Can an iPhone App be a contraceptive?

I think I started going on the pill at like 14. I wasn't even sexually active and I didn't need it to control periods or mood swings. I just started taking it because thats what everyone else was doing and I wanted to sound grown up and cool. I was put onto Microgynon and no other methods of contraception were really discussed with me. And that was it, I took it religiously until I was about 22 when I was 'moody' which I now realise was actually depression but I thought changing the pill may help. So they put me on another pill, which I can't even remember the name of. It gave me heavy periods and made me lose my sex drive. I tried that for a few months then went back onto Microgynon, but again no other methods were discussed with me, I was just given the pill or another pill. 

In my nearly 12 years on the pill. I probably stopped taking it a handful of times mostly when I was no longer with a partner and I no longer felt the need to be on it. And in these times, I noticed that I felt different and better. 
When I started taking my antidepressants last year I noticed when I took them alone I felt pretty good but combined with my pill I would get the worst skin and a whole load of other emotional side effects. 
This was around the time a lot of articles and campaigns were coming out to educate females that there is more than one contraceptive and that studies have shown high correlations between those who take the pill and depression. Do you remember that male contraceptive pill they were testing, and it was stopped because of the side effects that the males got including depression? 
So at my doctors advice, well actually the internet my doctor just agreed, I stopped taking the pill. 

Then I heard about an app that can be a contraceptive. I was highly dubious to this idea. Angry Birds and Tinder are apps, how is it possible that an app could stop me getting pregnant?
I'd heard from a friend that they had tried it and it had been successful so I thought I would research it a little more and give it a go. The app firstly is certified contraceptive app and it works in measuring your temperature daily and recording when your periods are so it can tell you when you're fertile and need to use protection and when you're not fertile and you can bang to your hearts content. There's a lot of science behind it and its probably easier to read there website than me go on about it. I'll put a link to it at the bottom of this post.

You can also use the app for the reverse reasons. If you are planning for a baby, it can help you discover when you are at your most fertile. 
They have three different plans, including a one month free trial and then a monthly and yearly plan. The yearly one comes with a free thermometer than you can measure your temperature with and the monthly one does not.
I chose the yearly and I've now been using it for 2 months and I religiously take my temperature every morning and I've found its been really effective for me. For the first month its still getting to know your base temperature and you will still need to use protection in this time anyway but once its more in sync with you it starts letting you know when is best to use protection and when you're ok.

Contraception is different for every woman so Natural Cycles might not be what works best for you but I urge you to question it and not choose something just because a friend has or thats the only thing you've been offered. If you don't feel ok do your research and consult your doctor.

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