There are a lot of options on the market when it comes to choosing a contraceptive method, and now there’s one more to add to the list: Natural Cycles, an app that claims it can help prevent pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved marketing for the app, which is the first of its kind to be used as a method of contraception, the agency announced in a press release. The app contains an algorithm that calculates the days of the month a woman is likely to be fertile based on her daily body temperature readings and the information she shares about her menstrual cycle.
Researchers set out to see how hormonal levels in women are affected [Photo: Pexels]If you’re on the pill at the moment you’re most likely aware it comes with side effects. In fact, the term ‘side effects’ can feel like an understatement for what the combined pill can do to you; weight gain, nausea, depression – you name it. Not to mention the fact it has links to breast cancer. Research is ongoing into the link between breast cancer and the pill [Photo: Pexels]And now a recent study has revealed that it could be riskier than previously thought, as four out of seven commonly-prescribed pills were revealed to more than quadruple progestin (synthetic progesterone) levels in women.
Aside from condoms and hormonal contraception, we were curious to find out what methods real life regular ladies were using to avoid unwanted pregnancy. “I feel like a lot of sex is geared towards getting the girl wet enough to facilitate penetrative sex. Everyone should be going for regular sexual health checkups if they’re not in an LTR.
If you’re currently taking long-term contraception like the combined pill, you’ll likely have experienced some of the above side effects. Sadly, the same can’t be said for our male counterparts currently trialling male contraception. While women may have rejoiced in the news that the injected male contraceptive is now a very real, very effective option, there seems to be a bit of a spanner in the works.