When we first wrote about Planned Parenthood Direct, it was a niche product that could get you birth control by mail if you lived in California. Now it’s good in 27 states, and its makers announced that it will be available nationwide by the end of 2019. Oh, and it can help you get UTI treatment too.
The app is free for both iOS and Android, and you can currently use it to get care in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
For either birth control prescriptions or UTI treatment, you’ll need to fill out some personal and medical information, then wait up to one business day for a clinician to decide whether your case is straightforward enough that they can write your prescription. In some states, you’ll need to do a video chat. And depending on the provider’s decision, your request may be turned down and you’ll need to see somebody in person (for example, if your medical history makes the situation more complicated). Birth control can be mailed right to your door; UTI prescriptions will be called in to the pharmacy of your choice.
Costs average about $20 for a birth control prescription, $15 to $25 for a UTI treatment consultation, and $4 to $60 for the actual UTI medication (depending on which medication and your insurance coverage), Planned Parenthood told Business Insider. You pay within the app. If you can’t afford treatment this way, they recommend you contact your local clinic to see if they can help you out.