Fertility apps attracting young women

A number of apps have appeared on the market designed to assist women in identifying their most fertile and less fertile periods of the month, thereby helping them avoid unwanted pregnancies, news agency TT reports.

The idea behind the app is that a woman records her body temperature on a daily basis in tandem with an ovulation test or cervical fluid monitoring.

As many young women steer away from the use of hormone based preventitive medicine, the fertility awareness apps offer a hormone free alternative but doctors warn that nothing is one hundred percent reliable and that scientific evidence for the apps is still vague.

Midwife Kathrine Peiper from the Skåne University Hospital says it's important to remember that the apps don't provide prevention, just a method to enable the woman to be more aware of her fertile period, when she is most likely to fall pregnant.