A practical application for prescribing to patients using this particular contraceptive
Discussions about contraceptive options and contraceptive prescriptions and procedures are some of the most important conversations during healthy women’s visits. Unfortunately, too often visits are rushed and the patient or provider is not fully prepared to discuss all methods available to the patient with the level of detail needed to make an informed decision. Many patients may already have an idea of what they want, but is it the best / safest option for that particular patient?
For suppliers, our previous recommended sources included the excellent pocket notebook called Contraceptive management (not available as an application), the CDC Contraception application and that of Dr. Steinberg Contraception application. The World Health Organization also has an application based on the 5th edition of 2015 medical eligibility document for contraception and the MEC wheel, but it seemed to us that the above options were more complete for suppliers. For patient education, the options are more limited.
For many years, I have used the ARHP website, Method Match, to help patients make an informed decision, but unfortunately they have they closed the doors. Most recent, we reviewed favorably Defense Health Agency (gave) that has newly released an app designed to help patients make an informed decision. Decide + Be Ready contains easy-to-follow information on every form of birth control. The app is a joint project between DHA providers and the University of Uniform Services (TO BELIEVE) with the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). What about applications for particular forms of contraception? A search in the app store finds many apps about contraceptives, some general, some specific to particular types.
One of the highlights recently is the ANNOVERA Birth Control Tracker for ANNOVERA, a recently published vaginal ring contraceptive. Produced by Therapeutics MD, the app provides patients with all the information they need to properly use the vaginal ring, including proper insertion / removal / cleaning. The app also provides users with information about tracking it with calendar reminders. Although LARCs remain the preferred contraceptive, vaginal ring contraceptives such as Annovera will be preferred by / for some patients.
He ANNOVERA Birth controller contains detailed product information, calendaring / tracking features for insertion / deletion, detailed instructions for proper insertion / deletion / cleaning, and an authorized FAQ section. Using the humor of the apps may appeal to some or may seem a little inappropriate. The application contains references to the manufacturer, prescription / risk information, etc.
Which providers will benefit from this app?
Students, residents, intermediate levels, family medicine, obstetrics / gynecology, pharmacists, and any provider prescribing the Annovera contraceptive ring should prescribe it to their patients.
- Easy to use application with detailed prescription information, tracking function, detailed instructions for use
- Detailed question and answer section and multiple calendar and reminder tracking features
- Available for Android
Does not like
- Information on how to correctly set the date of insertion should be clearer and consistent with the recommended use of the contraceptive.
- You could benefit from an additional “real world” video demonstrating the use; not just cartoon-based videos / images
- No other “reminder” features, such as email or text messages, just calendar-based reminders
The ANNOVERA app is part of a growing trend for pharmaceutical companies to include an app along with new drug launches. In this case, the app is a useful instructional / educational / follow-up app to make sure patients who are prescribed Annovera can correctly insert / remove the device, understand / follow when to do so, and include a handy question / answer section for authorized information on vaginal ring contraception. Definitely, this is an app that vendors should prescribe along with their Annovera prescriptions and that pharmacists should also recommend when dispensing the contraceptive. Obviously, contraceptives with vaginal rings are just one of many, and LARCs (not vaginal rings) remain the contraceptives chosen by various national and international organizations.
or 4.5 stars
or 4.5 stars
The interface is intuitive that easily guides patients in proper insertion / removal / cleaning of the ring and tracking of insertion / removal via calendar / reminders.
or 4.5 stars
Easy to use application. Multiple cartoon images / videos to illustrate proper use of the Annovera ring.
or 5 stars
The app is free!
Applicability to the real world
or 4.5 stars
A great app to prescribe to patients along with ANNOVERA if this form of birth control is part of your practice / form to help them in the proper use and monitoring of this vaginal ring contraceptive. The app is easy to use and its multiple reminder options could help prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Device used for review
or iPhone 11 Pro with iOS 14.0.1