Happy World Contraception Day (September 26),
It’s a great day to focus on the importance of contraception and why we need to keep expanding access and options.
Fertility apps have been BIG news lately. If you're following this space, you may have run across several news stories - both positive and negative. The medical community is appropriately demanding evidence that they work. And skeptics question why women would use a “contraceptive app” when there are “so many other contraceptive methods available.”
If you think that fertility apps should adhere to the same contraceptive efficacy standards as other methods, like the pill, IUD, condoms, etc., then read on. If you think that women should be offered the full range of contraceptives (no exceptions), then read on. If you think we need to start listening to women to address their contraceptive needs...well, you get it.
In this issue, we're featuring our thoughts on why contraception should be simple at least from the user’s perspective, insights from the researchers conducting the Dot Efficacy Study, and other topics you won't want to miss.
We hope you enjoy it!
Why Make Contraception Simple?
We’ve been criticized for making our approaches to family planning too simple, but there’s beauty in simplicity, especially in the realm of fertility awareness-based methods. Our approach is straightforward and uncomplicated, but make no mistake – simplicity should not be confused with “dumbing down”. If anything, we’re streamlining fertility awareness-based methods so that they fit into our busy lives. We’re making them more useful, by doing the complex work behind the scenes. Read more here.
20 Dot Study Questions Answered
You have questions? We've got answers! Listen to the experts discussing some of the most frequently asked questions about how to conduct a contraceptive efficacy study on a fertility app. The Dot Contraceptive Efficacy Study is the first prospective efficacy study on a fertility app that adheres to established contraceptive efficacy study guidelines. Researchers from the Institute for Reproductive Health discuss the importance of recruiting and vetting participants, the key data that must be tracked, why USAID is interested in this type of research, and more. Read more here.
Dot App Updates
We've made a few updates to the Dot iOS app that you won't want to miss! Pregnancy Mode - Users can now "pause" Dot during pregnancy and countdown the days until the baby arrives! Read more here. New Languages - Dot iOS is now available in Spanish and Portuguese. Stay tuned for these updates and more coming to Android soon!
New CycleBeads Research
New research published on the CycleBeads App shows that providing women with this type of technology addresses unmet family planning needs. According to the research conducted in multiple countries 64% of women using the app for pregnancy prevention had not used a family planning method in the 3 months before downloading the app. Now that's making a difference!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
Blog Posts You Won't Want To Miss!
We and our partners will be presenting at these upcoming events on our work:
- Global Health Mini University, October 22, George Washington University.
- International Conference on Family Planning, November 12-15, Kigali, Rwanda
- Global Digital Health Forum, December 10-11, Washington, D.C.
Are you using Dot Fertility Tracker to plan pregnancy, prevent pregnancy, or track cycles? If so, we want to hear from you! We're continuing to improve the Dot user experience by implementing a few of your proposed ideas. We'd also like to hear more from you on new features that are coming up. Drop us an email to Hello@DotTheApp.com or click here if you'd like to share how Dot has made a difference in your life.
That's a wrap! Pay it forward and pass it on :)
Cycle Technologies is a social impact company focused on women's health. Our mission is to prevent unintended pregnancies and help people have the families they want when they are ready. Products include CycleBeads®, TwoDay™, and Dot™ and are used by millions of women worldwide and implemented in more than 60 countries as part of their health programs. Connect with us anytime! Follow us on Instagram and Twitter, like us on Facebook, or drop us a line at Info@CycleTechnologies.com.