Get the Better newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Long before apps, there was the rhythm method. With the rhythm method, a woman tracks her menstrual cycles on a calendar to pinpoint when she is ovulating and most likely to conceive — and so avoids sex on those days. This type of natural family planning is far from foolproof, with as many as 24 in 100 women who practice it as birth control getting pregnant in the first year. Over the years a number of apps (Kindara, Period Tracker and Ovia, among dozens of others) have popped up to help women better understand their fertility cycles. These apps simplify data-logging, help women “learn” their cycles and typically factor in other information like body temperature or the consistency of cervical fluid, both of which can indicate ovulation or the time you're most likely to become pregnant. Most of the apps are promoted as pregnancy planning tools and that's how many women use them. OB-GYNs such as Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman, clinical … [Read more...] about FDA approved a ‘birth control’ app. Here’s what OB-GYNs want you to know.
Fda approved contraceptives
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
By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: August 14, 2018 at 5:42 pm | UPDATED: August 14, 2018 at 5:42 pm By Rachel Siegel Contraception? Yes, there’s an app for that. And an FDA-approved app at that. Last week, Natural Cycles became the first app approved by the government to prevent pregnancy. The Swedish-based company had been cleared in Europe in 2017 and is an emerging name within the “Femtech” industry — a catch-all for “female health technology” that has reaped an estimated $1 billion of investment worldwide in the past three years. This app is marketed as “a natural method of contraception that is powered by a smart algorithm.” It sells the idea of “empowering women.” Not all are convinced that the app represents the future of contraception, or should even be used now. Women might be drawn to having a sense of control over their reproductive lives. And as with so much else in modern daily life, their data is at their … [Read more...] about FDA approves an app to prevent pregnancy. Can an app do that?
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.The app, Natural Cycles, calculates when a woman is most likely to be fertile using their daily body temperature data and their menstrual cycle information. Bayer to stop selling Essure birth control device in US The app then tells users what days they are more likely to be fertile and should abstain from sex or use protection if they do not wish to get pregnant."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, the 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 contraception works perfectly, so an unplanned pregnancy could still result from … [Read more...] about FDA approves marketing for a contraception app for the 1st time
At 26, Dara Leinfelder had a toddler and two babies in diapers. After she and her then-boyfriend agreed they were done having children, the Bolingbrook mother considered options for permanent birth control.At her gynecologist’s office in October 2015, Leinfelder for the first time heard about Essure, a medical device designed to permanently prevent pregnancy. A small, coil-shaped insert, which contains no hormones, could quickly be placed into each of her fallopian tubes, and she could be back on her feet the same day, Leinfelder recalled.But immediately after the Essure inserts were placed, Leinfelder felt intense cramping and bloating in her abdomen. She woke up the next morning with painful blisters covering her legs, hips and feet, she said. Leinfelder, who had to have a hysterectomy at 27 to end the side effects caused by an allergic reaction to the nickel used in the inserts, eventually would become one of more than 35,000 women across the U.S. urging the Food and Drug … [Read more...] about ‘We want to make our voices heard:’ Women battle FDA over contraceptive device they say made them sick