Research Study & Dot Resources
Research on Dot's Effectiveness
Dot has undergone the first efficacy study on a fertility app that adheres to established contraceptive efficacy-design protocol. The study was completed in October 2018 and results were published on March 18, 2019, in The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care. The study determined a 1% failure rate with correct use and 5% failure rate with typical use.
The study was conducted by researchers at the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Dot is grounded in science. It uses a deep understanding of reproductive biology and Bayesian regression models to predict your risk or chance of pregnancy. In order to ensure that Dot can be used as both contraception and for pregnancy planning, it has undergone extensive research.
Below you'll find relevant research and resources to help you offer the Dot method to your clients.
Assessing the Efficacy of an App-Based Method of Family Planning: The Dot Study Protocol
The aim of this efficacy study is to assess the Dot app as a new method of app-based contraception. The objectives include (1) obtaining perfect and typical use pregnancy rates for users of Dot; (2) understanding how user interaction with the method is influenced by aspects such as demographics, social support, relationship support, and fertility awareness; and (3) assessing user preferences and best practices for conducting mobile contraceptive research. See the full paper here.
Researchers from Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) published a new paper detailing the process of recruiting participants for year-long prospective study to measure the efficacy of Dot Fertility Tracker app for avoiding unintended pregnancy. See the full paper here.
Dot Study Fact Sheet (PDF)
Why study fertility apps? While there are thousands of fertility trackers on the market, very few are designed to prevent pregnancy. The following Dot Study Fact Sheet provides an overview of the Dot efficacy study design & process, how women signed up to participate, and key insights from the researchers. Download the Dot Study Fact Here.