A fertility app for smartphones is as effective a contraceptive as the pill, according to new clinical research.
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It then creates an algorithm based on the data collected to build a data plan of fertility.
It notifies users to take precautions on fertile days in order to avoid the risk of pregnancy – or shows days on which a woman could get pregnant.
A clinical trial based in Sweden involving more than 4,000 women aged between 20 and 35 has found the app to be as effective as a form of birth control as the contraceptive pill.
According to the research, which has been published in the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, Natural Cycles scored similar results to the pill on what is known as the Pearl Index.
The Pearl Index measures the effectiveness of birth control methods by measuring how many subjects out of 100 will experience an accidental pregnancy within the first year of use.
While the pill has a Pearl Index score of 0.3 (meaning that around three women in 1,000 who use the pill ‘perfectly’ experience an accidental pregnancy), the Natural Cycles’ system has a Pearl Index rating of 0.5, according to the study.
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