Meet the team: Manoela

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Brazil. Before moving to Stockholm , I also lived in Argentina and Ireland.

 

Tell us about your work at Natural Cycles.

I work as a Support Agent, and together with the Support team, we help Cyclers from all over the world with their concerns and questions about  their unique cycles and Natural Cycles. I respond to our Cyclers in 3 different languages (Portuguese, English and Spanish)  I think this is amazing and challenging.

 

Why Natural Cycles?

It’s an amazing and innovative place to work.

I was looking for a job where I could use my language and communication skills to  help people with love.

Now as a Cycler myself, I am even more interested and I like the fact that you learn different things everyday.

 

Your favourite project was at Natural Cycles since you started?

It is one that I am currently working on at the moment. I am in charge of mentoring and teaching our new support agents.  Introducing them to Natural Cycles and our community of cyclers.

 

What does it mean to be a good Support Agent?

I believe a good Support Agent needs to be able to understand people and be passionate about helping others.

It’s important to be able to create interaction with the Cyclers and assist them when needed.

 

What’s one thing you’ve learned during your time at Natural Cycles?

I have learned a lot of things.  The most amazing lesson was learning about my body again. After 15 years on the pill I switched to use Natural Cycles and I am rediscovering myself.

 

What’s your go-to place to eat in Stockholm?

Its a restaurant just by the water close to the  Stadshuset/City Hall called Orangeriet. The food and the view is amazing.

 

Favourite feature in the Natural Cycles app?

The graph. It’s so cool to have an overview of your cycle every month.

 

Favourite song?

I don’t have a favourite song, but my favourite artists include Ed Sheeran, Michael Buble, Maroon 5 and Maria Gadu.

 

Favourite quote?

Strength does not come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t do.

-Rikki Rogers

 

Tell us about your hobbies?

I love sports! I do triathlons and marathons. I am passionate in crossing finish lines and collecting medals from different races around the world. I also enjoy going to the movies and reading books. My favourite author is Marian Keys, you definitely should read one of her books.

Meet the team: one of our website coders

Every month we introduce a member of the Natural Cycles team, this time around we had a chat with Sandy who is on the web team and works on coding our website to the next level.

Where are you from?

I am from Lahore, Pakistan. I have been working with companies all over the world remotely but this is my first real time office experience, and that in beautiful Stockholm.

Tell us about your work at Natural Cycles.

I work as a web developer in the web team. I love being on this team as it is kind of a central team that works with and helps all other departments including design, support, blog, app, e-commerce, marketing etc. We help every department with web solutions and maintain the tech standards. I love doing what I do every day because I can see how my work is making an impact in the real world. The team I am working with is highly competent, and I get to learn new things every day.

Why Natural Cycles?

There is no single reason I could think why NOT to work at Natural Cycles. Before joining Natural Cycles, I was a Cycler myself. I have PCOS, and nothing much worked for me, but this app did. I was impressed which made me want to be a part of this team. When I applied for this job, I did not choose a job; I chose the organisation.

Regarding workspace, I get to learn extraordinary things. I can see a positive, powerful impact of Natural Cycles app in my life, and every Cycler’s life that makes me feel proud of being a part of it.

My usual office day looks like a trip to a science museum. In my free time, I can sit with the research department and talk crazy scientific discoveries. Or I can meet some of the world’s best Doctors that visit and educate us on how our body works.  

Working here feels more than just work. My favourite part is when I get to know more about other countries and their cultures over our lunch conversations.

Your favourite project at Natural Cycles since you started?

My favourite project is the one I am working on right now. It’s a separate educational website we launched for healthcare professionals. It’s for doctors and healthcare professionals, so they can get to know more about Natural Cycles, get all the info they need to advise their patients and can also get in touch with our medical team.

What does it mean to be a good Web Developer?

To me, a good web developer means being someone that your team can rely on. Being a team player and being open to trying new technologies, new methods and ready to face any worst scenario with a lot of backups. It is important that you know the technology, but it’s even more important that you are always upgrading like ios versions, dump the stuff you know and upgrade yourself with the better one.

It’s also important to truly understand that your work is something that risks the reputation of the entire organisation. No matter how good organisation is, if you fail to portray that way in the digital world, you fail everyone else who is working super hard. This brings a lot of responsibility to a developer, and there is very little room for being careless.

What’s one thing you’ve learned during your time at Natural Cycles?

It’s important to celebrate, appreciate and enjoy the small things in life.

What’s your go-to place to eat in Stockholm?

There is not any one specific place. Since I just came here 3 months ago and there are so many places to explore and so many cuisines to try, I go to different places and try different stuff. But I stop by Urban Deli or La Neta when I can’t decide where to go and what to eat.

Favourite feature in the Natural Cycles app?

Undoubtedly, the graphs & stats. Since I have PCOS, sharing graphs and statistics with my doctor is very useful.

Favourite song?

It changes with time and mood, but I want to mention a Swedish Song here. Recently I went on a cruise trip, and I danced on this song in the bar. I had fun, and whenever I listen to this song again, I feel like dancing. It’s called Dansa Pausa by Panetoz.

Favourite quote?

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Tell us about your hobbies?

Before I came here, I used to read about different cultures, countries and historical stories. Now, I get to listen to them live from the local people. Stockholm is diverse, and I meet people from different parts of the world. These days, my hobby is to explore diversity and identifying the common interests that make people co-exist in diversity so nicely.

I also love to travel and learn about new gadgets.

If you are interested in joining the Natural Cycles Team, want to work on improving women’s health, continue to push the scientific research behind it and truly make an impact within the contraceptive and reproductive market – go ahead and check out our job openings here.

Thank you for this year!

This past year has been huge here at Natural Cycles! We got to celebrate plenty of successes, so we just wanted to take a moment and a step back, to say thank you.

All of you lovely Cyclers have supported us on this journey and without you – we wouldn’t be here today. Let’s keep striving for a world where #yourcyclematters.

Here are the top highlights of this year:

Natural Cycles became the only certified contraceptive app

Having an effective method of digital contraception impacts women’s lives in a positive way, every single day. Beyond that, it is changing the way we think about contraception on a societal level.

This year the app became the only certified and CE marked medical device of class IIb, intended to be used for contraception in Europe. It was a huge step towards improving women’s health by increasing contraceptive choice.

Read more about our certification here.

Largest prospective study on Natural Cycles was published

It’s our mission to lead the way when it comes to research in women’s health. This year we have published the third and largest prospective study carried out on Natural Cycles together with leading experts in Women’s Health, once again confirming Natural Cycles’ efficacy.

We have plenty of more clinical studies in the pipeline and are excited to see what the next year will bring us with even more team members in the science department.

Read more about the study here.

Natural Cycles landed another investment round

Our latest funding round closed with a $30 million investment in November 2017. This has been a great achievement for us as we are aiming to do more research in reproductive health, will keep improving the Natural Cycles app and lead the way within digital contraception.

Read more about the investment round here.

 

Wishing you all the best and a happy New Year! Here’s to an even bigger 2018.

 

 

 

Cycler Story: “Having this data-backed understanding of your body, is incredibly powerful.”

Thousands of women are waking up to Natural Cycles every day, and we love hearing their inspiring stories. This time around we had a chat with Karen from London; she tells us her Cycler Story about how it’s a simple way to stay on top of your body.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I work as a portrait and fashion photographer in the daytime, but I play around with modern calligraphy in my downtime. I dream to have my own stationery shop in the near future, but we’ll see. Currently, I’m residing in London, but I was born and raised in New Zealand. I miss home every day, but I try to make the most of my time here in London as well.

How long have you been using Natural Cycles?

I’ve been using Natural Cycles for about 10-11 months; time flies! I just like that you have more education about your own body and you get to learn it’s unique nuances and patterns. For example, cliche, but I do tend to get hyper emotional just before ovulation. My hormones are PEAKED so that I can plan (sometimes!) accordingly and tell myself that I’m acting a little out of character, not because I’m “crazy” but because my body is going through a physical change right now. Once it’s a habit as well, it’s so easy to measure your temperature. Having this data-backed understanding of your body, is incredibly powerful.

Would you recommend it to other women?

I would 100% recommend this to women and have recommended it, to the women in my life. This a simple, easy way to stay on top of your body and prevent pregnancy. To me, it doesn’t make any sense to have it any other way.

I’ve always wanted to keep track of my cycle and fertility, and this was a great way to do it. Rather than writing it out on paper, etc. this is a lot easier to maintain. I like that you can compare the data with other users. I also love how easy it is to correlate the data and access the stored data. Getting a basal thermometer included free of charge in the yearly subscription, was a nice bonus too.

 

A big thank you to Karen 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

Meet the team: Stanley keeps our spending and financial accounts in check. 

Every month we introduce a member of the Natural Cycles team, this time around we had a chat with Stanley who is responsible for all things finance. He keeps our spending and financial accounts in check. 

Where are you from?

I come from the East – China originally and then moved to Michigan, then I came to Sweden about 3 years ago. Apparently, I love being chilled so my next stop might be the Arctic 😀

Tell us about your work at Natural Cycles.

I take care of everything related to money including counting dollars every day and spending it too – that’s the fun part. And of course, I take care of investor reporting, assisting with fundraising, accounting and so on.

Why Natural Cycles?

The company is doing very well for itself, we just landed an investment so that’s exciting 😉 Of course, I work with very lovely people too and enjoy spending time with them – even after work. I like that we work at such a fast pace and we are growing fast.

Your favourite project at Natural Cycles since you started?

Fundraising – by far.

What does it mean to be a good Finance Manager?

Three things; solid ground basics, top-notch communication and strategic thinking.

What’s one thing you’ve learned during your time at Natural Cycles?

Afterwork means a lot 😉

What’s your go-to place to eat in Stockholm?

Faros it’s a Greek place, I like authentic food.

Favourite feature in the Natural Cycles app?

I like that you can share NC with your boyfriend if you want, he can just download it on his phone and take care of his girlfriend.

Favourite song?

‘More than you know’ – Axwell & Ingrosso, I’m also listening to ‘Something just like this’ from Chainsmokers and Coldplay.

Favourite quote?

“We need a roadmap for this”

Tell us about your hobbies?

Everything adventurous including skydiving, desert explorations, arctic sightseeing, bungee jumping and scuba diving.

 

If you are interested in joining the Natural Cycles Team, want to work on improving women’s health, continue to push the scientific research behind it and truly make an impact within the contraceptive and reproductive market – go ahead and check out our job openings here.

Natural Cycles just closed another investment round

We are ecstatic to announce that we have just closed another investment round. This will allow us to reach even more women with Natural Cycles and keep advancing research in women’s reproductive health.

Our third and largest financing round in Natural Cycles history brought in an investment of 30 million dollars and we are absolutely humbled by it. The boost will contribute to bringing Natural Cycles to the next level in the best possible way, so here’s a quick breakdown of how we intend to leverage it:

Bulking up the medical team

For us to scale globally, we will need more people hands-on in all areas of the company. Currently, we are a team of 43 employees and our plan is to grow our international team even more next year. By adding doctors and more physicists from CERN we will bring Natural Cycles to the next level.

Product development

Our product team is working day in and day out on improving things in the app, making it easier and more fun to use. With our new team members, we will continue developing more features and making constant improvements so we can create the best possible Cycler experience.

Educating even more women

It’s our mission to continue to educate women about their bodies and menstrual cycles. It’s time to break the taboo around the topic and start openly talking about it. With Natural Cycles we not only want to give more women an effective method of contraception to choose from but a powerful tool so they can make informed decisions.

Because we truly believe that #yourcyclematters, and so does everyone else’s.

This past year has been huge here at Natural Cycles and full of successes. We have been certified as a contraceptive in Europe, hit pharmacy shelves, published our third and largest prospective clinical study and now this. Without our Cyclers and our great team we wouldn’t be here today – so once again it’s time to drop another thanks and praise to all.

Your Natural Cycles team

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, want to work on improving women’s health, continue to push the scientific research behind it and truly make an impact within the contraceptive and reproductive market – go ahead and check out our job openings here.

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?

natural cycles algorithm

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.