17:47 10 February 2017
A contraception app that records daily temperature and uses an algorithm to plot fertility on a calendar has received the seal of approval from German-based certification body Tuv Sud. Based on a clinical study conducted in 2016, the app has been found to be as effective as the contraceptive pill.
One of the creators, Dr Elina Berglund, said: 'Women around the world are interested in exploring effective non-hormonal, non-invasive forms of contraception.
'And now they have a new, clinically verified and regulatory approved option to choose from.'
The app could help women who do not wish to use contraceptive pills that are linked to mood swings, spontaneous bouts of crying, and even strokes based on a 2016 published in the British Medical Journal.
'Our high quality clinical studies, together with the required regulatory approvals, means we can provide women everywhere with a new option for contraception,' Dr Berglund added.
'Natural Cycles allow women to better understand their bodies so they can make choices that are right for them.'
The app, called Natural Cycle, predicts the days of the month when a woman is at her most fertile, also referred to as red days during which, couples are advised to use a condom to reduce the risk of becoming pregnant.
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