Meet the team: Manuel, Frontend Developer

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

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.

How does the Natural Cycles algorithm work?

Behind the Natural Cycles app lies an unique algorithm that calculates your green and red days. This is the brains behind the app that pinpoints and predicts your ovulation, and the days you are fertile. What you might be wondering is how does it know when you are fertile or not?

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FIRST THING’S FIRST

The algorithm works by identifying your fertile days. These six days are calculated by taking your ovulation day and the five days before, because of possible sperm survival, into account.

Every woman and every cycle is unique, so the algorithm will have to get to know your cycles before it can tell you when ovulation has occurred. That’s why you might have more ‘red’ fertile days in the app when you get started with Natural Cycles.

HOW DOES IT PINPOINT THE FERTILE DAYS?

Your basal body temperature shifts after ovulation and becomes higher due to release of the hormone progesterone. So the algorithm takes your temperature measurements and optional LH tests into account when calculating and pinpointing your ovulation and most fertile days. The app will let you know what your average temperature values are in luteal vs follicular phase, how your temperature curves look and get an overview of your fertile days. The algorithm will also calculate your predictions for the months ahead, depending on how regular your cycles are.

 

WHAT ELSE DOES IT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT?

The longer you use Natural Cycles, the better it gets to know you.  It takes your cycle irregularities into account, the variation of your cycles and ovulation day, temperature fluctuations, length of follicle and luteal phase. On average, it takes up to 3 cycles for the Natural Cycles algorithm to get to know your cycles and gives you more and more green days.

The longer you use Natural Cycles, the better it get’s to know you.  You can see your irregularities in your stats page.  

Want to explore the powerful knowledge that lies behind our algorithm’s calculations? Sign up today and get to know yourself and your body better.

 

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

Brand new graph design and features

We hear you, Cyclers! We appreciate all the feedback we have received on the app! We’re happy to announce the release of the new (and improved!) graph. Read all about the exciting features, below!

 

Access the graph whenever you want!


To view the graph, turn your phone to landscape mode and the graph will appear! Just make sure that the portrait orientation lock is off and you’re good to go.
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Lines between the temperature values

 

You’ll notice the new graph now has lines between the temperature values. This is to make it easier for you to see the (possibly) slight fluctuations in temperature.

 

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 Scroll through one, three or nine cycles

You can now see one, three or nine cycles at the same time. Also you can click on the ‘previous’ button and see previous cycles, one at the time.

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See an estimate of your next temperature graph!


Now, you can see an estimated forecast of how your next temperature curve might look. This is a great feature for those of you who just started measuring.

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New safe sex icon and changed place of the icons 

 

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Now there is an icon for safe sex too, so you will see it in your graph whenever you log a protected intercourse. Before, the icons for intercourses were seen below the temperature chart, but now they are above it. The reason why we switched places is because sometimes the low temperature values could be hidden by the icons, and now you can clearly see both.

 

Let us know your thoughts and keep the feedback coming. We are listening! Also thank you for all support!

 

Best
The Natural Cycles Team

Meet a Cycler – Sandra

Hi!

My name is Sandra and I’m 23 years old. I live in the idyllic archipelago of Nynäshamn (Sweden) with my fiancé. I’m a preschool-teacher student at Stockholm University and in June 2016 I will graduate!

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I found out about Natural Cycles through a popular blog. Around the same time I heard about Natural Cycles I also started a lifestyle change. I started eating organic food and I felt that Natural Cycles could be a good option for me. Using the app is so simple – all you need to do is take your temperature in the morning. Such an easy habit to form!

 

Natural Cycles is the right choice for me since my fiancé and I have been together for almost eight years and we’re getting married soon. In couple of years we might want to have a family and, thanks to Natural Cycles I will know my most fertile days. As you might know, you can choose between two plans with Natural Cycles: “Track your fertility”, and “Plan a Pregnancy” which you can quickly change with the press of a button.


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Also I love their support. They respond very quickly to questions and concerns. I feel very well treated and that’s important for me as a user. I’ve used Natural Cycles since August 2015 and still love using it. It’s very easy to use and I love getting the notifications in the morning. It feels lovely to track my cycle and get better knowledge about my fertility. I would recommend Natural Cycles to all women!

 

It’s amazing to read your stories! If you want to share your story please fill in this form and we will get back to you.

Read other Cyclers stories here:

Meet a Cycler – Pauline
Meet a Cycler –  Tanya
Meet a Cycler – My Annika



LH – Luteinizing hormone

 

The hormones in our body changes during the menstrual cycle, generating different reactions in the body. LH stands for luteinizing hormone and it plays an important role during our menstrual cycle. We always have a certain amount of LH in our bodies, and a surge occurs 1-3 days before ovulation when the amount of LH increases. Therefore detecting the LH-surge means that the body is initiating an ovulation.

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I got positive LH-tests but Natural Cycles did not confirm my ovulation?

What is important to remember is that positive LH-test does not confirm the ovulation, it only means that it is likely that your body will initiate ovulation soon. Sometimes LH is released but no ovulation happens. If ovulation doesn’t happen, then no progesterone is released and our temperature stays low. Without the increase in progesterone, there is nothing preventing ovulation to happen in the future.

Positive LH-tests must therefore be followed by a rise in temperature (due to progesterone being released) for Natural Cycles to confirm ovulation. So if you get positive LH-tests, it’s important to keep measuring your temperature to check that it does indeed rise some days later!

 


Ovulation is confirmed in the Natural Cycles app even if I only get negative LH-tests?

Natural Cycles can confirm your ovulation even if you enter negative LH-tests. This is because negative LH-tests does not mean that you will not ovulate – perhaps you have ovulation on the same day that you measured for LH! Or maybe you tested for LH after drinking a lot of fluid which made LH in your urine less concentrated.

We recommend to measure LH between 10am-8pm, and use concentrated urine (i.e. make sure you haven’t visited the bathroom or taken in a lot of fluids the 2 hours prior to testing). Read more here about measuring LH.

 

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How does it look in the Natural Cycles app?

The Natural Cycles app will indicate when it’s time to take an LH test in both today’s, weekly and monthly prognosis. (See video below.) If you just started with Natural Cycles after quitting the pill, or if you have very irregular cycles, the app might need to get to know you a bit better before indicating which days to test for LH. This is to avoid for you to have to take a lot of LH tests in one cycle. If that happens, it’s important to keep measuring your temperature! 🙂

 

 


Read more about LH in our support portal ask.naturalcycles.com and look up our Q&A with #AskNaturalCycles on social media!

Best
The Natural Cycles Team