Almost all of my readers are female, so hopefully, you all find this post pretty interesting and helpful. I’m partnering up with Natural Cycles today to talk about their effective method of birth control, combining the Nobel Prize-winning founders knowledge of mathematics and data analysis to detect and predict ovulation and fertility accurately. I’ve been using it for the past month, and It’s been super informative and fascinating to observe and monitor my body changes. Before you continue reading, know that Natural Cycles is for preventing pregnancies, or for extra help getting pregnant.
Now, for me, this app is all about preventing pregnancy. Feel free to download the Natural Cycles App (for free.) You will need to order their basal thermometer to start measuring, but you can play around with the app while reading this post.
Even though Natural Cycles is so effective that it’s a certified method of birth control in the EU, I have been using it on top of my regular birth control routine. I currently have an IUD, and my cycles are very regular. They come around the same day each month, but my cycles bring a lot of unwanted side-effects. I was diagnosed with endometriosis about four years ago. I went to the doctor with pain so excruciating that it caused me to pass out. I had a massive cyst burst. The crazy thing is that I experience it about twice a year now. Some cycles are easy, and some are so bad that I have to cancel my entire agenda. With endometriosis, I suffer from extreme cramps during my cycles. What I love about this app and method of birth control is that I can monitor my body’s hormones, take notes, and plan for the arrival of the cycle. My doctor has given me many suggestions on what to do before and after. It’s nice to keep track and have notifications to remind me. One day (in 7-8 years), when I’m ready to have kids, this app could be a big help, especially with endometriosis.
It’s important to have options when it comes to birth control. Natural Cycles encourages you to talk to your doctor about different choices. There are so many methods of birth control out there, but we all have different needs as women. I know I do! Birth control is NOT a one size fits all, so you need to find what works best for you! Many women love to use a natural form of birth control, and this one is very accurate for that approach.
And note *like most birth controls* this does not prevent or protect you from STD’s, so again…be safe, be careful, be aware!
I have been learning a lot about my hormones and how the body works this past month using Natural Cycles. I have been taking note of how my skin looks, energy levels, bloating, and mood each day after taking my temperature. You get to learn more about your body and correlating symptoms around your ovulation and cycle.
As I was taking my temperature each morning, I noticed something. My constant low body temperatures. If you look at the scale, 96.23 is on the lower end. I now have a follow-up doctors appointment to have my thyroid checked. I have a lot of the symptoms, and a lower body temperature is a significant indicator. I hope to have all the answers January. This app isn’t only convenient for cycles; it can help you improve your overall health. I love Natural Cycles quote “Knowledge is Power.” Understanding your body is so important when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.
If you’ve downloaded the app, great! I’ll walk you through how it works.
You’ll want to get a thermometer to track your temperatures (when purchasing a one-year subscription, you’ll get a basal thermometer.) Do this every morning when you wake up, enter it into the app, and the app will tell you whether you’re having a RED day or GREEN day. For me, I’m extra careful on red days. That means you’re fertile and can get pregnant. Hello, abstinence.
If you have a green day, it means you are not fertile! You can have (which I do not) unprotected sex without the risk of pregnancy. I use green days as a green light + my regular birth control. I use red says as a red light and avoid intercourse altogether. Even though you can still have intercourse on red days with protection and birth control, I am just too far from being ready to be a parent, and that is OK! See where this can also be helpful for someone trying to conceive? They’ll be able to know when they are fertile, which will help the process! Over 600,000 women are already using the Natural Cycles app in over 161 countries!
Because I live with some complications when it comes to my cycle, I like to plan ahead. To avoid severe cramps, I have to take medicine three days prior. I want to know when I should pack women products, cut back on caffeine, drink more water, cut back on junk food, eat more iron (I’m also anemic), avoid oceans with sharks (jk), when to get more active, and how to pack for a trip. It’s good to know when your cycle is arriving so you can plan for it. I have been pretty regular, which is fortunate! But your days do shift as the months go by, so it’s good to keep your cycles tracked. If you are feeling pain, you’ll be able to look at your calendar and know if it’s a cramp or something else that should be checked out. You’ll be able to detect spotting and know right away why it’s there, or understand why your pants aren’t fitting 😉 I recommend keeping the thermometer by your bedside so you can do it first thing in the morning, before you get out of bed, to ensure you have the most accurate measurements.
Taking an LH test allows you to get more green days and help you monitor and record more information about cycles and ovulation. Again, this works best for people trying to prevent pregnancy or trying to get pregnant. You can purchase the LH test and the thermometer on the webshop.
I love this app so much, and I so excited to be using this. It’s so important to know what your body is doing, why your body is doing it, and when it’s going to do it! I look forward to using this app to better my health in the future!
Questions for you!
- Have you ever heard of Natural Cycles?
- Do you face any complications during your cycles?
- Do you have any questions about this method of contraception?
This blog was sponsored by Natural Cycles but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!