Lots of questions about menstrual tracking or cycle tracking apps popped up after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to an abortion in June 2022. Questions like: are these apps secure? Could data tracked in these apps be used to criminalize people who seek abortion care? Should people be concerned about using cycle tracking apps? Dr. Jenna Nobles joined the Women’s Healthcast to talk about why people may be interested in using cycle tracking apps, how they work, common concerns around data security and safety, and how to evaluate whether using a cycle tracking app is the right choice for you.
Jenna Nobles, CDE Director and Professor in Sociology, spoke with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s magazine, On Wisconsin, about her work with and the National Institutes of Health. Together, they analyzed anonymized data on 1.6 million menstrual cycles provided by more than 267,000 adults to a cycle-tracking app. Some women have irregular menstrual cycles that could keep them from learning they’re pregnant until it’s too late to access an abortion even in places where it’s still available.