The Food and Drug Administration took a “big tent” approach earlier this month when it approved two new forms of birth control that prevent pregnancy in very different ways. Women’s health advocates applauded the availability of a new vaginal ring that could be used for up to a year. But some questioned the approval of a mobile phone app that helps women avoid pregnancy by tracking their body temperature and menstrual cycle, a type of contraception called “fertility awareness.” Critics pointed to reports that three dozen women in Sweden got pregnant despite monitoring their cycle with the app. They also fear that the FDA approval of the app may encourage patients to think that fertility awareness methods, which include a range of practices to track ovulation, and avoid unprotected sex during that time, are just as good at preventing pregnancy as some highly effective types of birth control, like the intrauterine device, or IUD. While “natural” … [Read more...] about Biorhythms And Birth Control: FDA Stirs Debate By Approving ‘Natural’ App
Kelvin Chan, Ap Business Writer Updated 7:18 am PDT, Friday, August 17, 2018 Photo: Nishat Ahmed, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 A women demonstrates using the Natural Cycles smartphone app, in London, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. The mobile fertility app, has become the first ever digital contraceptive device to win FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) marketing approval, enabling women to track their menstrual cycle and uses an algorithm to determine when they’re fertile, and need to use birth control protection. less A women demonstrates using the Natural Cycles smartphone app, in London, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. The mobile fertility app, has become the first ever digital contraceptive device to win FDA (US Food and Drug ... more Photo: Nishat Ahmed, AP Birth control app highlights emerging health tech market … [Read more...] about Birth control app highlights emerging health tech market
A natural birth control app used as a form of contraception was approved for the first time by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week, according to People magazine. The app Natural Cycles, made in Sweden, uses body temperature to determine if a woman is most fertile, giving her an opportunity to use protection or abstain from sex to avoid pregnancy, the magazine said. A woman takes her temperature orally using a basal body thermometer after waking up and then enters the information into the app, People magazine said. The Natural Cycle app through the month will give the woman a "green light" if her temperature reading indicates a less fertile day and a "red light" on her most fertile days. Natural Cycles said women have about 10 "red light" days a month, according to People. "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 … [Read more...] about Natural Birth Control App Gets FDA Approval
WELLNESS 08/13/2018 05:46 am ET Educate yourself on the side effects now, and know what to expect later. Jenna Birch On Assignment For HuffPost From the pill to the patch, the IUD to the implant, there are tons of different birth control options to choose from. And while that’s great, it also can be incredibly overwhelming. There are side effects, frequency of use, hormone amounts, your lifestyle and numerous other factors you need to consider. Some have estrogen and progesterone, others no hormones at all, but all of them will carry a risk of side effects ― or, as Jennifer Villavicencio, a gynecologist at Michigan Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “intended effects” and “other effects.” Some of these side effects might be positive changes, or one of the reasons you’re prescribed that type of BC in the first place. “For instance, a pill that leads to a decrease in bleeding might be an … [Read more...] about Can’t Decide On A Birth Control Method? This Should Help
Tech & Science There are countless phone applications that promise to help women keep track of their fertility to prevent pregnancy, but the reliability of these programs is questionable. That could change, though, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that a phone application can be used as an effective form of contraception. The agency approved marketing of the application Natural Cycles that works to prevent pregnancy using an algorithm that calculates the days of the month a woman is likely to be fertile. “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,” Dr. Terri Cornelison, assistant director for the health of women in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a statement. “But women should know that no form of … [Read more...] about Is This Phone App Effective Birth Control? The FDA Thinks So.