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Getting Started on Birth Control

Not sure how to start a new birth control? Whether it's the patch, pill, ring or shot we breakdown the best ways to start or switch your birth control in our FAQs.

How much birth control can I request at one time?

If you pay out-of-pocket you may choose to have a 3, 6 or 12-month supply of birth control delivered at one time. Getting a 6- or 12-month supply upfront offers convenience because you won’t have to think about birth control for a longer stretch of time. However you…

I’m transgender. Is there anything I need to know before requesting a prescription for birth control from Nurx?

We recognize that many transgender and nonbinary people have many questions about what kind of birth control is appropriate for them, especially if they are taking gender affirming hormones. The Nurx medical team will work with you to decide which birth control method is best for you, but…

What Birth Control is Best for Me If I’m Allergic to Estrogen?

Nearly all genetically female people use contraception at some point in their lives. And yet for many, pregnancy prevention doesn’t start with the question, “Which birth control is best for me?”  If you’re like most, you went to the doctor’s office to ask for the pill…

How Long Does It Take for Birth Control Pills to Work?

The length of time it will take for your birth control pills to prevent pregnancy can range from immediately to seven days, depending on the type of oral contraceptive. After the initial waiting period, birth control pills can be 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy when taken exactly as…

Is It Safe to Take Iron Supplements While on Birth Control?

You may have heard about people who need to take iron supplements because they are anemic.  Anemia is the medical term that describes a low red blood cell count.  It is a common issue and has many different causes.  People who have periods are often found to be…

Can I Get Birth Control if I’m Under 18?

People under the age of 18 can get birth control, but there are a number of factors that may make it more difficult for them to do so. The kind of birth control you want to get, the insurance you have, the state…

What’s the Best Birth Control for Women with Bipolar Disorder?

Birth control can be a major decision for women with a history of bipolar disorder or depression. Hormonal birth control — pills, patches, shots, or rings — affect the chemistry of a woman’s body, impacting and altering her typical bodily processes.  Condoms, diaphragms, copper IUDs,…

What’s the Best Birth Control for Fibroids?

Fibroids, which also go by the medical term leiomyomas, are benign (non-cancerous) growths found in the uterus.  They are usually classified into 3 main types depending on location.  Intramural means they are within the walls of the uterus.  Submucosal means they are in the wall and poke out…

I Just Started a New Birth Control. Is Having Two Periods in One Month Normal?

Irregular periods are common when starting new birth control, so don’t worry about having two in one month. While it might be unpleasant, it’s also totally normal. Why Have I Had Two Periods This Month? You have probably had two periods this month because your body is…

How Can I Tell if I’m Ovulating?

You might be able to tell you’re ovulating if you experience minor cramping, unusual discharge, and an increased sex drive. Not all women can tell when they’re ovulating, however, and ovulation doesn’t happen on the same day of each month. What Happens During Ovulation? Once a month, your ovaries release…

What birth control is best for me if I have migraines with aura?

A progestin-only pill like Norethindrone is a safe birth control option for women who have ever had a migraine with aura. Women who experience migraine with aura are at increased risk of stroke when taking birth control containing estrogen, which is why progestin-only pills are recommended. …

How Do I Minimize the Side Effects of Birth Control?

Birth control containing hormones can cause a number of side effects at first until your body adjusts to the medication. This process usually takes about three months. During that time, here are some of the side effects you might experience as well as how to stop them. Nausea Most women…

What Are the Different Types of Estrogen?

There are four different types of estrogen: estrone, estradiol, estriol, and estetrol. Together, these hormones are responsible for the maturation and growth of a woman’s reproductive system and the development of secondary sex characteristics. Here is a quick overview of each type: Estrone Estrone (E1) is a weak estrogen that…

What is Estrogen’s Role in the Body?

Estrogen is a hormone that is essential for the growth and development of the female body. Estrogen leads to many of the changes that female bodies undergo at puberty, like the growth of breasts, the maturation of the reproductive system, and the beginning of menstruation. Estrogen is produced by the…

What is Estrogen?

Women produce two key sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Estrogen has many physiological functions in the body and plays a critical role in reproduction and women’s physical development. Women also produce testosterone, but in very low amounts. Together, estrogen and testosterone play a very important role in the growth and…

How much does birth control cost?

Consultation Anyone who requests a birth control prescription will be charged a $15 consultation fee. This includes unlimited messaging with our medical team about your birth control for one year so you can request prescription changes or ask questions, any time during that period. At this time, we do…

Can I get the ring or the patch from Nurx?

At Nurx we offer the birth control ring and patch. Our medical providers can also help you find the birth control option that is right for you. Click here to get started or have our medical team help you find another birth control option.

How long does it take to get my birth control?

Your medication will take as little as 3-5 business days to arrive after you complete your prescription request. To speed up the process, make sure your request contains all the info our medical team will need: Clear photo of your ID (passport, driver’s license, school ID, etc) Complete health questionnaire…

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