It’s hard work being a woman. From the moment we graduate from girlhood, we expend a huge amount of energy (and not-insignificant moolah) trying to avoid getting pregnant. A decade passes then, for many of us, it’s Project Conception—where all we want to see are those two little pink lines. Baby number 2.3 comes along, then we’re back to square one, having our monthly pill prescription filled by a spotty-faced youth.
Well, what if we tell you there’s a handy little app to help manage your fertility, whether you’re in the footloose-and-fancy-free-and-plan-to-stay-that-way zone or full-throttle baby-making mode? Created by those clever (and outrageously attractive) Swedes, NaturalCycles does just that. This innovative app helps the fairer sex tune into their cycles to help with both conception AND contraception.
Think of the women you know who are struggling with falling pregnant.
On the flipside, think about over the counter and medically-administered contraception. How many girlfriends do you have who complain about the side effects; things like weight gain or mood swings? Hands up if you’ve ever forgotten to take your pill (guilty!). Some of us just don’t love the idea of pumping our body with hormones, or simply bury our head in the sand and get by on a wing and a prayer.
That’s where NaturalCycles comes in, with the aim of empowering women to track and manage their own fertility. In line with the current movement towards a more natural approach to health and wellbeing, it’s a “fertility monitor that educates women about the mechanics of fertility and the benefits of body awareness for one’s health and future.”
We all know the old adage that education is power. Surely educating yourself about your own body is worth the effort.
So how does it work? Basically, NaturalCycles takes the human error out of calculating fertile and non-fertile days, with a clinically proven accuracy level of 99.95%. Them’s pretty good odds, no?
The app might be clever but that doesn’t mean you can be lazy; it does take some commitment. You’ll need to take your temperature first thing every morning, record some data in the app, then check your fertility for the day. You can choose from the NaturalCycles Plan if you’re wanting to maximise your chances of falling pregnant by determining your most fertile days, or NaturalCycles Prevent if a baby is the very last thing you want right now, or ever.
*Please note NaturalCycles is aimed for women in stable relationships. If you are single, you can still use NaturalCycles for your personal health information. NaturalCycles recommends however to use condoms regardless of the colour of the day as you need to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases.