What is it about?

The aim of the paper is to provide an overview of the research literature on personal digital mobile health applications (mHealth apps) that track menstruation and fertility. These types are very popular as they are thought to promote personal choice, self-knowledge, and are seen as are affordable and accessible.

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Why is it important?

This work is important because it revals that there is little evidence-based research on the development and use of menstruation and fertility apps. With few exceptions, health professionals or users apps were not involved in the design of the application. Importantly, there is also limited regulation of menstruation and fertility apps.


Being involved in the project and helping in writing this paper has been very interesting. The issues it raises concerning app development and regulation are very important. This is especially so given that reproduction concerns everyone on the planet in one way or another.

Dr Robin A Hadley
Manchester Metropolitan University

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This page is a summary of: Use of menstruation and fertility app trackers: a scoping review of the evidence, BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health, April 2020, BMJ,
DOI: 10.1136/bmjsrh-2019-200488.
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