FDA approves birth control app that has been tied to unplanned pregnancies in Sweden and the UK

“On “red” days, or “fertile days,” the app notifies women that they should not have sex without backup, such as a condom” reports The Food and Drug Administration has approved a mobile birth control app despite the fact that it is under investigation in Sweden and the United Kingdom for its apparent ineffectiveness.Natural Cycles is a 2014 startup developed by a married couple in Sweden, and in 2017, it became the first app to be certified as birth control in Europe.Examples of using the app incorrectly include having unprotected sex on fertile days.The app, known as “Natural Cycles,” relies on the “rhythm method” of birth control, which tracks women’s ovulation to determine which days of the month they are most likely to get pregnant.

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