By marthe

Many women ask themselves, "Should I get on birth control?" You may be surprised to know the majority of reasons for starting.  According to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, 82% of teens use the pill for non-contraceptive reasons. Additionally, more than half of all users use it mainly for other reasons than preventing pregnancies. There are many different reasons why you might benefit from starting the pill and we've listed the most common reasons below.  Sex - Let's be honest, the most obvious for many, is starting birth control to use to prevent pregnancies. Birth control plays a huge…Read More

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By marthe

Vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, oral sex, masturbation; and the list of human sexual experiences goes on. Some do it for pleasure, some do it out of boredom and some do it because they want to procreate. Whatever your reason for indulging in sexual activity is, it says more about your body than you might know. By keeping track of your sexual activity, combined with your cycle you’ll be able to understand more about your body and sexual health than before. Why should you track your sexual activity? If you’re trying to get pregnant Keeping track of when you had…Read More

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By marthe

Did you know that your clitoris has more than 8,000 sensory nerve endings? That's more than the penis! The female reproductive system is immensely complex and ever so interesting. Here is a guide to lay out the major parts of your reproductive system. To break it down, the reproductive system consists of both outer parts, and inner parts. The outer parts: Vulva: The collective name for all your sexual organs outside your body. It is actually more correct to use this term than the more popular name vagina. Mons: Finally, the fatty tissue below your bellybutton actually has a purpose…Read More

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By kirsten

If you’ve never been to a gynecologist, it’s completely normal to be a little nervous. I know I was! But you should know that there is nothing to worry about. Your gynecologist is there to help you. If it’s your first visit, you might be wondering what to expect and why you need to go in the first place. Some of the main reasons women visit the gynecologist can include discussing birth control options, learning about how to prevent and test for STI’s, annual pelvic exams, and getting screened for reproductive cancer. When Should I See a Gynecologist? Typically,…Read More

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By marthe

Oh, no, not again! That awful itch. Damning the fact that you are not a cavewoman, scratching yourself in public might not always be socially acceptable. Carefully adjusting your pants might do the trick, but either way, you need to deal with it ASAP. The fungus called Candidia Yeast infection is caused by a type of fungus called Candida. This yeast normally lives inside your body, at places such as the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina. We even have it on our skin, and normally we don’t have a problem with it. However in those occasions where candida decides…Read More

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By madeline

If you’re uninsured, you’re not alone! According to the United States Census Bureau, 48 million people were uninsured in the US in 2012. This is 15.4% of the total under 65 population! However, being uninsured doesn’t mean you can't access affordable birth control. Birth control pricing can vary dramatically based on numerous factors. In the US, the market for birth control is governed by free market principles, meaning that pharmacies can set their pricing however they choose. Even so, pharmacies are also at the mercy of the manufacturers and distributors of the medication, which is why pricing can vary…Read More

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By Maryam

Meet Merissa Hawkins, our PrEP and Nonprofit Lead! She joined our team in July 2017 from Columbus, Ohio. She is passionate about finding creative ways to make healthcare more engaging and accessible, particularly in the world of HIV prevention and women’s health. So of course, Nurx’s use of telemedicine to reduce barriers to quality healthcare was a perfect fit. Merissa will now be focused on all things PrEP here at Nurx and working with our partner nonprofits and researchers. How did you get into this field of work? My journey to the world of HIV prevention was never necessarily…Read More

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By Eva

This is my story about switching methods - remember that this doesn't mean it will be the same for everyone! The combination pill I remember the day I decided to stop taking Yasmin. It was a hot summer day and I was wearing my favorite orange skirt. I was walking to the store with my boyfriend at the time and I was so mad! I don’t remember why, but I was really angry and I felt I would cry at anytime. I was especially mad at my boyfriend, and I excused it with “you get more mad at the…Read More

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By Maryam

Now, users in North Carolina 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 North Carolinian 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 ‘NORTHCAROLINA’ at checkout. Users will receive $30 off their order, which equates to up to two months of free birth control. Discount does not apply to emergency contraception…Read More

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By Eva

Food effects your health! That’s hardly any news, but the principle also applies to the vagina. Check which foods can relieve and prevent vaginal bothers.  Food that works against yeast infections Yogurt: Yeast infections are a common nuisance caused by the candida fungus. If you get them often, try to eat more yogurt. Lactic acid bacteria helps to keep the pH-balance in the vagina. Look for yogurt the contains active cultures. Other sources of active cultures are kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, pickles and kombucha tea. Garlic: Strengthens the immune system so this can have a preventative effect. Cinnamon: Cinnamon is…Read More

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By marthe

Ever wondered how your trusted rabbit came to life? Let us take you through the fascinating history of sex toys. Spoiler: Your ancestors were just as horny as you, if not more! Experts believe sexual aids have been around for several thousand years, with the first ever trace of sexual artifacts over 30,000 years ago! In the Middle East, historical reports reference Egyptians and Greeks using unripe bananas, or camel dung coated in resin as sexual aids. Whereas in ancient Greece, in particular, reports claim traders made and sold objects called ‘olisbos’, intended to help wives achieve sexual penetration while…Read More

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By Maryam

Lanai Daniels, an NYC based sex educator and one of our contributors, dives into sexual healing as an empowering form of self-care.   On Saturday, August 12, I traveled to New Women Space to attend an event called “Sex as Healing: Better Sex & Self Care Workshop". Facilitated by Charlie Trotman, the purpose of this workshop was to encourage participants into using self-care techniques to make sex more of an experience than an act. As a sexually active woman, I was excited to attend this workshop and get a better understanding of my own sexual values and practices. During…Read More

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By Maryam

One of the main barriers in HIV protection is knowing that PrEP exists in the first place. If you haven’t heard of PrEP before, it is a once daily pill that is up to 99% effective preventing HIV. But the issue is, most people do not even know it exists. When we break down the demographics, we see a huge gap in awareness among women. This is due to a number of reasons. One being that PrEP awareness campaigns have been towards gay cis gendered men, especially in the urban areas of San Francisco, New York and Chicago. As…Read More

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By Eva

You’ve probably heard that when people with periods live together, their menstrual cycles begin to sync. Is this true? In 1971, Nature published the first study looking at over 100 women living in college dorms to see if their cycle synchronized. They found that a significant number of women living in proximity to each other experienced a decrease in the onset of their period or greater synchronization. The author concluded that menstrual synchronization is due to an increase of pheromone communication. Evolutionary arguments sprouted to support why period synchronicity is beneficial to reproductive success. The most popular one is that the synchronization…Read More

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By Eva

A Swedish study has shown that exercising during your period at the beginning of the cycle improves the quality of muscle growth post-workout. The researchers believe that this is due to the hormonal variations, specifically, the high estrogen levels. In addition to getting the most out of your workout, exercising during your period can also help ease some natural discomforts. Boost your mood and combat PMS: During PMS, your Your hormone levels in your body will decrease during PMS, this also applies to the ‘happiness hormone’ serotonin. Thus, it can be good with a little extra pep. Some easy,…Read More

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By Eva

What is it? Genital herpes inis one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S and it is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of HSV; HSV-1 which can be found on the genitals and in the face or mouth, and HSV-2 which can be found around and on the genitals. Only two out of ten people who are infected with genital herpes know that they have it. That is because in most cases produces either no symptoms or very mild ones. How do you get it? HSV is passed from one…Read More

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By marthe

Hitting up the health center again, awkwardly standing in line to get tested, and for what?  “I feel fine, I’m sure Jack, or John, or what's-his-name is STI- free.” Well, that’s the thing though, you never know. If not careful, yesterday's bliss can easily result in tomorrow’s pain. Girl, take charge of your sex life and practice safe sex. Being prepared, being ready, and being safe is healthy and wise. Safe sex is a term of protecting yourself and your partner(s) from sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies. Many are not aware of the risk they pose from having…Read More

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By marthe

We know by now that archeologists and researchers tend to find the most peculiar things about our history.  Everything from the first dildo, the first attempts at birth control, and now even grooming techniques for your vajayjay. Turns out that it all started with the ancient Egyptians. As in most other aspects, the ancient Egyptians were rather civilized, and probably some of the first to start grooming their pubic hair. The general opinion in ancient Egypt was that having pubic hair was uncivilized, thus it had to go. As history will have it, the trend followed in ancient Greek…Read More

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