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Looking for a Birth Control Method? There’s an App for That!

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Sometimes, a woman can find it difficult to choose the right birth control method that is perfect for them.

If you own an iPad, this will no longer be a problem with a new app that was developed at UCLA.

Plan a Birth Control or Plan ABC uses medically accurate information to help women choose the right birth control method for them. The app will also warn you about potential side effects of a particular method and the risks.

Dr. Aparna Sridhar who is a clinical fellow in family planning at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA developed the app.

The app also lists down the top 10 reversible birth control methods, ranking them from most effective to least effective.

The mobile app uses information from well-regarded Web sites on family planning, which Dr. Sridhar also checked for accuracy. This way, women would have the latest medical information when choosing a birth control method.

A user would need to answer simple questions, which would help them get the most effective method for them.

This is a great way to use mobile technology to help women take charge of their health. But remember that the app is currently seen as a complement to an actual visit to your OB-GYNE and not seen as a substitute for your doctor’s advice.

Dr. Sridhar, however, relates that they are studying the app to determine whether or not it could possibly replace a visit to your doctor. If the mobile app is found to be as effective as seeing a birth control professional, then they will recommend putting the mobile app in waiting rooms. Hopefully, this will help save time and money on the part of women who are looking for birth control methods.

It is worth noting that Dr. Sridhar developed the mobile app as part of her fellowship research project. Funding came from a grant from the Society of Family Planning.

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