A new study conducted by researchers at Washington’s Georgetown School of Medicine concluded that fertility apps are not reliable. The team wanted to check if the claims of the app producers were in accordance with the results.
During the past years, more and more mobile apps emerged, claiming that they can help women avoid unwanted pregnancies without the help of birth control pills or condoms.
“An increasing number of women who are of reproductive age are using these kind of fertility applications. These women tend to approach a fertility awareness-based method (FABM) in order to have control on when they want to become pregnant or not at all,” reported the Independent.
The “calendar method” as it is dubbed, was the earliest pregnancy prevention method used by women. The basic idea of this practice is to measure the time between menstruation cycles and calculate the most fertile days. During that time, a woman is most probable to be fertilized by a man.
In order to test if the apps that are making the calendar method popular again are indeed efficient, researchers have tracked down 95 such mobile application.
Out of the total number of apps, researchers excluded the ones that contained a disclaimer stating that they are not to be used as a pregnancy prevention method. This reduced the number of viable fertility apps to 40.
The remaining apps were then tested and evaluated with a five-star rating system. Out of the total number, only 30 were accurate in predicting a volunteer’s fertile days. Out of these thirty, only six were granted the perfect, five-stars score.
“The effectiveness of fertility awareness-based methods depends on women observing and recording fertility biomarkers and following evidence-based guidelines. Apps offer a convenient way to track fertility biomarkers, but only some employ evidence-based FABMs”
The researchers involved in the study declared that fertility apps are not reliable and that they would not use it to avoid or plan a pregnancy.
Some of the studied apps were Charting App, 2Day Method, FemCal, Cyclendar, FEMM, Menstruation and Ovulation, Knowhen, Menstrual Cycle Women Long, My Fertility MD, and Glow.
What do you think about the study that claims that fertility apps are not reliable? Have you ever used one? If yes, do you recommend it?
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