Here at The Pill Club, our medical team is the lifeblood of our company. They come to work each day—early mornings, late nights, and even weekends—to provide birth control prescriptions, sexual health counseling, and all around expert care for our members. We're excited to go behind the scenes and introduce one of our nurse practitioners, Andrea Sleeth, who serves our members across Missouri, Florida, Arizona, Idaho, and New Mexico. Read on to learn more about Andrea!
Tell us what you did prior to joining The Pill Club?
I've worked in women's health care for the past decade, initially starting out as a labor and delivery aid before going on to work at an OB-GYN clinic once I got my license to practice as a nurse. I eventually returned to labor and delivery and also taught prenatal classes, too. Having the opportunity to work with women in all stages of life really fueled my passion for women's healthcare. I'm also lucky to have worked with some amazing nurse practitioners along the way!
Three years ago, I got accepted into the women's health nurse practitioner program at Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY. That's where midwifery started in the U.S., so I was really excited to continue my training there since their program specializes in women's health care. Once I graduated, I was fortunate to come across an opening at The Pill Club through the university's alumni network. The potential to work at a company solely focused on women's health was a natural fit for me given my specialty in this area. After initially starting part-time, I'm excited to share that I joined The Pill Club full-time in January!
As a nurse practitioner, what's your day-to-day like?
I mostly work with our members through synchronous telemedicine visits (video calls). I provide medical counseling in a variety of areas and of course, I deal with lots of questions about birth control! Most of the questions I get are around potential side effects from birth control—things like weight gain or whether it's okay to skip periods.
Working in telemedicine is a shift from my days working in-person at the clinic.
But I love being able to provide education through a telemedicine platform for our members, whether that's talking about the ins/outs of birth control or helping them better understand how to monitor their period cycles and be attune to their bodies.
Currently, I'm working toward getting licensed to practice telemedicine in all 50 states, which will hopefully allow me to serve even more of our members!
There are so many misconceptions about birth control. If there was one myth you'd like to clear up, what would it be?
I often get asked if women's fertility will be affected by the length of time they are on hormonal contraception. Rest assured, it does not! Some birth control options, like the IUD, have an immediate return to fertility, but hormonal contraceptives take just a few cycles for fertility to return. Depo Provera (the shot) is the slowest return to fertility, which could take up to 6 months. I would encourage anyone with additional questions to consult their health care provider or to reach out to a member of our medical team.