|Natural Cycles app
|By NaturalCycles Nordic AB
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Natural Cycles app
Natural Cycles app
- An app using basal body temperature measurements to identify fertile days of your cycle.
Natural Cycles app is marketed as a contraceptive and fertility app, allowing you to use basal body temperature measurements to identify fertile days of your cycle. This information can then be used as birth control (contraceptive) for preventing pregnancy or planning conception. You track your cycle by taking basal body temperature readings ideally 5 or more days per week. The app algorithm uses this information to predict a fertile window for contraceptive or pregnancy planning purposes.
For the complete app description, go to the app website(external link), Google Play(external link), App Store(external link) or, for a more detailed review, ser reviews below.
Note: The reliability and accuracy of fertility awareness (also known as natural family planning) as a method to plan or prevent pregnancy is highly variable and depends on a number of factors such as being taught the method correctly and understanding how to use the method. Read more about fertility awareness.
✔ With regular basal body temperature monitoring, this app should reliably track ovulation.
✘ This app seems rather costly for the services offered.
Reviewer: Dr Arna Letica, GP, FRNZCGP, Auckland
Date of review: April 2021
Comments: The Natural Cycles app allows users to use basal body temperature measurements to identify fertile days of their cycle. This information can then be used as birth control (contraceptive) to prevent pregnancy or for planning conception. The app is most useful for females who want a hormone-free contraceptive option, or females who are wanting to optimise their chances of conception. Users would need to be motivated to record their temperature most days, and be prepared to follow advice (ie, using protection or abstaining from sex on fertile days). This app is a good option for females wanting to reliably track their fertility. However it is rather costly for a fairly basic tracking app, with minimal additional health information.
Safety concerns: The app is reported to be 93% effective with typical use, and 98% effective with perfect use – based on a large peer-reviewed study. It has been cleared by the FDA and meets required Health Standards products sold within the European Economic Area. It does, however, rely on users regularly entering data and following the instructions strictly. The app also specifies that its use does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
New Zealand relevance: Yes, can be used by New Zealand user.
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