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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

 

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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

Are There Different Types of Fertility Apps?

Fertility apps are gaining more and more popularity these days but do you know the different types? Is an app designed to track your period and moods the same as one designed for pregnancy planning and prevention? Is an app that reminds you to take your birth control pill each day the same as one that gives you information about whether or not you're fertile today? Hint: No.

Let us break it down for you. There are three types of “fertility apps”:

 

  1. Family Planning Apps - Apps that can be used as birth control and for pregnancy planning. These apps are based on one of the few proven family planning methods, including Standard Days Method, TwoDay Method, Sympto-Thermal Method, and Ovulation Method. They require different inputs from users depending on which method is used. There are only a handful of family planning apps. They include: DotCycleBeadsTwoDay Method, and Kindara.
     

  2. Pregnancy Planning-Only Apps - These apps aim to help you get pregnant. They may or may not use a scientifically proven algorithm or method. These apps tend to use a general rule or proprietary algorithm, but it’s unclear which method is being used. They often include features that address women’s pregnancy planning concerns, i.e. nutritional journals, community forums, etc. They include: OviaGlowand many others. They are often confused with Period Tracking Journals which offer some of the same information.
     

  3. Period Tracking Journals - Apps that let you track all kinds of information related to your period and menstrual cycle, and which should be used for informational purposes only - though they may be helpful if you are trying to get pregnant. There are hundreds of these and they vary from the basic to the involved. They includePink PadPeriod TrackerClueEve, and HUNDREDS of others.

 

​So what should you look for in your fertility app? The most important thing is to KNOW YOUR GOAL. If you are looking for an app to help you plan or prevent pregnancy, make sure you know what method it uses and are comfortable with using that method. And make sure it comes from a respected source. 

 

Where do Cycle Technologies’ apps fit into this? Our goal is to provide women with contraceptive solutions that meet their needs.  All of our apps - Dot, CycleBeads, and TwoDay Method, are family planning apps. They are based on proven, effective family planning methods. These methods are designed to be exceptionally easy to use, which is how they are different than other family planning apps. But we’ll leave that for another post.

 

 

Posted in: Contraceptive Options, Fertility Awareness, Natural Birth Control, mHealth, Technology, Womens Health

Meeting Women's Family Planning Needs in India

Women everywhere want contraceptive options that meet their individual needs. Women in India, a nation poised to be the most populous country in the world in the next few years, are no exception. According to national health surveys, 20.5% of Indian women have an unmet need for contraception.

Of those women who have used a contraceptive method, female sterilization is the most common method used with 35.8% of women having used it followed by the "rhythm method" (15.9%), male condoms (13.2%), and withdrawal (9.3%). Clearly women in India need a more comprehensive range of family planning options. But it's not just about offering more options, it's about really understanding their needs and what they want. 

Posted in: International Family Planning, CycleBeads, Womens Health, Birth Control Options, Contraceptive Options, Education

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CycleBeads Android App Launches Initiative in India - Provides Women with a Complete Family Planning Solution via Free Smartphone App

 

CycleBeads Android App Launches Initiative in India – Provides Women with a Complete Family Planning Solution via Free Smartphone App


Women in India can now prevent pregnancy without side effects using a free smartphone app called CycleBeads®. The CycleBeads Android app is the only period tracker designed for pregnancy prevention as well as planning.  Based on research insights, the app has recently been improved to better meet the needs of Indian women and is now available in Hindi.

“The CycleBeads app addresses many of the reasons women cite for not using contraception – it has no side effects, it allows women to plan ahead for their fertile days, and it is available for free to anyone with a smartphone,” says Leslie Heyer, founder of Cycle Technologies…  READ FULL RELEASE HERE

Posted in: Contraceptive Options, Research, Birth Control Effectiveness, International Family Planning, Fertility Awareness

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