The past year and a half has been a tumultuous time for lot of people as the pandemic has ushered in a new normal, changing our lives in more ways than one. A large part of that involves managing almost every aspect of life with a large number of hours spent being at home, which adds an extra layer of complication to our routines. Due to this, it’s more important to make sure you’re taking time to care for yourself by staying up-to-date with your women’s wellness visits and screenings.
Marie Stopes continue to offer Telemedicine, which help with issues like birth control and abortion medication via the telephone.
How Telemedicine Appointments Are Similar to In-Office Appointments
It’s not altogether a different situation when you look at the two approaches.
A Telemedicine appointment will help you speak to your healthcare provider, even though you may not have the direct physical access you’re used to. A lot can be accomplished through a teleconsultation as you talk through things, even though there are some screenings and procedures that obviously need to be in person.
Which Reproductive Health Issues Can Be Treated Virtually?
If you are under 8 weeks pregnant and looking at getting a medical abortion, Telemedicine consultations may be the answer for you. Marie Stopes has established strict protocols and standards which paved way for safe Home Based pregnancy abortion. After going through the Teleconsultation process, a two-pill combo which works to safely terminate the pregnancy will be sent to you.
Access to Birth control
To get a valid prescription for birth control pills, you don’t need an in-person visit. Marie Stopes – through the Telemedicine service – offers help with managing your birth control, including emergency contraception.
Pill And Patch Refill
Need a refill on your contraceptive pill and patch? When you’re an established patient, a healthcare professional will contact you to make sure you’re well prepared and don’t run out. If you are staying at a place other than your normal residence – stated at sign up, keep that in mind if your service provider prescribes any medications.
What Types of Problems or Questions Require an In-Person Visit?
You need to be seen right away for urgent instances such:
- A fever
- Vaginal infection
- Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy (including pain in the pelvis, abdomen, or lower back issues due to a recent surgery or procedure)
- Severe vaginal bleeding
Keep in mind that most offices are still seeing patients, but they may have a reduced schedule to cater for extra sanitizing and keeping less patients in waiting rooms at the same time.
YOUR PRIVACY IS IMPORTANT TO US
At Marie Stopes South Africa, we value our clients and their rights to privacy. As such each Teleconsultation is conducted with the highest level of respect, guaranteeing rights to confidentiality for the information provided.
Speak to one of our trained service providers who will guide you through the process of finding the most suitable contraceptive for you. Our Telemedicine service is also available to ensure you get the best reproductive health advice and services available to you.