(WYMT/Lexington Herald Leader) - Companies that sell birth control online and have home delivery options available are trying to gain access to underserved areas of the country, like rural Kentucky.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports in the last three years, one of those companies, Nurx, has prescribed birth control to more than 400,000 women, 40 percent of whom live in southern states.
Nurx expanded their services to Kentucky just this week.
The paper reports nearly 265,000 women in Kentucky live in what's called contraceptive deserts, which is where they don't have reasonable access to the full range of reproductive health options. About 100,000 women live in a county without a reproductive care clinic.
Officials with the company say they look forward to being able to serve people "whose needs are currently being met by the health care system."
Marcie Crim, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Health Justice Network, told the paper by bringing additional options into areas where they are not normally available, it could be a game-changer for women in need of comprehensive reproductive health care.