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Want to prevent pregnancy without taking the pill and dealing with the health risks it can present? (Hello, bloating.) There might be an app for that. Earlier this year, Swedish nuclear physicist Elina Berglund’s app became the first in history to be approved as a form of birth control, in the EU—and now, there’s a new study backing up the app’s effectiveness in preventing pregnancy.

Natural Cycles—which uses an algorithm that takes data from your daily temperature checks to calculate the days you’re most fertile—is just one of the exciting new femtech innovations this year (which include everything next-gen vibrators and pelvic-floor strengtheners to reimagined menstrual products).

With the app, you’ll pay $9.99 a month (or $79.99 per year) to tell you when it’s safe to have unprotected sex without conceiving—and if that seems downright scary, there’s a whole lot of evidence that says otherwise.

According to the study, the app proved to be 99 percent effective— the exact same rate of effectiveness as the birth control pill.

According to a recent study that looked at data from 22,785 users taken over the course of a year, the app proved to be 99 percent effective. Yes, the exact same rate of effectiveness as the birth control pill when it’s used perfectly, says Planned Parenthood. What’s even more interesting is it was still 93 percent effective when users weren’t as careful—2 percent more than the effectiveness of the pill under the same circumstances.

If you keep up with your daily temperature checks and always use a condom on “red” days—AKA the days you’re most fertile—you might just be able to prevent getting pregnant without depending on a hormone-packed pill.

Is your sexual connection with your new partner healthy? Here’s how to tell. And in case you were wondering, here’s how much sex you need to have to reap the health benefits.