The Full Trackers Update Explained
The team at Natural Cycles has been working on some really exciting new features in the app. While this was rolled out in several smaller releases, the new features were all part of a more extensive update at the time. Below is a breakdown of each update
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. You can find the glossary under the 'More' tab in the app, along with other guides.
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 this 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 throughout your cycle or during pregnancy.