The case for telemedicine in the midst of a pandemic

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

By Amy Fan, MPH

Amy Fan is the president and co-founder of Twentyeight Health, an Ovee affiliate.

We can’t seem to talk about anything but the coronavirus these days. However, when it comes to the impact of COVID-19 and access to sexual and reproductive care, this is not a topic we should simply brush off. With social distancing, closure of non-essential businesses, and disruptions to supply chains, many people are not only facing restrictions to get sexual and reproductive care but also are worried about being able to afford birth control with the prospect of losing their jobs.

Global impact of COVID-19 on sexual and reproductive health access

Globally, over 214 million people want to prevent pregnancy but are not using modern contraception. With strains on the healthcare system, overburdened healthcare workers, and disruptions to supply chains, it is even harder for people to access reproductive and sexual healthcare. “No one stopped needing sexual and reproductive health care in a public health crisis,” acting Planned Parenthood president Alexis McGill Johnson said during a press conference on March 30th.