In the latest CT EduSeries webinar, Dr. Mary Lee Barron shared her research and findings on how sleep affects a woman's menstrual cycle. Dr. Barron's research shows that:
- melatonin has a direct affect on the ovaries and follicular development
- light exposure during sleep affects menstrual cycle length
- consistent, health sleep is critical to optimal fertility
Listen to the recorded webinar here to find out more about these facts and how to get a good night's sleep!
The CycleBeads Android app is undergoing testing by researchers at the Institute for Reproductive Health for use in Kenya and other developing countries.
As the use of mobile phones increases, there is a great opportunity to reach people with this effective family planning option. But it's not as easy as just making the app available and expecting women to download it.
Ongoing testing is helping us refine the CycleBeads app and figure out how to make it more useful to women everywhere. For more information on this project, check out our recent press release: Innovative Family Planning Option Tested in Developing World.
Happy Halloween! We thought it would be great to share with you the most frightening tales of actual TRUE contraceptive news reports to get you in the spirit. We have it all - from an IUD gun invention for use by non-medically trained staff to real stories of forced contraception in China. We even have a mom telling her daughter to insert a potato in her nether regions to prevent pregnancy. OUCH! Find out what happens when it stays in her uterus for two weeks!
We hope you stay safe and well informed. Not just about your contraceptive options, but about everything -- that will lead you to a happier and healthier life.
CycleBeads mobile and digital tools are described as an "innovation in contraception" by USAID in a recent article "Five Promising Innovations in Contraception".
We couldn't agree more. Giving women real choices when it comes to their ability to prevent pregnancy and putting tools directly into their hands is having a huge impact on unplanned pregnancies.
Read the Cycle Technologies press release here.
Cycle Technologies has added a TwoDay Method presentation to its EduSeries videos. Learn about this very effective, simple natural family planning method in a 20-minute recorded presentation. In this episode, Ann Mullen, Director of Health Education, interviews Jeannette Cachan, an expert on the TwoDay Method.
Discussion topics include: What is the Two Day Method? How does it work? How effective is this method? What is the basis of this methodology?
Stay tuned for a live Q&A on the method to be announced later in October.
When we lauched CycleBeads in 2002, having a website was considered cutting edge. Only 9% of the global population was online. We loved our website! But oh how times have changed...
Today 40% of the world's population has internet access. And the CycleBeads.com website isn't just an informational resource - its our brand image. Even cooler, it's the product itself (hello CycleBeads Online)!
The latest update to our homepage represents the evolution of the CycleBeads' brand and the global impact this product is having. We hope you love it as much as we do!
Check out the screen shots below...
Thanks to all who joined the discussion last week on Cycle Technologies' facebook page about the CycleBeads digital tools. There were a lot of great questions. Many of the questions related to:
1) privacy concerns;
2) specific technical questions such as how to back up data, restore your app if you accidentally delete it, or update notifications that you want to receive; and
3) method specific questions such as what to do when you receive a notice that your cycle is shorter or longer than the 26-32 day range.
Check out the full discussion at www.facebook.com/CycleTechnologies
Join us today for a live facebook chat from 1:30-2:30pm ET with Director of Health Education Ann Mullen. Ann will be taking your questions about the CycleBeads smartphone apps and online service. Feel free to email questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or join the discussion on the Cycle Technologies' Facebook page here.
Check out the short CycleBeads Digital Tools webinar recorded last week as part of the Cycle Technologies EduSeries.
The webinar reviews CycleBeads smartphone apps and online service. It also shows health providers how to obtain a Provider Access account for CycleBeads Online and enroll patients.
Stay tuned for more information on a live Facebook discussion on CycleBeads Digital tools next week!
"I am a women's health graduate student in Boston and a classmate who works in the family planning field shared the joys of CycleBeads. I began using my CycleBeads not for family planning but to track the symptoms of my disease, endometriosis. Because of a blood clot on my lungs last summer I am no longer able to take hormonal birth control. Now, with CycleBeads I am able to know when my symptoms (specifically pain) are worse. I am grateful to CycleBeads for helping me navigate this new path of my journey with endometriosis."