Last important meeting before baby?

This morning we had a meeting with a technology investment company here in Stockholm called Northzone.

We are not in urgent need of funding, as we are still afloat from the investment round we closed last year, but at the end of this year we are looking to close a new round. Northzone would be a cool partner for NaturalCycles, so we are starting to get to know each other.

The meeting went well and we’ll meet again at the end of June. This reminds me that we’ll have to find a nanny for future meetings that require the presence both Raoul and myself. Today might very well have been the last important meeting before baby. We do have another meeting with our future business partner on Thursday afternoon, but there’s quite a risk that I won’t make it to that one. I hope it will not coincide completely with the birth, because then Raoul will not make it either. Well, well, we’ll just have to take things as they come in the next few days.

Meeting - NaturalCycles

Newly designed NaturalCycles app for iOS in App Store!

The newly designed NaturalCycles app for iPhone and iPad is now approved and in the App Store. Update your apps or download it for free here!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/naturalcycles/id765535549?ls=1&mt=8

You get a three month free Plan/Prevent trial.

Newly designed NaturalCycles app for iOS

New beautified NaturalCycles website out!

Today is the most amazing Friday ever! It’s a beautiful spring day in Stockholm and we could have lunch outside in the sun for the first time here at SUP46. They have a nice really big courtyard just outside the office.

What of course makes the day even better is that the new, beautified NaturalCycles website is out and the new iOS app has been submitted for approval. The new website is not only much prettier, but it also allows you to try NaturalCycles Prevent of Plan for free for 3 months, or you can pay for a year and get a basal thermometer shipped home to you. Cool! Another amazing feature of the new website is that it’s available in 6 languages!

NaturalCycles website

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International women’s day

Hi!

I thought I’d share some pictures with you from the Women in Tech 2014 event that took place on Saturday.

My pitch went well and I got the whole audience to laugh talking about contraception and planning pregnancies with my 8 month pregnant belly. I guess there’s no way of hiding it anymore. Seeing these pictures I’m not sure a dress is the best thing to wear while very pregnant. I chose a dress since I thought it’s feminine and elegant at the same time, but since the belly is sticking out so much it becomes more like a tent underneath. With pants, at least the lower part of the body looks rather normal.

Women in Tech 2014 - NaturalCycles

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Women in tech 2014 – International women’s day

Today is the international women’s day!

NaturalCycles is therefore attending a big event here in Stockholm where I will be pitching – Women in tech 2014. It will be very exciting as great female entrepreneurs are there giving inspiring talks and I get to present our company in front of an audience of hundreds of women!

Women in tech - NaturalCycles

You can follow the event on twitter: #WIT2014

Great business meeting!

This Tuesday, NaturalCycles had a business meeting just outside Stockholm, in Kista, with an exciting potential business partner.

We discussed with them how we could work together in different ways. It went really well and they seemed enthusiastic about our ideas and also our product.

business meeting

We will meet them again for a longer meeting, about half a day, when we will go through our methodology and scientific studies to show them exactly how the algorithm behind NaturalCycles works. They will bring their own experts who will challenge us. This will be a very crucial step, but it will also be fun and exciting. We are now working on converting our long and detailed scientific paper into a shorter one, excluding the details of the algorithm that we don’t want to disclose.

Investing in Women event – Video

This video is a clip from the Investing in Women event that was held here in Stockholm in January.

Part of our pitch is included towards the end of the clip.

It’s always very embarrassing to see and hear yourself talk in a video. But I suffered through and so can you!

 

The very first cycle with NaturalCycles

We get a lot of questions about how many green days to expect in the beginning when using NaturalCycles, since NaturalCycles needs some data to get to know you and your body. Every woman is different, with different cycle characteristics and different body temperatures, so we cannot make any reliable assumptions about your body until you start entering your own data in your NaturalCycles account.

The number of green days a woman gets in the first ovulatory cycle depends a lot on those first data points. What cycle day did she start measuring at? Does she measure every day or does she skip a lot of days? How much is her temperature fluctuating? Which cycle day does she ovulate? Has she recently been on hormonal contraception and will this postpone ovulation? I’ve already written a separate blog entry concerning how much the pill affects your cycle, here:

http://blog.naturalcycles.com/will-quitting-the-pill-disrupt-your-cycle

NaturalCycles requires 6 low temperature values before looking for a rise due to ovulation. This means that if she ovulates around day 15, she needs to start measuring around day 10 at the latest. If she starts measuring after the temperature rise, then it is of course not possible for NaturalCycles to detect ovulation. Below is such an example, where she started measuring on day 21:

One could argue that most probably ovulation had happened there and NaturalCycles could give green days, but before the following menstruation, there is really no way of knowing whether ovulation has happened and if the temperature is high, or if ovulation is for some reason delayed and the rise is still to come. As safety comes first, these days should not be green!

Below you see another example of a user that started measuring her temperature on cycle day 11, ovulated on day 20 and then got green days on day 23. She also entered a first positive LH test (ovulation test) on day 20, which helps to get easier green days.

In some extreme scenarios, where the woman does not measure very often in combination with highly fluctuating temperatures, it can take up to two cycles to get the first post-ovulatory green days.

To summarize: on average, if a user starts measuring before ovulation, she gets 40.2% green days during her first cycle. So even though the number of green days in the first cycle varies greatly, depending on several factors, the users do on average get a significant amount of green days.

Pitch to an audience of women

This Monday, NaturalCycles pitched at the Investing in Women Meetup. It was very exciting since, for once, the audience consisted of 95% women. Usually when we present our start-up to a mainly male audience.

As usual Raoul and I shared the pitch 50%-50%, which I think is a nice way of doing it.

We talked about how NaturalCycles is the best natural contraception out there and then finish with our own story – how we first used NaturalCycles as contraception for 1.5 years and then posted on twitter that we’d try for a baby on our wedding anniversary, which as you all know worked very well 🙂 The response we got was very different with a female audience and they were cheering a lot during our pitch. It was really fun and encouraging!

Pitch to an audience of women - NaturalCycles

Next Tuesday we have another pitch at the Sthlm Innovators event. We are becoming good at this!

Tonight I’m off to try out pregnancy pilates for the first time. I was choosing between pregnancy yoga and pilates and I imagine pilates being a bit more of a work out. I’m used to jumping around at zumba, so the more action the better. I’m not really patient enough to just focus on my breathing for an hour. I hope the pilates will be fun and that I get to meet some other cool pregnant women here in Stockholm!