Thousands of women are using Natural Cycles every day and we love getting to know them and hearing their inspiring stories. This time around we have a chat with Tara from London, she talks about how she has gotten to know herself and her body better and more.
Tell us a bit more about yourself!
I studied Fine Art at university so I’m currently trying to develop my art practice and get exhibitions together in London. I really enjoy collaborating with other artists and have had some really fantastic experiences in my field, including going to Japan for an Artist’s Residency. I like to create work which suggests their own sort of mythology to the viewer – nothing prescriptive at all, rather something that a person can explore on their own terms. Outside of work my passions are bouldering and veganism. I really enjoy being active and taking good care of my body, and I’ve never seemed to find a credible alternative until I found Natural Cycles.
How long have you used Natural Cycles now? What is your experience?
I’ve been using Natural Cycles for almost a year now and it’s really fantastic to see it developing and having its merit recognised. It made me really happy (and quite smug) to see that it had become a certified method of contraception and I think it would be such an incredible step forward to see it recommended to women by the NHS too. I think women have lacked conscientious treatment in this area for much too long.
I’ve found that the app is really well designed – very comprehensible whilst offering a lot of information about your cycle. I can see at a glance what is going on, as well as take a more in-depth look when I want to. The website and its articles complement it really well and back up the ‘pro-information and understanding’ ethos that I believe the Natural Cycles method promotes.
I’ve also become so much more aware of what is going on with my body as a result. It never fails to make me laugh when, for example, I get angry with my partner for something and then see a message from Natural Cycles on my phone that says “Your period is due in a few days. You might be experiencing some PMS during this time”. On a more serious note, this kind of thing has allowed me to get more in touch with my emotions, observe them and notice how they can correlate with my cycle. I practice mindfulness when I feel I need to and the understanding of my cycle, as I mentioned before, is an important part of that.
Would your recommend Natural Cycles to other women, and why?
100%. I think that one of the best things you can strive to do is gain a better awareness of your body and how it’s working. I think my understanding of my cycle length was so off before and I used to really worry about my reproductive health in this respect. Now I see that it’s actually quite consistent, just longer than average. Further I think it’s really important that women who want to make a change are able to move over to another method of contraception that they feel they can trust completely. Natural Cycles really did this for me, giving me a lot of reassurance that my chosen contraceptive method was effective, non-invasive and reliable. It’s also such a hassle-free method: there are no consequences if you forget to measure your temperature. With Natural Cycles you can just look at the app and know that you can trust it. Lastly, I think that it’s amazing that when you want to get pregnant, your contraception actually works for you immediately – using months or even years of data to give you the best chance at conceiving.
Thanks Tara for sharing your story! We love hearing your stories, everyone is unique and an inspiration for other women to get to know their bodies with Natural Cycles too – so go ahead and share your Natural Cycles story with us.
Looking forward to hearing from you, Your Natural Cycles team