I love talking about periods, the intricacies of how women’s bodies work and various birth control methods. I am so happy to announce this blog post is in collaboration with Natural Cycles.
Natural cycles has been a game changer for me and I am so excited to be educating you about them. I was first introduced to Natural Cycles mid 2018 by my beloved friend Courtney, another lover of all things natural! We were both approaching marriage when she told me what she decided to use for birth control. I was so intrigued when she told me she had started using a natural method of birth control that was hormone-free. I was adamant I wasn’t going to back on the pill. For me, I was on the pill for 5 years to help get my hormonal acne under control and that was enough for me. I know that the pill is great for some people and totally respect that decision but I am in a different place in my life now. I love the freedom of being aware of my body too much to go back to masking issues rather than fixing them again.
How it works!
There are two parts to Natural Cycles – an app and a basal thermometer. Each morning as you wake up you take your temperature and log it into your app. The app then takes your results and creates an algorithm/graph of your individual cycle. Based off your temperature results natural cycles tracks varying changes that occur throughout the month. This includes when you are fertile, when you aren’t, when you are ovulating, when you have sex, PMS and when your period is coming.
Natural cycles makes fertility tracking simple. You have green days and red days. Green days indicate you aren’t fertile and red days indicate you are. The more you enter your temperature, the better the app knows you. This allows you more green days! Keep in mind that no birth control is 100% effective, natural cycles is 93%. Be sure to use protection on red days if you aren’t planning on having bubs anytime soon.
Natural cycles requires a routine and a lifestyle that allows you to measure 5 times per week. Natural Cycles has a setting that gives you the opportunity to set an alarm + reminder each morning as you’re waking up to remind you to check your temperature. Note: measurement needs to happen before you get up and put anything in your body. This ensures accuracy for algorithm results and gives you the chance to have more green days.
– It’s a shared responsibility
– For 18+ only
– Doesn’t protect from STIs
Natural cycles is a subscription. You can choose to pay for an annual subscription which is a total of $79.99 US. This includes access to the app and a natural cycles basal thermometer. Or you can pay $10 US monthly which includes access to the app but you need to get a basal thermometer separately.
I started using natural cycles a few months before I left Australia. I paid $99 AUD for an annual subscription. That comes to $1.90 a week and $7.60 a month. You get the first month free to trial the app and see if it works for you and your lifestyle.
Regardless if you use Natural Cycles for tracking fertility or preventing pregnancy, I have found it to be such an incredible tool that allows me to be more in sync with my body and my cycle. The woman’s body is intricate and beautiful. We have so many changes that occur throughout each month, it’s honestly mind-blowing and I love that natural cycles is extremely informative when it comes to women’s health, bodies and fertility. I believe it is important to understand how your own body works and the reason behind certain + normal changes throughout the month.
I am SO ridiculously thankful for a natural birth control alternative that also gives me the benefits of knowing my body better. I 1000% recommend natural cycles to anyone and everyone (who can manage the routine). I will leave their website and Instagram (which is also super informative and interactive) down below for you to browse more info and sign up if you wish!
If you have any question please feel free to contact me!
Website: Natural Cycles!
Instagram: Natural Cycles!
Please ensure you check with your health care professional before making any major life style changes.This information is for education purposes and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.