This post is sponsored by Natural Cycles
Whether you’re looking to get pregnant in the near future, or you’re trying to avoid it, getting to know your body’s natural cycle is pretty important.
About a year before Austin and I wanted to get pregnant for the first time, I started reading about fertility awareness. This all-natural method is non-invasive and uses signals from your body to help determine the days of the month that you are most likely to get pregnant.
I immediately ordered a thermometer and started taking my temperature every morning before I got out of bed, to help naturally keep track my cycle.
This is where Natural Cycles comes in, which is the method I’m currently using.
It’s an app for users 18+ years old that you can download to your phone, to help you keep track of your daily morning temperature and get to know your body better. Unlike traditional fertility methods, it makes things easier because it does all of the tracking and predicting for you. (Download the app here and start measuring!)
Here’s how it works:
- Take your temperature first thing every morning using the Natural Cycles thermometer
- Enter it into the app, and it will tell you if you’re having a red day or a green day
If you’re looking to avoid pregnancy, the green days predict when you are not fertile, and the red days predict when you could be fertile, so that you can use protection or abstain from having sex. (It switches if you’re trying to get pregnant, to let you know when you should start trying!)
Natural Cycles is so effective, it’s a certified method of birth control in the European Union. (But it will not protect against STDs– only condoms can do that!) The more often you enter your temperature, the better it can predict your fertile and non-fertile days– so it will give you more “red” days in the beginning, just to be on the safe side.
Austin and I used this method to successfully avoid getting pregnant for 2 years, and it also helped us quickly conceive when we were ready to start our family. We used it again when trying to space out our children, too. (We both wanted a 3-year age gap between our two kids.)
Something to keep in mind is that this method of birth control is the most effective when your cycle is regular and you get regular sleep.
For example, if you get your period every 28 days and get 8 hours of sleep each night, this method should be effective for you.
Of course, if you’re like me, who is currently woken up several times each night by a baby or a toddler, without consistent sleep or a consistent cycle (thank you, breastfeeding hormones), this prediction method might not be as effective. So, it’s always a good idea to talk with your doctor to decide which birth control option is best for YOU. There are lots of options on the market, and this is simply one all-natural option. (And my personal favorite.)
You can try the Natural Cycles app FREE for 30 days, so if you want to learn more about your body’s cycle, be sure to download the app and start measuring!
For more things pregnancy, be sure to check out my Pregnancy-related posts here.
Reader Feedback: Have you tried this method before for tracking your cycle?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Natural Cycles, but all opinions are my own. I’ve been using this method of non-hormonal birth control and pregnancy planning for the last 6 years and I’ve been very pleased with how effective it has been for our family.