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Cycle Technologies Launches CycleBeads App in Spanish to Address Rising Unmet Need for Family Planning
“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.
Download the Android version of CycleBeads in Spanish .
Download the iOS version of CycleBeads in Spanish
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.
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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
Having worked with natural birth control methods for the past fourteen years, we know that besides them being viable, effective methods, they appeal to eco-conscientious people and people concerned about which substances they put in their bodies. And as one thing leads to another (*ahem*), other products associated with our sex lives have come to our attention. So in recognition of Earth Day, let’s take a peek at some options and raise our sense of responsibility to a new level. Let’s green up our sex lives!
Here are four things to think about for an eco-conscious and body-safe sex life:
Did you know there was such a thing as vegan condoms? Fair trade? Cruelty free? Yes, indeed, there is a new wave of eco-friendly condom brands now available. The Swedish brand, RFSU, was the first vegan condom introduced in U.S. and is available through the Ozone Condom Shop. There are American brands now, too, such as Sustain and Sir Richard’s. You can purchase through their websites or at select natural products stores.
How are these condoms different than your run-of-the-mill drug-store condom?
- • They are vegan, not compounded with animal- or dairy by-products (casein), which are common in conventional condoms.
• They are not tested on animals.
• They are made of rubber from fair trade companies and sustainably harvested sources.
Bonus: most of these companies have a social-good component, in which they partner with or donate to programs in need. (Pictured: Caryn Thompson, O!Zone owner visiting RFSU factory in Sweden.)
For goodness sake, be nice to your tender parts! Things to think about when choosing a personal lubricant:
• Generally consider water- or aloe-based lubricants.
• Keep away from ingredients that may irritate or even cause breakdown of internal linings or encourage yeast infection, such as parabens and petrochemicals. Glycerin may also not be appropriate for women susceptible to yeast infections.
• Oils may be good for external play, but are not intended for vaginal sex or to be used with condoms.
• Silicone lubes are inert and usually hypoallergenic and last longer than water-based lubricants. They may be desired in instances, such as in hot tubs, for anal sex, or for women experiencing dryness due to menopause, but are not intended to be used with condoms or silicone sex toys, and may not be optimal for all women for vaginal sex.
(Pictured: Anastasia Harris, Good Clean Love at Natural Products Expo)
3. Sex Toys
• Choose non-porous materials, such as silicone, that do not absorb moisture or harbor germs.
• Cleaning – use mild, natural cleansers that will not leave a harmful residue that could irritate sensitive body parts
4. Post-play Clean Up
• Again, be gentle with yourself. Choose mild cleansers, not harsh ones like commercial deodorant soaps. Diva Wash is a good option, originally designed to be used with the silicone Diva Cup, it is also a gentle body wash that can be used on sensitive body parts as well as silicone sex toys.
• If you’re on the go and can’t shower, gentle body wipes are a good alternative.
So think about sustainability on Earth Day, and enjoy yourself! ;-)
(Examples of eco-friendly products for greening up your sex life.)
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CycleBeads - Plan or Prevent Pregnancy (Info Sheet)
Couples and individuals have the right to decide when they want to have children - if at all. Today, we have a range of contraceptive options. However, with all the options available to us, globally there are still an estimated 222 million women who have an unmet need for family planning. And although significant strides have been made to fill these gaps, having FULL CHOICE and FULL ACCESS to contraceptives is paramount if we are to achieve FP2020 goals or the Sustainable Development Goals or any other goal for that matter.
Adding effective, science-based fertility awareness methods to the contraceptive method mix brings new users to family planning and addresses unmet family planning needs. In fact fertility awareness methods can address many of the reasons that women cite for not using contraception even when they don’t want to get pregnant.
But there are those who question whether fertility awareness methods are actually “modern methods”. After all, people have been claiming to use these types of methods for centuries.
WHAT MAKES FAMS ‘‘MODERN’’?
In a powerful peer-reviewed commentary, the Office of Population and Reproductive Health of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) laid out their technical position for classifying fertility awareness methods as modern contraceptives. As described in the position, USAID supports FAMs as modern contraceptives because these methods meet the criteria for a modern contraceptive because they:
1. Are effective at pregnancy prevention,
2. Are safe,
3. Are based on a sound understanding of reproductive biology,
4. Include a defined protocol for correct use, and
5. Have been tested in appropriately designed studies to assess effectiveness under various conditions.
One last note that the authors point out that we consider a bonus is that fertility awareness methods do not require any clinical intervention.
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