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.

Stay tuned for more meet the team posts!

Cheers,

Dani at NC

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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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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If you want to sign up to Natural Cycles, you can use Fiona’s discount code which is AMBFIONA50 which will give you 50% off on the 1 year deal.

 

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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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

How common is early miscarriage and what causes it?

In the lead up to our #HappyPregnancy campaign we want to highlight the other side of the story a pregnancy ending in a miscarriage.

Miscarriage is the sudden loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. Although it is natural, very common and happens to up to 10-20 percent of all known pregnancies, it is a topic that is not so discussed and known as taboo.

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Most of the miscarriages happen before week 12, after that the risk decreases week per week.  In about half of the cases of early pregnancy miscarriages the reason is that the fertilised egg does not divide properly or is not properly attached in the womb. 

What causes early pregnancy loss?

A miscarriage can be very tough emotionally, and it is not unusual that the woman blames herself for losing the baby. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, there are no certain activities that cause early pregnancy loss. Smoking, alcohol and caffeine have been studied but the research is not clear. The advice is to stay away from alcohol, caffeine and smoking when trying to get pregnant.

How can Natural Cycles help you?

You can ovulate after your miscarriage, as early as in your first cycle.  So if you want to try to get pregnant again, there is no medical reason to wait. With Natural Cycles, you can pinpoint your fertile days and see if and when you ovulated after a miscarriage, and plan your pregnancy.  Once you’re pregnant, you can track the first trimester of your pregnancy in the Natural Cycles app. This is done by tracking your temperature, because it should stay high throughout the first trimester due to progesterone that is continuously being produced.  The Natural Cycles algorithm can detect potential fluctuating hormone levels and will notify you if you should visit a doctor. 

On the picture above you can see how the woman’s temperature kept staying high after the entered positive pregnancy test, and the fluctuating values.  

Emma’s Story 

We do encourage women to talk openly about their fertility stories. As mentioned, miscarriage is something natural caused by our bodies and shouldn’t be taboo to talk about. Emma is a Cycler since last year and after reading about Natural Cycles she decided to start using it.

 

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“I heard about Natural Cycles and since we planned to get pregnant in near future I figured it was a great way to get to know my body. I ordered the startkit and started measuring my temperature every morning. It took me couple of months to get into it, but once I did I realized how fantastic the body is! When I understood my rhythms from month to month, me and my partner started talking about getting pregnant. With help of LH-tests I could find my ovulation with great precision, and I got more aware of my body’s signals! I got pregnant in may this year (2016) on the first try!
Unfortunately it ended in a miscarriage. But knowing how easy it’s been to find my ovulation with help of Natural Cycles, we didn’t stop trying. Now 4 months later, I’m pregnant again and that makes me a Preggo Cycler!


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It’s still very early in my pregnancy and anything can happen, but we got pregnant so close into the miscarriage thanks to Natural Cycles. I will continue using natural Cycles for monitoring my pregnancy, and use it afterwards for tracking my fertility!”

 

Thanks to Emma for sharing this fantastic story! If you want to share your Natural Cycles story with us, don’t hesitate to reach out to us, and if you want to plan your pregnancy read more on our #HappyPregnancy website and sign up to get 40% off.

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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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How long does it take to get pregnant with Natural Cycles?

At Natural Cycles we’re continuously doing research and studies. One of our latest studies reveals that on average, when using Natural Cycles to get pregnant, it takes 3 months.

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In connection to our latest campaign where we celebrate that Natural Cycles has helped over 5000 women to get pregnant, we’ve created a graph to visualize the happy pregnancies better.

In this graph you can see how many months into using Natural Cycles women got pregnant, where each dot represent one pregnancy.

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On average, it takes 3 months to get pregnant with Natural Cycles. As you can see in the graph, for some it takes up to a year.

 

We have more exciting data and findings to share with you, so stay tuned!  Read below on few Happy pregnancy stories and follow us on social media to get latest updates on studies, stories and articles!

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Angelica from Sweden. Photos private.

“Me and my partner were planning to get pregnant soon, and I wanted to get to know my body before that. When we eventually decided to try to get pregnant, I got pregnant on our first try! What I liked the most with Natural Cycles is the accuracy and the simplicity!”

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Berihan from UK. Photo private.

 

“I wanted to get pregnant, so I started planning my pregnancy with Natural Cycles. What I loved with Natural Cycles is inputting the data and looking at the graph and charts. I felt so much more in tune with my body and my fertility. I love the amount of information you get.”

 

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Becca from Alaska. Photos private.

“I used Natural Cycles to get pregnant last year and this year I’m using it to track fertility. It’s so easy of use!”

 

 

If you’re planning to get pregnant, don’t miss out on our #HappyPregnancy campaign, where you will get a refund if you don’t get pregnant within 9 months.

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3 reasons why Natural Cycles is great for planning a pregnancy

1. Finding the fertile days

Since a woman is only fertile for 6 days of her cycle pinpointing these days and timing sexual intercourse significantly increases your chances of becoming pregnant. Every woman and every cycle is different and the precise Natural Cycles algorithm will use your temperature measurements to accurately detect and predict your ovulation and fertile days. The app allows you to get to know the inns and outs of your cycle the info buttons and cycle statistics will teach you all you need to know about your cycle and the science behind it.

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Overview of your cycle statistics page.

2. Early signs of pregnancy

Natural Cycles will detect your pregnancy as early as the most sensitive pregnancy tests. When your temperature remains high past your normal luteal phase length, Natural Cycles asks you to confirm your pregnancy in the app by taking a test. Read more about detecting pregnancy with Natural Cycles.

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Once conception has occurred, progesterone continues to be produced to help the body prepare for the fertilisation of the egg. That’s why you will then see your temperature remain elevated for a longer period than the normal length of the luteal phase.

 

3. Monitor your pregnancy 

Once you are pregnant, Natural Cycles will guide you through your pregnancy by providing useful and interesting information about the development stages of your baby. We recommend continuing to take your temperature during your first trimester. Natural Cycles will monitor your hormone levels and can detect if there are any inconsistencies or risks of miscarriage.

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We are very happy and proud to announce that Natural Cycles has helped over 5000 women to get pregnant. To celebrate this, we are offering every couple that chooses to plan their pregnancy with Natural Cycles a refund if they don’t get pregnant within 9 months, sign up below to get started.

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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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