Birth Control Advice & Management Online

Birth control can be used for a variety of reasons, but the most common is to prevent pregnancy.

Depending on your specific needs and symptoms, your gynecologist or primary care physician will recommend the best birth control option for you. There are many forms of birth control, including:

  • Birth Control Pills
  • Condoms
  • The Diaphragm
  • The Cervical Cap
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD)
  • The Contraceptive Implant
  • Contraceptive Sponge
  • Spermicide
  • Contraceptive Injections
  • The Vaginal Ring
  • Contraceptive Patch

Studies have shown that most women (70 percent) prefer online, video visits with physicians to in-person visits, and some even say they would change physicians to take advantage of telemedicine options.

A prerequisite for prescribing birth control medication for the first time is a full, physical examination. However, once an initial medication has been prescribed to you, TelaCare can be a very effective partner.

(NOTE: Every provider treats patients and prescribes medications at their own discretion. Some providers may not be comfortable treating chronic care conditions online. Please mention that you are looking for ongoing chronic care management at the start of your visit to avoid confusion.)

With TelaCare, you can set up your free account and schedule a visit with trusted providers in minutes. Before your visit, you should have available your most recent vital sign results – such as blood pressure, hemoglobin A1c, and cholesterol readings – as your overall physical well-being is a factor in the care your physician will provide to you. Also, make sure to tell your telehealth provider about any other medical conditions, existing prescriptions, or over the counter medications you are taking. Some medications do not react well with birth control medications, so it’s important to be honest and open with your provider to avoid complications.

During a video consult on TelaCare, your doctor will ask you a series of specific questions to help determine which option is right for you. If necessary, your provider may recommend an in-person examination by a specialist. Your treatment options for any symptoms you’re trying to manage are based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history. Along with this information, your doctor may ask you if you are using other forms of birth control to prevent pregnancy and protect against contracting STDs.

If you require changes to your birth control medications, your TelaCare physician can provide advice on available options. New prescriptions for birth control cannot be administered without an in-person visit; however, your TelaCare physician, at his or her discretion, may be able to provide you with a bridge prescription after an initial in-person diagnosis that will enable you to continue managing your birth control until you can make another in-person visit.

If you are experiencing physical symptoms of any kind, our platform has an image upload feature that is extremely helpful for both providers and patients.

Answers to many of your questions are included below. If you don’t see your question answered below, please reach out to our support team at support@americanwell.com or call 877-410-5548. We have highly trained health service specialists standing by to take your call, 24/7.

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See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1-800-317-0280 to speak to a medical professional about your symptoms or conditions.



 Is my online doctor visit private and secure?

Yes, we feel it is of utmost importance to maintain patient privacy and keep information secure. TelaCare is designed to be a private, secure, HIPAA-compliant tool that allows you to safely and confidentially consult with a doctor online.


 Can I get a prescription online?

Yes, in general you can get a prescription online. There is support for this nationwide, however there are several exceptions. 


 Can I add my spouse to my account?

Yes you can add them, however your spouse and dependents over 18 will need to manage their own account. Children under 18 may be added to their parents account.

 How important is it for me to manage my birth control?

Birth control medication is a safe, simple, and convenient way to prevent pregnancy. It also has other benefits like reducing acne, making your periods regular, and easing menstrual cramps. It’s effectiveness, however, is predicated upon you taking the medication every day, or you might not be protected from pregnancy. Also, like most medications, birth control pills can have side effects. While most go away after two or three months, you will want to talk with your doctor about finding another brand of pill or another birth control method. It is imperative, however, that you do not stop taking the pill before you start a new method or you’ll be at risk of pregnancy.

 Can I get a prescription for Birth Control medication online?

Generally speaking, refills or bridge prescriptions are available from your TelaCare physician with an online video visit. In those states that allow it, new prescriptions for non-controlled medications (Birth Control medications usually are not controlled substances) may be prescribed at the discretion of your TelaCare physician. The physician will make that determination after conducting your online exam and obtaining information from you such as the timing and results of your last lab tests, and when you last had a physical exam. 

 If my condition cannot be treated through TelaCare, can I still discuss it with a doctor?

If it is not an emergency condition, yes. Doctors at TelaCare are able to provide medical advice, counsel you about your condition, and help you work through your treatment options.

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