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Birth Control: Getting Started and Best Practices

Don’t I need an appointment with a gynecologist or physical with an in-person doctor to get birth control? Can I get birth control without a pelvic exam or Pap smear?

Last updated on September 1, 2020

While it’s still important to see your doctor for check-ups, in-person visits are actually not required to receive a prescription for birth control, according to the CDC. As long as the information you share with us is up-to-date and accurate, including your current blood pressure measurement, our doctors can safely prescribe birth control for you. As we mentioned in the question below, there are many other reasons besides birth control that we recommend visiting your in-person doctor regularly.

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