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Natural Cycles - Birth Control App

Version: 3.2.2 | Cost: In App Purchases

Level 4 - Regulated
Country: SE
Category: Contraception (Safer Sex), Pregnancy, Fertility, Period Monitoring
Released: 01/08/2014
Updated: 28/02/2019
Version: 3.2.2
Size: 5mb
Developer: NaturalCycles AG
Reviewed On: 12/08/2019
This App achieved an ORCHA score of 84%.

It was assessed as a Level 4 App. These Apps can be focused on general health or specific conditions and contain advanced and complex features that are subject to formal regulation. Where they collect data we assess their data use policies and compliance with relevant standards. Because they are health focused we also assess their compliance in the Clinical Assurance as well as the User Experience domains.

This App does collect data and it is therefore assessed and scored based on its performance in all the sections of our review.

Data Privacy
21.3/30
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Clinical Assurance
45/50
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User Experience
17.9/20
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Developer description
Introducing the intelligent birth control app. Natural Cycles is a hormone-free method of birth control that learns your unique cycle.The app identifies ovulation by analyzing your basal body temperature which you should measure when you wake up. Natural Cycles is for women over the age of 18. Natural Cycles does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Natural Cycles is only available as a method of birth control in the USA and Europe. In countries outside the USA and Europe, Natural Cycles is intended to be used for fertility monitoring. Natural Cycles is 93% effective under typical use, which means that 7 women out of 100 get pregnant during 1 year of use.* Natural Cycles is 98% effective with perfect use. No method of contraception is 100% effective, even when using the app perfectly you can still have an unintended pregnancy. Natural Cycles shows you: ? How your unique cycle works ? Daily updates on where you are in your cycle ? When you are in the fertile phase of your cycle and need to use protection (e.g. condoms) ? When your ovulation is detected and predicted ? When your period is coming up and when you can expect PMS ? The science behind your menstrual cycle Natural Cycles is: ? The first and only birth control app available in both the USA and Europe ? Backed by scientific research ? CE marked & FDA cleared Natural Cycles Pricing Plans: To use the app you need a two-decimal basal thermometer. Yearly plan: 99.99 USD/year. Free thermometer included. Monthly plan: 9.99 USD/ month. Thermometer not included. Precautions: ? Natural Cycles’ effectiveness as a contraceptive is not affected by fluctuating temperatures and/or irregular cycles (i.e. cycles shorter than 21 days or longer than 35 days). However, you will experience an increased number of red days as predicting fertility is more difficult in these circumstances. ? Natural Cycles does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Use a condom to protect against STIs. Want to learn more about Natural Cycles? ? Visit the Natural Cycles website ? Instagram ? Facebook Before you start using Natural Cycles, read the User Manual, Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. ? User Manual ? Terms of Use ? Privacy Policy To use Natural Cycles, you need to understand English or one of the supported languages. * E. Berglund Scherwitzl et al. Perfect-use and typical-use Pearl Index of a contraceptive mobile app. Find the article here
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Data Use

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Data Security

The App does encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is transferred from the App.

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Professional Assurance

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It wasn't clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.

Testing

It was clear from our review that the App had been involved in any clinical trials or similar testing to demonstrate its 'real world' effectiveness.

This app is a medical device and has a CE mark.

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Testing

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Customisation

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End user capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight.

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