The Full Trackers Update Explained
For the past few months the team at Natural Cycles has been working on some really exciting new features in the app. While this has been rolled out in several smaller releases, the new features have all been part of a larger update on the cycle tracking features in the app which you can access on the Add Data page. Below is a breakdown of each update to show what was included and how the changes might impact the way you use the app.
Release 1: Glossary and Add Data redesign
Back in the fall of 2019 some visual changes were made to the Add Data page. This new approach was designed to streamline this important page on the app’s interface, giving you a cleaner experience. In addition to the visual update, the app also gained a Glossary of Cycle terms. This is a useful place to find out more about reproductive health and become familiar with the different language used to describe the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and more.
Release 2: Adding period flow and sex options
The next release saw the first significant steps towards changing the way you track your data in the app. With this release, it became possible to add different levels of period flow in the app, meaning you can monitor which days you have a heavier period or if there’s a pattern to when you experience a lighter bleed. We also added sex options so users can now track different types of protected sex.
Release 3: Cervical mucus
The third release saw the arrival of a long-awaited feature, cervical mucus tracking. You can read more about cervical mucus here, but this feature gives users the option to track the amount and consistency of their cervical fluid. While this is a fertility indicator, it’s worth noting that the Natural Cycles algorithm does not take cervical mucus into account, but tracking it can be a helpful way for you to discover more about the patterns in your unique cycle.
Release 4: Emotions and pain
Last but not least, rolling out in early 2020, the latest update offers the most granular cycle tracking feature yet, the ability to log different emotional and physical symptoms. Due to the hormonal fluctuations in our bodies, it’s common to experience different feelings, being able to track these day-to-day can give you a more detailed look into just how your body behaves both during the menstrual cycle and in pregnancy. Prevent/plan and follow users can track a different selection of pain symptoms, as well as emotions, to keep track of patterns they might notice during the menstrual cycle or while pregnant.
Where can I view my added trackers?
If you want to have a look at the trackers you have already added, you can view these on the history page and the preview carousel. Looking back at the signs and symptoms you’ve added throughout your cycle is a useful way to notice how your body changes over the course of your cycle or during pregnancy.
Why don’t I have the latest features?
A small number of Natural Cycles users may find that they don’t have all of these new features. This is because of testing we are carrying out in the app. Our testing is designed to create a better experience for all our users. Please get in touch if you have questions about the new feature or about our testing in the app.