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IRH researchers are studying women’s use of the app for 13 menstrual cycles, or about one year. The ongoing prospective study design is the first to apply best-practice guidelines for assessing fertility awareness based methods in the testing of an app. The interim results following Dot’s use for six cycles are published in the journal Contraception.

Journal Article | FACT Project | Fertility Awareness | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health

WASHINGTON (October 15, 2018) – Early results from a first-of-its-kind study suggests that typical use of a family planning app called Dot is as effective as other modern methods for avoiding an unplanned pregnancy.

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The CycleBeads app, a digital platform for the Standard Days Method (SDM), a modern method of family planning, helps women achieve or prevent pregnancy, or track their cycles using the only their period start dates. Over a 6-cycle period in seven countries —  Egypt, Ghana, India, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria, and Rwanda — the app’s developer conducted social […]

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WASHINGTON (April 23, 2018) — Researchers from Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) published a new paper detailing the process of recruiting participants for year-long prospective study to measure the efficacy of an app for avoiding unintended pregnancy.

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The rapid proliferation of fertility apps has created a market that has the potential to address the needs of women and couples worldwide. Some women who seek to prevent pregnancy are making behavioral decisions based on information they receive from fertility apps, yet fertility apps may not always be accurate and reliance on them could […]

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Why is diversity important in family planning efficacy studies? When conducting research in a multicultural society like the US, study samples need to be diverse to represent the target population. It’s important for women (and men) who are considering a family planning method have accurate information about the experience of others like themselves in using […]

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The Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) and Population Media Center (PMC) collaborated under the USAID-funded FACT Project to create Impano n’Impamba, an entertaining serial radio drama that dispelled myths about fertility and family planning in Rwanda. After the drama concluded, a community-level household survey was conducted with a nationally representative sample of women and men of […]

Journal Article | Fertility Awareness | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health

There are thousands of menstrual cycle tracking apps on the market. But most are not tested, and very few are designed to prevent pregnancy. The study to assess the efficacy of the Dynamic Optimal Timing™ (Dot) App is the first of its kind to be conducted on an app-based family planning method. Theoretical efficacy of the […]

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The FAM Project builds upon the experience of previous USAID-funded projects in which IRH developed, tested and introduced fertility awareness-based methods (FAM) in diverse family planning programs in over 20 countries worldwide.

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A new article published in mHeath Journal — “Implementation of CycleTel Family Advice: an SMS-based service to provide family planning and fertility awareness information in India” — details the success and challenges of sharing reproductive health knowledge through mobile technology. Authored by Nicki Ashcroft, Victoria Shelus, Himanshu Garg, Courtney McLaron-Silk, and Victoria Jennings of Georgetown University’s Institute […]

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