Monday, 11 May 2015

NaturalCycles X Angels Belly




Last Sunday I was invited to the Angel's Belly Brunch Club for an Ashtanga Yoga session, followed by an educational women's wellness and hormone talk from Nutritional Naturopath Gillian Day, as we joined together to celebrate the launch of the worlds first natural contraceptive app, and learn a little more about the science behind NaturalCycles(Keep reading to Win a NaturalCycles Kit and 6 month subscription below)

For someone like me, who suffers with hormone issues and has struggled with the typical types of contraception methods, when I heard about NaturalCycles it defiantly seemed like the answer to my prayers!

As many of you may know, I suffer with a condition called Endometriosis and I've tried a variety of contraceptive methods to help ease my symptoms, as in some cases using a synthetic hormone can give you some relief, and of course more importantly - stop you getting pregnant.  Sadly for me I have had little joy with the Pill, and not only did it not help in reducing my endometriosis symptoms, it also brought along it's on bundle of side effects.. which may sound familiar to some of you if you are on the Pill.

Some symptoms include: Headaches, Dizziness, Nausea & Sickness, Acne, Mood Swings, Cravings, Spotting, weight gain... as we went round the room, the list continued to grow as we heard from different women and their experiences. 

I have personally never be convinced by the use of synthetic hormones, especially when girls as young as 11 can be prescribed them when their body is still developing. The thought of halting your bodies natural process has never sat well with me, I only tried the pill for 3 months when I was younger, after being suggested it by my doctor to help balance my hormones rather than using it simply for birth control, but as it gave me no relief I felt no need to continue on it, especially as we have things like condoms available, which have no negative effect on your body or hormones.

I do see why the pill is such a popular birth control method, it's easier for a guy to ask if you are on the pill than them having to worry about contraception, the pill is seen as the 'safest' and easiest way to stay protected, and the responsibility tends to fall more on us Women, but when you come across something like NaturalCycles, that gives you the knowledge and power to learn about your body and understand the science behind the process - its a great tool to really educate both yourself and your partner, rather than blocking your bodies natural function with synthetic hormones.

So how does it work? 


The menstrual cycle consists of three phases: the pre-ovulatory phase, the ovulatory phase and the post-ovulatory phase. The cycle begins with the first day of menstrual bleeding (M) and takes on average 29 days. The individual cycle length can however vary greatly from woman to woman. The pre-ovulatory (follicular) phase is estrogen-rich and cooler than the post-ovulary (luteal) phase, where progesterone dominates and ‘warms’ the body. These two phases are separated by the ovulation day (O), where a temperature rise of 0.2-0.45 °C occurs. The fertile window ends with the ovulation day and begins 5 days before, since sperm can survive 2-5 days in the female body. Only during these ‘red’ days can the woman get pregnant through unprotected sexual intercourse. In addition, two days prior to ovulation, a surge in Luteinizing Hormones (LH) occur, indicating the most fertile days of the cycle.

Each woman has her own individual menstrual cycle pattern. The cycle length, the day ovulation occurs, the amplitude of the rise in temperature, the base temperature in the pre- and post-ovulatory phases and the overall shape of the temperature evolution throughout the cycle are all parameters that vary from woman to woman. NaturalCycles makes use of an intelligent algorithm that rapidly learns from previously recorded cycles from the same woman, to provide a tailor-made solution for each individual woman in order to detect and predict ovulation, and thus to identify, her fertile window. NaturalCycles also predicts the occurrence of the LH hormones to pinpoint the most fertile days. This optional, but powerful, feature of NaturalCycles enables to boost even further the accuracy of the fertile window.

The first thing most of us thought after being explained this was..why were we not taught this at school? especially when all you really need to measure your cycle is a thermometer! It seems crazy and I know your thinking it...a little to good to be true?! but I'm happy to say we are in safe hands!

NaturalCycles was started by Dr Elina Berglund and Dr Raoul Scherwitzl, both with a PHD in Physics and not forgetting that they both worked on a project that was awarded a Nobel Prize! The couple used there knowledge to create a method of contraception that worked for them, using the basic science of the human body, and then introduced it out to the rest of the world. The stats speak for themselves, with over 30'000 women using the Natural Cycles prevent plan, and not one recorded unplanned pregnancy to date! 

It was safe to say that we left the brunch feeling very inspired and more confident in our bodies, and empowered by what we had be taught throughout the day. We focused on NaturalCycles but we also covered our mind and nutrition, as all these elements work in harmony with keeping our hormones balanced. 

We started the day with a yoga session, where we focused on our mindset and well being, looking at yoga moves to help manage period pains and relaxation methods, followed by a feast of hormone happy food! I personally know how what I eat can have a massive effect on my monthly cycle and also flare up lots of unwanted hormone symptoms, like acne, vomiting and an extreme upset stomach, so I try to avoid all animal products, processed food, soy and dairy that cause my hormone levels to become unbalanced, so it was so exciting to sit down for a meal consisting of food I knew I could eat, and eat we did! Angel's Belly put on a spread of dairy and gluten free dishes, focusing on nourishment and keeping our hormones happy. The brunch spread was incredible and we all defiantly had more than 2 plates each! 

I met some truly beautiful Women throughout the day, and I felt so proud to have been included in the UK launch of Natural Cycles, focusing on educating and putting the female health first. 

I have just finished up my first week using my NaturalCycles app, I leave my thermometer by my bed so it's easy to remember to take my temperature in the morning, and thats really all you need to worry about!

Your be happy to hear that it is also half the price of your average monthly pill prescription - at only £5 a month! Without all the added nasty synthetic hormones.

I hope you've enjoyed learning about NaturalCycles as much as I have, and head here for more information https://www.naturalcycles.com/ I am also giving away a Natural Cycles kit and 6 month subscription :) If you would like to win and test it out  yourself - just comment below with your email address and I will pick one of you at the end of the May! Good luck x


FAQ: Photos taken on a Canon 5D MK II with a 50mm 1.8 lens

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33 comments

  1. I have been reading about this and would live to try it out.
    Catherinepaul92@gmail.com

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  2. I have read about this method of contraception before, it seems crazy that we aren't taught all this about our bodies in school, this would be a great way to get more in tune with myself!
    ( katherinawainwright@gmail.com )

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    1. Hi Kate,

      So lovely to hear from you, and I know! I wish they taught this in schools - it would be fantastic for all the young ladies growing up today. Thank you so much for entering :) and I will be announcing the winner soon x

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  3. Yessss please. catty.marrin@btinternet.com ! Love this post.

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  4. I've heard about this before and I'd really love to try it. Natural is the way forward!

    aliceweston@outlook.com

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  5. Youarelft@gmail.com

    Would be nice to try it

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  6. This sounds incredible. I'm currently suffering with thyroid and hormone probelms. So the thought of not having to put additional synthetic hormones into my body everyday sounds great! I'm definitely going to try this!

    hannahjallsop@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Hannah,

      Sorry to hear you have been having some problems! I hope you have found some methods to ease your symptoms :) thanks for entering! I will be announcing the winner soon xx em

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  7. So glad to hear about this - I recently gave up the pill after years of not feeling great and not knowing what was causing it, and wondering what to do next... This might finally be the answer!
    (kittylhudson@gmail.com)

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    1. Hi Katherine, I know! I can't believe my doctor hadn't even mentioned it to me before, such a massive thing for all us women! I hope your hormones are starting to rebalance since coming off the pill, and you are feeling better! Thanks so much for entering, I will be announcing the winner soon :) xx em

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  8. I would certainly like to try! spidersilkie@gmail.com

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  9. Thanks for sharing your experience with this. I stopped taking synthetic contraception about 6 months ago and it's cured a long list of problems. More effective even than diet. It was the last thing I decided to eliminate but had I known how it would make me feel I would have started with it. Would really love to try this out. katejohnsonh4h@hotmail.co.uk

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    1. Hi Katie,

      So great to hear you journey with synthetic hormones, and glad to hear how great you are feeling now :) It's amazing! I guess its hard when we are suggested it by our Doctors - we assume its good for us, so its great now that we have the tools to educate ourselves and what goes into our bodies! Thanks so much for entering and good luck :) em xx

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  10. Looked like such as goo day!! Definitely for using natural methods to prevent pregnancy. Been off the pill for
    about 5yrs now and my periods are actually regular, shorter, lighter and come with less of the dredded side effects. sophiesticatedhealth@outlook.com

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    1. Hi lovely :) it was such a good day! I learnt (and ate haha) so much! Thanks for entering :) I'm announcing the winner soon x

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  11. Definitely interested and would like to know more/give it a go. I'd rather not leave my email in a public post though. Is there a way to leave it privately?

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    1. Hi Kayleigh, no problem - you can send it to me direct on emilielaylalovaine@hotmail.com x Goodluck! xx

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  12. Yes please :) mail: killa_babe92@hotmail.com

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  13. This sounds amazing. Would love to try it as my training volumes keeps increasing and my period isn't regular so this would definitely help. Although I didn't have any side effects when on the pill I stopped using it as its full of chemicals. Thank you! lenka.istvanova@gmail.com ;)

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    1. Hi Lenka, lovely to hear from you and thanks for entering! Great to hear that you have got rid of the chemicals, I will be announcing the winner soon :) good luck! xx em

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  16. This is amazing. I have tried all the pills and not one has helped. In fact they have made me feel worse! My mood swings were out of control. Also being 19, I'm still trying to figure out my hormones and what works for me. I believe in natural methods. So I would love to give this a shot x

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  17. After the pill, IUD and then relying back on condoms because of side effects of the previous two I encountered, this would be really something I would love to try. And maybe not in the UK, but I actually learned this in school when I was a teenager. And although there we some devices and schemes you could follow, they were quite difficult to comprehend and sometimes I wondered whether they were Evidence Based. As a believer in natural methods, I would love to enter to maybe win one from Naturalcycles and definitely give it a shot. Email: haveaswiminacalmsea@ gmail.com

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  18. emily_goldsworthy@hotmail.com

    Have struggled with spots and weight gain for years on a variety of different pills. Never found one that didn't make me a bit hormone crazy either. This might be the very thing I should try 👌 worth a shot

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  19. I would love to win this as have been battling with hormonal issues for years! It looks like it could be a really good way to help me stay on track! Thanks for giving feedback on it. lauren@g-gee.com x

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  20. Such a great piece Emilie.
    Education is key to all this and I love how these women have brought an innovative, accessible starting point for women to learn - and conceive when the time is right for them.
    I'd love to give it a go!
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    Nicola
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  21. thank you for sharing! This is so amazing and you're right, why are we not taught this in school?!
    cheers from Austria!
    Claire

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    1. Wow thank you Claire! Glad this post found its way to you xx

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  22. the menstrual cycle info is useful, really! How does that carrot-apple-orange taste like?

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    1. Thanks Celine, it was such an informative day! The carrot, apple and orange was my favourite! It's my go to at home, you should defiantly try make it :) x

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