DISCLAIMER: Please keep in mind I am not being paid to talk about the companies and/or brands that I may mention below. These are purely just my findings and my opinion about their service(s)! I do NOT encourage you to pursue anything with any company without seeing your primary care physician and/or OB GYN. Your health is very important and you should seek a professional before getting started on anything!
Also, I get a bit personal about my menstruation cycles and symptoms, so if that’s a bit TMI then feel free to skip to a different post. Totally understand!
Did you know birth control could be delivered right to your door? Maybe I’m way behind on the times but I sure as heck didn’t know that this was possible until a month ago! Boy, are the times changing!
Let’s start it off with some of my own back story.
Me and My Irregular Cycles
I’m relatively new to the whole world of oral contraceptives and just got started in January of this year. I have, for the most part, had really irregular menstruation cycles. Sometimes I would miss it for two or three months, and sometimes I’d miss it for a whole six months. Some of my friends thought I was pregnant but that’s really just how I was. Sometimes I would be regular, and sometimes it didn’t come.
I was totally okay with missing my period here and there, it sometimes got in the way of me planning trips and events. I had terrible cramps when I did get my period, as well as really bad back aches. The symptoms that would appear a week before I would get my period were pretty bad too, such as sore breasts and horrible mood swings.
I really hated the mood swings and back aches, so I finally decided to talk to my physician about it. She suggested I try birth control pills to help regulate my cycle, not only to help regulate the symptoms I get, but so I can shed more regularly so that the lining of my uterus doesn’t get so thick. Apparently, a thick lining can put you at a higher risk for Endometrial Hyperplasia, which can possibly lead to uterine cancer later on.
I decided to go for birth control pills because I don’t have a problem remembering to take something every day at the same time. I’m kind of scared of the IUD’s and the implants, and there may be complications with my health insurance benefits in the future, so I never bothered with those.
Being under my aunt’s and uncle’s health insurance (until 26), I am able to get these oral contraceptives for free, but I can only obtain it at their pharmacy … which is in New York City. I mean, it’s not like it’s insanely far, but it’s an hour and a half ride by train or bus. It doesn’t make sense to go there every month just to pick up pills, does it?!
Luckily, my uncle works in the city so I’ve been fortunate to ask him to go out of his way before work to pick them up for me. It’s been a few months since I’ve been asking him to get them every month, but it really bugs me that it’s far away and I can’t just drive five minutes to my local pharmacy and get them myself. HENCE, the reason why I tried researching if there was a way for my pills to get to me any other way. Unfortunately my research was only restricted to the United States so I’m unsure about delivery services that exist in other countries (sorry I didn’t do enough research…) … but there’s most likely something out there too!
Power To Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy, has a really good article that talks about how many people across the country (U.S) lack birth control access. According to their article, an astounding 19.5 million women live in a birth control desert. This means they lack “reasonable access” to to a health center that offers birth control options. People in this pool often face straining decisions, such as determining whether they should to take a day off or skipping the doctor instead, whether they will be able to afford a babysitter for their child while they go to their appointment, etc. Currently, there are many Title X health centers in the United States, which are government funded health centers that provide reproduction health care services and contraceptives to women of low-income. The domestic gag rule threatens the function of these Title X health centers, and can potentially create a dilemma for millions of women.
Better Access To Care & Empowering Women
I found Bedsider, an online birth control support network for women, which is operated by Power to Decide. There’s an article on their website that talks about how you can get birth control delivered to your door, introducing several companies that you can sign up with that will ship birth control to your home.
The layout is concise and provides a lot of information, such as what the company can supply you with (pills only, or maybe pills, the ring, and the patch, emergency contraceptives), as well as what states they serve. Delivery is free, and depending on your health insurance, you may be able to have $0 as your copay!
Most, if not all of these companies, have physician staff that you can immediately get in touch with should you have any questions about your current prescription or general questions about birth control. They can also prescribe birth control to you, which is pretty interesting (again, please refer back to my disclaimer above on this). Some companies can take over your existing prescription, whereas some companies only make new ones.
To get started, you can use their “deliver to your door” search tool to see what companies are available in your area. This is why I think the concept of delivery service is so revolutionary and wonderful. Having contraceptives delivered right to your home (not to mention in a discreet package! There are people who don’t want certain family members to know they’re using it so rest assured they don’t ever scream birth control) and being able to coordinate with the company that dispenses them is amazing. There’s less hassle!
The sign up process is really easy! I actually signed up with two companies that caught my eye – Twentyeight Health and The Pill Club (you’ll get nice goodies like stickers and chocolate with your pill packs every month! Isn’t that awesome?!). You enter your basic personal information such as your age, height, weight, and are then asked if you currently smoke or drink.
Twentyeight Health doesn’t transfer prescriptions, but The Pill Club can transfer your existing one or make a brand new one for you. You’ll be asked to take pictures of your health insurance and pharmacy insurance card, if applicable. After all your information is plugged in, you wait a few days before someone from the company will reach out to you about setting up a monthly prescription plan!
I personally ended up not going with any company to get my birth control pills, specifically because I ended up not having a $0 copay and because I know I can still get my pills for free. These companies offer birth control at an extremely reasonable price though! One company offered 3 packs for $15 and another one offered $18 / month for 6 packs!! Those are hella reasonable, but while I’m still under someone else’s insurance, I’ll just continue to take advantage of getting them for free.
Have you ever heard of these services? Do you take advantage of them yourself? Let me know below!
Until then ♡