It sounds counterintuitive to many, but I actually came up with the idea for Natural Cycles birth control when starting to think about planning my own pregnancy. At the time, I was working as a particle physicist at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) and my husband and I were starting to talk about our future family.
I had been using a birth control implant throughout most of my twenties after a negative experience with the birth control pill. While the implant worked quite well, I knew we wanted to start trying in a year or two so I wanted to remove it. In addition to it being invasive, I also wanted to take a break from hormonal birth control to give my body a chance to get back to its natural state well before a pregnancy.
I quickly realized I was extremely limited when it came to finding a regulated birth control option that was both non-invasive and non-hormonal. As a particle physicist and researcher, I decided to take things into my own hands so I developed Natural Cycles, the first FDA cleared birth control app. The app analyzes a woman’s body temperature to determine when she ovulates and when she is and isn’t fertile. After my own struggle to find a natural, effective contraception, I’m proud to share Natural Cycles with thousands of women around the world.