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Birth Control Apps

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Updated April 07, 2014

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In today’s day and age, it seems that whenever we have a question about something, the reply is usually, "oh, isn’t there an app for that?" And the realm of contraception doesn’t seem exempt from this phenomenon. In fact, after doing some research, it became evident to me that birth control apps are easily accessible, helpful, entertaining—and there are many to choose from. So I thought it would be fun to put together a list of some of the more useful, fun and practical birth control apps that I could find.

Though these birth control apps can be helpful resources for you to navigate through various areas within the world of contraception, please note that ALL of these birth control apps should be used for recreational or informational purposes only. They are intended to help you find information, locate products, or send you reminders. These apps are not meant to be used in lieu of talking to your doctor or as a substitute for professional medical advice.

1. Bedsider Reminders

Bedsider Birth Control App
Photo Courtesy of Bedsider.org

Price: FREE
Platform: Any smart phone or email

Sign up for this birth control app and never forget to take your contraception again! An advantage to this app is that your birth control reminders can be sent via text or to your email. What sets the Bedsider birth control app apart is the cheeky and sassy reminder messages—they'll have you looking forward to what the next day’s will say. The Bedsider birth control app also has the following features:

  • You can set the time messages come in
  • In addition to being able to set pill reminders (like most birth control apps), the Bedsider app can also allow you to create messages reminding you to switch your NuvaRing each month, to replace your patch each week, and even when it's time for your next Depo Provera Shot.
  • This birth control app will also let you schedule reminders for doctors' appointments, and will tell you when it's time to go get your next month’s refills.
  • The Bedsider app can also assist you in locating family planning clinics in your area, as well as help you find emergency contraception (just in case you need it).
  • There is a snooze feature to help reduce the chance of pill failure due to missing your pill. If you can't take your birth control when you receive your reminder, this birth control app will resend your reminder in one hour (or whenever you tell them to send it again) to make sure you're back at home when your message arrives.

Sign up for Bedsider Reminders, or you can text "MyBC" to 42411 from your cell phone (your wireless carrier’s message and data rates may apply).

2. Safe Sex Tips

Safe Sex Tips Birth Control App
Photo Courtesy of iPhone

Price: FREE
Platform: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

The Safe Sex Tips birth control app celebrates sex and the important role that it plays in many of our lives. This app provides information to help you avoid some of the negative consequences (like STIs and unintended pregnancy) that can arise if safe sex practices aren’t used. This birth control app:

Download Safe Sex Tips

3. Oral Contraceptive Pill Reference

Oral Contraceptive Pill Reference Birth Control App
Photo Courtesy of iPhone

Price: $2.99
Platform: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

The Oral Contraceptive Pill Reference (OCP Reference) is a birth control app that contains a database of over 100 different name brand and generic birth control pills available in the United States; it can serve as a basic reference app for doctors who prescribe the pill. OCP Reference features:

Simplicity is one of the strengths of this birth control app. It can be helpful for doctors/nurses who have a good, basic understanding of the underlying physiology and distinctions of the various birth control pill brands. In fact, when used by doctors who are familiar with the descriptions of various pills, this birth control app is a convenient way to determine specific pill brands based on the needs of the patient. For less experienced professionals, OCP Reference does not provide information regarding contraceptive management or medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use.

Download Oral Contraceptive Pill Reference

4. BootyLog

BootyLog Birth Control App
Photo Courtesy of iPhone

Price: FREE
Platform: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
Must be 17 to purchase

OK, so this birth control app probably falls under the category of just plain 'ole fun. Have you ever been in a situation where you either had an amazing lovemaking encounter with an individual, or one that you would do just about anything to forget? Well, the BootyLog app is the modern-day alternative to your little black book. This app is a creation of Bedsider, which is operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. BootyLog's objective is to normalize conversations about sex, thus allowing for a healthier environment and healthier people through better decision-making. This birth control app:

  • Allows you to log anything and everything related to your sexual encounters (after all, if it was that good, you don’t want to forget the person’s name or how to contact him/her again!).
  • Use it to record and keep track of all of your dating experiences, from who may be relationship-worthy material, flirting episodes, unexpected hook-ups, potential new relationships, breakups, crushes (the ones you want to see again), hot dates, the best person to call for a booty call, who is better off as a friend, etc.
  • You can even chart the nights you hit the town solo or with some friends. Keep track of dates, especially if sexual intercourse occurred. Just in case your period is late and you may be pregnant, this can help you backtrack to a possible conception time.

And if you're wondering what others are up to, BootyLog lets you see what others have been doing. But don’t worry—this is all anonymous, so you can have your excitement and your privacy protected as well.

Download BootyLog

5. myPatch

myPatch Birth Control App
Photo Courtesy of iPhone

Price: $2.99 (iOS), FREE (android)
Platform: Compatible with android phones, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The app can also be configured to send text messages or e-mail reminders.

myPatch is a birth control app designed especially for women who use the contraceptive patch. It offers some great and convenient features:

  • Most importantly, the app will send you a reminder to remove your patch, and when it’s time to apply a new one. Plus, the reminders will automatically continue with each pack of patches.
  • Use myPatch to plan your schedule 6 months in advance, simply by swiping your finger over a pack to figure out the dates of patch removal and replacement. This can alert you to when you may be getting your withdrawal period, so you can plan trips around this time or plan to purchase additional patches to use as a way to skip your period altogether.
  • There is a built-in, editable note taker to write down questions you may want to discuss with your doctor, keep track of start dates, or create notes indicating if and which side effects occurred.
  • This birth control app can be configured to remind you when you need to buy next month’s supply of patches or schedule your next doctor’s appointment.
  • There are different backgrounds to choose from, as well as realistic patch graphics, and a monthly view calendar with marked contraceptive patch usage days.

The myPatch app makes it easy to change the start date of your patch at any given time. You can choose your daily notification time, and choose a custom alert message (to be more discreet). This birth control app also offers a snooze feature and guarantees privacy with optional password protection. Completely eliminate the need to keep creating and deleting patch reminders!

Download myPatch: for iOS or for android

6. Mayo Clinic About Birth Control: Options For You

Mayo Clinic About Birth Control App
Photo Courtesy of iPhone

Price: $1.99
Platform: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

The Mayo Clinic About Birth Control App offers you a true interactive experience. This app introduces you to all available birth control methods and explains how they work, what they look like, their side effects, and how you use them. Besides exploring all of your options, this birth control app can also help you determine a contraceptive method that best fits your needs. This app also:

  • Suggests ways to talk to your doctor about birth control and specific questions you should be asking.
  • Includes a questionnaire that guides you to discovering your ideal birth control option by examining your health risks/factors
  • Offers a glossary with easy to understand definitions of birth control terminology about birth control that you want to better understand.
  • Has pictures and movies/animations of available birth control options.

Download Mayo Clinic About Birth Control App

7. ScanAvert

ScanAvert Birth Control App
Photo Courtesy of iPhone

Price: $1.99 (for first month)
Platform: Compatible with android phones, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Though this is not specifically a birth control app, ScanAvert makes it super easy to find products that are compatible with certain health restrictions or lifestyle preferences you may have. You simply register a health profile, scan product bar codes, and receive instantaneous and detailed compatibility/incompatibility results. This way, you can make informed decisions about the products you choose to use. This app can:

This app can help you avoid OTC birth control that has ingredients you may be allergic to (like latex). If you are concerned about what is in your condoms or lubricants (such as parabens or glycerin), this app can help ease some of your worries. ScanAvert is continuously verifying product information and adding new products to its database. Although the actual app is free, ScanAvert is a subscription-based service. You can pay-as-you-go for $1.99 per month, choose a 6 month subscription for $9.99, or 12 months for $16.99.

Download ScanAvert

8. Contraception i-pocketcards

Contraception i-pocketcards Birth Control App
Photo Courtesy of iPhone

Price: $3.99
Platform: Compatible with iPhone and iPad

Contraception i-pocketcards has received rave reviews and can be found in the "What's Hot" section of the Appstore. This birth control app is a wonderful resource for all types of women’s health-care providers—from medical students to professionals who typically or infrequently prescribe contraception. This app is comprised of six pocket cards that include all of the need-to-know information about contraception. Content can be viewed via the pocket cards or through a table of contents. This birth control app includes:

The Contraception i-pocketcards birth control app provides you with fundamental information on most contraceptive methods and in-depth information on oral contraceptives. The manufacturer provides free updates and email support. Even though this app offers a lot of information, critics say that it should include algorithms for beginning emergency contraception and permanent sterilization information. Contraception i-pocketcards could also benefit from the inclusion of material to assist doctors and women in choosing the method that may be the best fit for the patient.

Download Contraception i-pocketcards

9. myPill

myPill Birth Control App
Photo Courtesy of iPhone

Price: FREE
Platform: Compatible with iPhone and iPad

The myPill birth control app reminds you to take your birth control. It can be used for the pill, NuvaRing and patch, so it allows you to configure the active and placebo/break days to correspond to your birth control method. The app is interactive: with the pill setting, there is a graphic that looks just like a four-week pack. As each day passes, a pill disappears. myPill offers the following features:

  • A daily, customizable reminder message that can be sent via text or through email as well as reminders to take your placebo pills. Also features a snooze alert (that you can arrange), that stops once you have taken your contraception.
  • Various contraception themes to choose from: there is a NuvaRing theme (to remind you when to insert and remove your NuvaRing) as well as color themes and a seasonal theme (for pills that reduce your periods to 4 times a year).
  • Allows you to change your pack start date at any time. You can also customize how many active (hormone) pills are in your pack (good for extended cycle pills like Seasonique).
  • There is a history section where you can write notes, record side effects, spotting and period dates. You can track your start date, missed pills, and time you took the pill each day.
  • The myPill planner reminds you of when to purchase new pill packs, call the doctor, schedule yearly exams, and stores your prescription information. The app also shows you how many pills are left in your pack.
  • There is a monthly view calendar that marks each day that you took your pill. myPill also allows you to plan ahead for 6 months, so you can determine when you will have your period, and when you will need new pill packs (this is helpful if you know you are going to be away: will you need to start a new pack while you are gone? Will you be on your period, and if so, you can choose to use the pill to skip it).

Download myPill

More Contraception Apps:

There are so many birth control apps that I had to create different lists. If you like what you've read so far, check out my Top 10 Condom Apps that you need to see to believe!

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