FDA Approves Birth Control Mobile App, Vaginal Ring
US FDA announced the approval of the first direct-to-consumer mobile medical app that can prevent pregnancy via fertility awareness tracking. The app, Natural Cycles, has been criticized in Europe after some users experienced unplanned pregnancies. On the same day, the agency approved the first contraceptive vaginal ring that can be reused for an entire year.
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