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Planned Parenthood rolls out new app that delivers birth control, provides UTI medications

The app is called Planned Parenthood Direct
Posted: 6:08 PM, Sep 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-09 19:08:45-04
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OMAHA, Neb. — It seems like there's an app for just about anything and everything these days. And now there's an app from Planned Parenthood that aims to increase accessibility to women. Through the app you can learn about birth control and UTI treatments. There's a frequently asked questions section and you can also make appointments at a health centers.

The Planned Parenthood app has been out for a couple years, but it has just expanded to Nebraska, Iowa and a few other states last week. The app is called Planned Parenthood Direct.

On the app you can get birth control delivered to your home by answering a few simple questions. On the UTI section of the app, you can get the medication necessary to treat the infection without a doctor's visit.

The accessibility to all of these services is appreciated by women on the go.

"It would help me a lot because I wouldn't have to go and pick it up all the time. Especially with being in college, you don't really have all that free time that you really want," UNO student Ashlyn Welsh said.

The release of the app comes just weeks after the organization announced it was not taking in Title X funding anymore, losing millions of dollars in federal funding.

"The timing is interesting, these two things were in the works completely separately. But we really want to continue to make sure that patients can access the care that we provide at Planned Parenthood," Nebraska executive director of Planned Parenthood Andi Curry Grubb said.

The organization wants everyone to know that even without the funding, all services are still offered. The hope now is that the access will only be expanded.

"There are approximately 210,000 women in the state of Nebraska that currently don't feel like they have adequate access to reproductive healthcare. So the goal is to really reach those folks," Curry Grubb said.