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 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

Life as we know it can be overwhelming and stressful at times. Take it from me, ex-professional stressor. Maybe you have finals coming up, someone close to you is ill, or maybe there is just too many things on your plate at once. It is all perfectly normal, but by sneaking in some de-stressing, your everyday life will improve significantly. Why so stressed? The first step is always to understand what is exactly stressing you. The National Institute of Mental Health definition of stress is "the brain's response to any demand,". Sometimes it's painfully obvious what that is, other times…Read More

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By Maryam

As President & CEO, Chitra Panjabi advances SIECUS’ efforts to reshape cultural and societal narratives around sexuality. Leading with an intersectional vision, she is spearheading SIECUS’ work of addressing the impact of sexual stigma and shame on individuals across age, race, gender, gender identity and expression, class, sexual orientation, and ability. How has being the daughter of two Indian immigrants shaped your perspective on sexuality and sexual health? My family did not talk about sex growing up—it was a completely taboo topic in our household. While I was lucky to have some sexual health education (namely, learning that condoms…Read More

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By Eva

What is the Pull Out Method? The pull out method or withdrawal is the oldest form of birth control. It is actually quite easy to explain, the man has to pull his penis out from the vagina before he ejaculates. However, even if your partner does manage to do this, there is also a slight chance that you can get pregnant from pre-ejaculatory fluid, also known as 'pre-cum.' How much does it cost? The pull out method is obviously free, but it has a particularly high risk. You don’t have to spend anything to use it, but you have to…Read More

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By Eva

Birth control pills can sometimes cause abnormal vaginal bleeding or 'spotting.' Spotting is more likely to happen when the birth control method you use has very little-to-no estrogen. Estrogen-free, progestin-only methods include the shot, the implant, the hormonal IUD (Mirena), and the mini-pill. Estrogen helps to stabilize the lining of the uterus (the endometrium). When there isn’t so much estrogen around, the endometrium can shed a little bit at a time, causing spotting. Spotting can happen if you have just started using birth control and it may take a few months for your body to settle in. Give it…Read More

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By Maryam

In a recent case that has gained a lot of exposure, a gay man was denied coverage for PrEP in a pre authorization denial letter from UnitedHealthcare. After James Krellenstein from ACT UP NYC, posted the letter on Facebook (patient is anonymous), HIV activists set off the alarm and accusations have run rampant towards UHC for blatant discrimination and institutionalized homophobic practices. The letter stated that  “High-risk homosexual behavior” is not under the health plan criteria for covering PrEP. Instead, it specifically states that it is covered “to reduce the risk of sexually acquired HIV-1 infection in adults at…Read More

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By marthe

It's time to learn all about syphilis! What is it? Syphilis is a bacterial infection that’s spread through sex and is easily cured with antibiotic medicine. Syphilis causes sores on your genitals, that’s called chancres, these are often painless and not that easy to notice. The infection is one of the more severe ones if it’s not treated, as it can cause permanent damage. Worst case scenario if not treated, is brain damage, paralysis, and blindness. How do you get it? Syphilis is spread through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. The way in which to prevent it is by…Read More

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By Maryam

We know PrEP works. When taken as prescribed, it is proven to be up to 99% effective at preventing HIV. So, we wanted to outline four big clinical trials that prove PrEP is scientifically supported and generally awesome. Study 1: iPrEX (men and transwomen who have sex with men) In 2010, the iPrEX study was the first to definitely prove that PrEP works. It involved about about 2,500 sexually active people from six countries that were at higher risk for HIV. The results showed that the efficacy of PrEP largely correlated with adherence, or how regularly the participants took…Read More

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By marthe

Let me take you back to the Fall of 2007. It was a normal day - I was wearing my standard uniform of skinny jeans and Uggs while dancing in the schoolyard to "Umbrella." As I hurried in to change for P.E., I immediately was struck with a very familiar sensation spreading throughout my insides. My period had arrived. And this is why I started using birth control. My temperature rose into a burning fever while sudden dizziness and hot sweats took over- not to mention the feeling that someone was also stabbing my uterus from the inside. The only thing…Read More

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