Woman’s fertility application, Natural Cycles has been designated as the first such health application to be regulated as a medical device.

Recently held clinical studies have likened the efficacy of Natural Cycles to that of a contraceptive pill in preventing pregnancies.

Health applications are considered to play an important role in a woman’s daily life as it furnishes information impacting their health and well-being.

The company had initiated the process of getting the application recognised as a medical device after it was launched in 2014.

Natural Cycles co-founder and chief executive Dr Raoul Scherwitzl said: “Regulation is a good thing in the app and healthcare technology space.

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“Natural Cycles is backed up by well-researched, large-scale clinical studies and, being CE-marked and ISO certified, means that the quality of our product and the safety of our users is at the heart of every decision we make.

“We know we are dealing with women’s lives here and we take that very seriously.”

"We know we are dealing with women’s lives here and we take that very seriously."

The easy-to-use application studies women’s body temperature to advise on their ovulation day and fertility.

The body temperature is indicative of the body's natural hormones hence indicating ovulation.

The temperature is then fed into the application everyday or on a regular basis which is then used to predict the days of fertility.

The application can also identify ovulation for women who have an irregular menstrual cycle.