Natural Cycles just closed another investment round

We are ecstatic to announce that we have just closed another investment round. This will allow us to reach even more women with Natural Cycles and keep advancing research in women’s reproductive health.

Our third and largest financing round in Natural Cycles history brought in an investment of 30 million dollars and we are absolutely humbled by it. The boost will contribute to bringing Natural Cycles to the next level in the best possible way, so here’s a quick breakdown of how we intend to leverage it:

Bulking up the medical team

For us to scale globally, we will need more people hands-on in all areas of the company. Currently, we are a team of 43 employees and our plan is to grow our international team even more next year. By adding doctors and more physicists from CERN we will bring Natural Cycles to the next level.

Product development

Our product team is working day in and day out on improving things in the app, making it easier and more fun to use. With our new team members, we will continue developing more features and making constant improvements so we can create the best possible Cycler experience.

Educating even more women

It’s our mission to continue to educate women about their bodies and menstrual cycles. It’s time to break the taboo around the topic and start openly talking about it. With Natural Cycles we not only want to give more women an effective method of contraception to choose from but a powerful tool so they can make informed decisions.

Because we truly believe that #yourcyclematters, and so does everyone else’s.

This past year has been huge here at Natural Cycles and full of successes. We have been certified as a contraceptive in Europe, hit pharmacy shelves, published our third and largest prospective clinical study and now this. Without our Cyclers and our great team we wouldn’t be here today – so once again it’s time to drop another thanks and praise to all.

Your Natural Cycles team

Third and largest prospective study carried out on Natural Cycles

Ever since the beginning of our journey, one of our missions has been to lead the way when it comes to research in women’s health by conducting clinical studies within reproductive health. Which is why we’re beyond excited to finally share the news that we have published a third study together with leading experts in Women’s Health, once again confirming Natural Cycles’ efficacy.

This study was prospective, whereby real life data on the usage of the Natural Cycles app was analysed. Having studied over 22’785 women, who were 29 years of age on average, and analysed 224’563 menstrual cycles this is the largest prospective study carried out not only on Natural Cycles, but on natural contraception as of yet.

The publication confirms that under perfect use, when using Natural Cycles consistently and correctly, the app is 99% effective and under typical use, it is 93% effective.

A big thanks goes out to all of our Cyclers who have been a part of this journey and have contributed to the study through using Natural Cycles. We are thrilled that more and more women are choosing the app as an effective method of contraception. It is changing the way we perceive contraception in society and gives women a powerful tool to get to know their bodies better.

Let’s keep pushing, because progress starts with research.

You can read the full study here

 

Your Natural Cycles team

The importance of understanding your body and menstrual cycle #yourcyclematters

Over the past few years, we have learned that when it comes to reproductive health there is simply a knowledge gap and some myths floating around.

We believe it’s time to change all that. Because no matter whether you want to prevent or plan a pregnancy, everyone should know how their body and cycle works. By understanding your menstrual cycle, you truly know just how Natural Cycles works and why it’s an effective method of contraception.

Your menstrual cycle also plays a huge role in your health and by getting to know it you can make more informed decisions and take control. Which is why it’s our mission, to close this knowledge gap and educate, now more than ever.

Natural Cycles is not just about contraception, it’s about so much more. We hear that from our lovely Cyclers every day and their inspiring stories keep us pushing forward. They reflect that Natural Cycles is a powerful tool to get to know yourself, your body and menstrual cycle better.

From now on, we will be taking things back to basics and start openly talking about all things reproductive health so everyone can learn about it.

Sure we all have a period, but what about the stuff that goes on and we don’t see? Ovulation, cycle phases and hormones – we want you to understand it all so you can take control of your future.

So keep your eyes and ears peeled for the useful and fun knowledge we will be sharing on our social media channels, on the blog and in newsletters.

It’s time to start talking about reproductive health, fertility and the female body openly, start busting some myths and spreading the word to all women out there because #yourcyclematters.

Meet the team: Manuel, Frontend Developer

Every month we introduce a member of the Natural Cycles team, this time round it’s Manuel – one of our Frontend Developers. He is a part of the product team who work extremely hard every day on improving the app in every possible way.

Where are you from?

I am from the city of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Tell us about your work at Natural Cycles?

I joined about a year and a half ago to work on the app. My job is to make the interface work.

Why Natural Cycles?

I try to find reasons to work at companies other than salary. Here I get the retribution of working at a business with a very clear social impact. That makes me happier than working for the financial or real estate industries like I did in the past.

Favourite project at NC?

I think the app’s graph view was a challenge with a great outcome. I can’t wait to revisit it and improve it even further, but the list of improvements we want to make is never ending.

What does it mean to be a good Frontend Developer?

There are many ways to be good at this job. I prefer those who are technically strong, still manage to keep their eye trained visually and also have a structured approach to user experience problem solving. Being so close to the design team also requires us to be good at communicating with non technical members of the company.

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

What fika means 😀

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

La neta, my go to Mexican at lunch time.

Favourite feature in the Natural Cycles app?

The graph, for sure.

Favourite song?

The whole Pet Sounds album maybe? I don’t know 🙁

Tell us about your hobbies?

Music, History, Science and the likes.

 

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

Meet the team: Dani, Community Manager

Every month we introduce one of the Natural Cycles team members so you can get to know what happens behind the scenes, this time round Dani our Community Manager is up. She takes care of all of our lovely Cyclers.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Serbia.

Tell us about your work at Natural Cycles?

As a Head of Community, I find that our Cyclers are the most important. In the end, everything we do is for the women using the app. So whether it’s communicating a new feature, how the menstrual cycle works or hearing Cycler stories, my job revolves a lot around making the Cycler experience the very best.

Why Natural Cycles?

I’m proud to say that I’m the #1 employee at Natural Cycles. After graduating at Hyper Island, I was eager to get started and ‘change the world’ (as one of the slogans for HI is). After hearing the story about Natural Cycles from Raoul,  I felt like this will change the world for sure, and I want to be a part of it. And here we are now almost 3 years later.

Favorite project at NC?

I still find the very first projects at NC my favorite – like #CyclerOfTheDay or “Meet a Cycler” blog post series. Basically all things that include Cycler stories are usually my favorite.

What does it mean to be a good Community Manager?

I believe it means a lot of different things, and for me if I have to choose two important things, it’s to be empathetic, and to truly love the product.  Without these two, I think it my work would be impossible.

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

Done is better than perfect 😉

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

I have a few: Urban Deli, Meal Prep, and Nostimo.

Favourite feature in the Natural Cycles app?

The graph definitely, and of course green days.

Favourite song?

Lana del Ray – ultraviolence.

Tell us about your hobbies?

Photography and cooking delicious LCHF meals.

 

 

That was all from Dani! Here are few of the other team posts if you’ve missed them:

Meet Raoul, CEO & Co-founder

Meet Elina, CTO & Co-Founder 

Meet Olle, Data Scientist 

Meet Olivia, Content & Translation Manager  

 

 

Encouraging your besties to get to know their body and cycle

At Natural Cycles we’re all about increasing choice for women and encouraging them to get to know their body and cycle.

Now you can do that too, by spreading the word with our ‘Refer a friend’ to Natural Cycles program. Every friend you refer will not only get a discount on the ‘Yearly plan’, but if you are a Pro Cycler and have referred ten friends – you will get Natural Cycles for free, for life.

If you are a Newbie, Junior or Skilled Cycler your friends can enjoy a 10% discount if they sign up through your very own personal link. If you are already a Pro Cycler they will get a 30% discount. This applies to the ‘Yearly plan’ which also includes a thermometer, that way they can get started right away.

To refer a friend:

  1. Go into your ‘Profile’
  2. Tap on ‘Achievements’
  3. Scroll down to the achievement ‘Refer a friend’ and tap on this.
  4. ‘Share your link’ with friends on social networks such as Facebook, Whatsapp etc.

Login below to start referring your friends to Natural Cycles now:

Hope you enjoy sharing your Natural Cycles experience!

Your Natural Cycles team

Meet the team: Raoul, CEO & Co-founder

Raoul is the CEO and Co-founder of Natural Cycles, along with his wife – Elina. They have been the foundation of the company from the get go. So here’s a little intro and he has to say about what it’s like to run a startup that is disrupting the contraceptive market.

Where are you from?

Born and raised in the beautiful city of Vienna in Austria.

Tell us about your work at Natural Cycles?

I am the Co-founder and CEO of Natural Cycles, so I have been and am still involved in practically every part of the company. Whether it’s hiring new team members, managing them, speaking to regulators, doing research or developing our strategy – I like that I get to work with so many amazing people on a wide range of different topics. It’s challenging and exciting all at once.

Why Natural Cycles?

My wife and I were looking for an alternative contraceptive ourselves and once we realised we are not the only ones we decided to get started with Natural Cycles. That was around 4 years ago now and so much as changed since then – which is great. Contraception is one of the world’s biggest challenges – it’s important to increase choice, access and education around the topic. I believe it will make the world a better place.

Any favourite project?

It’s a privilege to work on something that makes a difference. I try to work with customer support on a regular basis – it’s incredibly rewarding to help our Cyclers. It really makes you realise what kind of an impact it has on their lives and we love to help them out as much as we can. Having amazing customer support is one of our core values here at the company. We have also a few exciting projects in our pipeline, but I won’t talk about that now;)

What does it mean to be a good CEO?

Ultimately, the best team wins. That goes for everything, so I think the most important part of my job is to surround myself with people who share our vision and want to make it a reality. The road to success is rough, very rough, especially if you go up against very big & smart competitors, so I also think it’s important to keep everyone motivated along the way by reminding them of what we are working towards.

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

Hard work always pays off. A few passionate people can make a big difference in the world.

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

I love Giro – a Pizzeria close to our office that makes excellent Pizza and always has available tables.

Favourite feature in Natural Cycles app?

Green days! No doubt.

Favourite song

I am a little bit weird when it comes to music – I like any sort of music as long as it reaches some level of mainstream – whether it’s Mozart or Rihanna. Currently, a source of motivation is Enrique Iglesias – I don’t really know why. 🙂

 

New feature: Reminders

We’re excited about the latest feature we released in the Natural Cycles app: Reminders.

You can now set the following reminders, to keep you on track with measuring and to get the very most out of your journey as a Cycler. Yay!

To activate Reminders:

1. Go to your phone settings

2. Turn on and allow Natural Cycles to send you push notifications (this is very important as reminders will not work otherwise)

3. Go into the Natural Cycles app and press the ‘Alarmbell icon’ in the top left hand corner. The icon always indicates whether your reminders are switched on or off.

4. Select the ‘Reminders’ you wish to receive. You can change these settings at any time as needed.

Where to find and activate the ‘Reminders’ in the Natural Cycles app.

 

Reminders to measure

Getting into measuring your temperature every morning might take a little while so we wanted to make things even easier. Set a reminder for ‘the night before’ or ‘in the morning so you don’t forget. Another little tip is to place the thermometer next to or on top of your phone before going to bed.

With these little reminders, measuring becomes second nature quite quickly – just like brushing your teeth in the morning.

First red day

The first day you need to ‘use protection’ is very important. This gives you a little reminder to keep those condoms handy.

Take an LH test

Unlike measuring your temperature, it’s best to take an ovulation (LH) test later on in the day. So we send you a reminder throughout the day, that way you can’t miss it. You can read up on everything you need to know about taking ovulation (LH) tests here.

PMS

Knowing exactly when you can expect PMS helps you understand your body better and you can take action that just might help with relieving symptoms. You can also take note of these symptoms in your notes in the ‘Add data’ page we find it helps to compare notes and realise just what works best for you.

Breast self- exam

From the age of 30 and upwards we recommend doing a Breast self-exam on a regular basis. Here’s a great article on how to perform one.

Make sure you have downloaded the latest version of the app to get started with our new ‘Reminders’ feature – enjoy Cyclers and let us know how you like our new addition.

Meet the team: Olivia – Content & Translation Manager

Every month we introduce one of the Natural Cycles team members so you can get to know what happens behind the scenes, this time round Olivia is up.

Where are you from?

Well, I’m half Austrian and half Irish. I was born in Austria and grew up there until I was 10, we then moved to Ireland for 8 years and once I graduated from school I went back to Vienna to study.

Tell us about your work at Natural Cycles?

I’m the Content and Translation Manager here at Natural Cycles. As a native English speaker I am responsible for writing and communicating every written word in English, proof reading as well as managing the translations into other languages. The great thing is that I’m involved with pretty much every area of the company – from product, to marketing, to the webshop and more.

Why Natural Cycles?

I actually became interested in the company when I was looking for an alternative option for myself, only to find that they are extremely limited. Having studied Entrepreneurship and Innovation, as well as having worked for several startups – I thought there must be a startup out there aiming to solve this need so many women have. Natural Cycles was clearly the frontrunner in Europe, so I decided to write my Thesis at Uni on the company. Now, more than one year later, I’m sitting here as an employee at the headquarters in Stockholm – it’s crazy really when I come to think of it.

Favorite project at NC?

Working on the new website – so much to do, so much to learn and I love seeing a finished end result infront of me knowing that I contributed to it.

What does it mean to be a good content and translation manager?

Hm… I’m still learning new things everyday but the things to watch out for I would say would be to first of all love writing and texting. It’s a lot of that, and when it comes down to it you often have to delete half the stuff you’ve written or more, only to start from scratch. When texting for an app you always have to keep in mind that people don’t like to read much and buttons and screens are small – so getting all the important info into short text is super important. I’m humbled to have such a huge responsibility of communicating to the outside world on behalf of Natural Cycles, with such a sensitive topic. I’m always careful to use concise language to ensure it can’t be interpreted in the wrong way, but reading it shouldn’t be a bore either. Last but not least – empathy. I think it helps a lot when you can actually put yourself into the reader’s shoes. My position also requires a lot of work around organisation, communication with others on the team and creativity to ensure we are on track with keeping users updated and coming up with interesting stuff for the to read.

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

I only joined three months ago and have already learned so much – from marketing tools to the way I text and keep myself organised. I couldn’t really put it down to one thing.

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

I’m a Stockholm newbie actually so I’m no expert to ask – but I have enjoyed going to K25 to grab an informal, hangout meal. It’s like a fancier version of a food court – there’s lots of yummy options, the vibes are cool and it’s awesome for people watching haha.

Favourite feature in the Natural Cycles app?

The monthly overview, it always lets me know when green days, red days or my period is coming up all at one glance. I’m always prepared for what’s to come and I can even take it into consideration when planning holidays etc.

Favourite song?

Right now one of my faves is ‘Like real people do’ by Hozier, an amazing Irish artist, the whole album is great.

Favourite quote?

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”

  • Anna Quindlen.

Tell us about your hobbies?

Blogging used to be a hobby of mine, I still do on rare occasions, but see it more as my work now. I love sport and enjoy going for scenic runs around Stockholm, being outdoors and traveling. My creative side likes to dance, paint and decorate. And I’m gonna go ahead and call brunching a favourite ‘hobby’ of mine.

 

New webshop range: favourite picks

We have recently extended our range in the Natural Cycles webshop, so you can now shop all things period, sex and intimate care. It’s got everything we thought our lovely Cycler community needs and we’ll ship it right to your doorstep. Here are just a few of our favourite picks from the new webshop range:

Pelvic floor trainer

This little accessory stimulates vaginal muscles and trains your pelvic floor to heighten sexual pleasure for both partners. Pretty impressive huh? A common conception is that only women who have given birth tend to use these, well listen up ladies because this little cutie can be used by just about every woman.  Find the pelvic floor trainer here.

Menstrual cup

This little cup is a part of the new intimate-care range and we’re loving it. It’s great for both taking care of your body and is eco-friendly because it can be reused time and time again. It’s also an alternative to tampons if you have problems with dryness and sensitivity because it doesn’t disrupt your vaginal pH balance. You can actually wear the cup when sleeping, working out, swimming and traveling. The great news is that the cup has more capacity to hold fluid than a tampon, so that means – less trips to the toilet and a greater sense of freedom. Find the menstrual cup here. 

Condom range

If you’re just getting started with Natural Cycles or need to stock up on essentials check out our NC must-haves range. We’ve got everything you need so you can get the most out of your Natural Cycles experience. There’s plenty of condoms for you and your partner to choose from for those red days of your cycle from ribbed to ultra thin or extra safe – pick what suits you best and you’re good to go.   

Feel free to browse through our brand new collection: shop.naturalcycles.com

The Natural Cycles Team