NEW YORK--Spot On, Planned Parenthood’s period tracker and birth control app, is now available for Android. The app allows users to track and predict their periods, understand their menstrual cycle, and manage their birth control --- as well as providing guidance, tips, and fun facts from Planned Parenthood experts. The app is also available for iPhone on the App Store.
Since its launch in March for iPhones, Spot On has been downloaded nearly 100,000 times already, was featured on the Apple App store’s "New Apps We Love," and has an average 4 out of 5 reviews on iTunes. The app is free, easy to use and understand, and helpful for anyone who wants to understand their menstrual cycle, whether they’re on birth control or not. And unlike other period trackers, Spot On is for any person who gets a period, and doesn’t make assumptions about users’ gender or sexual orientation.
“We’re thrilled that so many people are enjoying Spot On and excited to make it available to Android users. This is really part of the Planned Parenthood tradition of meeting people’s real needs for personalized health information about their bodies, their cycle, and birth control,” said Jenny Friedler, Director of the Digital Product Lab at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “Planned Parenthood is continually looking for innovative ways to get people the information and care they need to stay healthy -- whether that’s in a health center or on their phone.”
Planned Parenthood understands that life gets busy, so Spot On offers information, reminders, and tips on birth control methods that may affect your cycle -- including the pill, patch, ring, shot, IUD, and implant -- and helps you stay on track and use your birth control accurately. As a leading provider and source of high-quality sexual and reproductive health care for women, men, and young people, Planned Parenthood knows how important birth control is to making sure everyone can achieve their goals in life. Spot On can help manage your method and show how it might affect your period.
As well, we know that not everyone who uses birth control does so to prevent pregnancy, so Spot On lets users tailor the experience to their personal, unique needs. Other apps are designed for users trying to get pregnant, while Spot On helps people understand how birth control fits into their sexual health.
“It’s great that Spot On is available for Android users as we head into summer,” said Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, Chief Medical Officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “It can be harder to track your period and manage your birth control method in the midst of vacation schedules and travel, so Spot On is here to help.”
When it comes to periods and birth control, Planned Parenthood has heard every question in the book. We know birth control like no one else, and we base our recommendations on the latest research and medical knowledge. Spot On means that people can get the same expert information on their phones that they’re used to from Planned Parenthood health centers and websites.
“Menstruation is a normal part of life. Over half the world menstruates at some point, so it’s important that people understand their bodies and menstrual cycles,” said Dr. McDonald-Mosley. “No one should feel judged or embarrassed for having a period or wanting to know more about their body. We hope Spot On continues to empower users to learn about their bodies and take control of their sexual health -- this summer and year-round.”
For nearly a century, Planned Parenthood has helped educate and inform people about birth control. We are leading the way in giving you the tools you need to take charge of your health, and we’re committed to reaching people wherever they are, including on their phones, with the information they need to stay healthy. Planned Parenthood is here when you need us -- no matter what.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider and advocate of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, as well as the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With over 650 health centers across the country, Planned Parenthood organizations serve all patients with care and compassion, with respect and without judgment. Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions. We do all this because we care passionately about helping people lead healthier lives.
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June 28, 2016