An app to prevent pregnancy? Don’t count on it

Prof Deborah Bateson

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Prof Deborah Bateson

Professor of Practice, Co-lead, Cervical Cancer and HPV Stream: Clinical translation and implementation, Daffodil Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney

Prof Deborah Bateson

Fertility awareness apps are being championed as a new approach to contraception. In reality, while the technology may be new, women have been predicting the fertile days in their menstrual cycles to prevent pregnancy for a very long time.

But the growth of the “femtech” industry, alongside a seemingly growing wave of younger women looking to move away from hormonal methods of contraception, has led to a renewed interest.

Fertility awareness methods and apps can help women better understand their bodies, are relatively cost-effective, and have no side-effects.

Yet at the same time, the apps rely on dedicated daily monitoring and data entry, and strictly abstaining from unprotected sex for several days each month. They also leave significant room for user error.

Most importantly, their effectiveness remains to be properly proven with research evidence.

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