This research review details a report published in 2018 titled, “Modern fertility awareness methods: wrist wearables capture the changes in temperature associated with the menstrual cycle.” The review was written by Anastasia G. Xenophontos, a medical student participating in a two-week online elective taught by FACTS executive director, Dr. Marguerite Duane, at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
The number of apps geared toward women’s health continues to rise, but few of them have been tested for efficacy. To this end, some companies and universities have partnered to set standard protocols for this growing field. One such partnership led to an efficacy study of the Dynamic Optimal Timing (DOT) fertility tracking application developed by Cycle Technologies. The ‘femtech’ industry is expected to be a fifty billion dollar industry by 2025; with apps used for family planning and health tracking, proof of efficacy is essential.
The FACTS/ Natural Womanhood petition asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to change its approach to reporting effectiveness rates of FABMs is getting noticed. One response in a May 4, 2017 blog post by Chelsea Polis, a reproductive health epidemiologist with particular interest in