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Birth Control

How effective are birth control pills?

Birth control methods vary in how effective they are at preventing pregnancy. When used properly, hormonal methods — such as the pill, ring, patch, or shot — are up to 99% successful. Other methods of birth control, such as condoms, diaphragms, and cycle…

What should I do if I miss a dose of birth control?

Birth control pills are 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, in theory anyway. That 99% stat refers to “perfect use,” which means taking a pill every day, ideally at the same time each day. Think of it this way: each birth control pill is effective for 24 hours, not beyond…

What types of birth control does Nurx offer?

We are proud to offer over 100 types of birth control, including name brand and generic pills plus the patch and vaginal ring. Nurx currently guarantees pricing for the following brands of birth control: Norgestimate-Ethinyl estradiol Lutera Tri-Sprintec Errin Microgestin FE 1/20 Microgestin Fe…

At What Temperature Should I Store My Birth Control?

Ideally, you should store your birth control at room temperature, considered to be 77 degrees Fahrenheit or 25 degrees Celsius. Birth control can handle higher or lower temperatures for short periods but should not be exposed to temperatures below 59 F (15 C) or above 86 F (30 C).

I don’t know what birth control to order. Can you help me choose?

If you’re unsure what type of birth control may work best for you, our medical providers will be able to recommend healthy options for you. Just choose Help Me Find What’s Right at https://app.nurx.com/services and our providers will help you decide what birth control is best for you.

Can I switch to the generic version of my birth control?

If your birth control has a generic option, we’d be happy to write that prescription for you. Generics are just as safe and effective as their brand counterparts. Most people don’t notice any difference between brand and generic medications. If you want to switch to a generic, please just message…

Does Alcohol Affect My Birth Control?

No, alcohol does not affect your birth control’s effectiveness. It can have other side effects, however, that can increase your risk of birth control failure. Here are some things to consider when combining alcohol and birth control. How Alcohol Can Affect Your Birth Control While alcohol does not affect how the…

How do I start my birth control?

Starting birth control — or frankly, any new medication — can be scary. But rest assured, you’ll find a rhythm that works for you. Most types of birth control take some amount of time to kick in.

How many birth control pills can I get?

Out of Pocket Orders If you are not using insurance we will send your first order as a 3 month order. You can message us to switch to a one month after the first order. Orders with Insurance We do our best to send you 3 months at…

Is it normal for discharge to change when starting birth control?

Yes, it is completely normal for your discharge to change when you start taking birth control. One of the ways birth control works is by thickening your natural discharge. However, if you notice any new colors, odors, or itching feeling – please let us know. A member of our…

I just started the birth control pill and my face is breaking out, why?

Unfortunately, it is very common for women starting a new birth control to initially get more acne. Though your acne will typically clear by 6 weeks or less, it can sometimes take up to 3 months for your system to get used to the new hormonal changes and your skin…

I’m Having Heavy Spotting or Breakthrough Bleeding, Is My Birth Control Working?

In most cases, heavy spotting or breakthrough bleeding does not indicate that your birth control isn’t working. There are many reasons you might experience some spotting between periods while using birth control. However, there are some other possible causes of breakthrough bleeding that may be cause for concern, so it’s…

Is birth control going to make my period more regular?

Possibly. It depends on the type of birth control you are using. If you are using a combined hormone birth control, your period should be lighter, less painful, and more regular. If you are using a progestin-only pill, your period may be regular, irregular, or even disappear. It’s especially important…

How do emergency contraceptives work?

Emergency contraceptives, like Plan B® and Ella®, work by blocking your ovaries from ovulating. If you do not release an egg during ovulation, you cannot get pregnant. Emergency contraception, often referred to as “the morning-after pill” is not an abortion pill and will not work if you are…

What is the difference between ella® and Plan B®?

Plan B® is currently FDA approved for use up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex. Ella® is FDA approved for use up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex. Most research shows that overall, ella® is more effective than Plan B® for most women. ella®…

How Long After Unprotected Sex Can I Take Emergency Contraceptives?

You can effectively use emergency contraceptives for three to five days after unprotected sex, depending on the pill you choose. Understand your options and how they work so you can pick the right pill for your needs. How do Emergency Contraceptives Work? Emergency contraceptives, also referred to as the “morning…

Do you offer overnight delivery for emergency contraceptives?

Unfortunately, we do not offer overnight delivery. In order to make sure that you are able to get emergency contraceptives as quickly as possible, we will send the prescription to a local pharmacy of your choice for you to pick up.

Can you send emergency contraception to my local pharmacy?

Yes. Most of our requests for emergency contraception, often referred to as “the morning-after pill”, are processed the same day that they are ordered. Some pharmacies do not reliably stock ella®, so if you are requesting this pill, we recommend that you call your pharmacy to make sure they…

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