Contraception app blamed for unplanned pregnancies

Natural Cycles has been in the news this week after a hospital in Sweden reported that 37 unwanted pregnancies were linked to using the app.

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Pregnancy news, 18/01/2018 (updated 06/08/2018)

Natural Cycles is a contraceptive app that uses a woman’s body temperature to find out the fertile and non-fertile days in her monthly cycle. It then works out when the user can have unprotected sex if they want to avoid pregnancy, or if they want to get pregnant.

The app claims to be 93% effective in preventing pregnancy (if used typically), meaning that 7 in 100 women may get pregnant. Last year, it was officially recognised in Europe as a contraceptive method.

However, they have been in the news several times this year with reports of an increase in unplanned pregnancies when using the app. One Swedish hospital recently reported the company to the Swedish Medicines Agency after 37 unwanted pregnancies were connected to the contraceptive method.

Natural Cycles’ response

‘An unwanted pregnancy is, of course, very unfortunate and we deeply care every time one of our users becomes pregnant unplanned. Unfortunately, no contraception is 100% effective and unplanned pregnancies are an unfortunate risk with any contraception.’

They went on to explain that, with perfect use, the app could be 99% effective and that it is ‘an effective, non-invasive, non-hormonal method of contraception’.

More information

There are many different types of contraception on the market. Each one comes with its own risk, so it’s important to think about this when you’re choosing which one is right for you.

If you’re planning a pregnancy, you might be keen to get on with it, but think about how best to stop contraception, and how it will affect your plans.

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