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Researchers from the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) at Georgetown University Medical Center studied women’s use of the Dot app for pregnancy prevention over 13 menstrual cycles, or about one year. The study, published in the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Healthcare, is the first to test a fertility app using best-practice guidelines for […]

Journal Article | FACT Project | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health

WASHINGTON (March 18, 2019) – Results of a first-of-its-kind prospective study with a family planning app find it to be as effective as other modern methods for avoiding an unplanned pregnancy.

Blog | FACT Project

WASHINGTON (March 24, 2019) – This month, Georgetown researchers launched a series of mobile games in Nepal to reach young people with information about fertility awareness and family planning.

Blog | FACT Project | Fertility Awareness | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health

Integrating information about fertility, menstruation, and our bodies into social and behavior change programs

Publication | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

Though population surveys in Nepal continue to show a declining total fertility rate (TFR), the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) has stagnated over the past several years. This stagnation has been attributed to a combination of factors including migration, fear of side effects from hormonal methods, and limited access to family planning (FP) among marginalized communities. […]

Publication | FACT Project | Family Planning | Fertility Awareness

On a Wednesday afternoon in the Siraha district of Nepal, high school principal Shivanarayan Yadav gathers the 9th and 10th grade students in his class to play a game. The students listen intently as Yadav explains that they will be playing the Son/Daughter Game to learn about how a child’s sex is determined.

Blog | FACT Project | Fertility Awareness

An emerging body of evidence shows that group learning — a community-based approach outside the health system — can be effective in delivering vital health information and encouraging behavior change. WALAN is a community-based group learning approach. Young facilitators, selected by their peers, work in male/female pairs to lead community learning on fertility awareness and […]

Publication | FACT Project | Fertility Awareness | Family Planning

This month, IRH traveled to the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda. We shared a number of exciting presentations, panels and posters, highlighting our recent research, programs and lessons learned.

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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. dot […]

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

Since 2011, Nepal’s modern method contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) has stagnated at 43% (NDHS, 2011 and 2016). Over the same period, the prevalence of traditional method use increased from 7% to 10%. Two districts bordering India, Banke and Bardiya, have complex family planning (FP) use profiles. Banke’s mCPR is lower than the national average at […]

Publication | FACT Project | Strategic Scale-up | Family Planning