Going Natural & Being Safe
At the start of 2018 I decided to go all natural with my menstrual cycle and I have achieved this with the Natural Cycles App. It is a medically approved App and I wanted to share with you all how it has been working for me.
At the end of last year, I was feeling really down and bloated and I felt like my hormones were all over the place. I had been on the contraceptive pills since I was 14! I had never really gotten to know my body and had always shoved a load of unhealthy chemicals into it. It was something that I really wanted to change for 2018, so I got to researching natural and safe ways to prevent pregnancy's. That was when I found Natural Cycles. At the time there were only a few reviews online for the App, however, everything I had seen was positive and natural.
Natural Cycles was founded by Elina Berglund a scientist who, like many other women, didn't want to take chemicals to avoid pregnancy anymore. Her solution was to crack an algorithm for the ovulation cycle. For the App to work at its best, you need to have the Natural Cycles Thermometer and every morning you take your temperature and tap it into your ovulation calendar and after a few months it recognises your individual ovulation cycle and can predict when your cycle begins, ends and when to expect PMS and your period.
I have been using this App since January and I can safely say it has been the best decision I have made and cannot see myself going back to other contraceptive methods. I have felt such a change in my body, including my moods and my periods. Natural Cycles makes it really easy to get in tune with your body and I love the fact that the app has predicted every period perfectly and allows me to track my PMS. Sometimes if I am feeling a bit worst for wear or grumpy and I don't know why, I can look at the app and it lets me know that I may be experiencing PMS which makes perfect sense. In the 5 months I have been using the app it has allowed me to get in tune with my body, go natural, track my cycle and prevent pregnancy.
It is also worth mentioning that this App is also great for couples who ARE trying to get pregnant too! You have two modes available. A 'Prevent Pregnancy' mode and a 'Plan Pregnancy' mode. Which means that this App caters to so many women out there who are also trying to get pregnant. Track your body, its habits, its cycles and pinpoint when your prime ovulation period is (in true 'monica from friends' style haha). Whats more, this is a perfect diary to track everything and take with you to the doctors. When your doctor asks you when your last period was, or how regular you are, you can easily show them with a perfectly tracked calendar. I think this makes everyone's job's easier and you can pinpoint any problems you may have a lot more efficiently.
A note to all of those who are not in a long term and safe relationship, please remember that this is an app to help prevent pregnancy and to learn your ovulation cycle, this is NOT an option for safe unprotected sex. This will NOT keep you safe from Sexually transmitted Infections. So please remember to use other methods of Safe Sex like condoms and femidoms. Even if you are in a long-term relationship, using the app and do not want to get pregnant. It is also worth keeping condoms available in case you have Sex on those Red ovulation days. Condoms are a great way to prevent pregnancy and STI's.
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Thank you for reading!