By Eva

What is Natural Family Planning? Fertility awareness, more often referred to as natural family planning, is about tracking your menstrual cycle to determine the days you are fertile, have an ovulation, and can get pregnant. You also track when it is safe to have sex without getting pregnant. How does it work? There are different ways to track your menstrual cycle. To do this you have to pay very close attention to your body and its patterns. There are three methods of natural family planning: the rhythm method, symptothermal method, and the cervical mucus method. How do you use…Read More

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By marthe

What is it? Chlamydia is a very common STI that can infect both women and men. It’s a bacterial infection that transmits through unprotected sex and can infect the penis, vagina, cervix, anus, urethra, eyes, and throat. As opposed to some other STIs, the silver lining is that it is easily cured with antibiotic medicine. How do you get it? Chlamydia is as mentioned an STI that is transmitted during sexual contact as vaginal, anal or oral sex. The infection is carried in semen (cum), pre-cum, and vaginal fluids. The infection is transmitted if you have unprotected sex with…Read More

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By Maryam

Do you work late nights or overnight shifts? I hate to break it to you, but this may be affecting your cycle… Researchers in Britain recently did a study on work shift and how it affects people. One part of the study was specifically to see how it affects women and their menstrual cycles. Out of over 100,000 women studied, it was found that work shift (like working overnight or alternating shifts) made women have a 40% higher chance of menstrual problems. What Causes This? One of the main reasons for this is that shift work can mess up…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

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 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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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 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 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 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

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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By Kyle McCarthy

At Nurx, we’re interviewing changemakers who are making a difference in access to health care. Below, is an interview with Angela Mujukian. Mujukian is medical student, and co-author of the best-selling, award-winning book series, 20BeautifulWomen. Her work can be seen at HuffPost, EliteDaily, BuzzFeed, and ThriveGlobal. What motivated you to pursue medical school and become a doctor? AM: It’s not just one factor, one moment, or one thing that shaped my choice to become a doctor. It is a series of multiple events, moments, and experiences. It began with the story of my grandfather: My grandparents were orphans who…Read More

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By Eva

Yes, birth control has shown to be an effective treatment for women with moderate acne. Androgenes, which is the common word for male hormones, stimulates growth of skin, hair and sebaceous glands. If the body produces too much of these hormones, or if the skin is more sensitive to the effects of the hormones, extra sebum will be produced. This will block the sebaceous glands and cause infections and inflammation in the skin, and thus lead to pimples and impurities. Some pills contains an anti-androgen in addition to estrogen and progesterone that will counteract the production of male hormones,…Read More

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By marthe

The pill is one of the most used forms of birth control by women in the US, and when taken as directed, can be over 99% effective. However, there are certain things to be aware of when on the pill. Below, are three things that can make the Pill less effective. Taking the pill at the same time every day? Whether you’re on the mini pill or the the combination pill, you should always take it at the same time every day. However, If you’re on the mini pill, you’ll need to be even more vigilant about this. Having…Read More

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By Kyle McCarthy

At Nurx, we’re interviewing changemakers who are making a difference in the health and reproductive justice fields. Below, is an interview with Aleka Gurel. Gurel is a research analyst at Beyond the Pill, a program of the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. What would adequate access to birth control look like? AG: To me, “adequate access” means that every person can actually get the method that’s best for them. Let’s start with the obvious–clinics would offer every FDA-approved method. Today, many people around the country still can’t get IUDs and implants (the most effective reversible methods) because clinicians have…Read More

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By Eva

Birth control isn’t only used to prevent pregnancies or skip menstrual cycles. It can also be used to ease pain caused by menstrual cramps, counteract acne and prevent unwanted facial hair. Some of the most painful cramps are caused from a condition called endometriosis. Endometriosis is a condition where tissue of the same type as endometrium (the mucous membrane in the uterus) exists outside the uterine cavity, and is usually found on other organs outside the pelvis. These can be identified as cysts or mucous spots. They are affected by hormones the same way as the endometrium in the…Read More

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By Eva

No, you do not need a prescription before using Nurx. Nurx has licensed doctors in each state where we operate who will write a prescription after reviewing your health history. The Process: Pick your type of birth control and then the brand. We carry over 50 different brands of oral contraception and also offer the patch and NuvaRing. If you’re not sure what type of brand of birth control you would like to use a doctor will help to choose one for you. Next, you will answer a few questions about your health and any medical history that could…Read More

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