analyst at Beyond the Pill, a program of the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. What would adequate access to birth control look like? AG: To me, “adequate access” means that every person can actually get the method that’s best for them. Let’s start with the obvious–clinics would offer every FDA-approved method. Today, many people around the country still can’t get IUDs and implants (the most effective reversible methods) because clinicians have…Read More

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