Far West Texas residents can now get prescriptions for birth control pills and be diagnosed and receive treatment for urinary tract infections simply and quickly on their mobile device.
Patients can make a request anytime and anywhere using the Planned Parenthood Direct app, with no appointment required, to get the same quality birth control and UTI care available at Planned Parenthood Health Centers.
“Through telemedicine, Planned Parenthood is minimizing barriers such as time and transportation for Texans seeking birth control pills. Especially for Texans who don’t live or work near a Planned Parenthood health center, Planned Parenthood Direct connects them with the high-quality care they would receive during a visit at a Planned Parenthood health center,” says Ken Lambrecht, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.
While El Pasoans can use the app, it may be most useful in rural communities across Far West Texas where the nearest Planned Parenthood health center may be several hours or more.
Using the app, officials say that Texans can get up to one year of auto-refills on their birth control prescription for up to one year, plus free shipping.
Planned Parenthood Direct walks through the benefits of each birth control method for patients.
After patients select their preferred birth control pills, they upload required information securely through the app for review by a Planned Parenthood medical provider.
If the patient is eligible, the provider approves a birth control pill prescription to be delivered by mail or to local pharmacy, depending on what the patient selected.
“Nearly half of the pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended with the highest rates among low-income women,” officials shared via a news release. “Planned Parenthood Direct is an effective new resource to expand access to healthcare for Texans, especially for Texans in communities without access to a Planned Parenthood health center or family planning clinic.”
Details on the Planned Parenthood Direct app:
- Patients must be 18 years of age or older and provide a Texas driver’s license, official Texas ID, or a passport.
- Patients who opt to pick-up their prescription at a pharmacy may use insurance coverage. Pills delivered by mail cannot be covered by insurance at this time when using PlannedParenthood Direct.
- The Planned Parenthood Direct process takes about ten minutes, and is available 24/7.
- Pay with credit, debit, or prepaid card.
- Patients can also make a health center appointment.
The Planned Parenthood app, Planned Parenthood Direct, can be downloaded for free in the Android and iPhone app stores.