WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Planned Parenthood is currently testing an app that lets the user purchase birth control over their smart phone. The app can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or through the Google Play Store. It's called "Planned Parenthood Care."
Right now, the app is only available for use in Minnesota and Washington state. You can directly connect with clinicians in those states, have a quick consultation over the phone, then order your birth control through the clinician. According to Planned Parenthood, the process takes about fifteen minutes and costs around $45. The birth control you order will be sent directly to your house.
Planned Parenthood is targeting female millennials; women between the age of 18 and 29. The reason behind this, according to the agency, is because this age group is on the "cutting edge of technology."
Sinead Daly is considered a millennial, but she's not an advocate for this app. "It's kind of scary to think that someone can skip through the entire doctor's process and go through technology on their phone which really doesn't have the checks and balances that a doctor would," Daly says.
According to Planned Parenthood, the goal of this app is to help women who have limited access to a doctor, or may not be able to afford a doctor's visit.
Dr. Dudley Brown is an OBGYN at Good Samaritan Medical Center. He says the app has the potential to do some good. "It will alleviate access to care issues for people who have a hard time getting to the doctor or affording it," Dr. Brown says. But, he adds that it's crucial you go to your OBGYN yearly for checkups."You don't need a pap smear every year but you do need a yearly pelvic exam and breast exam for routine preventative care," the doctor adds. He hopes that if the app goes nationwide that there will be safeguards in place to make sure patients get the proper birth control measures.
Planned Parenthood has not confirmed how long the test period will be in Minnesota and Washington, or if the app will go live nationwide.