Natural Cycles App

What the packet says

What is it?

What’s it made of?

Natural Cycles app is a mobile application classified in the EU and by the FDA as a medical device for contraception. Technically it’s a method of natural family planning, but we wanted to collect data on it separately as so many Lowdown users are interested in other womens’ experiences using it.

How it works

The Natural Cycles app contains an algorithm that analyses your temperature (measured using a thermometer) and menstrual cycle data to calculate when you are fertile, and telling you to avoid sex or use other protection on your fertile days. Unlike other fertility awareness methods it tries to minimise human error as the algorithm does the calculations and interpretations.

How does this compare?

Frequency

  • During intercourse
  • Daily
  • Monthly
  • 1 - 3 Months
  • 1 - 3 Years
  • 3 - 5 Years
  • Permanent

Clinical effectiveness

99% if used perfectly

What does this mean?

Contains hormones

  • Yes
  • No
What does this mean?

What you said

These stats are based on 35 reviews

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Detailed information

How to get started

  • To use Natural Cycles you need to pay for a subscription, download the app and buy a two decimal basal thermometer.
  • You will need to measure your temperature under your tongue every morning – measuring before you get out of bed at roughly the same time every day and after a similar amount of sleep. You enter this data along with your period cycle data, into the app.
  • The algorithm in the app will determine your fertility status and will tell you if you are on a ‘red day’ or a ‘green day’. You will need to use protection like condoms or abstain from sex on red days.
  • During your menstrual cycle your temperature rises and falls slightly which is due to the change in your body’s hormone levels. The Natural Cycles algorithm analyses your temperature (and optional LH test results) and also takes into account other factors like sperm survival, temperature fluctuations, and cycle irregularities to identify ovulation and thereby calculate your red and green days.
  • The number of green days will increase as the algorithm gets to know your fertility cycle, and it can take around three months of using Natural Cycles for the algorithm to become more effective.

How to stop

  • Stopping using Natural Cycles is easy, you just stop using the app to record your temperature and menstrual cycle. As soon as you stop using it, you’re no longer aware of when you are fertile and are therefore can get pregnant.
  • Natural Cycles has little to no after effects, but check out our survey results to learn about anything women have experienced.

 

Things that can go wrong

  • Check out the Natural Cycles website for all of their information and FAQs. Ultimately, you may have sex accidentally without protection when you are fertile and that could lead to pregnancy. It can take several months for the algorithm to be effective, and lots of factors (illness, lifestyle, stress or travel) may make fertility indicators harder to interpret.
  • You may forget to take your temperature or input your menstrual cycle data into the app. They recommend you measure your temperature at least five out of seven days a week. If you forget to enter data, the app will give you more red days.
  • You may accidentally have sex or not use protection on a red day. If this happens you may need to use emergency contraception.
  • Using hormonal emergency contraception will upset your normal hormone pattern and alter the algorithm and your number of red and green days.

Reviews

Natural Cycles App

We use and have used Natural Cycles without complication for a long time. Obviously there are none of the positive side effects…

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Natural Cycles App

So bad, the customer services are also awful. I regretted my decision to purchase it immediately after reading more and more re…

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Natural Cycles App

Natural cycles is a side effect free form of contraception. I’ve been using it for over a year while sexually actively and ha…

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Natural Cycles App

I enjoyed using this method of contraceptive, but the algorithm is very reliant on the person’s routine as you couldn&#82…

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Natural Cycles App

Coming off hormonal contraception and giving natural cycles a go has been fab. As long as you have a regular sleep cycle (wakin…

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Natural Cycles App

I have high blood pressure so can’t take hormonal contraceptives. Besides, these had affected my mood significantly in th…

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Natural Cycles App

Came off the combined pill and started using NC as was fed up of taking high hormones. It is excellent but it does require a st…

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Natural Cycles App

*used the app to get pregnant*
But it was amazing for learning about my cycle and after 5 months I was pregnant. So if I …

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Natural Cycles App

Very helpful in terms of no hormonal impact however quite restrictive in time when you can take your temperature (only when yo…

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