By Kyle McCarthy

A plethora of barriers prevent women from accessing reproductive health services, but did you know that only 1 in 50 women have easy access to clinics that provide contraceptives in the U.S.? Even though 81 percent of Americans support women’s rights to access birth control, the right for women to obtain safe, affordable, and accessible health care is still attacked. On the surface, birth control seems easy to access with the Affordable Care Act requiring all insurance companies to cover FDA-approved contraception and several states allowing patients to get birth control from their pharmacist without a doctor’s prescription. So,…Read More

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By Kyle McCarthy

Shortly after being elected, President-elect Donald Trump promised to bring the country together and hinted that he might not dismantle the Affordable Care Act after all. Well, it appears that was short-lived. Earlier this week Trump selected Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), one of the ACA's most vocal critics, as his pick for the Health and Human Services secretary. By doing so, it appears that Trump most likely does intend to dismantle Obamacare. Price has led efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act and introduced bills which would not require insurance companies to accept people with preexisting conditions, increase health…Read More

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By Kyle McCarthy

Did you know there are birth control methods you can use to skip your period? Continuous birth control methods allow you to safely skip your period and not have to worry about your cycle, even if it’s regular. So, how does it work? Instead of taking your placebo pills the week of your period, you would just continue to take your active pills without a break. With confirmation from your doctor, you can most likely use your current oral contraceptive, however, not every pill is designed for continuous use. If this is the case, your doctor can prescribe one…Read More

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By Jayne Gagliano

Birth control is widely considered a female health issue since condoms and vasectomies are currently the only FDA-approved form of male birth control. Along with America’s lack of comprehensive sex education programs and the fact that only women are able to get pregnant, very often, men especially lack knowledge about women’s reproductive health and contraceptive methods. In order to get the inside scoop, BuzzFeed took to the streets of Hollywood to test men about their birth control knowledge. So, how much do guys know about birth control? The results were surprisingly mixed: some guys were really knowledgeable whileothers didn’t…Read More

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By Kyle McCarthy

Recently, Boxed.com announced that the company has lowered the prices of goods targeted at women, which are often priced higher the same or very similar products marketed to men. Last year, two major studies showed that often times, women pay more than men for many consumer goods. A Canadian study showed that women pay on average 43 percent more for toiletries and personal care products than men do, and a study in New York showed that women are paying seven percent more. Now, another organization has joined the fight to end unequal gender pricing. Asha Dahya, founder of GirlTalkHQ,…Read More

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By Kyle McCarthy

What would you do if you were homeless and got your period? This question is what inspired Chelsea Vonchaz to create #HappyPeriod when she saw a homeless woman who was visibly on her cycle. After speaking with several shelters, Vonchaz learned that homeless and low-income women are most likely to get donations for toothbrushes and toilet paper, but not pads or tampons. It’s as if people forgot these women experience menstrual cycles as well. As stated on their website, “Our initiative supports everyone that has a monthly flow, including teenagers, nonbinary, and the LGBT community.” A few weeks ago…Read More

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By Kyle McCarthy

Birth control is widely considered a female health issue since condoms and vasectomies are currently the only FDA-approved form of male birth control. Along with America’s lack of comprehensive sex education programs and the fact that only women are able to get pregnant, very often, men especially lack knowledge about women’s reproductive health and contraceptive methods. In order to get the inside scoop, BuzzFeed took to the streets of Hollywood to test men about their birth control knowledge. So, how much do guys know about birth control? The results were surprisingly mixed: some guys were really knowledgeable while others…Read More

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By Jayne Gagliano

According to a recent CDC study presented at Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI in 2016), if current trends of new HIV infections continue at the present rate, 1 in 2 African American and 1 in 4 Latino men who have sex with men will become infected with HIV at some point in their lives. Those odds are staggering. The CDC has aimed to address these numbers with their High Impact Prevention plan, which includes the utilization of Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. PrEP is a proven HIV prevention strategy, and according to the CDC as many…Read More

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By Kyle McCarthy

A key goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has been to reduce the number of uninsured Americans. Since major provisions of the ACA went into effect in January 2014, the uninsured rate has dropped to the lowest rate in decades. President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal the ACA when he takes office, while other times, he has stated that he would keep certain provisions of it. Below are six reasons why repealing the Affordable Care Act is a terrible idea. 1.)24 million Americans will lose health insurance. Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented, the uninsured…Read More

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By kaylalittle

Many people think that birth control is solely meant to prevent pregnancy. However, birth control has so many additional helpful tools to improve your daily life. Birth control can do wonders. Here are three OTHER reasons to use birth control: 1.) Regulate your period. Did you know you can control when you have your period or whether you have it at all? Birth control can allow you to never have your period again, or to always have your period every month and know when to expect it. You can also choose to have it 3-4 times per year and…Read More

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By Kyle McCarthy

In most countries in the world, women are able to access birth control without a prescription. However, with the exception of California and Oregon, women are unable to get birth over-the-counter in the United States. California and Oregon are two states which have passed laws to expand access to contraceptives and more states are expected to follow as well. In both states, the laws aim to make it so women can get oral contraceptives right from the pharmacist, but as we found out, more than six months after the bill has been enacted, it’s still nearly impossible to do…Read More

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By kaylalittle

Last April, the California Board of Pharmacy adopted regulations allowing pharmacists to dispense oral contraceptives, vaginal rings, and patches. But has much really changed? Over the past two weeks, I called over 130 pharmacies to see if I could get a prescription for birth control. Want to know how that turned out? ONE pharmacy said they could actually prescribe me birth control. That one pharmacist also had to actually look up how to actually do this, because he had never done this before. Kudos to him for actually knowing that this was even an option and for being willing to…Read More

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By Maryam

The Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI) is a national organization dedicated to improving the health and wellness of 21 million Black women and girls in this country. They focus on the most pressing health issues that face this population and create innovative strategies and programs to address them. According to BWHI President & CEO, Linda Goler Blount, the organization’s mission is to "ensure that Black women and girls live their healthiest lives emotionally, physically, and financially." Below, are two BWHI initiatives which are helping improve the health of black women and girls. My Sister’s Keeper According to BHWI, the…Read More

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By Jayne Gagliano

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has spent about $17.7 million to pass Proposition 61. And there’s a VERY good reason that AHF and the organization’s CEO, Michael Weinstein, have done so (for them, at least). If passed, the California ballot measure will drive business to AHF’s pharmacies, the organization’s main source of revenue. AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the single largest health care provider to people living with HIV and AIDS in the United States, generating about $800 million in revenue, about 80% of which coming from their pharmacies. A 501(c)(3) non-profit has never spent so much to ensure a bill…Read More

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By Jayne Gagliano

This election cycle, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has written and sponsored Proposition 60, a bill which would violate adult filmworkers’ privacy and weaken workplace safety. AHF has also spent nearly five million dollars to pass this California ballot measure. This harmful proposition would require adult film performers to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse, require producers to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations, and require producers to post condom requirements at film sites. It would also allow any Californian to sue adult film performers who distribute or produce adult content which violates adult filmworkers’ privacy, and…Read More

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By Kyle McCarthy

Throughout his year-and-a-half long campaign, Donald Trump has spewed some of the most jarring hate speech we have ever witnessed from a presidential candidate. His comments have normalized blatant sexism and violence against women, which has serious impacts on women’s health and overall safety. Without further ado, here are 5 reasons a Trump presidency would be detrimental to women’s health: 1.) Numerous sexual assault allegations Trump has been accused of sexual assault by over twenty women--and counting. Currently, he is accused of raping a 13 year old girl, “Jane Doe”, in 1994. Read a thorough list of women who…Read More

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By Kyle McCarthy

Last April, the California Board of Pharmacy adopted regulations allowing pharmacists to dispense oral contraceptives, vaginal rings, and patches. But has much really changed? Over the past two weeks, Nurx team-member, Kayla Little, called over 130 pharmacies to see if she could get a prescription for birth control. Want to know how that turned out? ONE pharmacy said they could actually do this, though the pharmacist said he had to look up how to actually do it...Out of 138. Interested in seeing the results from Kayla's calls to San Francisco pharmacies? An interactive map and a table of all of…Read More

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By Jessica Knox

If you’re taking a combination birth control pill (estrogen + progestin): If you vomit more than 2 hours after taking an active birth control pill, you are still protected from pregnancy. If you vomit within 2 hours of taking an active pill, treat it as a missed pill and take another active pill right away. As long as you don’t throw up again, you are still protected from pregnancy. If you vomit after taking an inactive pill, don’t worry! You are still protected from pregnancy. If you have ongoing vomiting or diarrhea (3 or more watery stools in 24…Read More

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