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Are Birth Control Apps Effective For Planning Pregnancy And Contraception?

Over the past years, various companies have released numerous apps that help people track their menstrual cycle. Some of these apps feature daily body temperature readings that are used to predict when a woman would ovulate. However, none of these apps are actually approved by health agencies.

Just last August, a program called Natural Cycles was released. This is considered by experts as the very first legitimate app-based fertility tracker to get the approval of the Food and Drug Administration.

The algorithm used for this app may sound a bit too ideal. Of course, users need to be able to know the basics of fertility tracking before actually using the app.

According to physician Samantha Schon of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology at Michigan Medicine, fertility tracking has been around for years. This process focuses on three methods.

The first method deals with the actual length of your cycle. The second method looks at the cervical mucus that is released from the body. Schon mentioned that women can actually track their mucus daily so as to determine their safe and unsafe days to have sex.

Lastly, fertility tracking deals with one’s basal body temperature (BBT). This method was actually used by the Natural Cycle’s technology. When using the BBT method, it is important to note that a woman's body temperature just before she ovulates is between 97 and 97.5 degrees Fahrenheit. This will increase as your body releases an egg.

Natural Cycle uses the third method, which is allowing the users to track their BBT up to two decimal places, which makes it a very sensitive basal thermometer. It shows on the screen whether or not you should “use protection” or if you are “not fertile.”

Experts shared that the app should be used for at least five days a week to get accurate results. Furthermore, you must allow at least three cycles for the algorithm to get the hang of things.

“Fertility awareness methods, or the timing method, are ineffective approximately 20 to 25 percent of the time in preventing pregnancy,” as explained by Alan Copperman. Thus, one of four people will most likely get pregnant by using this method in a year.

Fertility App, Glow, Helps Women Get Pregnant; Tracks Ovulation And Offers Advice A fertility app for women could help couples conceive by keeping track of ovulation cycles, even reminding women to wear nice lingerie and men to bring home flowers during peak fertility. Creative Commons

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