If approved by the FDA, Natural Cycles would be the first government-approved, non-drug option for birth control. The natural family planning app, developed by Swedish nuclear physicist Elina Berglund Scherwitzl and her husband, Dr. Raoul Scherwitz, tracks a woman’s ovulation cycle using an algorithm. In a peer-reviewed study of 4,000 women, the app was 93 percent effective at preventing pregnancy compared to the 91 percent effectiveness of the birth control pill. The app is available on iPhones, iPads, Android devices or any device with a browser.
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