06/04/2021

Natural Cycles App

4/5

About the reviewer

Age
26-30
Time used
6 - 12 months
Had children
No
Height
5'3"/160cm
Weight
60kg - 65kg / 9st 6lb - 10st 3lb
Currently using
No I've stopped using it

Experience

Having been on the pill for 7 years and experiencing low mood and lack of sex drive, I wanted to try a hormone free approach. Natural Cycles appealed to me because they utilise LH tests in addition to your temperature to track when you ovulate. Because of the way I was taking the pill for so long (2 packs and then a 4 day break) my cycle was about 5-6 weeks long for almost an entire year which made it very difficult for the app to predict my cycle and meant relying on condoms for the majority of the time. After a year of Natural Cycles I decided to go back onto the pill as my mood was still all over the place and that was the main reason that I had stopped. I’m sure it’s likely that this was because my body was still readjusting after the pill but I wasn’t happy relying on condoms all the time. I would probably try this method again in the future but would adjust how I take the pill before stopping so that my cycle can hopefully go back to ‘normal’ sooner.

Impact whilst taking

Mood
Somewhat positively
Weight
No change
Periods
Heavier periods
Sex drive
Increased sex drive

Side effects whilst taking

No effects

No effects

No effects

Impact after using

Mood
Neutral - no change
Weight
No change
Periods
12-18 months
Sex drive
Loss of sex drive

No effects

No effects

No effects

Experience after taking

Returning to the pill meant a loss of sex drive but very minimal changes otherwise compared to not being on the pill. For reference, the pill I take is Marvelon.

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