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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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
There are few things about the Natural Cycles ‘Plan a pregnancy’ mode that makes it a unique baby-planner. Besides knowing when you’re ovulating, here are three useful things you should know about!
1. Natural Cycles will detect your pregnancy early
Natural Cycles will detect your pregnancy as early as the most sensitive pregnancy tests.
After ovulation your temperature rises due to the release of the hormone progesterone. If conception occurred, progesterone continues to be produced to help the body prepare with the fertilization of the egg. Thus, you will see your temperature remain elevated for a longer period than the normal length of the luteal phase.
Example of a chart when a pregnancy is confirmed
Natural Cycles recognizes that conception has occurred and will prompt you to take a pregnancy test for confirmation. Once you indicate a positive pregnancy test Natural Cycles will format itself to your needs. Instead of the daily fertility status, you will see what week you are in, countdown to how many days you have left in your pregnancy, conception and due date.
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 or miscarriage.
2. Natural Cycles will track what week you’re in.
Since Natural Cycles has the history of your ovulation and conception data, it will be able to accurately track what week of the pregnancy you are in and when your baby is due.
The medical industry usually first calculates the due date based on the first day of your last period and assumes that ovulation occurs 14 days after. Later on in the pregnancy an ultra sound is often made to calculate the due date from the size of your baby. Since Natural Cycles knows when your baby was conceived (on your ovulation day), we can calculate your due date more precisely. What week you are in is determined by adding the 14 days to the time since conception.
3. “My Baby” tab
When you confirm your pregnancy, the monthly view is replaced by the ‘my baby’ tab. Here you can read interesting and useful information about the development of your fetus, week by week.
Click here to learn more about Natural Cycles ‘Plan a pregnancy’. We welcome comments and questions from you!
The Natural Cycles Team
In the new version of the Natural Cycles app the pregnancy mode has a new fresh look. The ‘fertile window’ is presented in red scale where the most fertile day is red, and the least fertile day is pink. Read more about the fertile window and the science behind our menstrual cycle here. The non-fertile days are presented in grey.
“We want the important days to stand out very clear, even if this means that the non-fertile days come across as dull. We do this by using the contrast between a muted gray and a very vibrant red.” Quote from our head of design, Daniel.
If your ovulation has been confirmed in the app, you will also be able to see when you can test for pregnancy the earliest. This function also existed in the old app, but is now even more visually clear. If your period comes, the symbol will disappear. Read more about symbols here.
Do you have any feedback? Comment below, please! 🙂
Looking promising so far! A temperature chart for a cycle that includes conception is usually triphasic.
Firstly, the temperature rises with ovulation, and then the second rise is due to the further increased progesterone levels caused by the very early stage of pregnancy.
I am now 9 days past ovulation and implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus should occur about now. My period is expected on Sunday and usually my temperature starts decreasing a day or two in advance, which means tomorrow. It will therefore be very interesting to see if the temperature will rise further tomorrow or if it will go down, implying that the higher levels today and yesterday were simply fluctuations.