How will summer holidays affect my measuring?

Off on your summer holidays and wondering how it might affect your measuring? Here’s a look at the top questions we get on measuring your temperature and using the Natural Cycles app from our Cyclers who are heading overseas.

Can I still measure my temperature if I’m traveling abroad to another time zone?

If you travel across several time zones and experience jet lag then we recommend skipping measuring (or tap Deviating temp.) for 1-2 days upon arrival and departure, until your body has adjusted and you have had a good nights rest. After you have adjusted to the new time schedule, you should measure as usual when you wake up in the morning, around the same time and in the new time zone.

Can warmer weather affect my basal body temperature?

 The answer is no, not significantly. Your body is very good at regulating its’ optimal temperature as humans are warm blooded animals. Also, we do recommend you to measure under your tongue, with your mouth closed. Measuring on your skin or in the ear, can be affected by the outside factors such as room temperature or your clothes etc. which is why you shouldn’t do so.

 

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What about late nights? 

Remember to always skip measuring or tap ‘Deviating temp.’ if you feel hungover or if you have slept less than usual. We know those summer nights can sometimes be endless 🙂 

Can I use the app offline? 

Unfortunately, you can’t use Natural Cycles offline at the moment. We are however working on making these improvements in the future, it’s a little more complex as the algorithm runs on our servers and you require an internet connection to get a result. More on that here.  You can take note of your temperature and add it later on when you have a connection again, just remember to check your status for the day every morning.

 

It’s also good to know that traveling can be stressful on the body, which means that it can sometimes affect your cycle causing, for instance, a delayed ovulation, shorter or longer cycles or in some cases anovulatory cycles.

Read more about how traveling can affect your cycle

 

Hope you can make great use of this info,

Your Natural Cycles team

Meet the team: Daniel, Head of Design

 

Role: Head of Design 

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Where are you from:

Born in Sundsvall, in the middle of Sweden. Resident of Stockholm since the late 90’s

Working at Natural Cycles Since: Last spring.

Thinking behind Natural Cycles’ new look:

Our Cyclers are independent, modern and vibrant women, which is what we wanted our new visual identity to represent.  We are therefore moving away from our old white and purple look towards a more colourful, warm and bold identity.

New apps features and design:

We are changing everything and nothing. While our cyclers will recognize and feel right at home with most features this will be a major update of our app. Expect a better user experience in total. More intuitive, more beautiful and more focused. Every cycler, seasoned and novice, will hopefully find, not only the app, but the entire process easier to understand and use.

Release date:

We are rolling out our new visual identity this autumn and at the end of the year we finish of with the release of the redesigned application.

Favourite new icon:

From the new app? The calendar icon for sure. A very very clean and simple shape yet unique.

The new calendar icon

The new calendar icon

Favourite song on Spotify:

Today*: Ben Macklin — The First (Original Mix)

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*Not my favourite of all time because that really is a difficult question!

 

Reducing Unmet Need with #LifeChangingOptions

A couple of weeks a go Natural Cycles’ launched the campaign #LifeChangingOptions in support of every woman’s right to her own body. Did you take part by retweeting or sharing our message? If not, you still can help as this is the final week where for every share of #LifeChangingOptions, we will donate funds to Kvinna till Kvinna to drive access and ‘choice’ to women in the developing world.

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If you participate you can also be in the chance of winning one of our event goody bags! Simply post one of our campaign’s social media posts with #LifeChangingOptions and your choice.

Goodie bag give-away!

Goodie bag give-away!

During the initiative, we partnered with global advocacy organisation Women Deliver  that brings together voices from around the world to improve the health and well-being of girls and women – a mission similar to our own!

Women Deliver recently announced their WCD Ambassadors Project, that aims to equip young people with the skills they need to tell stories about the state of sexual and reproductive health in their home countries.

One of WCD’s Ambassadors, Gvantsa Khizanishvil, is from Georgia, a country that is generally quite underrepresented when we talk about these issues. She is in the process of creating an interactive digital map where the audience can zoom in and read individual stories about reproductive health and contraception. Gvantsa hopes her innovative approach will reach policymakers and show them how we can create a better quality of life for young adults living in Georgia. Check out her project here!

Gvantsa Khizanishvil, WCD Ambassador

To complete the week, Natural Cycles‘ had an event to celebrate WCD and communicate the importance behind the #LifeChangingOptions campaign – reducing unmet need by supporting women with a met need. 

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At the event, we discussed what information is missing. A survey sponsored by Natural Cycles’ revealed that birth control choices in the western world tend to be based on a poor understanding of how our bodies and contraception works.

For instance, in Sweden, the home of Natural Cycles, we found that even though people know ‘more about sex’ than Americans and Brits, there is still a lot of room for improvement (see some of the results below)!

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Answer: Women can become pregnant during their 6 day fertile window ( 5 day sperm survival + 1 day ovulation day = 6 days)

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Fewer Swedes knew the answer to this question than Americans (68%) and Brits (64%)

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We should learn to appreciate our bodies, how it works and the options available to us. A woman should use her reproductive rights by finding a method that meets her needs entirely. Birth control is a privilege that western women frequently take for granted – while millions of women in the developing world don’t have that option.

In order to fulfil this goal, we think education should be better from an earlier age. By doing this we can expand choice to help young women make decisions in line with their needs instead of following social norms.

The survey found that 16-24 yr olds, which is the age we start using contraception and pill usage is most prevalent, have:

  • The least knowledge about their bodies and contraception overall with only 50% questions answered correctly
  • The least knowledge for how the pill works – 53% did not know how the pill works

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So help us spread the word by helping women all around the world better understand their #LifeChangingOptions.

If you think Natural Cycles’ is the method for you, we are offering $10 (100 SEK) off the app’s 1 year subscription with code LIFE2NC (offer ends 30th September, 2015).

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Help us Drive #LifeChangingOptions to the Developing World

World Contraception Day, 26th September, is a day that aims to improve awareness of contraception around a vision where every pregnancy is a planned one. To get closer to this goal, NaturalCycles’ has launched the #LifeChangingOptions campaign as the company believes that every women should have the right to decide whether or not she wishes to get pregnant.

Statistics show that 225 million* young women who want to prevent pregnancies has no access to contraception, which is a barrier they face that affects their lives and future. When girls have the choice they have children later, which means they can finish their education, become financially independent and contribute to society. It also means they can space their births further apart, which means healthier lives for them and their babies.**

At NaturalCycles, we believe that given the opportunity women in developing countries could change the world. Half of the world’s population today – over 3.5 million – is under 30, mostly living in developing countries. Their choices and opportunity defines the present and future of our world.  

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Source: Women Deliver

 

We want to make it work for every girl by giving them the opportunity to make a choice and decide freely for themselves whether or not they wish to become pregnant. Let’s transform their world and give them the opportunity to change ours!

This is where you can help, for every share of the hashtag #LifeChangingOptions, NaturalCycles’ will donate a condom to girls in the developing world. 

Please help us start this conversation and let’s see how many condoms we can donate!

Thanks

Yours naturally,

The NaturalCycles Team

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Sources:

  1. Westerners Don’t Appreciate how amazing contraception is – Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/mar/23/westerners-dont-appreciate-how-amazing-contraception-is [Last accessed on 27 Aug, 2015]
  2. Westerners Don’t Appreciate how amazing contraception is – Available at: http://mariestopes.org/news/comment-westerners-dont-appreciate-how-amazing-contraception [Last accessed on 27 Aug, 2015]

Discover your Life Changing Day To Change Someone Else’s

To alleviate the barriers the developing world face to access contraception, Natural Cycles donates #LifeChangingOptions for every share of your ‘Life Changing Day’.

 

On the lead up to World Contraception Day on September 26th, a day that aims to improve awareness of contraception around a vision where every pregnancy is a planned one, Natural Cycles has released a unique test that allows participants to discover the happy day that changed their parent’s lives.

 

The fertility app, Natural Cycles, that finds a woman’s fertile and non-fertile days with 99.9% accuracy, shows that this ‘Life Changing Day’ is on average 15 days after conception, around the time a woman’s next period is due. To calculate yours and to find out how many other Swedes share the same day as you visit lifechangingday.se.

 

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The company ask participants to share their Life Changing Day to celebrate the special moment that united their parents all those years ago, that also represents choice. With every share alongside the hashtag #LifeChangingOptions each participant will be giving a girl in the developing world the opportunity to take control over her life and future.

 

“With a shelf full of options, women in our modern society have the chance to decide whether or not they wish to get pregnant” says Elina Berglund, Co-Founder & CTO, Natural Cycles, “However, 225 million young women in the developing world face barriers to fully realising their own reproductive rights. We want to change this.”

 

The #LifeChangingOptions campaign also aims to lift some of the barriers found here in Sweden by highlighting the importance of using our own reproductive rights.

 

A survey conducted by Natural Cycles asked 1000 Swedish men and women basic questions about reproduction and contraception that the company considers necessary to prevent pregnancies effectively. The survey results show Sweden’s understanding was better than the UK and USA but overall lacking, with only 54 percent of all questions answered correctly.

 

Furthermore, 42 percent of Swedish women on the pill do not know how the method works and 84 percent of these women say they would prefer to use a natural method of contraception.

“These statistics are a clear sign that even as a developed country we still have a lot of work to do.” says Elina, “NaturalCycles #LifeChangingOptions campaign wants to raise awareness around taking contraception and helping women to carefully consider their options so they find a method most suited to them.”  

 

NaturalCycles – The Women’s Choice

NaturalCycles is an app made for women by women. The core reason for founding the app was to satisfy women’s unmet needs and giving them the power of choice again, where hormonal contraception no longer has to be the default.

Everyday we get thanks from Cycler’s for helping them in one way or another which makes us even more committed to providing the best service possible to transform women’s lives. In this blog post, we share some quotes from Cyclers who have appreciated our services and put a smile on our faces.

NaturalCycles prides itself on being the most scientific and accurate app available. With a clinical study under our belts and another first-of-it’s kind study on it’s way we can ensure that every woman receives a statistically accurate representation of her cycle based on the data she enters so she can track her fertility and plan pregnancies effectively.

Katie, 30 “This is literally the only fertility awareness program I’m willing to use because it’s based on statistics and not “eh, you’re probably alright!”

A focus on improving female body awareness. Since the arrival of the pill in the 1960s women have become accustomed to not having to do anything themselves, which has left a huge gap in their basic knowledge about fertility and their menstrual cycles.  Our 24/7 support service offers women the information they need to feel empowered and control their fertility naturally. And let’s not forget Ask Tibi, our recently launched virtual assistant which offers women the ability to search for a large range of guidance.

Jenny, 31 “Thank you very much for your good answers, it makes me understand everything a little better. It is always nice to be in contact with you and get your really informative answers. I wish all health providers were so easily accessible and helpful!”

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Offer important insights into your reproductive health.

 

Your menstrual cycle characteristics can help you understand your fertile potential, help you diagnose conditions that may be affecting it and start more relevant discussions with your doctor.

For instance, if you’re not getting a rise in basal body temperature you are likely experiencing an anovulatory cycle (not ovulating). This could be an indication of a hormone imbalance that could be rooted to an endocrine disorder, such as Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is a common cause of infertility.

Sara, 27 “I am very grateful that I started using NaturalCycles. If I had not taken the chance to start using it and stopped the pill, I probably would not have tracked my periods and realised how far apart they were and my hormonal irregularities would not have been caught by my doctor who diagnosed me with PCOS. I could have gone years without knowing of this diagnosis!”

NaturalCycles can be used over your whole reproductive lifetime. From tracking your period and getting to know your cycles, to tracking your fertility or achieve pregnancy and even monitoring the health and development of your unborn child – the app can do it all!

Elina herself is perhaps the app’s biggest success story, having used it to track her fertility for 18 months before deciding to try for a baby, she got pregnancy on her first ovulation.

Elina, 31 “When you want to get pregnant, the data accumulated during the time spent on using the app for tracking your fertility can be used to pinpoint your most fertile days.”

We are constantly building and improving the app to reflect women’s needs so please get in touch if there is anything you want to see more of.

Yours naturally,

The NaturalCycles Team

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Get Pregnant the Swedish Way!

Rumour has it that Swedes are friskier than ever during Midsummer and so we decided to put it to the test.

More Swedes are born on March 22nd than on any other one day, and as it turns out, our one million days of data matches up.

Swedish users had less intercourse in June on average than they did in May – but the weekend of Midsummer was a clear exception, with a clear rise in sex and a 25 percent increase in the number of pregnancies that weekend.

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NaturalCycles is an app which you can use helps women to plan and monitor their pregnancies.

There are 2-3 days per cycle when a woman has the highest chances of conceiving, which land just before ovulation day. By analysing a woman’s basal body temperature (BBT) readings and Luteinizing Hormone (LH) levels (optional) the NaturalCycles algorithm can find ovulation day and the days she is most likely to get pregnant to increase her chances of conception.

However, the app is more than a fertility tracker as it can also detect when a user has become pregnant as well as monitor the health of a fetus in the first trimester.

NaturalCycles automated features can detect early signs of miscarriage. The app recently saved a pregnancy by notifying a woman to seek medical advice after detecting insufficient progesterone levels (indicated by low temperatures) that weren’t enough to support pregnancy in her first trimester.

The app has now helped 2000 Swedish women get pregnant, taking on average just three months to get pregnant compared to the average six months when you try without (Ref: 1).

 

Reference:

1. Hum. Reprod. (2003) 18 (9):1959-1966

 

A welcoming gift for Cyclers

Natural Cycles is here to make your lives easier by matching up to your needs, so we wanted to send you a gift to help optimise your experience with some of our complimentary products.

With every* new subscription and upgrade to 1 year + thermometer before your free trial if over, Natural Cycles’ will welcome Cyclers that want to track their fertility with a ovulation test, and Cyclers that want to plan a pregnancy with pregnancy and ovulation test.

Click HERE to get your gifts now!

Ovulation test

Measuring LH with ovulation tests is a powerful supplement to the basal body temperature to indicate when ovulation has occurred. To optimise your experience with Natural Cycles, we suggest measuring LH around your predicted ovulation day – which is indicated by Natural Cycles – to identify the actual ovulation day.

To buy more ovulation tests please visit our online shop in Sweden or in other countries.

Pregnancy test

Natural Cycles can detect pregnancy around the same time as some of the more sensitive OTC pregnancy tests; finding out by the time your next period is usually due. If detected, Natural Cycles will send a notification recommending that you take a test to confirm your pregnancy. And if you are pregnant, Natural Cycles will calculate with high precision how many days you are into your pregnancy as well as predict your due date, as the app knows exactly which day you ovulated, which is when conception would have taken place.

To buy more pregnancy tests please visit our online shop in Sweden or in other countries.

Yours naturally,
The NaturalCycles Team

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*Due to shipping limitations, gifts can only be sent to Cyclers living in Europe.

 

NaturalCycles’ Yoga Brunch is coming to London!

We are incredibly excited to announce our first Yoga Brunch in London, where we will be collaborating with the delicious plant-based, gluten and dairy-free angel’s belly.

With a morning of relaxing yoga, a delicious spread of nourishing food and expert health advice from naturopath Gillian Day you will leave feeling informed, energised and empowered to make better decisions about your health!

To buy tickets click here!


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Every woman deserves to hear the full story about the harmful effects that hormonal contraceptives can have on both your physical and mental health and this is where we come in! Together with our female hormone expert, Gillian day, we will aim to alleviate any confusion on the important issue of fertility and contraception by providing information about new healthy solutions and offering on-hand advice throughout the day.

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The Venue – West London’s Loft Studios

 

The day’s schedule will be as follows:

The Yoga : 10:30am – 12:00

The day will begin with a morning invigorating yoga practice that will be sure to get you connecting with your inner self, while also challenging you physically! All levels are welcome.

The Brunch: 12:00 – 14:00

Nourishment meets indulgence is at the heart of the angel’s belly brunch club ethos, and hence why they always ensure that every guest leaves feeling totally stuffed with plant-based, gluten, dairy and refined sugar- free deliciousness! You can expect to see things like nut mylks, cold pressed juices, cashew “cheese”, “Nutella”, pesto, hummus, gluten free breads, granola, sweet potato wedges, and lots more!

The angel’s belly team will be cooking up the feast themselves using only high-quality, local and  organic ingredients where possible!                   

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Talk by Naturopathic Nutritionist Gill Day: 14:00 – 14:30

Following the brunch, there will be a talk and discussion from expert Naturopath; Gillian Day, who will be exploring the prevalent issues surrounding this controversial topic of contraceptives for young women today. In her daily practice Gill has had countless clients suffering hormonal health issues as a result of ingesting synthetic hormones on an on-going basis and she is well equipped in how to treat individuals in this subject area! She will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and will aim to debunk some of the misconceptions associated with this particular topic.

Introduction to NaturalCycles: 14:30 – 14:45

Gill’s talk will precede a short introduction to NaturalCycles; the world’s first natural contraceptive App, an innovative technology, which aims to revolutionize contraception so that women who want to be free from the harmful effects of hormones in their day-to-day lives can be. NaturalCycles is a tailored solution that uses women’s unique temperature readings to inform her when she has ovulated and when she is likely to ovulate in her next cycle thus giving her a clear and informed idea of when she can and can’t get pregnant with 99.9% accuracy! Women now have a choice to get to know themselves better and learn how their bodies work without the interference of hormones.

Home with goody bags: 16:00

There will be plenty of time to mingle and ask any questions as the day will come to a close at 16:00 o’clock.  We will send you off with an abundant of healthy goodies, including a NaturalCycles thermometer to get you started straight away!

We can’t wait to welcome you and share what we think will be a very special and informative event.

Love

NaturalCycles and angel’s belly

xx

 

Let the Easter Egg Hunt Begin!

In the lead up to Easter, Natural Cycles, which works by finding when you ovulate, is offering to do the hunting for you, so you have more time to indulge in the much tastier version of this celebrated symbol of life!

 

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As part of our Easter Egg Hunting initiative, we are offering a 25% special discount on our Starter Kit as well as 30% on our ovulation tests for those who already use the app and are eager to get more green days.

Ovulation tests work by measuring a surge in LH hormone that occurs in a woman’s body 1-3 days before ovulation so by combining these alongside your basal body temperature, our ability to pinpoint your ovulation day and fertile window becomes even greater!

 

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We also thought you should know that we have recently updated the app to provide our Cyclers with more tailored notifications that will help everyone understand and get to know their bodies even better than before! Does your body work like clock work? Is your temperature higher than average? Is your body still recovering from hormonal contraceptives?

 

 

And for plan users, how might your cycle be slowing down your path to pregnancy?

Happy hunting and get in touch or post on Instagram with #NaturalCycles to let us know how you get on.

The NaturalCycles team

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