Monday, 31 October 2016

Managing Our Fertility: Replace the Pill with NO Side Effects or Get Pregnant Quicker with the Natural Cycles Fertility Tracking App #NaturalCycles #HappyPregnancy

At all stages of our reproductive lives, us women spend an inordinate amount of time, thought and energy on our fertility.  Whether we are avoiding getting pregnant or trying to get pregnant, our reproductive capacity is never far from our minds.  Usually, we never know how fertile we may or may not be until it comes to trying for a baby, and the pain and anguish that can ensue is horrendous.  But equally, when trying to avoid getting pregnant, taking the pill has been shown to have myriad side effects and to increase the risk of certain cancers and other long-term health risks.  Seriously, what's a girl to do?  Surprisingly, a new app has been shown to both increase your chances of getting pregnant within three months, or to be as effective as the pill in preventing conception if that is what you want.


It's no secret that I started having children late, after many years of studying, working and travelling, as well as a last few years wondering if I'd ever meet Mr Right.  Thankfully, I did (although you might not think so if you'd heard the humdinger of a row here at Attachment Towers this morning!) and we were lucky to get pregnant with Lara fairly quickly.  It took a few months, but when I finally bought an ovulation kit we realised we had got the dates all wrong!  If only the Natural Cycles app had been around then.

I can well remember having a rather cringey conversation in ur pre-wedding meetings with our lovely vicar, Father Andrew, about the s-e-x word and having children.  What would we do if we couldn't get pregnant?  How would it affect our marriage?  Being adopted myself, and having friends go through it, I know more than enough about infertility, and being in my late 30s it had of course crossed our minds.  Thankfully, all worked well and Lara was followed promptly by her sisters, with less than two years between them.  Unfortunately, baby number four has been a more tricky prospect, and after finally conceiving, we recently lost our much longed for fourth child at just 8 weeks gestation.

The miscarriage is still very raw and painful, but I am heartened by news of the Natural Cycles Fertility App which has a high success rate in its native Sweden, helping more than 5000 women to get pregnant within less than three months of using it.  This hormone-free fertility app was invented by a husband and wife team, and has been shown to be as effective as the contraceptive pill* in preventing pregnancy, and could pinpoint ovulation with the same accuracy as methods used in clinics and hospitals**.  It is even the first health app for women to be regulated as a medical device.

In fact, so confident is Natural Cycles co-founder Dr Elina Berglund of her product, that she is offering to refund women TTC in the UK if they don’t conceive in the first nine months of using the app!  Physicist Elina, who was part of the Nobel Prize-winning team that discovered the Higgs boson, wrote the algorithm for the app because she wanted to give her body a break from the pill but could not find any good forms of natural birth control.  Having created the app in 2014, she called it Alba after her daughter.  The app now has more than 100,000 active users in 161 countries.


Natural Cycles works by identifying a woman’s ovulation and prime fertility window by tracking her period and temperature.  Just record the temperature under your tongue in the morning and enter it into the app, which then uses a unique algorithm to determine whether you are fertile on that day.  (A basal thermometer is included in your subscription package.)  The app's algorithm 'learns' about each individual woman’s temperature fluctuations over time, so becomes more accurate as you use it more frequently.

Dr Berglund says:

“Natural Cycles is a great example of how technology is helping women to conceive in an easy and accessible way.  We know we’re dealing with women’s lives here and we take that very seriously. The app can also be used for infertile couples to identify the cause of infertility. We’ve helped over 5,000 women in Sweden get #HappyPregnant and hope to achieve the same success with women in the UK.”

This hormone-free fertility calculator can also be used the other way round, to check which days to not have sex if you do not want to get pregnant at this time.  By pinpointing your fertile time window through daily body temperature measurements, the app can predict when you will ovulate and gives 'red' and 'green' days.  If you are using the app for contraceptive purposes, you can have sex on green days, and avoid it on red ones.  A study of 4054 Swedish women aged 20-35 examined how effective the app was at preventing pregnancy, and found that is was equally as effective as the pill, with none of the side effects or health risks.

For us, pinpointing ovulation accurately will be essential for conceiving again, and we will certainly be giving Natural Cycles a try.  Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Whether you are trying to conceive, or trying to prevent pregnancy, this app is certainly worth investing in.

What do you think?  Would you use this app for contraception or when trying to conceive?


Natural Cycles is offering women in the UK a refund if they don’t conceive in the first 9 months of use, as well as 50% off a yearly subscription by visiting https://www.naturalcycles.com/en/plan and inputting this code: AMNC50 (valid until 31 December).

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Sources:

*European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care http://ow.ly/10gLMr
**Clinical Study: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/13625187.2014.988210


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41 comments :

  1. I would definitely use this if I was trying to conceive again. We did have to go through a lot of fertility treatments to have our son I would love something like this to help me.

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  2. If I had issues with family planning, I would use this app. I'm one of the few who didn't have fertility issues, and four boys later, had to call it quits. It looks like a great resource!

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  3. Thanks for sharing this app. I would definitely use this app as I am planning to conceive and this app wil definitely going to help me. I will share this App with my friends as well.

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  4. I think this is a great way when first starting to have a family. If you can do it without needing hormones that's great.

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  5. I need an app for everything in my life! It's not a joke - what did I do before I had a smart phone! This is awesome info ;) thanks so much!

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  6. wow three kids what a blessing! This is great information for those who are trying and struggling. Meaningful post! I'm adopted too and am working on my adoption series.

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  7. I love how much apps have developed over time. With resources like these available, why not make use of it? I don't plan on having kids yet but when I'm ready I will certainly look into this. Thanks for sharing

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  8. This sounds like a really helpful app!

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  9. I didn't know about this app! Looks really helpful. Thank you!

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  10. I have two kids already and one just turned 18 one will be turning 12 and no plans of getting pregnant. But I know this app can help couple to plan their pregnancy.

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  11. I think an app like this is a great tool to help parents who are trying to conceive. It takes a lot of the guess work out the process for you.

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  12. I at one point was struggling with infertility and would have loved to have this information then. Thanks for sharing

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  13. Great article for those who would like to be pregnant. I would use the App.

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  14. Tracking can be pretty useful. Nice app to help with this.

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  15. This is so interesting. I think since we aren't trying to have a baby yet, this isn't something on my mind... But I think it's great for women who do have trouble conceiving.

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  16. I would definitely use this app. Thank you so much for the information! I had never heard of this company before.

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  17. This would be a great information to those starting to have a family. Such an awesome article!

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  18. Oooo how handy is this!! So glad there is something out there for girls who struggle with infertility

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  19. This is a wonderful app a lot of people could be needing! It needs more promotion!

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  20. I think we are getting back to the "Natural" way in many areas, it is like coming full circle and allowing Nature to take its due course.

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  21. I love the idea of natural family planning, and the new technology makes it so much easier than the old temperature charts!

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  22. Sounds so good. I will share this to my friend she wants to have a family soon.

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  23. I love the idea how to help others especially to those who had starting a family! How useful this apps. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. This will help a lot of woman who have difficult of having baby. This is a fantastic technology, and the would love it because it is also could be a natural way.

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  25. Cool app! I used temping to conceive both of my kids! -Erin at www.stayathomeyogi.com

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  26. This sounds like a great app for any one trying to have a baby! I love how far technology has come for helping to start families like this!

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  27. There are couples who have a hard time getting pregnant and this could really help. It's always better to follow the natural way before trying out pills and all that.

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  28. This sounds like a great alternative to pills or shots.

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  29. Sounds like a helpful tool for us women.

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  30. Cool app! A great idea and a tool to help parents who are trying to conceive. I wished they had this while I was trying to conceive.

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  31. I'm sorry for your loss. Thank's for brining this to my attention, app sounds great!

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  32. That sounds like a great app for people who are trying to start a family!

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  33. Rhewi Montemayor4 November 2016 at 08:10

    Thanks for sharing this! It will help us more and I can share this to my friends :)

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  34. I'm always so sad when I hear about a miscarriage. I can't even imagine the hurt.

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  35. Many people take their fertility for granted until they can't have children. This app is very helpful.

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  36. Thanks all, glad you think the app will help.

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  37. I know just the couple to share this with! I didn't even realize this app existed but it's genius.

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  38. This app will definitely help a lot of couples out. I think it's awesome that they have something like this to rely on.

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  39. This sounds like a great idea and I wish you lots of luck

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