Let’s be real here: birth control is most definitely not a one size fits all kind of thing. It takes a lot of trial and error to find one that works right with your body, which can cause a lot of ups and downs with your hormones. But what if there was another way? Well, there just might be.
Since many of us have turned towards apps to help keep track of our cycles, a new one, which was developed by a pair of married physicists, is setting the bar pretty high. Natural Cycles was first announced back in February and as of now is the only certified app for contraception in Europe.
As of right now, more than 200,000 women in 161 countries are said to use the app, Today reported.
How does it work? Women take their temperature every morning using a basal thermometer and enter it into the app, where things like cycle irregularities and “sperm survival” are calculated. The algorithm breaks down the data to determine whether is a “red day” (when you could get pregnant) or a “green day” (when you’re infertile).
As of right now, experts are still saying to proceed with caution. “It does not protect against STDs,” said NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar. “That’s something that’s very important to re-emphasize to women who would choose this method.”
Either way, it sounds like it will be life-changing for many women.