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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 […]

Blog | 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 was the first of its kind to be conducted on an app-based family planning method.  The trial identified how women actually used […]

Publication | FACT Project | Family Planning | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health

WASHINGTON (February 7, 2017) — In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) announced today the launch of a year-long study to measure the efficacy of a new app, Dot™, for avoiding unintended pregnancy as compared to efficacy rates of […]

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[Originally posted on the Womennow site here.] Ramya Kancharla is the Program Manager for CycleTel India at the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University.  She leads the implementation and management of the CycleTel™ service across India.

Blog | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health

[Originally posted on the Tech in Asia site here.] “It is often men who pick up the phone and update us about their wives’ menstruation dates.” Ramya Kancharla, who heads the CycleTel Humsafar family planning service in India, stumps me with that line! In the rural interiors of India, where any mention of menstruation is […]

Blog | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health | Fertility Awareness | Family Planning

IRH has led the research and implementation of USAID’s natural family planning portfolio for several decades.

project | Adolescents | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness | Gender Equality | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health | Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation | Strategic Scale-up

In a new Business World Disrupt article, “How Do You Discuss Family Planning When It’s So Taboo,” India country manager Ramya Kancharla explains how CycleTel™ Humsafar is overcoming barriers to family planning.

Blog | Standard Days Method® | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

WASHINGTON (June 21, 2016) — In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) are recruiting as many as 1,200 women to study, in real-time, a smartphone app that calculates a woman’s chance for pregnancy on a daily basis.

Blog | FACT Project | Family Planning | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health

Many fertility awareness applications have been developed for smartphones, some of which are digital platforms for existing methods, requiring women to enter information about fertility signs such as basal body temperature and cervical secretions. Others are algorithms based on (unexplained) calculations of the fertile period of the menstrual cycle. Considering particularly this latter (largely untested) […]

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

Women in India can now prevent pregnancy without side effects the free smartphone app CycleBeads®.

Blog | Standard Days Method® | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health | Family Planning