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Do I need a physical or pelvic exam before getting a birth control prescription?

The CDC guidelines specify that neither a physical nor pelvic examination is necessary before initiating contraceptives. One of the requirements prior to initiating a contraceptive, according to the CDC, is a recent blood pressure, which you have provided and a prescriber has evaluated along with the rest of your reported…

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?

Plan B® is more effective the sooner that you take it, so the longer you wait, the less likely it is to work. Ella® has been shown to work for up to 5 days after unprotected sex and is not less effective with time.

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 I use Nurx if I’ve never used birth control before?

Absolutely. Our medical providers are birth control experts and can help you find your best birth control option. Before they write you a prescription we ask important questions about your health to ensure we can prescribe birth control that will be safe and effective for you. Once you…

Is generic birth control any less safe or effective than the more expensive or brand names?

No, in order for a generic substitution to be made it must be proven to the FDA to be the same thing. These products have the same active ingredients, dosage forms, strengths, routes of administration and conditions of use as the brand name drugs, and are bioequivalent (meaning they act…

I Haven’t Gotten My Period and I’m a Few Days Into the Placebo Pills. Am I Pregnant?

Some women miss periods while on hormonal birth control, even when they are not pregnant. This is not abnormal or dangerous (although it is a little anxiety-producing!). However, if you go two or more months in a row without a period, or you miss your period after a month…

How do I change the time that I take my birth control pill?

If it is a combined hormone pill: The easiest way to switch the timing of your combination pill is to finish out your current pack on your current schedule and then start the next pack at the new time. If you can’t wait to move the timing of…

Am I Still Protected from Pregnancy During the Placebo Break of My Birth Control?

The placebo pills in your birth control pack have no hormones in them, but you are still protected from pregnancy during this seven-day break as long as you took the first 21 pills correctly. How to Take Birth Control Pills You should take one birth control pill daily at…

Will my progestin-only pill still be effective if I took it late?

Take the missed pill as soon as you remember. Then go back to taking the pill at your regular time. It is okay if this means you’ll take 2 pills in one day. If you were more than 3 hours late taking your pill, it is considered a “missed”…

Will my combination birth control pill still be effective if I took it late?

Less than 24 hours late If you are less than 24 hours late taking your pill, take your late pill as soon as you remember. Then continue taking the rest of your pills at your usual time. It’s okay if this means you’ll take 2 pills on the…

I didn’t take my placebos to skip my period, but my period showed up anyways. What happened?

Breakthrough bleeding (BTB) is much more common when using your pill to skip periods. This typically gets better within a few cycles as your body adjusts to the pill, but continues for some women long after they’ve been using their active pills continuously. If it’s been more than a month…

I want to switch from one birth control brand to another, how do I do that and maintain pregnancy protection?

You can switch from one brand (or generic) to another immediately if you choose; you don’t even have to finish your current pack if you don’t want to. You can just start the new birth control when you receive it. As long as you have no days off between…

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