Allergic to latex, or just too lazy to pop a pill every day? Regular birth control methods like condoms or the pill are common ways to prevent unwanted pregnancy, but may not work for everyone. That’s why alternative birth control methods, like birth control apps, have been gaining popularity.
However, birth control apps may not be as effective as advertised. On Wednesday (Jan 17), the Natural Cycles app, which uses basal temperature readings and software to see when women are ovulating and likely to be pregnant, and markets itself as a contraceptive, was reported to Swedish authorities after 37 women using it had unintended pregnancies.
Studies from the Natural Cycles company showed that used properly, the app had a 99 per cent success rate of preventing pregnancy, which led to it being certified as a contraceptive device in the EU. While Natural Cycles is approved as a contraceptive device in Europe, it is sold as a fertility monitoring app in the US, as it it has not been approved by the FDA as a contraceptive.
Still keen on non-traditional methods of contraception? Scroll the gallery to check out other options to regular birth control methods, which are all approved in Singapore.
(This information isn’t meant to replace medical advice. If you have any issues or questions, consult your doctor.)
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