United States of America, August 13, 2018- There is a growing global concern about the population explosion and the deteriorating state of the world. The need for awareness about unwanted pregnancies is quite high. It is safe to say that after much thought and debate, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the first time ever has green-lighted a birth control app to be marketed as a method of contraception.
Natural Cycles is the app that has practically set its name in stone in the history. It has now been allowed to legally be marketed as an application that can be used for contraception. This Contraception app essentially uses bodily information such as their body temperature, menstruation cycle etc. to calculate when a female’s body is at the peak of fertility.
Understanding Contraception App
There is a problem with a certain section of the American youth today (or the whole world’s for that matter). This is that they aren’t quite aware of how your body clock is an excellent indicator of fertility. If you know how your body is working, then you can easily understand how to prevent unwanted pregnancies by either using precaution during sex or completely abstain from it when the female body is very fertile.
In a statement made out to the press, Dr. Terri Cornelison, assistant director for women’s health in FDA for the Centre for Devices and Radiological Health makes a statement. He says that, “Consumers are increasingly using digital health technologies to inform their everyday health decisions, and this new app can provide an effective method of contraception if it’s used carefully and correctly”. Women should know that no form of contraception works perfectly, so an unplanned pregnancy could still result from correct usage of this device,” she added.
Research and studies
The human body works in the most mysterious ways sometimes. Even though you are absolutely certain that you have used protection you might just conceive. Regardless of whether you aren’t fertile in that time window, you can get pregnant. This is why people have to be absolutely aware of the success or failure rate of the app.
The methods of the study were:
- Perfect use: this is a scenario when the user fills in the data everyday without a miss.
- Typical Use: this is a scenario when the study takes into account the users who sometimes forget to enter the data or fail to use it correctly.
The Perfect use rate of failure is 1.8% which is absolutely fantastic as compared to any other app on the market. The Typical use rate of failure increases to 6.5%. In most cases, the rate of the typical use is only considered valid. Many times people aren’t very regular in work.
Certain women who have relied on this app as their primary source of contraception have raised quite an alarm about the app. They have complained that they have ended up with unwanted pregnancies. They relied on the contraception app completely to help them with guidance regarding their fertility.
Recently a report from SVT, Sweden’s public broadcasting company, came up with a report. This report stated that 37 out of 668 women who underwent an abortion at a Stockholm hospital in three months between September and December 2017. They had been using the app to avoid pregnancy but conceived anyway.
Every medical institution and the founders of the app have repeatedly maintained that no form of contraception app is a 100% accurate. It hasn’t been a shock that women who have used it have become pregnant unwillingly.
“Contraception is just one part of this app. One benefit. There’s much more to it. The aim of this app is to bring awareness to women. It’ll help a woman understand her body and read the signs. It helps your menstrual cycle and become more self-aware”, said a spokesperson of the App’s team.
Original Source: https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Wellness/fda-approves-marketing-contraception-app-1st-time/story?id=57146537