Every method of contraception has its advantages and drawbacks; there is no one size fits all. 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.
The introduction of oral contraceptives in the early 60s was a major factor in enabling women to pursue higher levels of education and employment, attain economic independence, and enjoy their sexuality without the risk of an unwanted pregnancy. While there are some health risks associated with hormonal contraceptives, such as the Pill, they provide women greater control over when and how often they face the greater risks of pregnancy¹.
Evolving needs and choices
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 the Pill for contraception and are happy with their choice, there are a number of women who decide to move away from the Pill and other short or long-acting hormonal contraceptives for a variety of reasons.
Scientific research has shown that Natural Cycles can be a good option for these women², 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, the woman must be willing to follow a daily temperature-measuring routine. Finally, the app alone does not protect against STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections).
Evidence shows that a woman who following consultation with her HCP has actively chosen a method of contraception and is satisfied with it is more likely to use it consistently and correctly. On the other hand, women using a method which is not in line with their actual preferences may be less likely to adhere to it or might discontinue using this method.³
As a company, Natural Cycles believes it is important to emphasise that we do not make any recommendation for a specific method of contraception. Rather we want to provide women and their HCPs evidence-based facts and information on Natural Cycles to encourage women and their HCPs to make informed decisions on a contraceptive method, whichever method that may be.
Providing information and increasing choice lie at the core of our company’s mission, so that every woman and her partner can find a method best suited to their needs.