Cycler Story: “Natural Cycles is like taking an X-ray of yourself”

Thousands of women are using Natural Cycles every day and we love getting to know them and hearing their inspiring Cycler Story. This time around we had a chat with Constanza from Chile, she talks about how Natural Cycles goes further than just contraception.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

My name is Constanza, I am 30 years old am from Chile and work as a veterinary surgeon. Although you might picture me surrounded by cats and dogs, my passion has always been around wildlife conservation. Throughout my life, I have always been in search of opportunities to get experience in that area. Those opportunities have led to me to experience adventures in different parts of the world.

I have volunteered in places like the Ecuadorian Amazon, Kenya, Brazil, and even searched for owls in the amazing redwood forest in northern California. Currently, I am doing my Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge and my research is focused on fur seals, their microbiome, and their genetic background. My project requires me to do fieldwork in a remote location in the middle of the Pacific for some poo hunting… yes, you did read that right, I work with fur seal feces and you know what? I love every single aspect of my work. As a woman coming from a conservative developing country where the female role is still family driven it has been a long way to finally enter the world of science, especially in an area like mine that involves going out to do fieldwork on my own. Being able to do this makes me feel absolutely empowered and capable of doing anything I want, regardless of my gender.

I consider myself to be a very active outdoorsy person who loves challenges, I enjoy pretty much every outdoor sport, hiking, mountaineering, diving, surfing, mountain biking and currently I am super engaged in traditional climbing. Since I was a little girl I have always wanted to do all these “boyish” things and as I grew up knowing that I was seen as a cute little girl, I really got obsessed with making myself look as tough as I could. I would rarely ask for help with anything because I wanted people to see me as a capable strong person. I think at some point I also got the wrong impression that being a girly girl equals weakness. It was not until my mid 20’s that I understood I could be a fearless person without having to act like a man. Now I look for feces, do experiments in the lab, go away for climbing weekends, get a bunch of scratches and bruises, smell like fur seal poo – and still feel feminine.

How long have you been using Natural Cycles for?

I started using Natural Cycles in March 2017. I used the pill for about 10 years. In 2014, I decided to take a break from it and then I didn’t have my period for at least 6 months. That was critical in my decision of never taking the pill again.

In my search for alternatives, I just couldn’t find any method that I would feel comfortable with, until this year, when I decided to try Natural Cycles. To be honest, at the beginning I was a bit skeptical and afraid, I have worked so hard to get my Ph.D. position that I could not risk getting pregnant. But as I started to get to know the app and developed the habit of measuring my temperature every day, I could see why it was so effective.  I love that it is natural, respects and empowers my femininity and I don’t have to adapt to the method, the method adapts to my own individuality. Natural Cycles is more than just a contraceptive method, it is like an x-ray of yourself. I also love the team behind Natural Cycles, on the few occasions where I had a couple of question – I received a very quick and clear explanation. It makes me feel part of a community and that I have an entire team behind me. I don’t feel like just another customer. I also like the newsletters they send out about different common female problems.

Would you recommend Natural Cycles to other women, and why?

Would I recommend Natural Cycles? No doubt about it. We are in an era where feminism has become a trending topic but how many women actually understand what involves being a woman? Our cycles have a direct influence on our daily life and each woman is different. These differences are detected by the algorithm which will adapt to you with every data point you enter. It is basically a custom-made product. On the other hand, I do want to point out that taking your temperature and adding other data as accurate as you can, together with taking care during the red days shown by the app, is the key to the app’s success. So I would not recommend this method to somebody who cannot commit to data recording or that is unable to take extra measures for those highly fertile days.

Big thanks to Constanza for sharing her story with us, you can check out more of our Cycler stories here.

We love hearing back from our lovely Cyclers, everyone is unique and has their story to tell. We want to give women a voice so they can inspire others to get to know their bodies with Natural Cycles too – if you want to be a part of this movement go ahead and share your Natural Cycles story with us.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Your Natural Cycles team

Cycler Story: “To learn about your own body in real time is a massive eye-opener.”

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 Beccy from Bristol, she talks about how much she loves nerding out on her data and how learning about her body has been an eye-opener.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I live in Bristol, England, with my gorgeous husband, my dog, and two cats, and work at the University of Bristol in the Library Services. I love my day job, but my major passion in life is writing. I took an MA in Creative Writing at Cardiff University, and led creative writing workshops in schools. I’ve had a few poems, a paper, and a couple of articles published, but my main focus at the moment is writing my first novel, ‘Goodbye Horses’, a psychological drama about a woman living in self-imposed exile on the Shetland Islands, haunted by a dark secret. You can read some of my work on my website, rebeccapert.com.

How long have you been using Natural Cycles for?

I’ve been using Natural Cycles since April 2017 as a method of contraception. I’m a pretty sceptical person – I need to see scientific evidence for everything! I did a lot of research before I started using it. The fact the app was certified and CE marked was incredibly reassuring and convinced me to give it a try. I’m so glad I did. It’s really easy to use – it only takes a minute or so each morning – and is amazingly accurate. I’m a bit of a data nerd, so I love seeing the variations in my temperature, the length of my phases, and how they compare to the average of other users. The little messages and reminders are great, and really useful; the app tells you the best time in your cycle to do a breast self-examination, for example, which is something I would never have remembered to do before. I feel like my whole adult life has been one long search for the right contraceptive, and I finally feel I’ve hit the jackpot with NC. It has given me so much insight into how my body works. We all learn the ovulatory cycle in school, but it all seems very abstract and a little intimidating, and somehow not applicable to real life. To learn about your own body, so easily, and in real time, is a massive eye-opener. I love feeling in tune with my cycle.

Would you recommend Natural Cycles to other women out there?

I would definitely recommend NC to other women, particularly if they’re struggling with other types of contraception. Read up about the app, research it yourself, give it a try. It’s been fantastic for me. It’s made me feel in control of my body and my fertility for the first time in my life.

A big thanks goes out to Beccy for sharing her story with us! We love hearing back from our lovely Cylers, everyone is unique and has their story to tell. We want to give women a voice so they can inspire others to get to know their bodies with Natural Cycles too – if you want to be a part of this movement go ahead and share your Natural Cycles story with us.

Looking forward to hearing from you, Your Natural Cycles team

Your Natural Cycles team

Cycler Story: “I’m more in tune with myself and my patterns.” – Anne

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 had a chat with Anne who lives and works in London. She tells us about her adventures and how the app has helped her get in touch with her body and mind

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m all about relationship building, whether in my personal or professional life! I work in employee comms, in an amazing startup in the center of London, and I love what I do! We’re all about building great relationships, helping companies be great employers, and facilitate everything in their relationships with their employees – I just can not imagine anything better I could be doing. Fantastic co-workers, great clients, wonderful work. Every day.

My other big passion is traveling and adventures. Or testing something new. Usually, something that scares me… a little. I’m French, but have lived in the US (7 years), Australia (6 months), Mayotte (2 years), Reunion Island (3 years), and now the UK (almost 2 years!) – so, in-depth exploring is one of my specialties. I’m also a big nature lover. Sometimes, nature’s strength and immensity scares me, but there’s something so beautiful about it. The same way I got interested in Natural Cycles, I am now more and more interested in my carbon footprint, and my diet and lifestyle (how about a plant-based diet?). Nature is something I love and cherish.

How long have you been using Natural Cycles for?

I’m still a Newbie! I’ve only been using NC for 3 full cycles now (and a few days), so I can’t say I really know it all! But it’s been the easiest process to get used to. I put my thermometer on my phone, so every morning there’s not even a chance of missing it. The few times I’ve missed is because I really couldn’t (on a flight, forgot my purse with it, etc.), otherwise I find it’s the easiest thing to do.

I think what I like most is the monthly temperature graph. For some reason, in the back of my mind, I was always ‘scared’ to be abnormal, or that something was wrong with me, because my mother received a lot of hormonal treatments before getting pregnant, and I somehow always assumed it would affect me. But this simple little graph, that shows the ups and downs, somehow really got rid of my fears, and made me realise: I’m actually okay and right now, everything looks fine! (Not saying that anything else wouldn’t be okay, but it’s nice to know there is nothing to worry about!) It makes me feel like I’m listening to my body, I’m more in tune with myself, my metabolism and my patterns. It’s so nice to feel the synchrony, that I’m not two separate entities, my brain and my body, but a whole system and now I’m finally listening to all of it, rather than trying to control it.

Would you recommend Natural Cycles to other women out there?

Absolutely! Some women are more open to this kind of method of course than others. But at the moment, I use it to learn more about my body and my cycle, as I think it’s the first important step for using this kind of method. I reckon that in a few months, I will start feeling more comfortable with my ‘green’ days. And maybe my boyfriend will be too. To be completely honest, I almost look forward to the other side of it, when one day I will try to become pregnant. Because then, I’ll know, really know, my body and its patterns. And that’ll be a huge advantage.

A big thanks goes out to Anne for sharing her story with us! We love hearing back from our lovely Cylers, everyone is unique and has their story to tell. We want to give women a voice so they can inspire others to get to know their bodies with Natural Cycles too – if you want to be a part of this movement go ahead and share your Natural Cycles story with us. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Your Natural Cycles team 

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