Cyclers that are tracking their fertility with Natural Cycles sometimes wonder about the amount of red days. If you just got started with Natural Cycles it’s normal to get more red days. Natural Cycles is getting to know your unique cycle and probably hasn’t detected your ovulation yet. It is highly individual how fast ovulation can be found but usually it takes 1-3 cycles of measuring and adding data. So be patient and keep measuring. The red days will decrease with each cycle as the app gathers more data on you.
What other reasons can give you more red days? Let’s find out below!
- After hormonal contraceptives
Our data shows that those who have previously taken hormonal contraception and just started with Natural Cycles experience more red days in the beginning. This is because it can take a while before your body starts ovulating again and the first cycles are often highly irregular. Since the first ovulation can come early or late, without warning, you will receive red days until it happens. So keep measuring!
- Fluctuating temperature
If your temperature fluctuates more than usual, the app could give you more red days since it becomes more difficult to detect ovulation. Make sure that you always measure as soon as you wake up, and skip measuring if you sleep more or less than usual (+-2 hours). Also skip measuring if you drink alcohol and feel hungover when you wake up or if you’re ill. Read more about how and when to measure.
- Irregular cycles or anovulatory cycles
Some women have more irregular cycles than others. In your cycles statistics you can find out how much your ovulation day varies, and how regular or irregular your cycles are. You can also see how often you experience cycles without ovulation.
It’s rare that ovulation occurs on exactly the same day every cycle but for some women it varies a bit more than a couple of days. This is especially common if you have recently given birth or were taking hormonal birth control. Irregular cycles will give you more red days since your ovulation might be delayed or as a precaution if your ovulation will occur earlier than usual.
Tips for Cyclers that experience more red days
What could help Natural Cycles isolate your fertile window and help you get more green days is testing for LH (luteinizing hormone). A surge in LH occurs two days before ovulation and marks your most fertile days. Natural Cycles will let you know when you can begin testing your LH levels. See what our reminders look like and please read more about how and why you should test for LH.
Please feel free to email us if you would like for us to take a look at your data and help you with your chart!
Natural Cycles Team