How many times have you gone to start a new packet of your contraceptive pill, only to realise you’ve completely run out? You then have to dash to your nearest medical centre before it closes, to get a new prescription filled.
You sit in the waiting room for 45 minutes reading dog-eared magazines from 2007, before the doctor finally calls your name. Once you’ve got your script you rush to the pharmacy, where you wait a little longer to eventually be given your pill.
It’s all a bit of an inconvenience, but worth it to avoid the risk of unprotected sex. Better safe than sorry, right? Luckily, thanks to an innovative new online service, renewing your contraception no longer has to be a time-consuming hassle.
The service allows you to have your contraception delivered directly to your door, without having to see a doctor face-to-face.
Shopping, banking, ordering food and making dinner reservations; these are all things we can now do online. The convenience factor has lead to the rise of these services and the same desire to save time is beginning to shape the way we access healthcare
– Sarah Beckwith, CEO and Co-founder of Doctus.
How it works
First things first, you fill out the fully confidential five-minute questionnaire on the Doctus website. Their Australian Registered GP will then assess your answers and determine whether oral contraceptives are a safe option for you.
If so, the GP will refill your prescription, all without seeing a doctor face-to-face! Your pill will then arrive on your doorstep, sent via express post. It’s as easy as that!
What are the benefits?
One in every two women have unintentionally run out of their supply of the pill at some point. Another one in five women have run the risk of an unwanted pregnancy because they haven’t got their prescription for the pill filled in time and had sex without contraception.
Whether you’re in your teens, twenties, thirties or beyond, going to your doctor for contraception can be a time-consuming and even embarrassing situation. Doctus takes out the awkward face-to-face contact with your doc, while still giving you access to advice from a qualified professional.
Using Doctus is also much cheaper than visiting a non bulk-billing practice. The service costs $24.95 per consultation, compared to $70 per visit at a private clinic. Even if you were to go to a bulk-billing practice, your $37 rebate is still being covered by tax-payers.1
Then, there’s all the time you’ll save. Now that it’s no longer a necessary evil, you’ll no longer have to factor a visit to your GP for the pill into your already packed schedule. It’s also available Australia-wide, making it perfect for people living in remote areas who can’t easily access a doctor.
In case you were wondering, the service is 100 % legal and is backed by Reliance GP Super Clinic, one of Australia’s largest medical centres.
To celebrate World Contraception Day on September 26, Doctus is offering $15 consultations for the next month. To claim your discount, use the discount code WCD16 at the checkout.