Natural Cycles is the world’s first app to be certified as a form of contraception. Swedish physicist Dr. Elina Berglund co-founded the fertility-tracking app with her husband Dr. Raoul Scherwitzl. It’s the only app on the market that has been approved as an effective form of contraception. The app calculates a woman’s daily fertility using an algorithm & temperature readings… We spoke to Elina about how effective Natural Cycles is & the response from women so far.
Dr. Elina has a suite of achievements under her belt, including a Nobel Prize for physics. But her latest breakthrough, Natural Cycles, came about after she was looking for her own safe & user-friendly form of birth control. After being frustrated with the options, she set out to develop a smart algorithm to track her fertile days. And Natural Cycles was born.
Now, more than 300,000 women around the world use Natural Cycles, mainly between 25-35 years old. As it doesn’t protect against STIs, it is recommended for women in monogamous relationships & has an age limit of 18 years.
ON HER QUALIFICATIONS:
“PhD in particle physics. After my PhD I continued my research at CERN in pursuit of the Higgs particle which we discovered in the summer of 2012. This discovery led to the Nobel Prize for physics in 2013, an achievement I’m incredible proud of.”
ON NATURAL CYCLES:
“Natural Cycles is the world’s first (and only) app to be certified as a contraception and is great for women who are in a stable relationship. The app tracks women’s fertility based on their body temperature and can pinpoint when a women is and is not fertile.”
“What many women don’t know is that they are actually only fertile for a maximum of 6 days per menstrual cycle but every woman is different, right? So we developed Natural Cycles to allow women to track their cycles, by carefully analysing their temperature data, to discover when they are fertile and, most importantly, when there is no risk of pregnancy.”
“Our smart algorithm gets to know your body over time and shows when you are / not fertile; green days means you are not fertile and red days mean you are fertile.”
ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF NATURAL CYCLES…
“A large-scale clinical study was carried out at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden’s most renowned medical institute, with leading contraception experts. The results showed that the natural family planning app is as effective as the pill – without the side effects.”
Read more about the science behind this on Natural Cycle’s website.
ON THE RESPONSE FROM WOMEN:
“Today we have hundreds of thousands of women using Natural Cycles and the feedback, for example, via app store reviews, tells us that they absolutely love it. Natural Cycles is for women who are looking for a natural and effective alternative to traditional birth control, planning a pregnancy or simply want to get to know their body and learn about their fertility. Some women are of course a little skeptical at first, but once they start understanding how the app offers accurate insight into how their body and unique cycle works, it becomes clear that this is a rather beautiful science.”
ON HOW APPS ARE CHANGING THE GAME…
“We are the first app that can replace a pharmaceutical drug – we achieve the same goal as the contraceptive pill. This is significant. Women have now a clinically-tested, effective and approved contraceptive option to choose from – an app.”
“Among more than 20,000 health apps in the App Store, this is the first app in the App Store, to my knowledge, that is regulated as a class IIb medical device. Within the same class of medical devices, you can find things such as dialysis equipment, intensive care monitoring and alarm devices, anaesthesia machines, blood pumps for heart-lung machines and blood bags to name but a few.”
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