Natural Cycles, the fertility tracking app that uses a smart algorithm to help women pinpoint their fertility, has become the world’s first app to be approved specifically for contraception. 

Tüv Süd, one of the leading notified bodies worldwide, approved Natural Cycles as a class IIb medical device intended to be used for contraception. This means women now have a new, clinically tested, regulatory approved contraception to use besides condoms, the pill and intrauterine devices.

Natural Cycles was created by husband and wife team Dr Raoul Scherwitzl and Dr Elina Berglund. Dr Elina Berglund is one of the scientists who discovered the Higgs Boson which led to the Nobel Prize in 2013. Natural Cycles is a hormone- and chemical-free birth control alternative and, in 2016, a clinical study showed that the app was as effective as The Pill*.

“Women around the world are interested in exploring effective non-hormonal, non-invasive forms of contraception - and now they have a new, clinically verified and regulatory approved option to choose from. Our high quality clinical studies, together with the required regulatory approvals, means we can provide women everywhere with a new option for contraception. Natural Cycles allow women to better understand their bodies so they can make choices that are right for them”, says Dr Elina Berglund, CTO and co-founder of Natural Cycles.

The Natural Cycles app now sits with other medical products that have been clinically tested and regulatory approved to achieve a IIb classification such as intensive care monitoring and alarm devices, anaesthesia machines, blood pumps for heart-lung machines and blood bags to name a few.

Natural Cycles is used by over 150,000 women in 161 countries and is the first fertility tracking app for women to be regulated as a medical device. Natural Cycles is available on naturalcycles.com, Apple App Store and Google Play Store.