Can you really blame an app for getting pregnant???
According to mashable.com:
The phone app Natural Cycles — which once claimed to be “the only approved contraceptive app out there” — appealed to users through confident branding, touting the lack of side effects that pills and IUDs can cause. And while that sounds nice, with no hormonal regulations, the app’s potential for success is a bit dubious.
According to reports, nearly 40 women who used the app visited Södersjukhuset hospital in Stockholm to get abortions from September 2017 to the end of the year. The hospital has since reported the app to the Medical Products Agency (MPA) in Sweden.
Designed by Elina Berglund and Raoul Scherwitzl, a married team of physicists, the app uses an algorithm to review personal information such as body temperature and track body patterns over time to eventually be able to predict fertility periods. The idea is that couples looking to avoid pregnancy should steer clear of sex when the app alerts them of their fertile periods, though clearly the method is not foolproof.
In a statement to Mashable, Natural Cycles said the risk of pregnancy associated with the app is clear and communicated to users. Typically, Natural Cycles claims to be 93 percent effective.
“No contraception is 100% effective, and unwanted pregnancies is an unfortunate risk with any contraception,” the statement read. “Our studies have repeatedly shown that our app provides a high level of effectiveness similar to other methods.”
Natural Cycles also confirmed they had not yet received any information from Södersjukhuset hospital, but said they are currently in touch with the MPA and is working to respond to individual cases.
Despite the backlash stemming from reports of 37 unwanted pregnancies, Natural Cycles still claims that the app is very effective.
“We’d like to reassure the medical community and the public that Natural Cycles is an effective, clinically proven, form of contraception, which hundreds of thousands of women worldwide trust as their birth control to prevent or plan a pregnancy,” the company said in a statement.
In fact, Natural Cycles didn’t find the 37 unwanted pregnancies all that shocking. [READ MORE]