Fertility apps can replace birth control pills

Fertility apps can replace birth control pills


If you are not keen on contraceptive pills, you may have the option of skipping them and yet avoid unwanted pregnancy. A new study has found that a fertility app is as effective for women as the pill and has no side effects.

You need to enter your daily body temperature into the app known as Natural Cycles. It then creates an algorithm and determines when you will ovulate. The red and green days notify you about the fertile days and the safe days.

The Natural Cycles app was created by Physicist Elina Berglund, a discoverer of the Noble Prize winning Higgs Boson particle, and she founded the company jointly with her husband. According to her, Natural Cycles uses data instead of chemicals and so is an empowering tool for women and helps them take control of their fertility. She believes that it is better for women to be aware of their own body’s cycle than altering it with hormonal contraceptives.

A clinical trial in Sweden aimed at determining the effectiveness of the app included 4054 Swedish women aged between 20 and 35. The results found the app as effective as the pill as it scored similar results on the Pearl Index as the latter.

The study found the Pearl Index of the pill to be 0.3 and 9.0, and in comparison, the Pearl Index of the app was found to be 0.5 and 7.0. This means that when the app is used in the correct manner, then 5 women out f 1000 can experience an accidental pregnancy while on ignoring the red days or forgetting to feed in the temperature 7 women out of every 100 can experience an accidental pregnancy in the first year. The number of women expected to experience accidental pregnancies while using the pill is similar to those using the app considering the similar Pearl Index score of the former.

One of the researchers, contraception expert Professor Christina Gemzell stated that more and more women in the 20 to 30 age bracket prefer to refrain from hormonal contraceptive methods and would rather use a hormone-free alternative. She further added that it was important to have contraceptive options for women to choose from and to also educate them about the positive and negative effects of these techniques. She felt that this work was a significant step towards realizing how old methods could be improved by new technologies.

The study published in the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Healthcare was conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden by independent scientists.