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This New App Promises Birth Control That's More Accessible Than Ever Before

The NuRX app allows users to have contraception delivered to their home - no doctor visits necessary.

Nervous about how women's access to birth control may change now that Donald Trump's in office? You're not alone. Many Americans are, but there's a new app that just might change everything.

Nurx, pronounced "new Rx," is a service that prescribes birth control online and delivers it through the mail, MIT Technology Review reports. The way it works is so easy, it'll make you wonder why you aren't already using it. Simply sign up for a free account, answer a few basic questions about your medical history and current health, chat with a licensed doctor, and before you know it, you'll be receiving your birth control in the mail.

Users also have the option of reading through a list of available birth control methods (including vaginal rings and various types of pills) and choosing what already works for them. A doctor will then review their request before writing a prescription, and they're also available to chat with if users require any assistance, which makes it ideal for women who have varying comfort levels with birth control.

"It's just not necessary for young, healthy women to be in the doctor's office once a year to get their birth-control prescriptions renewed," said Jessica Knox, Nurx's medical director. "This is simple, safe medication."

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It's also affordable — there are no consultation or delivery fees, and if you have insurance, everything is likely to be free. For those who don't have insurance, they'll only have to pay for the medication itself, not the consultation or the delivery, and there are tons of options in different price ranges.

Currently, Nurx is only available in a handful of areas (California, New York, Washington, D.C., Washington, Illinois, Virginia, and Pennsylvania), but it's growing quickly, so keep an eye out if your state isn't listed yet.

Nurx isn't just a super convenient way for women to access birth control — as it becomes more and more clear that the Affordable Care Act is one of the Trump administration's main targets, this app may end up being one of the only options for women seeking affordable family planning services. Let's just hope it doesn't come to that.

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