A European app, “Natural Cycles,” has recently been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, as a contraceptive method to prevent pregnancies despite some issues it had in the UK and Sweden for being the cause of 37 unwanted pregnancy claims.
This is the first of its kind and is viewed as very effective by some experts. The FDA officials reasoned that no contraception could work perfectly, and it is up to the user how the method is being carried out.
The Natural Cycles app utilizes an algorithm based on body temperature readings and information on the menstrual cycle. You have to enter the information the moment you wake up, before doing anything else. Try to have a thermometer at the bedside if you don’t have digital measuring devices.
As you enter the reading in the app, you will see a message. There can be two results: “Use protection,” meaning a high risk of pregnancy, or “Not fertile,” meaning low pregnancy risk.
Even though the manufacturers guarantee a very high success rating, it only works for women with regular cycles. For women with irregular cycles, the app seems useless at all. The FDA’s approval makes a statement that out of all the market apps, the Natural Cycles seems to be the most favorable.