Instagram Influencers & the New Obsession with “All-Natural”: How Companies Sell Food, Exercise, and Now Even Contraceptive Methods as a New Way of Life

By Tessa Ruff My peers and I have access to more information about our bodies and our health than ever before, encouraging us to take care of ourselves and make well-informed decisions. But informed and well-informed are not the same and sometimes Google searches can be disempowering—particularly when the top hits promote pseudoscience, debunked claims, … Continued

Smartphone Contraception: Policy Issues

Is Natural Cycles a Sign of 21st Century Innovation or Mike Pence’s Influence in the FDA? In August 2018, Natural Cycles became the first smartphone application (“app”) for contraception cleared by the FDA. Natural Cycles is a high-tech version of the classic rhythm method (also called natural family planning or the fertility awareness method) in … Continued

Natural Cycles Fertility Awareness App: Health Information

What is it? Natural Cycles is the first smartphone application (“app”) for contraception cleared by the FDA. Visit our advocacy fact sheet to learn more about the role politics may have played in expediting the FDA’s clearance of Natural Cycles and why consumers should think twice. Natural Cycles is a high-tech version of the classic … Continued