#424: Move Over Birth Control Pills, There’s a New Type of Contraception in Town That’s Completely Natural with Elina Berglund

If You Are Interested in Natural Cycles, You Should:

  1. Go to the Natural Cycles Website and use code EssentiallyYou for 20% off an annual membership
  2. Track your temperature daily either orally or through the Oura ring 
  3. Sit back and watch how easy it is to track your fertility effectively

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Episode Summary

For many women, including myself, finding a viable birth control option that doesn’t cause side effects or negatively impact your body and hormones is an uphill battle. So when I heard about Natural Cycles, the world’s first and only app to be certified as an effective contraception method in Europe and FDA Cleared in the US, I had to scream it from the rooftops!

From Physics to Contraception

Elina Berglund is the CEO and co-founder of Natural Cycles. After being part of the team who won the 2012 Nobel Prize for Physics, Elina took her own curiosity about the menstrual cycle and developed an algorithm that is 93% effective with typical use and 98% effective with perfect use to help women prevent or plan pregnancy. She applied her skills from particle physics to create an algorithm that could accurately pinpoint when a woman is fertile. Elina’s mission is to pioneer women’s health with research and passion – by empowering every woman with the knowledge she needs to be in charge of her health.

Not Your Grandma’s Birth Control

Natural Cycles is the world’s first and only 100% hormone-free birth control option. Available as an app to those 18 years of age and older, Natural Cycles’ unique algorithm expertly pinpoints the days you are fertile and the days you aren’t. 

This isn’t your grandmas version of birth control. For those who want to avoid pregnancy or those who want to get pregnant, this is a game-changing app that is simple to use, highly effective, and 100% chemical-free.

Understanding Your Body Better

In addition to preventing or planning pregnancy, Natural Cycles helps you learn about your body and your cycle. No woman, or cycle, is the same, and by learning about your unique physiology, you can get better familiar with your body and learn when something might be off. By better understanding your body, you can create vitality, energy and feel your best. 

If you are looking for a side-effect-free, completely natural birth control option, Natural Cycles might just be the life-changing answer you have been waiting for.

Are you as excited as I am for this amazing, simple, and effective 100% hormone-free birth control? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below!


“With my knowledge from particle physics, which is a lot about data and algorithms, I can create an algorithm that takes previous cycles into account, that makes temperature data fail-safe because I can take fluctuations into account. And I can create an algorithm that you can use as a birth control method itself.” (9:58)

“Other birth control methods, they would rather change your body. This way, they are able to get to know their body instead of changing it.” (12:29)

“Becoming a medical device as an app is very much because of the research and the clinical studies we have done, many of them looking into how effective is this method as birth control.” (17:43)

“When it comes to contraception, there is no one size fits all.” (22:48)

“Every woman is different; every cycle is different, so the algorithm has to get to know you.” (25:55)

In This Episode

  • Learn how Natural Cycles works and why it is the first FDA-cleared birth control app (3:47)
  • How to set yourself up to change the course of your reproductive health naturally (8:28)
  • The biggest implications around hormonal birth control and why we need more chemical-free options (16:10)
  • Addressing the most common misconceptions around Natural Cycles versus hormonal birth control (17:11)
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to engage with Natural Cycles and utilize its technology (22:30)

Resources Mentioned

Use my code EssentiallyYou at Naturalcycles.com to get 20% off your annual Natural Cycles subscription + free thermometer

Follow Natural Cycles on Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

Download Natural Cycles on Apple | Android

Related Episodes

Essentially You Episode #402: How Does Hormonal Birth Control Actually Work and What Are the Most Common Side Effects? 

Essentially You Episode #128: This Is Your Brain on Birth Control with Dr. Sarah Hill

Essentially You Episode #60: What to Know About Perimenopause and Birth Control with Dr. Jolene Brighten

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