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3 sexual health services you can get from the comfort of your own home

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Telehealth can make your life so much easier

One of the big advantages of telehealth is that it allows you to take care of intimate health care stuff without going to the doctor’s office. For some, getting to the doctor is an obstacle if you have to do things like take time off work, get childcare, or drive an hour to an office in a neighboring town. Needless to say, it’s also become very helpful during the coronavirus pandemic, since we can all keep each other safer by practicing social distancing.

Luckily, the internet has made it possible to access many important sexual health services online. Here are some options you might want to check out if getting to the doctor is tough for you. And don’t forget, The Right Time health centers offer telehealth appointments! This means you can get free or low-cost access to the full range of birth control methods from your smartphone or computer. Make an appointment today.

1. Birth control prescriptions

While we’re not at the point yet where we can buy birth control pills over the counter, you can get birth control prescribed by a medical professional at a nearby The Right Time health center. The process for this is largely the same as it would be if your appointment were in person: your provider will talk to you about your personal preferences, as well what you’d like your birth control to do for you (make your periods less painful, clear up acne, prevent pregnancy, etc). Then, once you both agree on a path forward, they’ll prescribe it for you.

2. UTI treatment

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be an unfortunate side effect of sex, especially if you have a vulva. Luckily, now you can get diagnosed at home. Just schedule a telehealth appointment with a provider at your nearest The Right Time health center and tell them your symptoms to get started.

3. Yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis treatment

If you’re itching or having unusual discharge and have a sneaky suspicion you might have developed a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis (BV), you can consult with a The Right Time health care provider about your symptoms and get treatment via telehealth.

Updated December 2021

Emma McGowan is a veteran blogger who writes about startups and sex. She’s Bustle’s sex ed columnist at Sex IDK and a regular contributor to Bustle and Her work has appeared in Mashable, The Daily Dot’s The Kernel, Mic, and The Bold Italic. She’s a sex-positive feminist whose hobbies include making patterns and sewing, connecting with other women, and reading at least three books a week.

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