4 Innovative Forms of Birth Control

April 25, 2018

 

 

Think the pill is your only option for birth control? As it turns out, contraception is constantly changing and there are new and exciting forms of birth control on the horizon. Here are just a few:

 

Self-Injectables

 

You may have heard of injectable birth control before, but until recently that meant going to the doctor every few months for your injections. Now you have other options.

 

Self-injectables are designed with you in mind. Though they do require some training for proper use, they are extremely user friendly - as long as you are willing to give yourself an injection. Once trained, you can do your own injections.

 

This method is convenient and discreet. Plus, you only need an injection once every three months. When taken consistently and correctly,  it’s highly effective at preventing pregnancy.

 

Fertility Apps

 

Smartphones have the ability to keep you more informed than ever. And since here at Dot we believe knowledge is power, we want you to know how fertility apps are changing the playing field.

 

If you use the CycleBeads or TwoDay Method apps, research has shown that the methods on which they are based are very effective both with correct use and even with typical use.  

 

Other fertility apps are based on tracking additional symptoms such as BBT or quality of mucus. Many of these symptoms-based methods have also been shown to be very effective though they can be more challenging to use correctly. Users should also be aware that there is evidence that some apps implement these method imperfectly. Many users of the more complex fertility awareness methods may also need to have outside support from a trained provider.

 

The Dot app is undergoing the first efficacy study on a fertility app (as opposed to a study on just the method itself). How can an app like Dot, which relies only on period tracking, be accurate? It relies on a user’s individual cycle lengths and advanced statistics to help her understand her pregnancy risks and pinpoint days she is most likely to get pregnant.

 

In the past, you had to track your cycle on paper, now you can track with the swipe of a finger. Your phone app can also alert you about your upcoming fertile window further preventing unplanned pregnancies.

 

Thanks to our parent company Cycle Technologies, many fertility apps are being rigorously tested, and designed so that they can work anywhere in the world in any context.

 

Female Condom

 

It’s been around for a while, but the female condom isn’t staying the same. Recent innovations are working to make it more comfortable and convenient for you.

 

Shaped like an oversized male condom, it has a semi-flexible ring that rests on the outside of your body. In the past it caused discomfort for many women due to the ring inside the condom meant to keep it in place.

 

But now it’s been refined to have soft foam that anchors it inside your vagina giving you the comfort you need. Other innovations have made for easier insertion and removal.

 

As a safe and easy method, it performs well in preventing pregnancies, but it must be used correctly and consistently.

 
Male Pill

 

If you, like many others, think contraception shouldn’t depend only on women, then you’re in luck. Male contraception is about to take a big step forward.  

 

So far only two contraceptive options have been available to men: the condom and the vasectomy. However, recent research has found an apparent alternative.

 

A study at the University of Minnesota has found a way to reduce sperm count while not affecting testosterone levels. The sperm mobility is limited by the drug thereby making way for a potential male pill.

 

But other studies are being done as well, like one that is testing a drug that lowers hormones necessary for sperm production.

 

While more research is needed, so far this drug has not affected men with negative side effects like the mood swings normally associated with low testosterone. If testing continues effectively, there could be a male pill in 5-10 years.

 

All of this to say, you’ve got options. Options that are growing.

 

Download Dot on your favorite operating system to see just how an app can help you prevent pregnancy!

 

References:

"A Unique Kind of Condom." Path(blog). Accessed April 12, 2018. http://www.path.org/projects/womans_condom.php.

 

Baich, Kaitlyn. "Opinion: Male Birth Control Should Be an Option." The Spectator(blog), April 9, 2018. Accessed April 11, 2018. http://www.vsuspectator.com/2018/04/09/opinion-male-birth-control-should-be-an-option/.

 

Path. Evidence At-a-glance: What We Know about Subcutaneous DMPA, a New Type of Injectable Contraception. Sayana Press, 2017.

 

"Five Promising Innovations in Contraception." USAID(blog), September 26, 2014. Accessed April 12, 2018. https://blog.usaid.gov/2014/09/five-promising-innovations-in-contraception/.

 

Mozes, Alan. "Male Birth Control Pill Shows Early Promise in Latest Trial." Chicago Tribune(blog), March 19, 2018. Accessed April 12, 2018. http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/sc-hlth-male-birth-control-pill-0328-story.html.

 

Petronzio, Matt. "6 Innovative Ways We're Reinventing Birth Control." Mashable(blog), September 10, 2014. Accessed April 11, 2018. https://mashable.com/2014/09/10/new-birth-control/#9mAHIGSFWZqI.

 

Ringheim, Karen, and James Gribble. PDF. Washington: Population Reference Bureau, June 2009.

 

"Subcutaneous DMPA (Sayana Press): Expanding Contraceptive Access and Options." Path(blog). Accessed April 12, 2018. http://sites.path.org/rh/recent-reproductive-health-projects/sayanapress/?_ga=2.63501032.637241501.1523483347-1910771207.1523483347.

About Dot

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