These Online Services Offer Birth Control Without Visiting a Doctor

If you take birth control pills and are sick of visiting your doctor just to get prescription refills approved, or you’d like to start but can’t find a doctor you trust, there is a better way. These apps and websites have your back.

Oral contraceptives are safe enough that groups like the American Association of Family Physicians and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say it should be available over the counter. In fact, you can get birth control without a doctor’s prescription in California, Washington, and Oregon, but that’s no guarantee you can find it in a pharmacy near you. Of course, it’s still a good idea to find a provider you trust and see them, in person, on a regular basis. But regular exams and checkups and your birth control prescription don’t have to be connected, and that’s where these services come in.

Before you sign up, know that online birth control prescription services are a little different from regular telemedicine services like Teladoc. The process is only a little more involved than ordinary online shopping. The details depend on the service and on your state’s laws, but expect to fill out a questionnaire that asks for your basic medical information, as well as a few oddball requests: you may need to provide a blood pressure reading (one from a drugstore kiosk is usually fine), and upload a photo of yourself. In some states, you may need to do a video call with the online doctor before they can fill the prescription.