6 Helpful and Easy-to-Use Birth Control Apps

Birth control apps are useful tools you can use to help prevent pregnancy. Easily accessible, helpful, and often entertaining, many do more than just send daily reminders. Some can be customized to your specific method of birth control and trigger refill notifications, record a history of your symptoms and contraception use, and more. Others can estimate the most fertile days in your cycle to aid in natural birth control.

While the majority of the apps on the market are meant for informational purposes only, newer apps have become "smarter." There are even birth control apps specifically designed for healthcare professionals.

Birth control apps are not meant to replace your doctor or fertility specialist or act as a substitute for sound medical advice.

Natural Cycles

Smartphone Apps woman

E+ / Getty Images

Natural Cycles is the first birth control app cleared for use by the FDA. Developed for women desiring a natural form of birth control, the app uses an algorithm that calculates the days of the month a woman is most likely to be fertile based on basal body temperature readings and inputted menstrual cycle data.

A thermometer is included with an annual subscription to record and enter your daily readings to your smartphone.

Clinical studies provided to the FDA concluded that the Natural Cycles app was 93% effective in preventing pregnancy in 15,570 women of reproductive age.

That statistic is more or less in line with combination birth control pills (93% effective with typical use), but not as good as an intrauterine device (IUD), which is more than 99% effective. As such, Natural Cycles is a suitable option for women who can't or don't want to use an IUD or take oral contraception.

Natural Cycles can be downloaded on the Natural Cycles website, Google Play, or the App Store for $89.99 per year or $9.99 per month.

Platforms: Compatible with Android and iOS

Bedsider Reminders

The Bedsider Reminders app helps make remembering to take your contraception easier. One major advantage of this app is that your birth control reminders can be sent via text or to your email. What also sets this app apart is its encouraging messages, which will have you looking forward to the next day’s alert.

The Bedsider Reminder's features include:

  • Customizable message timing, including a snooze option
  • Custom settings based on whether you use the pill, patch, NuvaRing, or Depo-Provera shots for birth control
  • Doctor appointment and prescription refill reminders
  • An online locator to find emergency contraception or the family planning clinics nearest you

You can download the Bedsider Reminder app for free on Google Play or the App Store.

Platforms: Compatible with Android and iOS

Kindara

Kindara is a fertility tracking app. It allows you to chart the indicators of fertility—including your basal body temperature, cervical mucus, cervix position, and PMS symptoms—to predict your fertile days with a higher level of accuracy.

Kindara is based on the sympto-thermal method (STM) which observes changes in cervical mucus, basal body temperature, and the cervical os to identify peak fertility days with an accuracy of 99.7%.

While clearly useful if you're trying to get pregnant, you can also use this information to avoid sex on your most fertile days as well.

Kindara is convenient and can interact with Apple products. You can sync fertility data with the Apple Health app and input cervical mucus quality directly from your Apple watch.

Kindara can be downloaded free on Google Play and the App Store. Upon registration, you will be given a free 45-day premium subscription (value $49.99 per year or $4.99 per month), which increases your charting capacity and allows you to set up customizable data.

Platforms: Compatible with Google Play and iOS

myPill

Per its name, the myPill birth control app is designed specifically for users of the pill. It allows you to configure the active and placebo/break days to correspond to your oral contraceptive method (including the continuous birth control option).

The myPill interface is designed to look like a 28-day pill pack. As each day passes, a pill in the pack disappears.

The myPill app boasts the following additional features:

  • Customizable settings to select the form of oral contraception you are using, including the mini-pill
  • A history function to track symptoms, record prescriptions, and keep notes for your doctor
  • Automated appointment, prescription refill, and checkup reminders
  • A prediction function to help you schedule holidays and travel in any time zone without the fear of missing doses
  • A daily, customizable reminder message that can be sent via text or through email
  • A snooze feature

The myPill app can be downloaded for free on Google Play and the App Store.

Platforms: Compatible with Android and iOS

myPatch

The myPatch app is designed especially for women who use the contraceptive patch. The app makes it easy to change the start date of your patch and will tell you when to attach, switch, or remove it. You can select and change the notification time. It offers optional password protection as well.

The myPatch app is easy to use and has a number of convenient features, including:

  • Choice of reminder messages, including more discreet options
  • An overview display allowing you to review past and current patch use for up to six months
  • A snooze function

The myPatch app can be downloaded free from the App Store. A premium edition, called myPatch Pro, is available for $1.99 and offers you an advanced calendar display to chart your cycles and take notes. It also gives you a choice of 15 ringtone reminders.

Platform: Compatible with iOS only
(A 3D touch option is available for iPhone 6 and above.)

Oral Contraceptive Pill Reference

The Oral Contraceptive Pill Reference (OCP Reference) is a birth control app that contains a database of over 100 different brand names and generic birth control pills available in the United States.

The OCP Reference app can be a useful tool for doctors or nurses who have a good, basic understanding of contraceptive options and the physiology of fertility and conception. While non-health professionals may be better served by speaking with their gynecologist or primary care physician, some may appreciate the detailed information this provides.

OCP Reference features include:

  • A browsable index of birth control pills for quick reference of important drug information as well as identification of equivalent, alternative brands. Each pill brand is also presented with color photos of the pills, the number of pills in the cycle, and hormone content.
  • The ability to sort birth control pills by name, estrogen and/or progestin dose, and progestin from most to least androgenic
  • A thorough contraceptive effectiveness chart that compares failure rates against typical and perfect use with other contraceptive methods, including IUDs, contraceptive sponge, spermicide, and various natural family planning approaches
  • A "Browse by Feature" section categorized by progestin-only pills, extended-cycle pills, chewable pills, and biphasic or triphasic pills
  • A section covering emergency contraception

The OCP Reference app can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store for $3.99.

Platform: Compatible with Android and iOS

Was this page helpful?
Article Sources
Verywell Health uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy.
  1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA allows marketing of first direct-to-consumer app for contraceptive use to prevent pregnancy. August 10, 2018.

  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Contraception: birth control methods. Updated November 1, 2019.

  3. Shroff F. What is the sympto-thermal method? Offering patients an alternative birth control option. JOJ Nurse Health Care. 2017:3(4):1-4. doi:10.19080/JOJNHC.2017.03.555617