Why is it so hard and so expensive to get a refill for your birth control pills?
Doctors get paid to bring you into their office for a visit so they can refill your prescription. Every time they refill prescriptions for you over the phone or email, they’re losing money. So they say they need to see you. And sometimes you do need to be examined in the office. For example, if you haven’t had a pelvic examination and Pap test in quite some time, it’s best to stay up to date on easy preventive measures that can truly save your life. Sometimes, getting an examination can actually be bad for you.
What if all of your Pap tests have always been normal?
If you’re age 21 to 29, you should get a Pap every 3 years.
If you’re age 30 to 65, you can get a Pap every 5 years if you also test for HPV at the same time, as HPV is the most common cause of cervical cancer. If you don’t want to test for HPV, you should get a Pap every 3 years.
What if you’ve had an abnormal Pap smear in the past?
This is where things get complicated and it’s best to follow the personalized plan from your doctor. When you’re trying to refill a birth control prescription without an office visit, you’ll likely need to visit a doctor who can perform a Pap test. Cervical cancer is the #1 killer of women worldwide. It’s just quite rare in the US, because Pap tests are able to catch cervical cancer in very early pre-cancer stages. It’s vital to stick to your doctor’s plan for repeat testing.
What if you’ve never had a Pap smear in the past?
Depending on your age and medical history, you may not need a Pap to get a prescription for birth control pills. However, if you smoke cigarettes, have high blood pressure, or have ever had a blood clot, you should probably consider other methods of birth control.
Can I get a birth control prescription online?
Yes! Simply join Sherpaa, launch the app, create a case (“I need birth control”), and your Sherpaa doctor will be in touch with you within minutes.
They’ll ask you a series of questions and, if appropriate, they’ll prescribe you birth control within the app, you’ll choose your pharmacy, and pick up the medication in no time. No doctor office visits are required and you can communicate with our doctors when it’s convenient for you.
And because you’re a Sherpaa member, you can use Sherpaa for all of your medical needs, just as you would your own personal primary care doctor. It’s by far, the most economical and convenient way to get medical care from your own personal, trusted doctor who understands you and your needs.
Join Sherpaa today and get started.