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S3 | The physicist transforming global birth control

September 12, 2017

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Elina Berglund is the cofounder of Natural Cycles, the first app in the world to be approved as a contraceptive. She’s also a physicist who worked on the team that found the Higgs Boson particle at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), in one of the biggest science experiments of all time. But her success comes after plenty of challenges.

In this episode Elina Berglund answers questions including:

  • Why do you think women need a contraceptive app when there are already so many effective existing birth control methods?
  • How hard was it to get funding for a very ‘female’ product, at a time when most investors are still men?
  • What kept you going during setbacks?
  • What’s it like working alongside your cofounder husband every day?
  • What would you do differently if you could go back in time?

Our favourite quote from Elina:

“I basically locked myself in our apartment for a year. But I’m very happy that I did it, because not only did I develop this product that now so many women use and love, but I learned so much while doing it.”

About The Stockholmer

This episode was created and presented by Maddy Savage with production support from Benoit Derrier. Our theme music is written and performed by Simian Ghost and used with the band’s permission. Richard Stevens designed our logo. Natural Cycles provided the photo of Elina Berglund used on our site and social media.

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