We are often asked if Natural Cycles is better than the Pill and other contraceptive methods. We, therefore, want to highlight our belief, that there is no such thing a “universally better contraceptive” because each woman has her very own objectives and priorities and the best contraceptive fit for you, may not be the best fit for other women.
Choosing a contraceptive is a very personal thing. We here at Natural Cycles know that there is no one size that fits all, it's about finding what is right for you and what method suits your lifestyle best.
When it comes to contraception, every method has its advantages and drawbacks, there is no perfect solution. Which is why we recommend making an informed decision by weighing up both the advantages and disadvantages, such as added health benefits as well as possible side effects, of all of the options available.
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 sexual expression without the risk of an unwanted pregnancy. While there are some health risks associated with oral contraceptives, they have given women greater control over when and how often they face the greater risks of pregnancy (1).
A woman’s contraceptive needs changes throughout her reproductive life. She will often re-evaluate over time by taking into consideration lifestyle choices, past experiences, and personal preferences - as well as the method of application.
While many women choose to use the pill for contraception and are happy with their choice, there is 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.
Scientific research has shown that Natural Cycles can be a good option for these women (2), as it’s an easy and effective method of natural contraception without safety concerns or side-effects. Natural Cycles also provides very useful personal health information related to a woman's body, cycle, and fertility.
Of course, as with all contraceptive methods, there are limitations. The main ones for Natural Cycles being that couples must use protection or abstain from sex on “red days” (fertile days) and that the woman should be willing to follow a daily routine of measuring her temperature. Also, the app alone does not protect against STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections).
Evidence shows that a woman who has actively chosen a method of contraception and is satisfied with it is more likely to use it consistently and correctly. Whereas women who choose methods which are not in line with their actual preferences may be less likely to adhere to it or might discontinue using this method. (3)
We at Natural Cycles feel it is important to emphasize that we do not intend to make any kind of recommendation for a specific method of contraception, but rather provide women with evidence-based facts and information on Natural Cycles and encourage women 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 their partners can find a solution best suited to their needs.
Trussell, J. & Jordan, B. (2006). Reproductive health risks in perspective. Contraception, 73, 437-439.
2. EB Scherwitzl et al. Contraception (2017)
3. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Jul;213(1):46.e1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.01.051. Epub 2015 Jan 30.