How Can A Doctor Use the Information?
Natural Cycles offers detailed insights into an individual's unique cycles which can be used to answer some important medical questions associated with a woman's reproductive and sexual health.
Tracking and monitoring your cycles can give powerful information
1. Identification and analysis of ovulation and menstruation can help diagnose and/or manage conditions such as PCOS eller endometriosis - an endocrine system disorder that can affect both of these cyclical events
! Natural Cycles uses quantitative fertility indicators (basal body temperature and LH) and can therefore identify a woman's ovulation day with high precision for every cycle. A positive ovulation test in itself is not sufficient for confirming ovulation in itself which is especially valuable for patients with conditions such as for instance PCOS where "false" LH-peaks can occur (LH-rise occurs but the egg does not release, hence no progesterone is released leading to no temperature rise which NaturalCycles identifies).
2. Tracking menstrual cycle characteristics can help understand a woman’s fertile potential and odds of conceiving on a cycle-to-cycle basis
! NaturalCycles uses quantitative fertility indicators (basal body temperature and LH) and can therefore identify a woman's ovulation day with high precision for every cycle. Intercourse log is also enabled.
3. Specific information about a woman’s cycle, such as PMS symptoms that women can enter in ‘Notes’, can also help a physician make a diagnosis or evaluate treatment for endometriosis, a condition that affects the tissue lining the uterus.
! The user can track daily notes on PMS symptoms, pain, mood swings, etc.
Fertility tracking with Natural Cycles can also provide insights related to pregnancy
1. Determine whether a woman is pregnant
! If a detected ovulation is followed by temperature values staying elevated beyond expected period, combined with high hCG-levels (positive pregnancy test), Natural Cycles will confirm a pregnancy and calculate a due date.
2. Natural Cycles can identify conception date
! NaturalCycles can identify the ovulation day (conception date) and therefore give an accurate due date.
3. Natural Cycles can offer insights to the health of the fetus during the first trimester
! Natural Cycles analyzes basal body temperature measurements during the first trimester, which should stay elevated during the first trimester indicating sufficient progesterone levels to support a healthy development of the fetus. Should Natural Cycles detect a trend in temperature decrease it will automatically notify the user to seek medical advice, as this could be an indication of insufficient progesterone levels.
Valuable information medical professionals can obtain from a user's Natural Cycles data
1. Number of anovulatory cycles
! By receiving valuable information about cycles with and without ovulation (anovulatory cycles) medical professionals can gain insights to symptoms of PCOS and/or other fertility related symptoms. For women approaching menopause, tracking the number of anovulatory cycles gives her valuable insights on her chances to conceive.
2. Average ovulation day and variation of ovulation day
! Natural Cycles tracks the average ovulation day and variation of ovulation day, as well as length and variation of the follicular and lutheal phase. Tracking length of the lutheal phase is valuable for women planning a pregnancy, as a very short lutheal phase could entail issues for conception. By gaining insights to this, potential treatment can be given, if desired.
3. Cycle regularity, length and variation of the follicular- and lutheal phase
! A highly irregular cycle could be a result of various lifestyle factors such as stress, lack of nutrition, over/under weight, travels, sleep deprivation, etc. where potential medication and/or recommendations for lifestyle change can be discussed based on the statistics.
4. Manage symptoms of PMS, endometriosis, etc.
! See above (specific information about the cycle, such as PMS symptoms, which can be monitored in the "notes" section in the daily entry log, can assist medical professionals in diagnosing conditions such as endometriosis.
5. Temperature fluctuations
6. Time and length of menstruation
! If intense cramps and pains are experienced during the menstrual bleeding, as well as intense, long bleedings, potential treatment/ can be discussed.