Sammanfattning av senaste händelserna.

Oavsiktliga graviditeter rapporterade av sjukhusen i Sverige
Sjukhus i Sverige har rapporterat till Läkemedelsverket att de under hösten har observerat ett antal oavsiktliga graviditeter där kvinnan i fråga har använt sig av Natural Cycles som preventivmedel. Vi har varit i kontakt med Läkemedelsverket och besvarat varje enskild rapport.

Läkemedelsverket har stängt alla individuella rapporter relaterade till oavsiktliga graviditeter. Utredningen går vidare i form av ett tillsynsärende där Läkemedelsverket nu begärt in kompletterande uppgifter i form av klinisk data, riskanalys och eftermarknadskontroll.

Vi har också genomfört en egen utredning för att undersöka om huruvida antalet rapporterade fall överensstämmer med antalet användare i Sverige. Resultatet av utredningen visar att siffrorna som rapporterats in stämmer överens med vad vi kan vänta oss givet vår effektivitet på 93% vid typisk användning.

Angående användarnas ålder
Media rapporterade att det handlade om unga kvinnor. Enligt Läkemedelsverkets rapport är fallen i fråga kvinnor i åldern mellan 22 och 38 år, med en genomsnittsålder på 29 år. Det stämmer väl överens med snittåldern i vår användarbas som ligger på 30 år.

Hur förhåller sig Natural Cycles till det som hänt?
En oavsiktlig graviditet är självfallet mycket olyckligt. Det berör oss varje gång vi får reda på att någon av våra användare som använder Natural Cycles som preventivmedel har blivit gravida. Det finns dock tyvärr inget preventivmedel som är 100% effektivt och därför finns det risk för oavsiktliga graviditeter med alla preventivmedel.

Natural Cycles är ett certifierat preventivmedel med ett Pearl Index på 7. Det innebär att under ett års användande blir 7 av 100 kvinnor gravida till följd av alla möjliga orsaker (t.ex. efter oskyddat samlag under en röd dag, eller att preventivmetoden som använts på en röd dag inte har fungerat korrekt). Det i sin tur innebär att vid typisk användning har Natural Cycles en effektivitet på 93%. Vid så kallad perfekt användning har Natural Cycles en effektivitet på 99%. Det innebär att 1 av 100 kvinnor blir gravida trots att de inte haft oskyddat sex på en röd dag.

Vänligen se en översikt av vanliga preventivmedels effektivitet här.

Vårt mål är att kunna erbjuda fler alternativ när det kommer till preventivmedel, särskilt för de kvinnor som idag använder mindre effektiva preventivmedel eller inget preventivmedel alls. Idag är det många som letar efter ett effektivt hormonfritt och icke-invasivt preventivmedel, och Natural Cycles kan vara ett bra val för de kvinnorna. Idag växer vår användarbas snabbt. När fler och fler använder Natural Cycles, blir resultatet att fler och fler oavsiktliga graviditeter kommer kunna härledas till oss. Detta är inte specifikt för Natural Cycles, utan gäller tyvärr alla preventivmedel, då inget preventivmedel är 100% effektivt.

Flera vetenskapliga kliniska studier har genomförts som bevisar Natural Cycles effektivitet som preventivmedel. Vänligen läs mer om studierna här. Studierna, och resultaten av dem, ledde bl. a. till att Natural Cycles officiellt blev certifierat som preventivmedel i februari 2017. Idag är vi stolta över att vara den första certifierade preventivmedelsappen, som används av över hundratusentals kvinnor världen över.

Vad händer nu?
Det som blivit tydligt för oss internt efter rapporten till Läkemedelsverket samt efterföljande publicitet, är att vi som företag kan bli ännu bättre när vi kommunicerar kring följande:

  • Natural Cycles ger ett 93% effektivt skydd mot graviditet vid typisk användning, vilket innebär att 7 av 100 kvinnor blir gravida under ett års användning. Vi använder vårt Pearl Index samt vår effektivitet frekvent i vår kommunikation men vi inser att vi kan bli ännu bättre på att förtydliga att detta innebär att Natural Cycles inte ger ett 100% skydd mot graviditet.

  • Vad som gör skillnaden mellan typisk användning (93% effektivitet) och perfekt användning (99% effektivitet) är huruvida kvinnan och hennes partner använder kondom som skydd på alla fertila dagar i cykeln eller ej. Vi kan bli tydligare i vår kommunikation med att det krävs att användaren och hennes partner använder kondom under de dagar appen markerar som fertila för att uppnå 99% effektivitet.
  • Vem vår produkt är avsedd för samt vad som krävs för att använda produkten; Natural Cycles passar för kvinnor över 18 år som är i ett stabilt förhållande, då appen inte skyddar mot könssjukdomar och att den kräver en viss disciplinerad livsstil. Det är också viktigt att kvinnan och hennes partner är villiga att använda kondom på fertila dagar.

Vi har redan information och kommunikation kring alla punkter ovan, men vi strävar alltid efter att vara så transparenta och tydliga som möjligt. Den senaste tidens händelser har lett till att vi inser att vi kan bli ännu tydligare.

Vårt mål är och har alltid varit att erbjuda ett naturligt och effektivt alternativ till de andra preventivmedel som finns på marknaden idag. Vi uppmanar alla att noga överväga för-och nackdelar med de alternativ som finns, och det allra viktigaste är att varje kvinna kan hitta ett preventivmedel som passar just henne.

Hitta mer information här. 

Meet the team: one of our website coders

Every month we introduce a member of the Natural Cycles team, this time around we had a chat with Sandy who is on the web team and works on coding our website to the next level.

Where are you from?

I am from Lahore, Pakistan. I have been working with companies all over the world remotely but this is my first real time office experience, and that in beautiful Stockholm.

Tell us about your work at Natural Cycles.

I work as a web developer in the web team. I love being on this team as it is kind of a central team that works with and helps all other departments including design, support, blog, app, e-commerce, marketing etc. We help every department with web solutions and maintain the tech standards. I love doing what I do every day because I can see how my work is making an impact in the real world. The team I am working with is highly competent, and I get to learn new things every day.

Why Natural Cycles?

There is no single reason I could think why NOT to work at Natural Cycles. Before joining Natural Cycles, I was a Cycler myself. I have PCOS, and nothing much worked for me, but this app did. I was impressed which made me want to be a part of this team. When I applied for this job, I did not choose a job; I chose the organisation.

Regarding workspace, I get to learn extraordinary things. I can see a positive, powerful impact of Natural Cycles app in my life, and every Cycler’s life that makes me feel proud of being a part of it.

My usual office day looks like a trip to a science museum. In my free time, I can sit with the research department and talk crazy scientific discoveries. Or I can meet some of the world’s best Doctors that visit and educate us on how our body works.  

Working here feels more than just work. My favourite part is when I get to know more about other countries and their cultures over our lunch conversations.

Your favourite project at Natural Cycles since you started?

My favourite project is the one I am working on right now. It’s a separate educational website we launched for healthcare professionals. It’s for doctors and healthcare professionals, so they can get to know more about Natural Cycles, get all the info they need to advise their patients and can also get in touch with our medical team.

What does it mean to be a good Web Developer?

To me, a good web developer means being someone that your team can rely on. Being a team player and being open to trying new technologies, new methods and ready to face any worst scenario with a lot of backups. It is important that you know the technology, but it’s even more important that you are always upgrading like ios versions, dump the stuff you know and upgrade yourself with the better one.

It’s also important to truly understand that your work is something that risks the reputation of the entire organisation. No matter how good organisation is, if you fail to portray that way in the digital world, you fail everyone else who is working super hard. This brings a lot of responsibility to a developer, and there is very little room for being careless.

What’s one thing you’ve learned during your time at Natural Cycles?

It’s important to celebrate, appreciate and enjoy the small things in life.

What’s your go-to place to eat in Stockholm?

There is not any one specific place. Since I just came here 3 months ago and there are so many places to explore and so many cuisines to try, I go to different places and try different stuff. But I stop by Urban Deli or La Neta when I can’t decide where to go and what to eat.

Favourite feature in the Natural Cycles app?

Undoubtedly, the graphs & stats. Since I have PCOS, sharing graphs and statistics with my doctor is very useful.

Favourite song?

It changes with time and mood, but I want to mention a Swedish Song here. Recently I went on a cruise trip, and I danced on this song in the bar. I had fun, and whenever I listen to this song again, I feel like dancing. It’s called Dansa Pausa by Panetoz.

Favourite quote?

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Tell us about your hobbies?

Before I came here, I used to read about different cultures, countries and historical stories. Now, I get to listen to them live from the local people. Stockholm is diverse, and I meet people from different parts of the world. These days, my hobby is to explore diversity and identifying the common interests that make people co-exist in diversity so nicely.

I also love to travel and learn about new gadgets.

If you are interested in joining the Natural Cycles Team, want to work on improving women’s health, continue to push the scientific research behind it and truly make an impact within the contraceptive and reproductive market – go ahead and check out our job openings here.

Meet a Cycler: Tara from London.

Thousands of women are using Natural Cycles every day and we love getting to know them and hearing their inspiring stories. This time around we have a chat with Tara from London, she talks about how she has gotten to know herself and her body better and more.

Tell us a bit more about yourself!

I studied Fine Art at university so I’m currently trying to develop my art practice and get exhibitions together in London. I really enjoy collaborating with other artists and have had some really fantastic experiences in my field, including going to Japan for an Artist’s Residency. I like to create work which suggests their own sort of mythology to the viewer – nothing prescriptive at all, rather something that a person can explore on their own terms.  Outside of work my passions are bouldering and veganism. I really enjoy being active and taking good care of my body, and I’ve never seemed to find a credible alternative until I found Natural Cycles.

Visit Tara’s work here: alexanderbenjamin.co.uk/

How long have you used Natural Cycles now? What is your experience?

I’ve been using Natural Cycles for almost a year now and it’s really fantastic to see it developing and having its merit recognised. It made me really happy (and quite smug) to see that it had become a certified method of contraception and I think it would be such an incredible step forward to see it recommended to women by the NHS too. I think women have lacked conscientious treatment in this area for much too long.

I’ve found that the app is really well designed – very comprehensible whilst offering a lot of information about your cycle. I can see at a glance what is going on, as well as take a more in-depth look when I want to. The website and its articles complement it really well and back up the ‘pro-information and understanding’ ethos that I believe the Natural Cycles method promotes.

I’ve also become so much more aware of what is going on with my body as a result. It never fails to make me laugh when, for example, I get angry with my partner for something and then see a message from Natural Cycles on my phone that says “Your period is due in a few days. You might be experiencing some PMS during this time”. On a more serious note, this kind of thing has allowed me to get more in touch with my emotions, observe them and notice how they can correlate with my cycle. I practice mindfulness when I feel I need to and the understanding of my cycle, as I mentioned before, is an important part of that.

Would your recommend Natural Cycles to other women, and why?

100%. I think that one of the best things you can strive to do is gain a better awareness of your body and how it’s working. I think my understanding of my cycle length was so off before and I used to really worry about my reproductive health in this respect. Now I see that it’s actually quite consistent, just longer than average. Further I think it’s really important that women who want to make a change are able to move over to another method of contraception that they feel they can trust completely. Natural Cycles really did this for me, giving me a lot of reassurance that my chosen contraceptive method was effective, non-invasive and reliable. It’s also such a hassle-free method: there are no consequences if you forget to measure your temperature. With Natural Cycles you can just look at the app and know that you can trust it. Lastly, I think that it’s amazing that when you want to get pregnant, your contraception actually works for you immediately – using months or even years of data to give you the best chance at conceiving.

Thanks Tara for sharing your story! We love hearing your stories, everyone is unique and an inspiration for other women to get to know their bodies with Natural Cycles too – so go ahead and share your Natural Cycles story with us.

Looking forward to hearing from you, Your Natural Cycles team

 

 

 

 

Meet the Natural Cycles Team: Olle, the Data Scientist

Last month you got to know our Customer Support Manager Rebecca, and this month you can learn more about our data scientist – Olle!

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Where are you from? I’m from Stockholm!

Tell us about your work at Natural Cycles?

It’s my job to analyse our user’s data, which enables the company to contribute to scientific research in fertility and contraception. The science aspect is important not only for us to correctly estimate the efficiency of Natural Cycles, but also to provide our customers with as accurate information about the product as we possibly can. My work is all about squeezing as much interesting stuff out of the data, which the users have logged in the app, as I can!

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Favourite project?

Every time I have a new set of data to look at! That first process of scanning through it, trying to visualise what possible relations and correlations could be hiding within these numbers, and then going on to developing some initial hypotheses and methods to test them. This process is extremely fun and rewarding – more people should try it.

 

What does it mean to be a good data scientist?

I think the most important thing is to have a curious and open mindset – to always want to take things apart and understand how and why things are connected. It’s important to be good at combining attention to detail with an understanding of the big picture. Great data scientists really enjoy problem solving and are constantly looking for the next big question to ask!

 

What’s one thing you’ve learned during your time at Natural Cycles?

That things as simple as body temperature measurements – can hide so much more interesting science than you can ever imagine!

 

What’s your go-to place to eat in Stockholm?

Depending on my mood either B.A.R on Blasieholmen, or Peppar at St. Eriksplan.

 

Favourite feature in the Natural Cycles app? 

The graph!

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Favourite quote? 
“Your theory is crazy, but not crazy enough to be true” – Niels Bohr.

Tell us about your hobbies? I play football in the lowest Swedish tier and staying true to my nerdy profession, I also enjoy playing board games and watching a good Sci-Fi movie.

 

 

If you are interested in joining the Natural Cycles Team, want to work on improving women’s health, continue to push the scientific research behind it and truly make an impact within the contraceptive and reproductive market – go ahead and check out our job openings here.

Meet the team: Rebecca, Customer Support Manager

We’re continuing with our meet the team posts – so you get to know who’s behind the scenes. Natural Cycles is a young startup that has a diverse, international and young team working on giving women an alternative  and ensuring to deliver the best possible product we can. This week our customer support agent is up – Rebecca!

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First snow in Stockholm!

Tell us about your work at Natural Cycles?
I work with customer support, so I answer all of our Cycler’s questions be it by email or on social media and the occasional phone call.  It’s also a part of my job to be involved in finding things that could do with improvement within the app, reporting bugs etc. I work very close with Cyclers and have a good understanding of what they want and need.

Why Natural Cycles?
I started using it myself as I had already quit the pill about six months earlier. About a year later, I was looking for a new job and found an open position and just knew I HAD to work for Natural Cycles. I was already happy with the app, and the work the company was doing, so I really wanted to be a part of this. I was actually really nervous and excited to meet Elina for the first time too!

What does it mean to be a good support agent?
I am very compassionate and well-informed about all aspects of the menstrual cycle. I always try to put myself in the position of being the Cycler, asking for guidance and help with my menstrual cycle and sex life. It means having to be very personal with everyone, while still providing all the relevant information. I really feel and sympathise with all them and try to give the best advice possible.

What’s one thing you’ve learned during your time at Natural Cycles?
Almost everything about the menstrual cycle!

What’s your go-to place to eat in Stockholm?
A burger place South of Stockholm, Bun-Meat-Bun. I’ve always treated myself to their burgers after every big thing in my life – surgery, new apartment and this job too actually!

Favourite feature in Natural Cycles app?
The graph is my favourite. It tells me everything I need to know about my own body. It shows the entire menstrual cycle, with every up and down in temperature and cycle variation, and all data is accessible by tapping the data point. Alternatively you can see it all on the statistics page. I’m just really interested in learning more about my body and cycle.

Favourite quote?
Always treat others as you wish for them to treat you. This speaks to me on so many levels – it was my school’s motto which has stuck with me since I was 6 years old.

Read here about our Head of Design Daniel and look out for more Meet the Team posts!

Cheers,
Dani at Natural Cycles

Meet a Cycler – Fiona from the U.K.

Daily we hear from Cyclers all over the world. This time Fiona reached out to us! She is one of our Pro Cyclers and she told us her Natural Cycles story.

“I have been using Natural Cycles for 7 months now and feel better than ever in the past years. 

I also love being able to keep track of my cycle, it helps me plan ahead and I always know what to expect. As a lawyer, I live a busy and sometimes stressful lifestyle. Tracking my temperature each morning is simple and has become a part of my daily routine.

I’m also very happy that I will be able to track my fertility when I want to start a family at some stage in the future. Thank you for making all of this possible!

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Thank you Fiona for sharing your story with us if you want to share your Cycler story with us you can do it here.

 

 

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All the best
The Natural Cycles Team

Thank you Cyclers!

Natural Cycles has reached 7000 followers on Instagram. We’re beyond grateful to have you by our side. Thank you all for being a part of the Cyclers community!

To celebrate, we have a special offer happening in our Natural Cycles webshop. Use the promo code NC7INSTA to get 20% off on all products. In the webshop you will find ovulation testsbasal body thermometers as well  gift box containing 1 basal thermometer + 6 month subscription.

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The offer is running until Sunday the 13th of November, so be quick and stock up for the upcoming months.

SHOP NOW


/The Natural Cycles Team

 

 

 

 

NEW feature – Calibrate your basal thermometer in the Natural Cycles app

With the new feature in the app, you are able to calibrate your basal thermometer. Calibrating your thermometer means you are able to see if you are measuring correctly, and if your thermometer is working properly.

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This is how you can calibrate your thermometer:

  1. Go to your account in the app or on the website.
  2. In your profile you’ll see “Calibrate your thermometer” button.

 

Now measure three times in a row, and enter it in the app. You can calibrate anytime and as many times as you wish!

 

To calibrate you need to measure your temperature 3 times in a row and enter the values in the app. Here is step by step instructions with few tips and tricks:

 

  1. Always measure in the same place and the same way for best results!

    Put the thermometer under your tongue, and only then click on the start-button. The thermometer will show you different values every time you measure. This is normal, since our temperature shifts, and also the thermometer gets warmer every time you measure. This is why it’s important to measure on the same place in your mouth when measuring, not only for calibrating the thermometer, but also when measuring every morning
  2.  The results and what they mean.

    When you’re done, the app will tell you if the calibration succeeded or if something might be wrong with how you measure, or your thermometer. The result you might get is:

    Calibration succeeded:  then everything is perfect and you should just keep doing what you’re doing.Calibration uncertain:  When the result shows “calibration uncertain”, you should first re-do the procedure and try again, as the result was borderline. Make sure you follow the instructions and measure correctly and in the same way all the three times. The second time you calibrate after getting the uncertain result, you will either get success or fail.

    Calibration failed: When your temperature shifts more than 0.3° degrees Celsius (or 0.54 degrees Fahrenheit) between the measurements, something might be either wrong with how you measure or your thermometer might need to be replaced. It is important to detect such issues early on as you otherwise might get too high day-to-day temperature variations for Natural Cycles to be able to detect your ovulation.

 

Have you calibrated yet? Log in and do it today and please comment on this blog post or leave your feedback here. If you’re not a Cycler yet, sign up today for the 1 year offer and get a basal thermometer included in the price.

 

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Colors and symbols in Plan a Pregnancy

Some of you switch from ‘Track fertility’ mode to ‘Plan a pregnancy’ mode, and some of you have started using Natural Cycles to plan a pregnancy.
Either way, you might ask yourself what the different colors and symbols in the app mean, and here is the answer.

In ‘Plan a Pregnancy’, the ‘fertile window’ is presented in a scale of red, where the most fertile day has the darkest shade of red, and the lightest red color indicates that ‘fertility is unlikely’. (See picture below.)  As we wanted the fertile days to stand out we used the contrast between the light green and a vibrant red.

The ‘pink’ days are days where more data is needed for the app to be able to exclude or confirm fertility. Non-fertile days are presented in light green color.

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In the tab ‘MONTH’ you see a monthly forecast of your cycles. Remember that future days in the monthly tab are a forecast based on your historical data, so make sure you always check ‘TODAY’ to see your daily fertility status.

With Natural Cycles you find out your unique cycle variations such as cycle length, period, but also variation of your ovulation day. Every cycle is unique, and therefore ovulation day usually varies. Since the most fertile day is the day before ovulation, and the ovulation day, finding out the variations is important when planning a pregnancy.

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In ‘Today’ and ‘History’ view, you can also see the data you’ve added for the day, such as intercourse, spotting, positive or negative pregnancy test, positive or negative LH test, etc. (see below.)

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If your ovulation has been confirmed in the app, you will also be able to see when you can test for pregnancy the earliest. If your period comes, the symbol will disappear. Read more about Symbols and colors in Plan a Pregnancy with Natural Cycles here. 
Questions or suggestions? Please comment on this blog post!

All the best
Dani at NC

What does it take to become a Star Cycler?

Natural Cycles wouldn’t be where it is today without the support of our strong community of Cyclers. We are grateful to all women spreading the word about us everyday. That’s why we decided to add the achievement of becoming a Star Cycler in the app.

“What is a Star Cycler?”

A Star Cycler status is the highest level you can achieve within the app, you receive full access to Natural Cycles for life – free of charge. That’s pretty freaking awesome.

“So how do I become a Star Cycler?”

Firstly, you must be a Pro Cycler to become a Star Cycler, which means that you fully understand how the app works and have had quite some experience with using the app.

Secondly, you should help us spread the word and vision of Natural Cycles to other potential Cyclers out there by referring 10 friends to Natural Cycles, you will get an email with a link to share with friends once you are a Pro Cycler. So get chatting with your girlfriends and sharing on your social media channels ladies. 

See you at the top,

Your Natural Cycles Team

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