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Global Impact Update: CycleBeads Published Report

Recent research in 7 countries shows that the CycleBeads mobile app brings new users to family planning, addresses unmet contraceptive need, and can be made available directly to users cost efficiently. Read the full report in the journal mHealth: https://bit.ly/2JTkLbK

Posted in: Contraceptive Options, CycleBeads, International Family Planning, mHealth

Global Impact Update: CycleBeads Scale-Up Project as of February 2018

We are proud of our work making effective, free contraceptive options available to women all over the world. The CycleBeads® Android app is making a big impact in a number of countries with high unmet contraceptive need. Take a look at the highlights in the following report.
 

Click Here for CycleBeads Global Impact Report Highlighting 7 Countries 

International Family Planning _ Results using CycleBeads Android App

And check out a detailed review of the work, and the impact this app is having in meeting women's contraceptive needs in this article on the Cycle Technologies' blog: Can an App Address Unmet Contraceptive Need?

Posted in: Technology, International Family Planning, Contraceptive Options, Womens Health

CycleBeads App is available in Spanish!

Cycle Technologies Launches CycleBeads App in Spanish to Address Rising Unmet Need for Family Planning

CycleBeads® App is available in Spanish for both iOS and Android devices

“We are excited to launch the CycleBeads app in Spanish”, said Cycle Technologies Founder Leslie Heyer. “We know there is demand for a family planning option like this in Latin America, where concern about side effects is one of the primary reasons women cite for not using contraception. We are also very interested in helping address the huge contraceptive crisis that is occurring in Venezuela by providing women there with an effective option that they can access for free through their mobile device.

SEE THE PRESS RELEASE HERE.

Download the Android version of CycleBeads in Spanish here.
Download the iOS version of CycleBeads in Spanish here.

 

Posted in: International Family Planning, CycleBeads, Womens Health, Fertility Awareness

What is the Evidence Behind CycleBeads?

CycleBeads and the Standard Days Method of family planning have undergone over a decade of intensive research including efficacy, long term follow up, scale-up and impact studies. We work with leading researchers to ensure that this method is effective and works for women in a range of contexts.

Want to learn all about all the research behind this fertility awareness method? Check out this structured review on the research behind CycleBeads and the Standard Days Method from The Evidence Project. 

Posted in: Birth Control Effectiveness

CycleBeads Android App for Contraception & Family Planning: Global Impact Progress GHANA • KENYA • INDIA

Recent work in Ghana, Kenya, and India shows that the CycleBeads Android app is having a positive impact. Click on the following images or links to view progress taking place as of April 2017.

CYCLEBEADS® ANDROID APP GLOBAL IMPACT UPDATE: GHANA

CycleBeads® Global Impact: Report Highlights for GHANA

 

CYCLEBEADS® ANDROID APP GLOBAL IMPACT UPDATE: KENYA

CycleBeads® Global Impact: Report Highlights for KENYA

 

CYCLEBEADS® ANDROID APP GLOBAL IMPACT UPDATE: INDIA

CycleBeads® Global Impact: Report Highlights for INDIA

 

CycleBeads® is a scientifically proven way to plan or prevent pregnancy by simply tracking the start dates of your period. It's over 95% effective as shown in efficacy trials. It has been used by millions of women around the world both as an app and as a physical product. CycleBeads family of products are based on the Standard Days Method® and are designed for women with cycles between 26 and 32 days long.

Posted in: CycleBeads, International Family Planning, Fertility Awareness, Research, Womens Health, Technology

CycleBeads Android App is Now Available in Arabic

 

Posted in: CycleBeads, Fertility Awareness, International Family Planning, mHealth, Natural Birth Control, Womens Health

CycleBeads Impact Update: Addressing Unmet Family Planning Need for Women in Madagascar with CycleBeads Contraceptive App for Android

Addressing Unmet Family Needs for the Women in Madagascar and the DRC with CycleBeads

Cycle Technologies is proud to announce that we’re expanding the contraceptive options available to the women of Madagascar. The CycleBeads Android app has been updated into French and was launched in Madagascar recently.

 

In a country where 19% of women have an unmet need for contraception, and the most common reason women aren’t using contraception is side effects and health concerns, CycleBeads can make a huge difference. 

 

CycleBeads® is a scientifically proven way to plan or prevent pregnancy by simply tracking the start dates of your period. It's over 95% effective as shown in efficacy trials. It has been used by millions of women around the world both as an app and as a physical product. CycleBeads family of products are based on the Standard Days Method® and are designed for women with cycles between 26 and 32 days long. 

Posted in: CycleBeads, International Family Planning, Fertility Awareness, Contraceptive Options, mHealth, Womens Health

CYCLEBEADS IMPACT UPDATE: INDIA - Report shows of the women using CycleBeads Android app to prevent pregnancy...

Recent research shows that CycleBeads is having a positive impact for the women in India meeting unmet contraceptive needs

Recent work in India shows that the CycleBeads app is having a positive impact. Key highlights to date include:

- Over 150,000 women in India have downloaded the CycleBeads Android app in the past three months.

According to in-app surveys, approximately 79% of the women using the app to prevent pregnancy, were not using contraception prior to downloading the CycleBeads app.

- Top 3 reasons all women cite for using the CycleBeads app: 1) it’s simple and easy to use, 2) it’s natural, and 3) I was worried about side effects.

This work is ongoing so we hope to have more information to report soon. Read the original press release here.

Posted in: Contraceptive Options, International Family Planning, Womens Health, CycleBeads, Fertility Awareness, mHealth

CYCLEBEADS IMPACT UPDATE: +75,000 Women in Ghana & Kenya Using the CycleBeads App – This High-Tech Birth Control Option is Addressing Unmet Family Planning Need.

Ghana and Kenya in-app surveys indicate that more than 20% of women using the CycleBeads app to prevent pregnancy were not using a contraceptive method prior to using the app.

IMPACT UPDATE (CycleBeads App - Ghana and Kenya)


WASHINGTON, DC, October 19, 2016 – Over 75,000 women in Kenya and Ghana have downloaded the CycleBeads® Android app in the past two months. Approximately half are using the app to prevent pregnancy. In-app surveys indicate that more than 20% of women using the CycleBeads app to prevent pregnancy were not using a contraceptive method prior to using the app.

This high-tech birth control option, which has been undergoing rigorous usability and impact testing, is designed to help women use the Standard Days Method® of family planning. This method is proven +95% effective at preventing pregnancy in large-scale efficacy studies. The CycleBeads app helps a woman identify her fertile days and track that her cycles are in range for using this method. 

See updated media release on CycleBeads impact in Ghana and Kenya.

 

Posted in: International Family Planning, CycleBeads, Womens Health, Fertility Awareness, Womens Health, Natural Birth Control

NEWS RELEASE: CycleBeads App Helping Women in Africa Prevent or Plan Pregnancy - Over 50,000 Women in Ghana & Kenya Use CycleBeads Android App

CycleBeads App Helping Women in Africa Prevent or Plan Pregnancy - Over 50,000 Women in Ghana & Kenya Use CycleBeads Android App


WASHINGTON, DC, September 28, 2016 – Over 50,000 women in Kenya and Ghana are using the CycleBeads® Android app to prevent pregnancy or plan pregnancy. The app, which has been undergoing rigorous usability and impact testing, is designed to help women use the Standard Days Method® of family planning. The CycleBeads app helps a woman identify her fertile days and track that her cycles are in range for using this method.

“We are thrilled with the impact that this technology is having” says, Leslie Heyer founder of Cycle Technologies. “There is a huge unmet need for family planning options that don’t cause side effects. Providing women with effective, easy to use, natural options, that they can access entirely through a smartphone, can go a long way towards addressing this need.”

In Ghana, 42% of women have an unmet need for family planning while in Kenya, 25% of married women have an unmet need.  In both countries, women cite “side effects” as the number one reason for non-use of contraception according to national health surveys.

 

The CycleBeads Android app is designed to provide women with an effective family planning option that does not cause side effects. It can be downloaded for free in the Google Marketplace.

 

More information about CycleBeads is available at: www.CycleBeads.com

 

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About Cycle Technologies

Cycle Technologies is a social impact company focused on women’s health. The company’s mission is to prevent unplanned pregnancies and help people have the families that they want when they are ready. Founded in 2002, Cycle Technologies products are available in over 60 countries and apps are available to anyone in the world with a smartphone. Learn more at www.cycletechnologies.com.

 

Posted in: Birth Control Effectiveness, Natural Birth Control, mHealth, International Family Planning, Womens Health, Research

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