Contraception: No one size fits all
Every woman has own lifestyle or priorities and the best contraceptive method for one woman, may not be the best choice for another. Every method of contraception has its advantages and drawbacks; there is no perfect solution. Therefore, women need to discuss all available options with their HCP and make an informed decision, weighing up both the advantages such as added health benefits and the disadvantages as well as possible side effects.
In addition, a woman’s contraceptive needs change throughout her reproductive life. Over time, she may re-evaluate her choice of contraceptive depending on lifestyle, past experience and personal preferences as well as the method of use.
While many women choose to use hormonal methods of contraception and are happy with their choice, there are a number of women who decide to move away from the Pill and other short and long-acting hormonal contraceptives for a variety of reasons.
A woman’s contraceptive needs change throughout her reproductive life. She may re-evaluate her choice of contraceptive depending on lifestyle, past experience and personal preferences as well as the method of use.
Scientific research has shown that Natural Cycles can be a good option for these women since it is an easy and effective method of ‘natural’ contraception without safety concerns or side-effects. Natural Cycles also provides useful personal health information regarding a woman’s body, her cycle and fertility.
As with all contraceptive methods, Natural Cycles has limitations the main one being that couples must use protection or abstain from sex on “red days” (fertile days). In addition, women must be willing to follow a daily temperature-measuring routine. Finally, the app alone does not protect against STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections).
Benefits of Natural Cycles
Using protection only when it is needed
The Natural Cycles app analyses a woman’s cycle and tells her exactly when she needs to use protection or can enjoy more sexual freedom with her partner.
More sexual freedom
A woman can enter additional data into the app such as her period days, Luteinising Hormone (LH) test results or sexual intercourse. LH data using urine test strips can help detect ovulation (also known as ovulation tests), so supporting the identification of more green days but the data are not critical for the app to work effectively.
At a glance: benefits and drawbacks
- Safe and effective
- Meets a woman’s desire for a more ‘natural’ approach to contraception and a better way to understand her body and cycle
- No hormone-related side-effects
- Provides personalised information on fertility
- Data can be used to facilitate conception when the wish arises
- No restrictions related to religious beliefs
- May provide useful information and help the HCP diagnose underlying medical conditions
- Less effective than LARCs¹
- No protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Daily routine of temperature measuring required
- A couple must be willing to use protection (or abstain from sex) on red days
- No hormone-related benefits for diagnosed medical conditions such as endometriosis and HMB² or for bleeding management and cycle control