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Contraceptive computers: FAQ & all important information at a glance

Many people want to take the step to hormone-free contraception, but for some of them it is completely new territory. That's why we at trackle want to help you and take you by the hand: We will help you with your plans for hormone-free contraception and answer all your questions about hormone-free contraception and especially hormone-free contraception with trackle. Because with our contraceptive computer you can have safe, digital and hormone-free contraception. How safe is it to use trackle? Can I use trackle even if I have an irregular cycle? We have summarised these and many other questions here in our contraception FAQ. We hope that this will shed some light on the subject.

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Can I use trackle for contraception?

“trackle is approved as a class IIb medical device as a contraceptive. Not just anyone can call themselves a contraceptive; the strict European guidelines must be adhered to. The whole thing is thoroughly tested and permanently monitored by a notified body.

With trackle, there is no hormonal intervention in the cycle, as with the pill, nor is there a barrier function – as with condoms, for example.

Contraception is possible because the trackle contraceptive computer helps users to make the sympthothermal method easier to use in everyday life and to get to know their own body and cycle. With the symptothermal method, fertile and infertile days can be reliably distinguished from each other.

In other words, you know when you can become pregnant and when you cannot. And you also know when you need to use additional contraception and when not.

How safe is it to use the trackle contraceptive computer?

The symptothermal method has a Pearl Index of 0.4 for so-called perfect use (no vaginal intercourse during the fertile period). For protected intercourse, the Pearl Index is 0.6. It is also important that the method is used reliably – i.e. a sufficient amount of basal values and conscientious observation of the cervical mucus. trackle adheres to the strict rules of the symptothermal method when determining the fertile and infertile days. If no evaluation is possible, more days are marked as “fertile".

How can I use contraception if trackle shows me "fertile"?

If you don't want to give up sex during your fertile days, but you also don't want to get pregnant, you need to use additional contraception. Since many people use natural family planning for contraception in order to be able to do without hormones, barrier methods such as the condom, a diaphragm or the FemCap™ are particularly suitable for this. Before using these additional contraceptives, inform yourself in detail about their use.

If I wear trackle during sex, will it prevent me from getting pregnant?

The sensor is not a barrier and therefore cannot provide contraceptive protection by wearing it during sex. You must remove the sensor before having sex. The pause is recognised by trackle and cannot falsify the basal value of the night. The trackle contraceptive computer can use your cervical mucus input and temperature to determine when you are fertile and when you are not. trackle shows you when you need additional contraception and when you do not.

Contraceptive computer instead of pill - how do I stop taking the pill to be able to use trackle for contraception?

When you stop taking the pill, you should still use up the blister you have started, so that your menstrual bleeding starts at the usual time. This can also be entered as the first menstruation in the app. When you stop using hormonal contraceptives, please ask your gynaecologist for advice. After stopping, it can take a while for ovulation to occur again, depending on the individual. See also “Can I use trackle immediately after stopping the pill?

At what point can I safely have unprotected sex?

After ovulation has been evaluated in the current cycle, the day of ovulation is marked yellow in the view and your fertile time window appears in blue. This is always the four days before, the day of ovulation itself and the three days after ovulation. The egg can be fertilised for 18 hours after ovulation, so it has a much shorter time window than the sperm. This is why only half of the third day is marked in blue in the evaluation: You can safely have unprotected sex again from the evening of the third day after ovulation.

Is trackle also suitable for contraception for irregular cycles?

The symptothermal method – and thus also trackle – is based on observations of your body's symptoms. trackle therefore does not calculate the day of your ovulation on the basis of statistics, but anew in each cycle. Therefore, trackle is also suitable for contraception with irregular cycles: The trackle contraceptive computer always double-checks before it shows you an infertile period.

The predictions are calculated on the basis of your previous cycles. It becomes more and more accurate over time, but it is only a forecast. Before you have unprotected sex, you should wait for the actual evaluation of the current cycle.

Does trackle need an adjustment period?

“No, you can start straight away. The evaluation is reliable from the first cycle onwards, as trackle only calculates ovulation on the basis of your body signals. But what the trackle contraceptive computer needs is a recorded menstruation to signal the start of a new cycle. You can enter your last menstruation in the app or simply wait until the next one. In the meantime, you can already take measurements to familiarise yourself with the routine.

The calculation of the forecasts is based on your previous cycles. It will become more accurate over time, but it is only a forecast. Before you have unprotected sex, you should wait for the actual evaluation of the current cycle.

Does trackle need any more input for contraception other than temperature?

trackle evaluates according to the rules of the symptothermal method and therefore also needs your information on the cervical mucus and a cervical mucus peak in addition to the temperature peak.

It is best to observe the cervical mucus at the vaginal entrance several times a day, for example every time you have to go to the toilet, and pay attention to what you feel, sense and see. In the evening, you then enter the highest quality in the app that you observed during the day.

The predictions are calculated on the basis of your previous cycles. It becomes more and more accurate over time, but it is only a forecast. Before you have unprotected sex, you should wait for the actual evaluation of the current cycle.

Can I use trackle for contraception if I am a shift worker?

“Basically, the point of trackle is that you wear the sensor when you sleep. This means that the trackle contraceptive computer is practical for shift work, because the time when you sleep doesn't matter. Basically, a basal value can be determined as soon as you have slept for 4 hours.

Theoretically, it can happen in individual cases that the changed time of day has an influence on the measured value – but this is not the case for every woman. In this case, you can enter a disturbance for the day in the trackle app – this will exclude the value and it will not be taken into account for the evaluation.

Can I use the trackle contraceptive computer if I am breastfeeding?

During the breastfeeding period, there is no cycle or it takes until the first ovulation occurs again (depending on the release of the hormone prolactin). During this time, fertility must be assumed for the time being.

However, you can use trackle during this time to see when your cycle returns to normal.

However, trackle needs a complete cycle (i.e. from the first day of menstruation to the first day of the next menstruation with ovulation measured and recognised by trackle in between) for the evaluation (and also for forecasts for the next cycle).

Can I use trackle immediately after I stop taking the pill?

After stopping hormonal contraceptives such as the pill, the IUD or the hormone patch, your body needs time to “settle" again, and this takes different amounts of time depending on the woman. You can still use the trackle contraceptive computer immediately after stopping to monitor your cycle.

However, for a reliable evaluation (and also for forecasts for the next cycle) trackle needs a complete cycle (i.e. from the first day of menstruation to the first day of the next menstruation with ovulation measured and recognised by trackle in between).

If you have a bleeding after weaning (= abortion bleeding), you can already enter this bleeding as your first menstruation in the trackle app.

Can I use the trackle contraceptive computer for contraception if I have short/restless nights?

trackle is also practical for short or restless nights. A total of 4 hours of sleep is required per night so that a basal value can be determined. The basal value is the lowest value that is measured during the night – this is usually reached in deep sleep. Therefore, it is not a problem if you wake up in between.

If a value falls out of line, it can be marked as a disturbance and thus excluded from the evaluation.

Can I use the trackle contraceptive computer for menopause?

During the menopause, the body changes. Due to the hormonal changes during the menopause, the cycle can become very irregular. The probability of a cycle without ovulation is also significantly higher during this time.

The trackle contraceptive computer can be especially helpful during the menopause to monitor the changing cycle and ovulation. trackle evaluates your cycle with the help of the symptothermal method – in other words, on each day your data is used to check whether ovulation has already taken place or not. However, reliable contraception is only possible as long as ovulation does not occur too often and the cycles do not drag on too long. But trackle knows this and also takes the length of the cycle into account when displaying the infertile period.

Very important: trackle does not replace a visit to the doctor.

Can I also use trackle for contraception with PCOS?

The use of trackle with PCOS can be particularly useful: Since trackle does not calculate on a calendar basis but every day anew with the help of your data and your personal inputs, you can use trackle for all types of cycles, even for very irregular cycles.

trackle helps you to understand whether ovulation has taken place at all or not.

However, menstruation is a prerequisite, because without a recorded bleeding, trackle cannot start or end a cycle and therefore cannot evaluate it.

You can also discuss the cycle recordings of trackle with your doctor to find out whether you recognise regularities.

It is important to note that the trackle contraceptive computer does not replace a visit to the doctor, but only offers an additional possibility to track your cycle.

Can I use trackle contraception if I have a thyroid condition?

The hormones of the thyroid gland also have an influence on the hormones of the menstrual cycle. That is why an untreated thyroid disease can lead to the cycle being affected and, for example, to ovulation not occurring.

So if you don't have a cycle due to your lack of thyroid hormones and you never ovulate at all, then trackle cannot be used.

Any questions? Don't worry, contact our customer support at [email protected] or +49 228 5341 4011 – we'll be happy to answer your questions.

Hormone-free contraception with trackle

With the trackle contraceptive computer, you can use contraception easily, digitally, safely and, above all, hormone-free. You know exactly when you can get pregnant and when you can't.