Today’s Daily Digest was crafted by Product Hunt and sponsored by our friends at Nurx.
A few health stats you should know:
😳 Nearly half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned
💊 More than 19 million women in the U.S. do not have nearby access to healthcare clinics that offer a full range of contraception
💸 Even if you do live near a doctor, an appointment to ask for a birth control prescription can run you anywhere from $35-$250
Healthcare company Nurx is on a mission to change those numbers.
Nurx launched back in 2016 to help people take control over their own healthcare decisions and break down barriers to care. Their first product was on-demand birth control delivered straight to patients’ homes in discreet packaging.
Some immediate reactions on Product Hunt:
“I just ordered birth control in < 5 minutes. Hands down most useful product I've found on Product Hunt to date” — Kelsey
“This is great - solves such a huge (and undeserved) pain point. A real game changer” - Ruchita
“This is incredible, and such a huge pain point/need for me personally” - Constance
How it works: To get birth control delivered, patients download the Nurx app and share some information about their health history. Nurx’s medical team then reviews the information and determines if they can write a prescription for the best birth control option for the patient. Nurx offers over 50 brands of birth control, many of which are affordable and cost-effective — even for those without insurance. You can also request and get Plan B delivered to your home through Nurx.
Nurx’s overall mission is to revolutionize healthcare by putting control back in patients’ hands, and this starts with with making birth control affordable and accessible. With insurance, birth control through Nurx is typically free. Without insurance, birth control starts as low as $15 per month. 🙌
A brief history of Nurx
After the healthcare company found success with birth control, Nurx introduced PrEP, a daily pill that helps HIV-negative people stay HIV-negative. Nurx is the only company where patients can request PrEP and do all the necessary testing without needing to visit the doctor or lab IRL.
Last July, the company raised $36 million led by Kleiner Perkins. Public health leader Chelsea Clinton and Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin also joined Nurx’s board of directors.
Just last month, Nurx launched an Home HPV screening test to help women get tested for high-risk types of HPV that lead to cervical cancer. It’s a great option for women that haven’t been getting pap smears as regularly as they should. The HPV test costs $69 without insurance or $15 with insurance.
Nurx is now available in 22 states and the District of Columbia, providing access to nearly 80 percent of the U.S.