Rise of Contraceptive Apps May Lead To an Increase in Unwanted Pregnancies in Australia

There are many commonly known methods of contraception – from condoms to the pill. But have you ever heard about using a contraceptive app? Apps like Natural Cycles, Flo and Kindara employ an algorithm which uses data from users to track their menstrual cycle and predict fertile periods. The natural rhythm method, where women track their cycle without an algorithm, has about a 76% success rate, but these apps claim to boost that to over ninety, in line with other mainstream contraception methods.

But with a recent Monash University showing an increase in the use of these apps in Australia, how well-founded is this method?

The Clinical Associate Professor Deborah Bateson, Medical Director of Family Planning NSW joined The Daily to discuss it with us.

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