Decide + Be Ready 12+

Defense Health Agency

Designed for iPhone

    • 3.6 • 18 Ratings
    • Free

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Decide + Be Ready - an interactive way to learn about birth control options and think through what’s important to you about your method. You’ve got to love options, especially when it comes to birth control, but figuring out the best method for you can be overwhelming. In 15 minutes or less, you’ll have the information you need to discuss options with your health care provider in order to make the best decision for you!

FEATURES include:

1) Brief educational modules reviewing all the birth control methods out there, including:

How well does it prevent pregnancy?
How do I use it?
How often do I have to remember it?
Are there any side effects?
What if I decide to get pregnant?
Considerations for a servicewoman

2) “Info quickies” that provide information about such topics as emergency contraception, IUDs, postpartum and breastfeeding considerations, and fertility awareness methods.

3) An interactive section that allows you to indicate your preferences for the method characteristics described above.

4) A short checklist assessing your medical eligibility for different contraceptive methods.

5) Recommendations on methods that may be a good fit for you based on your responses to items 3 and 4 above. You can then select the methods that you wish to discuss at more length with your provider. You can also use the “Compare Methods” function to view all the characteristics of two methods side-by-side.

6) A notepad to write down questions you have for your provider.

7) Your Birth Control Profile that summarizes and allows you to share your method preferences, questions you wish to ask your provider, and methods you are most interested in. You can save your profile, email it to yourself or share with your provider.


Decide + Be Ready will cover important basics about all the methods out there and ask you questions about what you want from birth control (like how you want to use it, how often you want to think about it, and what side effects are going to bother you or make your life better), so you can find the ones that work for you. The app will also allow you to compare methods side by side, and capture questions you have for your provider. Even if you already have a method in mind, it is good to know your options.

Decide + Be Ready can be used by anyone. However, it was specifically developed to meet the unique needs of women in the military. These servicewomen, when deployed or working in uniquely challenging environments, have additional things to think when choosing a birth control method, like access to methods, or the advantages of being able to manage or even skip their menstrual periods with certain methods. Physical and emotional readiness is critical for the military mission and this app will help servicewomen “be ready” in more ways than one!

Decide + Be Ready is straightforward to use and will guide you through a flow of information and questions that result in tailored recommendations based on your preferences.

Decide + Be Ready was developed jointly by faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), the Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and Nitid Bit, LLC. It is sponsored and maintained by the Defense Health Agency (DHA).
The contents, views or opinions expressed in this application are those of the developers and do not necessarily reflect official policy or position of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the Department of Defense (DoD), or Departments of the Army, Navy, or Air Force. Mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

What’s New

Version 1.1.0

Full offline functionality.

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Megdznuf ,

The “Create your Birth Control Profile” is hidden

The app is helpful but it would be better if the “ create your profile” option wasn't hidden at first. This should be visible when first opening the app because I couldn’t find it until clicking through every information tab.

ShanaLynn44 ,

Lack of options/information

So, while this app is all well and good for woman that want hormonal birth control options and side effects and what not, it fails to inform women that there are multiple non-hormonal options out there as well. Service woman do not NEED to insert something into their bodies in order to not get pregnant. Fertility Awareness Method’s of birth control are 100% a viable option. I’ve personally been using the sympto-thermal method as a way to AVOID pregnancy for almost 6 years with no unwanted pregnancy. Download ‘Kindara’ or ‘Read Your Body’ app if you want to learn about your body and not the BS the military feeds you about how “you’ll get pregnant if you’re not on birth control”. They mean, “if you’re not on the birth control we want you to be on to guarantee you don’t get pregnant”.

TheLittleGreek ,

Needs an update

I like this app and would likely recommend it to my patients. I like the servicewoman-specific information. It does, however, need an update. Mirena is now good for 8 years and it doesn’t include annovera in the vaginal ring options (mentions you have to keep the ring refrigerated and that’s not the case with annovera). With an update I’d be more likely to recommend it to patients. As it is now, I think it would just confuse them.

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