Swedish physicist builds first “contraceptive” app

Aug 07, 2017, 6:56 AM EDT
(Source: Karl-Ludwig Poggemann/flickr)
(Source: Karl-Ludwig Poggemann/flickr)

In a world first, Elina Berglund Scherwitzl, a physicist in a team that discovered the Higgs boson, tapped her data skills to invent an app that has been approved as a contraceptive.

The app, which is based on a powerful algorithm to pinpoint exactly when a woman would ovulate, offers a more effective and natural means to avoid pregnancy than any other birth control option, writes the BBC.

The app is simple to use; women measure their body temperature and feed the data into the app, which in turn carried out a complex analysis show if they are fertile for the day or not, notes Business Insider.