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Planned Parenthood Direct App provides birth control and treatment in West Texas
LUBBOCK, Texas -
Patients in West Texas can now access women's health services on their mobile device. Planned Parenthood is focusing on expanding reproductive health care in our area.
"I was a student out here in Lubbock and I was having difficulty getting birth control available low cost," said Aubrey Reinhardt, patient advocate for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.
She said the app will change the availability of women's health care in Lubbock.
"This give folks the access to the birth control and UTI treatments that are part of everyday life," she said.
Planned Parenthood reports nearly 124,000 patients visited metropolitan cities in Texas last year for women's health care needs. Reinhardt adds awareness is key in expanding its services in rural areas.
"Putting the word out there about what this app offers is super important because this availability hasn't been here before," she said.
Planned Parenthood Direct is free to use. Patients answer questions related to their healthcare needs in the app. Birth control pills can be delivered to patient homes or local pharmacy, while ring and and patch birth control are available by pharmacy pickup only. Users can renew prescriptions for up to one year.
"It creates this bridge between the care that used to be here and the care that we'll hopefully one day have again," Reinhardt said. "In the mean time this is the way that Planned Parenthood keeps its promise to all its patients that these doors will stay open and this is the way to do that."
The nearest Planned Parenthood clinic is in Fort Worth. Reinhardt said the app allows patients to seek treatment closer to them. It does not offer access to abortions.