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The Performance of Fertility Awareness-based Method Apps Marketed to Avoid Pregnancy

OPEN Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM | 9 Jul 2016

M Duane, A Contreras, ET Jensen and A White
Abstract
In recent years there has been an explosion in the development of medical apps, with more than 40,000 apps now available. Nearly 100 apps allow women to track their fertility and menstrual cycles and can be used to avoid or achieve pregnancy. Apps offer a convenient way to track fertility biomarkers. However, only some use evidence-based fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs), which with ideal use have rates of effectiveness similar to those of commonly used forms of hormonal birth control. Since having a baby or preventing a pregnancy are important responsibilities, it is critical that women and couples have access to reliable, evidence-based apps that allow them to accurately track their fertility.
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Implanon, Progesterone, Fertility awareness, Combined oral contraceptive pill, Birth control, Hormonal contraception, Pregnancy, Menstrual cycle
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