By Maryam

Earlier this month, menstrual hygiene company LOLA, announced that they will be donating over 400,000 tampons over the next year to women in homeless shelters, victims of domestic violence, and girls in foster care. The company has already donated 100,000 tampons since 2015. LOLA is a new feminine care company dedicated to making tampons that are biodegradable and from 100% organic cotton. Current big brand tampon companies currently use artificial fibers like rayon and polyester that have unknown long term effects, yet to be clinically studied. Not only is LOLA making tampons safe but also convenient with their monthly…Read More

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By Jayne Gagliano

There is a TON of really great, in-depth information here The questions and answers have been carefully curated and updated as needed by leaders in the field of PrEP ranging from providers and researchers, to advocates and users alike. The page includes the most commonly asked questions about PrEP and can be used to learn more on a variety of topics. Occasionally, you’ll find a link to another source that takes an even deeper dive into specifics. If you want to reach out to a Nurx team member, you can do so by emailing: help@nurx.coRead More

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By Jayne Gagliano

Develop a routine! Many people find it helpful to take their pills at the same time as something else they regularly do each day (e.g., eating breakfast, brushing teeth). Find an easy reminder that fits into your schedule like placing the bottle near your toothbrush or in the kitchen near your keys. Keep an extra pill or two on you if you may not be going home the next day. There is an ever-growing list of strategies designed to remind you to take your pill. We like this one from Mango Health A few others here on iTunes Pill…Read More

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By Jessica Knox

Some people experience side effects when starting PrEP. This may involve gas, bloating, softer/more frequent stools, nausea, and/or vivid dreams. These symptoms are usually mild and go away after the first month on PrEP. We call this a “start-up syndrome”. Strategies to deal with stomach related symptoms: Take your pill with food/snack Take your pill at night before bedtime Contact your provider if you have side effects. We can help. Some people will get a slowing down of their kidneys on PrEP. Your kidneys will be monitored closely in the program. If this happens, the effects reverse themselves after…Read More

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By Jessica Knox

If you are unable to start PrEP within seven days of enrolling in the program, you will need to be rescreened for HIV if you have been sexually active during that time. We need to ensure that you are HIV negative before starting PrEP. There are 30 pills of Truvada in each bottle (30 days of PrEP). Store the bottle at room temperature. Do not keep the bottle in a hot car or refrigerator. This medication can be taken with or without food, or when drinking alcohol or using drugs. Do not share your Truvada with others. This could…Read More

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By Jessica Knox

PrEP is an acronym for the overall prevention method, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Truvada is the only currently approved daily drug people take to do that, to greatly reduce the risk of becoming infected with HIV. In addition to daily Truvada, PrEP also includes quarterly checkups by your provider, both to be evaluated for HIV, to see if there are any unhealthy side effects from Truvada, to be checked for any sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that a person might contract, and for pregnancy development in women. In the years ahead, other drugs may be approved for PrEP, including injectable medications and…Read More

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By Jessica Knox

If you choose to stop PrEP, please notify the Nurx PrEP team. Consider taking Truvada for one month after your last high-risk exposure. Schedule an HIV test for one month after you stop taking PrEP. If you have stopped PrEP for more than seven days and would like to restart, please call us and let us know so that we can help you do this safely. Getting an HIV test before you restart PrEP is very important. If you are already infected with HIV and take Truvada, the virus could become resistant to this medication which means that the…Read More

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By Jessica Knox

People sometimes forget or skip doses. It is not uncommon, and it’s OK. Try not to worry. If you forget a dose, just take it when you remember. For example: If you usually take your Truvada in the mornings, but realize at 10pm that you forgot, it’s OK to take one pill then and continue with your usual schedule the next day. There is some “give” with PrEP. It works very well even if you forget to take it once or twice. After 30 days of daily dosing, the estimated protection offered by the PrEP remaining in the body…Read More

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By Maryam

Today, a nationwide women's strike is taking place in Poland, with protests expected to take place in 60 Polish cities, over a newly proposed law, which would ban all abortions. If enacted, the law also threatens jail time for those who do not comply. Currently, abortion is banned except in cases of rape or incest, to save the life of the mother, or if the fetus will not survive. In September, Polish lawmakers proposed the full ban on abortion. Each year, an estimated 50,000 illegal abortions take place in Poland and the pro-choice activist group, Women on Waves, has…Read More

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By Jayne Gagliano

Photo credit: Mango Health Nurx’s PrEP Navigator guest posted about Truvada for PrEP on Mango Health’s blog. Here’s a sample of her article: How effective is PrEP? Very! PrEP’s effectiveness was originally proven by the iPrEx study, which spanned more than two years and was conducted in many cities in six different countries. The initial results showed 44% effectiveness in stopping HIV transmissions. However, these findings lumped together people who took their PrEP pills all the time, some of the time, and those who really didn’t take them at all. When study subjects’ blood was analyzed, those who took…Read More

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By Maryam

In this episode of CHOICE/LESS, a podcast by Rewire, dedicated to sharing the narratives of women experiencing unplanned pregnancies or exercising their reproductive rights, Kelly Fitzgerald describes her experience with her illegal abortion and how she became a target of anti choice organizations looking to promote their agenda. Fitzgerald shares a detailed story of her abortion in the midst of her drinking problem. She explicitly reflects on the impact abortion had on her life, and how it led her on the path to sobriety. “I might not have ever gotten sober and sobriety gave me everything. I’m grateful for all…Read More

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By Maryam

When we look at the history of reproduction from a global health perspective, there is a clear trend towards smaller families across the world. One of the main drivers of this trend is contraception technology and proper access to them. As a result, there is a proven link between smaller families and a better quality of life. Global health researchers conducted a study in a district of Bangladesh to determine the impact of easy access to contraception on the family's health and income over a twenty-year span. The results were very clear. After giving half the villagers access to…Read More

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By Maryam

By Kayla Lam Little As news arises about Zika virus, contraception is more important now than ever. Why? Because Zika Virus cannot only be received from a bite from the specific Aedes Aegypti mosquito, but also transmitted from person to person via sex and potential connections to saliva exchange from a person who has been affect. Zika Virus is a tremendous danger to pregnant women because it causes various brain dysfunctions and deformities to newborns like microcephaly. Controversies have arisen in many South American countries where abortion is illegal and accessibility to contraception is limited leaving many women feeling…Read More

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By Maryam

Today, 89% of counties in the United States have no abortion clinic. There have been 288 restrictions in various states since 2011 and more under consideration in 2016. These are called TRAP laws or Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers which creates unnecessary restraints on a woman’s ability to control her health or right to choose. These laws are enforced by anti-choice advocates who claim that these laws defend the health and security of women. Many of these Trap laws have forced many abortion clinics out of business because the clinics cannot meet their requirements due to lack of funding.…Read More

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By Maryam

By Brooke Klever In 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York. With the help of her sister Ethel Byrne, a registered nurse, and Fania Mindell, a Yiddish interpreter, the three women provided contraceptive information to hundreds of women for nine days while the clinic was open. Prior to the clinic’s opening, Sanger had already been arrested for publishing birth control pamphlets and challenging the Comstock laws which made birth control information, consumption, and distribution illegal and obscene. Sanger’s passion for contraceptive access stemmed from her experiences as a nurse in poor New York…Read More

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By Maryam

We've gathered quotes from a diverse group of women leaders and influencers about the importance of increasing access to birth control and how the Nurx app does exactly that. Today's quote comes from Tiffy Diamond. Tiffy is a blogger and advertising creative. Check out her company Live Art Love and follow her on Twitter @Tiffy4U. “Nurx allows women to take care of their birth control needs on their own terms. It's a positive and welcomed process, and gives a busy girl like me, one less thing to worry about. Nurx is the future of birth control.” -Tiffy Diamond, blogger and…Read More

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By Maryam

We've gathered quotes from a diverse group of women leaders and influencers about the importance of increasing access to birth control and how the Nurx app does exactly that. Today's quote comes from Rachelle Suissa. Rachelle is the president of the Brooklyn-Queens National Organization for Women (NOW). Follow her on Twitter @Rachelsuis. "As a leader in the feminist movement for the past 11 years, I think Nurx is bridging the gap in access to affordable birth control for low-income women around the country. By developing a web app that women without smartphones can use to access prescription birth control…Read More

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By Maryam

“There are a number of states where there are significant barriers for women having contraception access. If it’s a constitutional right, you should be entitled to seek this kind of medical care and not have arbitrary barriers in your way.” — Senator Tim KaineRead More

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