tracking your cycle

Writer: Ona Rihu
Picture: Ona Rihu

Natural Cycles thermometer

Natural Cycles thermometer

For us women, It’s extremely helpful to know our cycle inside out and see the bigger picture behind our fertility. Our reproductive system is very complicated and not many of us actually know the specifics of what goes on in our body every month.  I recommend reading the “holy bible” of the female reproductive system, “Taking charge of your fertility” by Toni Weschler to all women. This book has taught me so much. Even if you're not planning on tracking your cycle, it's a huge advantage to be able to understand your body on a deeper level.

By tracking your cycle you can find a whole new world of the female body and see which days you have a chance of getting pregnant and which days you’re safe. So you can use this method to avoid getting pregnant, or to help you get pregnant! And by ‘tracking’ I mean measuring your temperature every day just after waking up and writing it down. I use NaturalCycles because it’s an app that I have on my phone wherever I go. It uses an algorithm that tells me when I’m ovulating, when I have “green days” and it predicts my cycle months ahead. It’s also the first and only certified contraceptive app and a lifesaver to women who don’t want to use hormonal birth control. 

Now, keep in mind that this is a natural method and requires patience, maturity and understanding your body. There is so much to learn about our reproductive system as women and it’s a privilege to be able to understand exactly what goes on in your body each month. You can easily educate yourself online. Read into it, get involved and thank me later! Remember that this method does not protect against STD's.

Note: Natural Cycles is 93% effective and should only be used by women over 18 years old. 

This post was made in collaboration with NaturalCycles.