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Lucy Mecklenburgh has come under fire from some fans after she shared a video of herself explaining that she had opted to use a contraception method that many deem risky.
The former TOWIE star and her fiancé Ryan Thomas’ son Romeo, who is 13 months old, was unplanned.
In the video, which was labelled as an "#ad", the 29-year-old TV personality promoted the controversial Natural Cycles as a way of preventing pregnancy, her fans were sceptical.
Lucy urged her 1.7 million Instagram followers to give the method a try, explaining that it works by using your temperature to check when a woman is fertile.
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On this basis, the idea is that women can monitor their cycles and maintain safe and consistent control over when they wish to get pregnant.
Smiling in her video, Lucy told fans: “A friend told me to try @naturalcycles, the first FDA Cleared and CE certified contraceptive app, and I’ve used it ever since!
“I couldn't believe I was just discovering this since it was in the same effectiveness category as the pill..” Lucy continued.
“It's 93 per cent effective with typical use and 98 per cent effective with perfect use and it's 100 per cent hormone-free!”
The mum-of-one went on to say that using the thermometer is easy as all she needs to do is take her temperature every morning.
“The algorithm calculates my fertility status for the day,” she told fans.
But while some were grateful for Lucy’s recommendation, many were unimpressed and warned the reality TV star that using Natural Cycles is still a risk.
One person said: “I appreciate this may work for you and earning a living is important but this is a not very reliable method of contraception to promote, especially as lots of women have irregular cycles advice about contraception should be left to health care professionals.”
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While another reminded the star that she’d said her own pregnancy had been unplanned – though it’s not clear whether or not Lucy had been using Natural Cycles when she found out she was pregnant with Roman.
“Thanks to NC I have a beautiful and very unexpected son,” the star’s follower joked.
A third shared their concern as a medical professional, saying: “As a nurse, this is very concerning that you are promoting this on your platform. This is not advocated at all by doctors or nurses.”
“Can’t actually believe you’re using your platform to promote this to young women as a reliable method of contraception when it’s really really not!” a fourth shocked fan posted.
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Natural Cycles is Certified in Europe according to its website, with statistics also claiming that seven out of 100 women using the method got pregnant over the course of one year.
The company said this was due to having unprotected sex on “red days”, which the app explains are when fertility is high.
According to The Sun, Elina Berglund, co-founder and co-CEO of Natural Cycles said: “There are often a lot of misconceptions around Natural Cycles and digital birth control in general, which we have aimed to clear up over the past four years.
"Natural Cycles is proud to offer women a non-hormonal option that is backed by not only four published clinical studies that outline our 93% typical use effectiveness, but more than four years of real-world evidence that includes follow ups with 98% of users.”
OK! online has contacted Lucy's representative for comment.
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