There's no point in sugarcoating it — it's tough being a woman in this country right now. We face emotional, systemic, and societal barriers. And when it comes to healthcare, we're also often treated as an afterthought, with important things like reproductive health and birth control still inaccessible for many. All this to say: it can be difficult to prioritize our own health and well-being when so much of society doesn't.
CVS is hoping to change that starting this October. The brand is dedicated to being an ally to women by providing easier access to services and products that help support women's mental and physical wellbeing. Not only is the brand working toward eliminating the pink tax on products traditionally marketed to women and paying the tax on all period products where and when possible, but it's also making healthcare services available nationwide through MinuteClinic Virtual Care™. Here, we don't have to jump through hoops to access care for our functional and emotional needs. Here, it's a safe space where no subject is too taboo. And here, our physical, mental, and sexual health matter. Read up on the new services ahead.
The telehealth industry has expanded exponentially in the past few years, which means these days we can receive medical care from the comfort of our own homes or with the quick click of a button. With MinuteClinic Virtual Care™, you can receive virtual care seven days a week (and on holidays, too). You can visit with a board-certified healthcare provider over video to help you with common illnesses (everything from colds and the flu to skin conditions like eczema and rashes to seasonal allergies and sore throats), prescribe medications when medically necessary, or even help with mental health concerns.
Speaking of mental health, MinuteClinic at CVS is also adding wellness services to the roster in select states to help you work through mental health issues, including stress, depression, and anxiety, in a supportive and nonjudgmental environment. Licensed therapists can help you cope with life adjustments, treat depression, and develop a personalized care plan specific to your needs. You can meet in-person in a private and confidential environment, or virtually from the comfort of your own home.
In a country where millions of people have periods, it's unfortunate that menstrual health is still not considered a priority by all. MinuteClinic at CVS offers menstrual and sexual health services to prioritize this integral part of overall health, not just reproductive health. You can now receive everything from birth-control consultations and injections to treatments for menopause, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), irregular periods, yeast infections, UTIs, STIs, and more.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, but many may not realize that 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events are preventable. To help reduce your risk, MinuteClinic at CVS is providing in-person heart health screenings. Board-certified MinuteClinic providers will check your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and BMI to help you develop a plan to lower your risk factors for cardiovascular disease.