If you’ve texted, DMed, or spoken aloud the words “birth control” to your friends sometime in the last few years, you’ve probably seen ads proclaiming that there’s an app for that. Several companies promise that tracking your menstrual cycle with their app and their algorithm will help you prevent pregnancy — no hormones, implants, or IUD insertions required.
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If you’ve used birth control pills for any length of time, you may have been told to take it at the exact same time every day to ensure effectiveness. Maintaining a consistent pill schedule at home is as easy as setting an alarm on your phone — but what happens when you travel across several time zones?
Clue, one of the best period tracking apps out there, just added a new feature: You can now keep track of whether you've taken your birth control pills, and Clue will tell you what to do if you missed a dose.
If the condom broke, if you missed a pill, if you were assaulted and you're worried that a baby might result, you may still have time to prevent that pregnancy. You have to act fast (within days), and you have three options: an over-the-counter pill, a prescription pill, or a copper IUD. Any of these, taken in time, have a good chance of preventing pregnancy.
IUDs, or intra-uterine devices have seen a recent resurgence in popularity in recent years. If you're in need of pregnancy prevention, here's why you should consider getting one.