Contraceptive App Faces Complaints After Allegedly Causing 37 Unwanted Pregnancies
Natural Cycles recently became a certified method of contraception in the EU.
A contraceptive app called Natural Cycles has been hit with complaints after 37 women went on to experience unwanted pregnancies while using the system.
The app itself – available on both Android and iOS – recently became a certified method of contraception in the EU, and functions by tracking body temperature to determine the point in a woman’s cycle when she becomes fertile.
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Swedish publication SVT have since reported that the app is allegedly responsible for the pregnancies of women who went on to have abortions at the Södersjukhuset hospital in Stockholm. Medics from the hospital have allegedly reported the app to Swedish regulator MPA (the Medical Product Agency.)
It’s easy to see why the app itself has gained popularity amongst women. While other methods of contraception are blighted by a bunch of side-effects – a non-hormonal and natural approach does seem to tick all the right boxes for people weighing up their options.
But like other methods of contraception, protection against pregnancy isn’t 100% guaranteed. In a statement to The Verge, Natural Cycles has confirmed that it is in touch with the MPA about each individual case, but claimed that it hasn’t received information from Södersjukhuset hospital directly.
The app – which has 700,000 users worldwide - has since conducted an internal investigation with their clinical department and pointed out that their algorithm still has an overall success rate of 93%.
A spokesperson said: “No contraception is 100% effective, and unwanted pregnancies is an unfortunate risk with any contraception. Natural Cycles has a Pearl Index of 7, which means it is 93% effective at typical use, which we also communicate.
“At first sight, the numbers mentioned in the media are not surprising given the popularity of the app and in line with our efficacy rates. As our user base increases, so will the amount of unintended pregnancies coming from Natural Cycles app users, which is an inevitable reality.”