Period tracking apps are total saviors for so many reasons.
They provide insight on everything related to fertility, and since you put your unique data into the app, they practically track your cycle for you — regardless if you plan on using that info to conceive or dodge a pregnancy altogether.
This brings me to some recent findings.
A new study conducted by Dot, a popular period and fertility tracker available for both iPhone and Android users, suggests those of us with iPhones are -- more often than not -- avoiding pregnancy.
To arrive at such a contraceptive conclusion, they took a deep dive into their own user data.
One of the first questions Dot asks a new user is, "How do you plan to use Dot?"
From there, users can choose from three options: prevent a pregnancy, plan a pregnancy, and just track my periods.
After analyzing 50,000 different metrics, Dot realized very different patterns among iPhone users when compared to their Android counterparts.
On Android, 25 percent of users were planning a pregnancy compared to 19 percent of iPhone users. Whereas, 35 percent of iPhone users were preventing a pregnancy compared to 29 percent of Android users.
Leslie Heyer, founder of Dot's parent company, Cycle Technologies, elaborated on the interesting findings in a statement on the study. She said,
The difference between Android and iOS was surprising to us, and we are interested in exploring it further. Demographic disparities or variations in how we market to each mobile operating system could lead people to use the apps differently.
In the same statement, health scientist and reproductive health expert Dr. Summer Sterling noted that the data is exciting either way.
She believes even though someone using an iPhone might not want to get pregnant now, they may want to in the future.
"Reproductive health decision-making is not a fixed process," she said, "but happens on a continuum for many people."
Many of us with iPhones just aren't ready to conceive... and that's okay.