By Eva

Ah, yes, the dreadful UTI. That burning sensation, frequent urination and pelvic pain is far too common amongst women.  Up to 50% of women will experience this in their lifetime, putting us at a much greater risk than men - mostly due to our shorter urethras. If you don't know, a urinary tract infection is caused by bacteria that crawls up into the bladder through the urethra. As a result you feel a stinging sensation during and after urination that can be super painful. The majority of UTI's are caused by E.coli from the GI tract. In addition to female…Read More

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By Maryam

Finding the right contraceptive may seem overwhelming. After all, there are over 100 different brands of oral contraceptives, which come in two forms. These are the combination pill and the mini-pill. So, what are the differences between the combination pill and the mini-pill, anyway? Many people do not know the difference between these pills, or that two types even exist. So, we figured we'd make it as easy as possible to understand. Combination Pill More commonly known as 'the Pill', combination pills are the most popular type of birth control pill. Combination pills use both estrogen and progestin to…Read More

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By marthe

For some reason, many of us don't spend enough time thinking about our vagina's health. Therefore we have put together a small guide on how you can make your hoo-ha happy! Douching and soaps Did you know that your vagina is actually a brilliant self cleansing organ? It naturally rids itself of unwelcome bacterias and dead cells. A healthy vagina has a pH that is normally about 3.8 to 4.5. Douching and other intervaginal cleansing methods, can actually interfere with the natural pH, and thus make you more susceptible for bacterial infections. When showering, stay away from those strong…Read More

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By Maryam

Strategies to Curb PrEP-related Stigmas In addition to the lack of awareness,  PrEP-related stigmas around also prove to be a huge barrier for people to freely explore their options to prevent HIV. Below, Shannon Weber who is the Director of HIVEonline, discusses strategies to curb HIV-related stigmas. What needs to happen to remove the stigma around being HIV+? HIV-related stigma is widespread and pervasive among HIV community stakeholders as well as the general population. This stigma is evident in the language we use. Clinicians, educators, and writers can commit to using words that accurately reflect the current science of…Read More

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By Eva

Not into the idea of taking a pill every day or inserting anything in your vagina? Maybe you should consider the patch, or Xulane (the brand name). You only need to change it once a week, and it goes directly on your skin. What is it? Xulane (the patch) is a thin, beige (it only comes in the color beige) piece of plastic that you stick to your skin. It's kind of like a Band-Aid that prevents pregnancy. How do you use it? Simply apply the patch each week for three weeks, then remove it the fourth week to…Read More

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By Eva

What's happening in your body when you skip your "period" on the pill Skipping your periods on birth control is as easy as just going straight to a new pill pack, ring or patch right after three weeks. There are no negative consequences for skipping the hormone-free weeks, but what is going on inside our bodies causing this to happen? When you're not on birth control, during the first half of the cycle the ovaries produce estrogen causing the uterine lining to build up and thicken. After two weeks into your cycle, you start to produce progesterone which stops the thickening in…Read More

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By marthe

What is it? The IUD or intrauterine device is a little T-shaped plastic object that is placed into your uterus by a provider. In the US, there are five different types you can choose from.  There is both a hormonal and non hormonal option that prevents pregnancy from three to twelve (!) years.  Hormonal The hormonal IUDs are Mirena, Skyla, Kyleena and Liletta. They are all the same shape - tiny, plastic and T-shaped and each release a small dose of the synthetic hormone progestin called levonorgestrel. This thickens the cervical mucus, making it very difficult for sperm to…Read More

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By Maryam

As part of our Changemaker's series, we are interviewing passionate advocates that are diligently working to ensure our reproductive rights are realized.   Emily Kadar from the National Institute of Reproductive Health talks about the societal barriers preventing reproductive justice and access to birth control. What do you think is missing in our system in terms of reproductive health care access that most people are unaware of? EK: We need to tackle systemic racism, which affects all corners of our society, including reproductive health. Black mothers who fear for the safety of their children are being denied full reproductive freedom.…Read More

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By marthe

What is it? The implant, (brand name: Nexplanon), is a hormonal contraceptive that is inserted under your skin on your upper arm. Sounds creepy but it is a small rod that you won’t notice or feel. It releases a low dose of progestin into your body, similar to the mini-pill. How do you use it? The implant is inserted by a doctor and left for up to four years. You can take it out whenever you want. The main take away is that you don’t have to do anything for four years in order to not get pregnant. How much…Read More

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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

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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