Don’t Want to Get Pregnant? There’s an App for that
With the introduction of smartphones and apps, people have started making some pretty innovative and creative new features that are meant to make life easier. With apps that help with almost everything, ranging from weight loss to banking, people are becoming more and more reliant on their phones as opposed to other traditional methods. Now, a new app promises to replace the use of birth control pills within the near future. This app, like similar apps today, monitors a woman's menstrual cycle closely in order to predict the times of the month that will be ideal for pregnancy. Although there are several apps that help track this monthly cycle, creator Ida Tin believes that her app, Clue, can be perfected and used ultimately as a birth control option.
"I want to change the family planning industry, we haven't had any innovation in this space since the pill came out 60 years ago," said Tin, the company's 34-year-old co-founder reported by Daily Mail. "Our ultimate aim is to replace the birth control pill, or at least give an alternative."
The app currently works by tracking women's menstrual cycles, mood levels, pain and other symptoms. By using algorithms, the app can predict which days of the month women can have sex with the lowest risk of getting pregnant. At the same time, the app can tell couples who want to get pregnant, the days when the woman will be most fertile. Although this app is not 100 percent accurate as of right now, Tin believes that other current period trackers created today are flawed as well. All period trackers today can mislead couples. She plans to perfect it.
"Period tracking apps are very popular, but the math behind a lot of them is flawed, and it's shocking how low the quality is," Tin said. "[This app] gives women a very accurate idea of when they will, and won't, get pregnant. We want to take women by the hand from their first period to menopause. "
As of right now, the app is nowhere near finished and should not be used as a birth control method, Tin reminded consumers. The company is currently working on a hardware gadget that would improve the accuracy of the predictions. Although this app is essentially doing what women can do by following their own menstrual cycles, it is easy to forget to write down period start and end days, as well as symptoms on a monthly calendar. This app makes period tracking easy.
Not only did Tin want to create something more innovative for family planning, she wanted to provide a viable option for women who suffer the nasty side effects from birth control pills. However, when the app will be finally finished remains unclear. But the company is hopeful that the app could be a game changer.