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Getting Started on Birth Control

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 $12 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?

We offer the ring and the patch! Get Nuvaring here or get the patch here.

How long does it take to get my birth control?

Your medication will take about 5–10 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 Up-to-date delivery…

Can I get a refill of my existing birth control pill?

Absolutely! If you have used Nurx to get a birth control prescription within the last 12 months, we can easily refill that medication for you. Once you message us, we may have a few health questions for you or recommend some other steps, but we’ll do our best to make…

How effective are birth control pills?

Medical providers at Nurx agree that birth control pills are over 99% effective, especially when taken as prescribed. The more often you’re able to take your pills, or replace your patch, consistently – the more effective the medication will be. But since of course we know that it can be…

What types of birth control does Nurx offer?

We are proud to offer over 50 types of birth control, including name brand and generic pills plus the patch and vaginal ring. We are happy to try and order specific brands if you request them as well.

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.

Does alcohol affect my birth control?

No, alcohol does not affect your birth control at all. However, we recommend that you be mindful to take your pill on time, even if you’re away from home, and try not to throw up any medication if you become too intoxicated. Please drink responsibly.

How do I start my birth control?

You can start your pill on the first day of your next period, on the first Sunday after your next period starts, or any day (even immediately) if you’re sure you’re not pregnant. If you start your pill more than 5 days after your last period started, you must also…

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…

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…

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…

Am I still protected from pregnancy during the placebo break of my birth control?

The placebo pills have no hormones in them. But, you are still protected from pregnancy during the 7 placebo pills as long as you’ve taken the first 21 pills correctly (One tablet by mouth once daily at the same time for 21 days in a row). This is because…

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