Meet the team: Manuel, Frontend Developer

Every month we introduce a member of the Natural Cycles team, this time round it’s Manuel – one 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

 

 

Natural Cycles: officially certified for contraception

The Natural Cycles office is absolutely jumping with joy at the moment because we can finally share this news with you: Natural Cycles has officially become the only app certified for contraception in Europe.

A big thank you goes out to all of you who have believed, trusted and supported Natural Cycles in the past years, because without you – our Cyclers – we wouldn’t be here today.

We are happy to be able to say that the app is now a certified and CE marked medical device of class IIb, intended to be used for contraception. Below you can read more about the research, algorithm and regulatory processes behind it.

So, what’s new?

“The biggest change is in the way we talk about Natural Cycles. We can now proudly say that Natural Cycles is an effective contraceptive, comparable with others like the pill, the IUD and condoms. It’s another option for women to choose from.”- Elina

Natural Cycles has been and remains to be accurate in detecting ovulation and calculate fertile days.

So the app pretty much remains as it is and you can download the new version we just released for our latest tweaks. We have relaunched the website, with a new design and in-depth information about everything you need to know about Natural Cycles, our research into women’s health and much much more. The app will give you a green day when you are ‘not fertile’ and can enjoy sexual freedom, or indicates to ‘use protection’ on a red day to effectively prevent a pregnancy.

 

Here are a few of the reasons why Natural Cycles is the very first and only app to be certified for contraception;

1. Research in women’s health

Natural Cycles heavily invests and drives research in women’s health by collaborating with top-notch experts within the gynaecology, fertility and the reproductive field. Because we believe, that progress starts with research we have carried out two major clinical studies. You can read up on the study of Natural Cycles’ effectiveness as a contraceptive here.

2. The precision of the algorithm 

The algorithm, which is the brains behind the app that calculates your green and red days, has been shown to be highly accurate. It takes many factors into account such as sperm survival, cycle irregularities and temperature into account to accurately detect and predict ovulation and fertile days.

3. Quality assurance and certifications

Natural Cycles is a certified and CE marked medical device of class IIb, intended to be used for contraception. This puts our app into the same risk category as a condom, which requires us to follow international standards regarding quality assurance and product development processes. We are the only fertility app in Europe to be in this risk class. This means that every step of product development, to how we hire people at Natural Cycles is audited by one of the leading auditing organisations in Europe.

Help us spread the word about Natural Cycles becoming the only certified contraceptive app, ever. Share this blog post or your Natural Cycles story and tag with #CyclerOfTheDay on social media.

Your Natural Cycles Team

Meet the team: Elina, CTO & Cofounder

Where are you from?

Malmö, Sweden

Tell us about your work at Natural Cycles?

I am the CTO and co-founder of Natural Cycles. My work is very diverse, which I love. For instance, I get to look at a lot of data from our Cyclers and get deeper understanding on how the woman’s body works. I have also developed the algorithm behind Natural Cycles and with more and more data from you Cyclers, I sometimes get to optimize it to make it even better and more precise for each unique cycle.

 

 

Why Natural Cycles?

Well, I founded Natural Cycles together with Raoul since we personally needed a reliable natural contraceptive method and there was no such thing on the market. Later on we also decided to use Natural Cycles to carefully plan having our daughter, Alba.

Your favourite project at NC?

Well, the app is the best of course 🙂

What does it mean to be a good CTO & Cofounder

That we really care about the women using our app.

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

Oh, so so much. Initially, my career started in the science world as a particle physicist, so I have learned so much during my Natural Cycles journey over the past 4 years. About women’s reproductive health, how to run a tech startup, how to develop apps and websites, and so much more.

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

Eat? I have a company and a 2 year old daughter, I don’t get to go out and eat usually 🙂

Favourite feature in the Natural Cycles app?

I like the way the algorithm loads now, it says different things like “calculating” or “crunching the numbers” instead of just a boring loader. Then the colors emerge gradually. I love that feature.

Favourite song?

It changes with time, but right now: Héroes Del Silencio – Apuesta Por El Rock ´n´ Roll

Favourite quote?

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown

Tell us about your hobbies?

Natural Cycles is my hobby, which I get to share with my husband, so I’m very lucky.

 

Look out for more meet the team posts and here are the latest ones:

Rebecca – Customer Support 

Olle – The data scientist

Daniel – The Designer

 

Have a lovely evening!

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