Meet a Cycler – My Annika!

This month we talked with My-Annika, a 29-year-old woman from a small town called Fagersta, Sweden.

 

Tell us more about you and how come you chose to start with Natural Cycles?

I heard about Natural Cycles from another Cycler and thought it sounded like a brilliant and simple idea that I just had to try. I started 7 months ago, and it was one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever made! After 7 months of measuring, it still feels simple — I wake up, take my temperature, and then put it into the Natural Cycles app. I know we’ll switch to Natural Cycles Plan when we’re ready to try and get pregnant. That way we’ll see when I’m fertile. So I only have positive things to say about Natural Cycles. The only ‘negative’ thing is that I now have my period every month, which I didn’t have before.

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Thanks for reading my experience with Natural Cycles!

 

 

Thank you My Annika, for sharing!

Read more Meet a Cyclers stories here:

Meet a Cycler – Frida

Meet a Cycler – Tanya

Meet a Cycler Nina

 

 

If you want to share your story with us, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at support@naturalcycles.com

 

Yours naturally,
The Natural Cycles Team

What your cycle says about your fertility

Once upon a time women weren’t able to discuss their health needs – orgasms was a forbidden topic of conversation, advertising for contraception was illegal and sanitary pads were impossible to hunt down in your local store. However, luckily times have changed. Women have become more vocal about their needs, with taboo-breaking social media campaigns such as #livetweetyourperiod and also become savvier due to a rise in more female-targeted products, which give women valuable health info about themselves.

We think sexual and reproductive health shouldn’t be an afterthought to general health care, it should be taken more seriously! In light of Fertility Awareness Week this week, we wanted to shed some light on how Natural Cycles, which is programmed to spot underlying fertility issues, can help you keep a closer eye on your health so nothing gets in the way of your reproductive goals.

As you may already know, changes in temperature throughout your cycle is directly linked to what is going on in your body.  A rise in temperature indicates ovulation has occurred and a cooling of the body happens as your new cycle begins and you get your period. However, these events don’t always happen, which could be linked to your reproductive health. For instance, anovulatory cycles (no ovulation), frequent periods (short luteal phase) or excessive pain leading up to your period can all be indicators of a health issue that might need a closer look from your doctor. Here’s what to look out for!

 

Anovulatory cycles

Anovulatory cycles is when a women skips ovulation. Without ovulation it is impossible to get pregnant, which is why it is linked to infertility. Anovulatory cycles are common amongst women especially if you have only recently started your period, come off the pill,  on the lead up to menopause or if you are breastfeeding.
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Periods still appear as normal during anovulatory cycles as your endometrial lining still sheds (estrogen breakthrough bleeding), so if a woman is not tracking her cycle, it is likely that she may not even know she has had one.

The most common cause of anovulatory cycles is Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which affects 8 to 12 percent of all women. PCOS is strongly linked to lifestyle as are the occasional anovulatory cycles, which can be caused by obesity, stress, illness, thyroid dysfunction and even travelling.

Tell tale signs of PCOS are heavy periods, acne, facial hair and excess belly fat. And if you’re tracking your cycle your cycles will appear irregular, longer than average at around 35 days and you will have a lack of temperature shifts (rise of 0.2 – 0.45C), which indicates that no ovulation occurred. The algorithm will notify you if it captures an anovulatory cycle and furthermore, if your cycles are more than 40% anovulatory it will recommend that you visit a doctor to get assessed.  

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It is important to diagnose PCOS as there are simple changes that you can make to your lifestyle that can control it. Eco Watch has a great article to help women overcome PCOS through changes to their diet.

 

Frequent periods

Frequent periods may be caused by an abnormality in your endometrial development – the lining of your uterus – which is known as a Luteal phase defect.

The luteal phase is the stage of your menstrual cycle that occurs after ovulation and before your period starts. During this phase, progesterone causes the endometrium to thicken in order to support the implantation of a fertilised egg, however, with luteal phase defect, the lining of the uterus does not grow properly, which can make it difficult to get or stay pregnant. This can be because either your ovaries do not release enough progesterone or the lining of the uterus does not properly respond to the progesterone.

Luteal phase defect is often characterised by a short luteal phase, which can difficult to diagnose as there is no single test that can but monitoring the number of days between ovulation and your period is a good start. Natural Cycles is a useful tool, as it will notify you if it suspects such irregularities if for instance your luteal phase is often found to be shorter than 9 days long.

 

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Painful periods

Symptoms such as severe menstrual cramps and pain during intercourse can be indicative of a condition called, Endometriosis. It is a condition that affects around 10% of women and is where uterine cells that normally shed during menstruation implant in other places in the body. The cells that continue to act like uterine cells, create scar tissue at the time of menstruation which is what causes pain and often infertility.

If you experience painful menstrual cramps, it is worth monitoring your cycle to look out for other symptoms, such as premenstrual spotting, periods lasting longer than 8 days, low luteal phase temperatures near the cover line and feeling tired throughout your cycle.

If you suspect you might be suffering from endometriosis and not just bad period pains, speak to your doctor and ask whether it could be possible. Before visiting your doctor, It is worth knowing that endometriosis takes on average 7.5 years from onset of symptoms to get a diagnosis [Ref. 1] as many doctors believe it doesn’t occur in young women. Unfortunately, there is no way of preventing endometriosis but there are ways of managing symptoms and in some cases, eradicating the disease with surgery.

So there you have it Cyclers, the reproductive organs are important to track along with your general health like your heartbeat or sleep patterns! Sex-tracking technologies, like Natural Cycles, have the power to help people take more charge of their health and communicate better with their doctors so there’s no more guessing games!  

 

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  • Diagnosis Survey. Endometriosis UK. February 2011.

 

 

When Will I Ovulate?

For couples trying to conceive (TTC), knowing your menstrual cycle is extremely important. One of the important questions you might be asking is; “ When will I ovulate? ”. That’s where Natural Cycles comes in. The app will tell you exactly when you are most fertile and give you a very accurate prediction of when you will ovulate by analysing your temperature and cycle. So you can get under the sheets with your loved one when it’s a good time and get to know your body while you’re at it. 

Let’s start with the basics.

Ovulation day is when an egg is released from the ovary and is ready to be fertilised by a sperm. An egg lives for up to 24 hours- As sperm can survive inside of you for up to 5 days,  this creates a 6 day fertile window, which is the timeframe when a woman can get pregnant. However, the likelihood of conceiving is dramatically increased if you have intercourse in the three days leading up to and including ovulation. If a woman has sex on any of these three days, she has a 27-33% chance of becoming pregnant [REF: Wilcox, A.J. et al. NEJM (1995) 333:1517].

Kalendar view: red colours indicate how fertile you are, the darker the red the more fertile you are

A good first step to get to know your cycle and find your fertile period is to know how long it is on average.  Day one is the first day of the menstrual period and the last day is the day before the next period begins. A general rule is the longer your cycle is, the later your ovulation day will be. For instance, a cycle that is long with 33 days between periods with an average ovulation day of CD 21, which means my most fertile days are CD 19, 20 and 21. If you have shorter cycle, say 21 days between periods, ovulation is likely to happen on CD 7 and your highest chance of getting pregnant will be on CD 5, 6, and 7.

However, these days are never set, especially for us irregular ladies. Have you ever noticed your period coming earlier or later than usual? Or ever wondered why your pregnancy test is negative even though you have no period? Well, it’s because a woman’s follicular phase, the first half of your cycle before ovulation, is often variable – my follicular phase can vary up to 6 days! What this all means is that your ovulation day can differ from cycle to cycle, which is why it is good to keep track of your temeprature and cycle with Natural Cycles. With a clear rise in temperature and a positive ovulation test (optional), ovulation can be confirmed and your fertile window is mapped for your upcoming cycle, which are indicated by red days. TIP: It is important to measure as much as possible in the week leading up to ovulation to ensure that we capture any variations!

 

Another popular question women ask about their cycles is, “When will I have my period?” or “When should I take a pregnancy test?”

Let’s review the second half of the cycle: The Luteal Phase.

This is the infertile stage of your cycle and is pretty consistent (usually around 12 to 14 days). This means it is a useful menstrual cycle characteristic that can be used to determine when you are likely to get your period, which is approx. 2 weeks after ovulation. However, you should know that the length of the luteal phase can also be quite individual and can vary between 6 and 18 days, so you should never assume that your ovulation day was two weeks prior to this. Instead it is much safer to calculate ovulation with reliable fertility indicators, such as temperature and ovulation prediction kits (OPKs), like we do.

Know when your period is coming up

Once Natural Cycles has detected your ovulation day it can accurately determine when your next period is due so you can keep calm and carry on!

Period trackers, which are based on the rhythm method, assume you are regular. Their primary goal is to let you know approximately when you can expect your next period, which will be around the same time each month as they do not detect ovulation or variations from your data. However, Natural Cycles, gets to know and adapts to your cycle no matter what shape or size it is, calculating your unique ovulation day each cycle giving you an accurate idea of when your period will come (variations included) each month.

At the end of your Luteal Phase, when you get your period, your temperatures will drop down again and the app will let you know a new cycle begins!


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Pregnancy tracker – plan users

Women usually take a pregnancy test from the first day of their missed period but not many know that the earliest point a woman can take a test is after the egg has been implanted in the endometrium at around day 9. It is fairly easy to recognise when you are pregnant if you are regular and know when your period is due but as mentioned before, if you are not, your period date could vary according to the length of your follicular or luteal phase each cycle.

Natural Cycles is a great tool for women that are planning a pregnancy, as it can determine from your data whether or not you have become pregnant! At the end of your Luteal Phase, if you don’t get your period and your temperature remains high (above the cover line) – the app will recommend that you take a pregnancy test to confirm it’s true.

 

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If this is the case and you are pregnant, your temperature data entry dots will turn blue on your cycles chart.

Chart view: If your temperature stays elevated at the end of your luteal phase it means you might be pregnant and should take a pregnancy test to confirm. Blue dots indicate that you are pregnant.

As part of fertility awareness week, our next blog post we will talk about how fertility tracking can help you understand your reproductive health. Ask yourself, does your period come too often or maybe it doesn’t come at all? Find out answers next week or if you want to know sooner please get in touch with support@naturalcycles.com or visit ask.naturalcycles.com

Yours naturally,

The Natural Cycles team

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How the Natural Cycles algorithm works

Today’s blog is about how the Natural Cycles’ algorithm works, aiming to answer questions like why upcoming fertility predictions can vary and why ovulation day can differ from one cycle to another.  We also wanted to give our Cycler’s an exclusive sneak peek at the new app interface that will be released later this year. Please let us know your thoughts!

 

The Basics

The Natural Cycles’ algorithm works by calculating your fertility based on the temperature readings and LH tests you enter into the app from the very first measurement up to the most recent.

 

Both the weekly and monthly forecast’s found on the calendar view are fertility predictions (indicated by question marks and hollow circles) that are completely tailored to each individual, mapping your unique cycle and important events, like ovulation, with the highest precision possible from the data you have already entered into the app.

 

However, like all predictions, your upcoming fertility can change as unfortunately we cannot see into the future!  With every new data entry, the app’s algorithm adapts and adjusts accordingly to help paint the clearest picture of what you can expect in the days to come.  This is why we always say check your fertility status each day – especially around ovulation – as it can differ from what was forecasted the week before!

 

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In this calendar, ovulation day is predicted on Wednesday but according to the data you enter the exact day can vary. Once ovulation is detected it will be indicated with a blue egg icon on a complete red circle.

 

Data entry and cycle variations

 

A key determining factor for forecast variations is data entry.  The more data a Cycler enters the better the algorithm can be at determining your cycle’s usual pattern and thus predict what is coming up. So gentle words of encouragement – try and measure as much as possible to improve your data!

 

Cycle variations, such as a delayed ovulation day can be another reason for changes in your calendar. Cycler safety or their success is our priority so if the app detects something unusual it adapts by either a) giving more red days to be sure you’re protected from the risk of pregnancy (prevent) or b) advises you to keep trying as you’re likely to be highly fertile (plan), respectively.

 

Below is the in-app notification for Prevent users that will pop up if your ovulation is delayed.

 

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Alternatively, for Plan users this  in-app notification will be displayed if your ovulation day is delayed. 

 

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Cycle variations are common as the follicular phase (before ovulation) often varies in length. For instance, if you ovulated on day 18 on your previous cycle, it doesn’t mean that you will this cycle or even next.

 

A Cycler will only get green days once it is clear you have ovulated (with a clear rise in temperature) and is confirmed by the app. The app confirms this with a blue egg icon on a filled red circle on the calendar view or a blue egg icon and blue line seen on the chart/graph (see below).

 

Ovulation day was confirmed on cycle day 16 indicated by a blue egg icon and blue line on the chart/graph view.

Chart/graph view: Ovulation day was confirmed on cycle day 16 (CD16) indicated by a blue egg icon and blue line.

 

Ovulation day has changed

 

A couple of observant Cyclers have noticed that when looking back at their previous cycle their ovulation day has changed by a day or so. This is because the algorithm is constantly trying to calculate the exact day of ovulation even after it has already happened! Once your luteal phase has ended, which is indicated by the start of your period, the app has more information to work from.  With this extra bit of information, the app really does know when you ovulated and uses this to create an even more accurate picture of when you will ovulate this next cycle.

 

You can see that the app is continuously working very hard to get to know your cycles – variations and all! Natural Cycles adaptability to women’s cycles no matter what shape or size they are – long, short, irregular – is what makes it suitable for almost anyone. You can be assured you are always protected.

 

How will the new app differ?

 

The new app, that will be released later this year, will be even more intuitive and easier to follow. You can see below that it has been designed so that your fertility for the day is the core focus.

 

The upcoming fertility predictions will only be visible if you request to see them via the ‘Tap to show’ button. This way we can ensure that you feel confident about your actual fertility status instead of relying on predictions that may change.

 

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Let us know what you think?

The Natural Cycles Team

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Meet the team: Daniel, Head of Design

 

Role: Head of Design 

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Where are you from:

Born in Sundsvall, in the middle of Sweden. Resident of Stockholm since the late 90’s

Working at Natural Cycles Since: Last spring.

Thinking behind Natural Cycles’ new look:

Our Cyclers are independent, modern and vibrant women, which is what we wanted our new visual identity to represent.  We are therefore moving away from our old white and purple look towards a more colourful, warm and bold identity.

New apps features and design:

We are changing everything and nothing. While our cyclers will recognize and feel right at home with most features this will be a major update of our app. Expect a better user experience in total. More intuitive, more beautiful and more focused. Every cycler, seasoned and novice, will hopefully find, not only the app, but the entire process easier to understand and use.

Release date:

We are rolling out our new visual identity this autumn and at the end of the year we finish of with the release of the redesigned application.

Favourite new icon:

From the new app? The calendar icon for sure. A very very clean and simple shape yet unique.

The new calendar icon

The new calendar icon

Favourite song on Spotify:

Today*: Ben Macklin — The First (Original Mix)

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*Not my favourite of all time because that really is a difficult question!

 

Reducing Unmet Need with #LifeChangingOptions

A couple of weeks a go Natural Cycles’ launched the campaign #LifeChangingOptions in support of every woman’s right to her own body. Did you take part by retweeting or sharing our message? If not, you still can help as this is the final week where for every share of #LifeChangingOptions, we will donate funds to Kvinna till Kvinna to drive access and ‘choice’ to women in the developing world.

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If you participate you can also be in the chance of winning one of our event goody bags! Simply post one of our campaign’s social media posts with #LifeChangingOptions and your choice.

Goodie bag give-away!

Goodie bag give-away!

During the initiative, we partnered with global advocacy organisation Women Deliver  that brings together voices from around the world to improve the health and well-being of girls and women – a mission similar to our own!

Women Deliver recently announced their WCD Ambassadors Project, that aims to equip young people with the skills they need to tell stories about the state of sexual and reproductive health in their home countries.

One of WCD’s Ambassadors, Gvantsa Khizanishvil, is from Georgia, a country that is generally quite underrepresented when we talk about these issues. She is in the process of creating an interactive digital map where the audience can zoom in and read individual stories about reproductive health and contraception. Gvantsa hopes her innovative approach will reach policymakers and show them how we can create a better quality of life for young adults living in Georgia. Check out her project here!

Gvantsa Khizanishvil, WCD Ambassador

To complete the week, Natural Cycles‘ had an event to celebrate WCD and communicate the importance behind the #LifeChangingOptions campaign – reducing unmet need by supporting women with a met need. 

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At the event, we discussed what information is missing. A survey sponsored by Natural Cycles’ revealed that birth control choices in the western world tend to be based on a poor understanding of how our bodies and contraception works.

For instance, in Sweden, the home of Natural Cycles, we found that even though people know ‘more about sex’ than Americans and Brits, there is still a lot of room for improvement (see some of the results below)!

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Answer: Women can become pregnant during their 6 day fertile window ( 5 day sperm survival + 1 day ovulation day = 6 days)

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Fewer Swedes knew the answer to this question than Americans (68%) and Brits (64%)

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We should learn to appreciate our bodies, how it works and the options available to us. A woman should use her reproductive rights by finding a method that meets her needs entirely. Birth control is a privilege that western women frequently take for granted – while millions of women in the developing world don’t have that option.

In order to fulfil this goal, we think education should be better from an earlier age. By doing this we can expand choice to help young women make decisions in line with their needs instead of following social norms.

The survey found that 16-24 yr olds, which is the age we start using contraception and pill usage is most prevalent, have:

  • The least knowledge about their bodies and contraception overall with only 50% questions answered correctly
  • The least knowledge for how the pill works – 53% did not know how the pill works

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So help us spread the word by helping women all around the world better understand their #LifeChangingOptions.

If you think Natural Cycles’ is the method for you, we are offering $10 (100 SEK) off the app’s 1 year subscription with code LIFE2NC (offer ends 30th September, 2015).

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Birth Control is About Life Control

Natural Cycles found that birth control choices are based on a poor understanding of how the body and contraception works. The campaign #LifeChangingOptions hopes to improve awareness around contraception so that couples find a method that suits both of their needs entirely and bolsters their ability to prevent pregnancies.

As part of the campaign, Natural Cycles asked 3000 men and women across the UK, US and Sweden, basic knowledge questions about reproduction and contraception that the company considers necessary to prevent pregnancies effectively. Study participants were asked about their contraception use, their feelings towards them as well as the science behind pregnancy. 

The survey results show the general public’s understanding is lacking, with only half of all questions answered correctly. The UK’s awareness was lowest, at 45 percent, followed by the United States, 50 percent, and finally Sweden, the home country of Natural Cycles came out top with 54 percent.

When asked, nearly 30 percent of women on the pill do not know how the method works and 52 percent failed to answer pregnancy-risk related questions correctly. Furthermore, almost 80 percent of these women say they would prefer to use a natural method of contraception but results suggest that they are held back by their general lack of awareness.

It is part of women and men’s reproductive rights to understand the options that are available to them to prevent unwanted pregnancies. A privilege that we take for granted, which is upsetting if you consider that millions of girls in the developing world have no access to contraception whatsoever.

For every use of the hashtag #LifeChangingOptions, Natural Cycles will donate a condom to developing countries to try and institutionalise the concept of “choice” by expanding options so that underprivileged girls can take control of their own future.

And of course, if you would like to become one of our Cyclers, sign up here!

 

Test your knowledge by watching this video:

How did you do?

1. How does a women get pregnant?

A: To put it simply, an egg is released from the ovaries and a sperm fertilises an egg

 

2.  How long can sperm survive in the female body?

A: Up to 5 days 

 

3. Can a woman get pregnant any time in her cycle?

A: No, a woman can only get pregnant during ~6 days of her cycle.

Here’s the equation: 5 day sperm survival + 1 day egg survival = 6 day fertile window

 

4.  So when do you think are you most fertile?

A: For an optimal chance of conception, sperm should already be present in the fallopian tube before the egg is released, which means the most fertile day of the woman’s cycle is rather the day prior to ovulation than the day of ovulation itself.

 

5. How does the pill work?

A: The pill has a few of lines of attack: a) Stops ovulation so there is no egg to fertilise, b) changes the lining of the uterus  so an embryo cannot implant in the womb c) thickens the cervical mucus so it is harder for sperm to penetrate the womb and reach the egg.

 

6. Do you know how your temperature changes during your cycle and how this information can be used to track your fertility?

A: Women’s resting body temperatures rises once they have ovulated (0.2-0.45 C).  Ovulation marks the end of fertile window, which indicates a woman has entered her infertile phase. Temperature can therefore be used to find which phase a woman is in her cycle, informing her when she is fertile and is not fertile.

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For more information about tracking your cycle please visit our support portal, Ask Tibi.

Yours naturally,

The Natural Cycles Team

xxx

Help us Drive #LifeChangingOptions to the Developing World

World Contraception Day, 26th September, is a day that aims to improve awareness of contraception around a vision where every pregnancy is a planned one. To get closer to this goal, NaturalCycles’ has launched the #LifeChangingOptions campaign as the company believes that every women should have the right to decide whether or not she wishes to get pregnant.

Statistics show that 225 million* young women who want to prevent pregnancies has no access to contraception, which is a barrier they face that affects their lives and future. When girls have the choice they have children later, which means they can finish their education, become financially independent and contribute to society. It also means they can space their births further apart, which means healthier lives for them and their babies.**

At NaturalCycles, we believe that given the opportunity women in developing countries could change the world. Half of the world’s population today – over 3.5 million – is under 30, mostly living in developing countries. Their choices and opportunity defines the present and future of our world.  

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Source: Women Deliver

 

We want to make it work for every girl by giving them the opportunity to make a choice and decide freely for themselves whether or not they wish to become pregnant. Let’s transform their world and give them the opportunity to change ours!

This is where you can help, for every share of the hashtag #LifeChangingOptions, NaturalCycles’ will donate a condom to girls in the developing world. 

Please help us start this conversation and let’s see how many condoms we can donate!

Thanks

Yours naturally,

The NaturalCycles Team

xx

Sources:

  1. Westerners Don’t Appreciate how amazing contraception is – Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/mar/23/westerners-dont-appreciate-how-amazing-contraception-is [Last accessed on 27 Aug, 2015]
  2. Westerners Don’t Appreciate how amazing contraception is – Available at: http://mariestopes.org/news/comment-westerners-dont-appreciate-how-amazing-contraception [Last accessed on 27 Aug, 2015]

Discover your Life Changing Day To Change Someone Else’s

To alleviate the barriers the developing world face to access contraception, Natural Cycles donates #LifeChangingOptions for every share of your ‘Life Changing Day’.

 

On the lead up to World Contraception Day on September 26th, a day that aims to improve awareness of contraception around a vision where every pregnancy is a planned one, Natural Cycles has released a unique test that allows participants to discover the happy day that changed their parent’s lives.

 

The fertility app, Natural Cycles, that finds a woman’s fertile and non-fertile days with 99.9% accuracy, shows that this ‘Life Changing Day’ is on average 15 days after conception, around the time a woman’s next period is due. To calculate yours and to find out how many other Swedes share the same day as you visit lifechangingday.se.

 

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The company ask participants to share their Life Changing Day to celebrate the special moment that united their parents all those years ago, that also represents choice. With every share alongside the hashtag #LifeChangingOptions each participant will be giving a girl in the developing world the opportunity to take control over her life and future.

 

“With a shelf full of options, women in our modern society have the chance to decide whether or not they wish to get pregnant” says Elina Berglund, Co-Founder & CTO, Natural Cycles, “However, 225 million young women in the developing world face barriers to fully realising their own reproductive rights. We want to change this.”

 

The #LifeChangingOptions campaign also aims to lift some of the barriers found here in Sweden by highlighting the importance of using our own reproductive rights.

 

A survey conducted by Natural Cycles asked 1000 Swedish men and women basic questions about reproduction and contraception that the company considers necessary to prevent pregnancies effectively. The survey results show Sweden’s understanding was better than the UK and USA but overall lacking, with only 54 percent of all questions answered correctly.

 

Furthermore, 42 percent of Swedish women on the pill do not know how the method works and 84 percent of these women say they would prefer to use a natural method of contraception.

“These statistics are a clear sign that even as a developed country we still have a lot of work to do.” says Elina, “NaturalCycles #LifeChangingOptions campaign wants to raise awareness around taking contraception and helping women to carefully consider their options so they find a method most suited to them.”  

 

Meet a Cycler: Tanya

Hi!

My name is Tanya, I’m from London and I work as an administrator.

I was on the contraceptive pill for 10 years until I realised I had no idea about my natural cycles. Because I’m getting married next year and starting to think about having children, I’ve decided that being more in-tune and in-control of my body would not only be good for my overall health (the less chemicals the better!) but would also help when we’re trying to get pregnant.

 

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I have been a Cycler for four months now and I’m already hooked! There’s something really empowering about knowing and understanding exactly where I am in my cycle. I feel better in myself, and even my fiancé is enjoying tracking whether it’s a red day or a green day (surprise surprise!).

I have recommended Natural Cycles to my friends because coming off the pill has improved my moods and given me more energy.

I really think Natural Cycles is a solution for women to ditch hormones for something better. The pill was developed in the 1960s, which is now over 50 years ago! It’s time we moved forward from such an archaic school of thought.

Thank you Natural Cycles for giving me back control of my body!

Happy Friday Cyclers!

Yours naturally,

The Natural Cycles Team

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