I've always found the difficulty it takes to acquire something as fundamental as birth control puzzling (and exhausting). Before I discovered the wonderful world of digital health apps, getting a prescription felt like a bizarre game of Tetris, one that consisted of jumping through hoops and lining up appointments just right in order to procure the almighty pill.
Attempting to wedge in a doctor's appointment between work and school ate up free time that was already scarce. I dreaded the thought of spending a Sunday afternoon in a waiting room surrounded by sniffling, germ-ridden adults hacking away into sallow hankies. I knew it would take a doctor 30 seconds to scribble down the name of a pill after a five-minute conversation that left me $30 dollars poorer and two hours older.
Then I found out about digital health apps through a client at work. I remember immediately searching online to see if there was a service for birth control where you could get a prescription through an app. Lo and behold, there were numerous women's health apps available that did just that. Keep reading for four women's health apps that will change the way you think about your health.
This is the women's health app I talk about with anyone who will listen. Lemonaid began as a digital healthcare app that provided access to birth control, but it's now expanded to include treatment for UTIs, the flu, acne, hair loss, and more. You begin by filling out a questionnaire that elaborates on your visit, along with a scan of your ID and a photo of yourself. A doctor reviews your information, writes a prescription, and sends it along to a pharmacy of your choosing. A visit costs $25 flat, regardless of the treatment. If your condition is outside the bounds of what can be determined in a virtual visit, they'll refund your money. It sounds too good to be true, but it has completely changed the way I manage my health.
Maven is similar to Lemonaid, but provides a wider array of services. As opposed to Lemonaid, whose visits are done entirely through text within the app, Maven connects you to real-time, face-to-face chats with a doctor. Maven also provides general health services, along with mental health, pediatric, and prenatal services. Price points vary depending on the service at hand and length of appointment. With Maven, you also get to choose your practitioner and learn more about their specialties. Maven is like a foolproof version of WebMD where real doctors can answer questions about a variety of ailments, and provide prescriptions if needed, all without having to leave the house.
Visiting a dermatologist was something I viewed as a luxury until I discovered Spruce. Like Lemonaid, you fill out a questionnaire beforehand that reviews each of your symptoms, along with photos of any problem areas. A dermatologist will follow up with their recommended treatment plan, a prescription if needed, and you'll get a 30-day window to ask any additional questions that includes a follow up from your dermatologist. All of this is provided for a flat $40 fee. It's not just acne that Spruce covers, either. Skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, and even anti-aging concerns are all available for treatment.
Flo Period Tracker
If you're looking for an app to help monitor your menstrual cycle, look no further than Flo Period Tracker. Don't be deterred by the name—Flo's predictions are seriously spot-on. It predicts when your next cycle will begin and will nudge the date depending on lifestyle factors you input, like diet and exercise. It will also tell you when you're ovulating and which days your fertility is at its peak. You can log the symptoms of your period and track them from month to month, along with general health and wellness, like the hours of sleep you receive per night. Flo can also sync with health apps or a Fitbit to more accurately gauge outside factors that could affect your period.
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