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FDA approves algorithmic contraception app

Pregnancy app
Photo: Natural Cycles

After clinical studies with more than 15,500 women, the FDA approved a pregnancy prevention app marketed as "a natural method of contraception powered by a smart algorithm" last week, reports WashPost.

The details: Designed by Swedish-based company Natural Cycles, the $80 app calculates the days of the month the user is expected to be most fertile based on information about her menstrual cycle and her basal body temperature. The app has a failure rate of 1.8% among women who use it perfectly, compared to failure rates of about 18% for condoms, 9% for birth control pills, and less than 1% for hormonal IUDs.