One of the many things I love about being an entrepreneur is all the people I have the chance to meet. My circle consists of a lot of dreamers – and boy do we dream big. One of my friends has been involved with a new game-changing service and they recently went live. Their company – brilliant!
Wouldn’t it be nice if getting birth control was hassle free and easily accessible? Well, my friends over at Nurx are making that happen. Nurx, a health technology startup based in San Francisco, recently released a web-based birth control delivery app, allowing women to get a prescription for their birth control and have it delivered right to their door within 48 hours at no cost to the end-user – and it’s amazing!
In December, the app was released (right now just a web-based app, but will soon be a mobile app) which streamlines the process for women to get contraception. Soon, through the app, people will also be able to access the HIV-prevention medication, PrEP.
Since December, they have appeared in about 100 media outlets, including CNN, MTV, Elle Magazine, Huffington Post and CNBC. According to MTV News, Nurx is “The gift we’ve all been waiting for”, and Bustle says, “This will be your favorite app in 2016.” TeenVogue says, “Nurx is essentially like Seamless or 1-800-CONTACTS for your reproductive organs.” The Chicago Tribune featured Nurx in February. And according to Elle Magazine, Nurx is a “game-changer.”
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In more than 100 countries in the world, women are able to access birth control without a prescription. However, in the United States, the process is a much more complicated and burdensome process. Each year in the United States, there are about three million unintended pregnancies. This motivated founders Hans Gangeskar and Dr. Edvard Engesaeth to launch Nurx, making the process easier for women today.
“Research shows that the easier and more affordable birth control is, the more women will use it. Women should not have to jump through these unnecessary hoops, just to access birth control. With Nurx, we are changing this, and allowing women to access their birth control on their own terms,” says Engesaeth a medical doctor and cofounder of Nurx.
The Nurx app works for both new and existing birth control users and the service and shipping are free to anyone with health care. For uninsured patients, Nurx waives the consultation fee, the delivery is still free, and Nurx can connect the user with generic birth control brands for about $15.
“Each user is shipped a three month-supply of their order, making the process more convenient for the user. In many markets, users are also able to receive their order on the same day. Unlike with similar apps, with Nurx, patients can use their insurance to cover their contraceptives, rather than being forced to pay cash,” explains Gangeskar.
In addition to making birth control more accessible, soon, Nurx will also allow users to request PrEP through the app. PrEP (short for Pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a new HIV prevention method in which people who do not have HIV take a daily pill (Truvada) to reduce their chances of infection. Studies have shown Truvada for PrEP to be up to 99% effective in preventing transmission of the virus.
Each year, about 50,000 Americans are infected with HIV. “Unfortunately, awareness about, and access to this revolutionary drug is still a problem. By making Truvada more accessible through our app, we hope to change the game in the fight to end the HIV epidemic.” says Nurx co-founder and CEO, Hans Gangeskar.
SO, want to try it for free?!
Beginning April 1, Nurx is offering free birth control to new users who use the promo code ‘FAKENEWS.’ This offer is good for $30 of FREE birth control (oral contraception, NuvaRing, the patch) through Nurx. This equates to up to two months of free birth control. To get the deal, users must visit Nurx.com, create a Nurx account, pick their brand of choice, and enter promo code “FAKENEWS” at checkout. The promotion ends April 30, 2017 and does not include emergency contraception (Plan B, Ella).