What to expect when you’re expecting to order birth control online

This month, an online service that prescribes and delivers birth control methods called The Pill Club announced that it’s now available to residents in New York, in addition to Arizona, California, and other seven US states. A few other companies in the US like HeyDoctor, Lemonaid, and Nurx provide online prescriptions for contraceptives like the pill, the patch, or the ring — without the need to see a doctor. But why would anyone want to order contraceptives online?

For one thing, it’s easier and faster. Right now, to get a prescription, you need to see a primary care physician or a gyno. That usually means taking time off work and waiting for the appointment. “I’m a Stanford physician, and even I had to wait two months to see a primary…

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