Resistance Through Technology
Celebrating close to 2 years of on-the-go period and birth control tracking, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading advocate for women’s healthcare, has reason to cheer. Spot On, the free app available for Apple and Android users, has allowed women the ability to conveniently take control of their reproductive health, from the courtesy of their cellular device. Taking advantage of a digital “resistance” in response to measures attempting to restrict or defund women’s access to healthcare, Planned Parenthood has set an example of empowering women through the use of technology. The app was awarded the 2017 Fast Company’s Innovation by Design award.
In addition to pill and period tracking, Spot On addresses health concerns including sexually transmitted diseases, and questions that users may be too embarrassed to ask including “can I have sex on my period?” or “what can I do to relieve cramps?” The app also addresses what a “normal” period should feel like. This is helpful in detecting signs of Endometriosis or other health concerns that may impact reproductive health. Users may also explore different types of birth control methods, and schedule an appointment at any Planned Parenthood location. Although not encouraged as a method, Spot On will also predict a woman’s fertility days. It goes without saying that this feature alone is valuable to women who may wish to control their reproductive options and timing of pregnancy.
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The ability to control when and where pregnancy occurs has been a major milestone for women’s rights and we look forward to more innovative creations which strive to empower women through technology.
Have you downloaded and used Spot On? How has it impacted your reproductive choices? Feel free to leave a comment below and share your story.
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