Apps Offer Birth Control to Girls as Young as 14

Women and girls as young as 14 are offered access to birth control without having to go to their doctors. An obstetrician-gynecologist weighs in on the implications.
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But right now the way girls as young as 13 may be getting the pill. "The New York times" reporting it is happening with new apps and websites. ABC's linsey Davis takes a look at how it works. Reporter: It's birth control made easy. New apps and websites are now prescribing women and sometimes girls as young as 13 birth control without ever stepping foot in a doctor's office. About half of pregnancies in the United States are unintended and would like to see that reduced. Reporter: Nurx tries to make it more easily accessible. We think helping accessibility will help. Reporter: Visiting a doctor can be time consuming and sometimes costly. For some women like 21-year-old Sara Montoya, apps like this can be extremely helpful. It makes communicating with a doctor much easier than actually going to an office being able to chat with them in a way that's comfortable in a way that's not so intimidating. Reporter: So how exactly do the apps work in most cases women have the option to answer questions about their health online or by video chat then they're paired with a doctor who talks them through the service and ultimately provides the prescription to the local pharmacy. Some even ship the contraceptives directly to your door. These new websites and apps do not require legislative approval sincically anythings still write the prescriptions and need to follow state laws for telemedicine but some doctors say the seemingly convenient over-the-counter birth control method isn't for everyone. Birth control is not one size fits all. There are many options out there and I think patients and doctors need to work together to find the best individual option. Joining us from Los Angeles is ob/gyn Dr. Lisa Masterson host of "Health in heels." What's the best benefit of this. It's wonderful for women. If it empowers them and lets them take control of their bodies it's good and makes it so much more convenient for them. But women have to realize it's still not the standard of care. Still not the gold standard because you really want to consult with a physician because there's many risks and benefits and they need to know about it. The convenience is great. If we can decrease that number of unintended pregnancies that is enormous so very huge. It has great potential for empower many and decreasing unintended pregnancies. I agree although people need to understand there are side effects and seeing that doctor in person, it really drives that point home, wouldn't you agree? Oh, absolutely and also the counseling that you get for, you know, for sexually transmitted infections, really, really important. That's one of the things that isn't on a lot of these websites is talk about the contraception and have you fill out a questionnaire but don't tell you, again, this isn't going to protect you against sexually transmitted diseases and much better than black market birth control pills. You dough know what they are or if they're expired so you have to vet the site. What about the possibility of young kids as young as 13 being able to circumvent their parents to get birth control? Does that concern you? It does concern me. It's really controversial and important that these young girls, if they're going on these sites, they're thinking about having sex. And so they do need contraception. But the thing is they are it's the group that would really benefit the most from the counseling, from knowing that you have to also use STD protection, condoms and really getting that counseling so even though this group, they really feel uncomfortable seeing oct doctors so would benefit from the convenience and support they also really need to consult with a doctor. Not to mention all of the emotional impact, all right, Dr. Lisa Masterson, we thank you very much. A lot of questions on this topic. We appreciate it.

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