iCycleBeads:  Family Planning iPhone Application Now Available in Spanish

March 24, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cycle Technologies, announced today that iCycleBeads™, the first iPhone application that enables a woman to plan or prevent pregnancy easily and effectively, entirely through information provided by her iPhone device, is now available in Spanish.

“There are more than 35 million people in the U.S. and 400 million people worldwide for whom Spanish is the primary language,” said Leslie Heyer, President of Cycle Technologies. “It makes sense for this valuable family planning tool to be accessible to Spanish speakers. We plan to make iCycleBeads available in additional languages and through other smart phone devices in the near future so that eventually this birth control option can be used by anyone with a smart phone, anywhere.”

The Spanish language version of iCycleBeads will be presented at the Symposium for mHealth Strategy in Latin America in Lima, Peru March 25-26.

iCycleBeads is based on the Standard Days Method®, a family planning method that:

  • Was developed through extensive analysis of reproductive physiology data, tested in large-scale clinical trials, and proven more than 95% effective at preventing pregnancy.
  • Is the fastest growing natural family planning option available having been used by +2.5 million women worldwide in more than 50 countries using the visual tool CycleBeads®.
  • Was developed by the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University.
To use iCycleBeads a woman enters into the “app” the starting date of her most recent period.  At the touch of a button, the app shows her where she is in her cycle and whether she is on a day when pregnancy is likely or not.The information is provided on a virtual representation of CycleBeads or a calendar. The user will also receive customizable alerts for the first and last days of her “fertile window” (the days when she is able to get pregnant), when she can expect to get her next period, and to remind her to enter her cycle data.
“iCycleBeads allows a woman to both plan and prevent pregnancy easily and effectively without in-depth tracking of complicated data, a counselor to review information, or requiring additional tools to help her use it,” said Ms. Heyer.  “This is modern, natural birth control that is both easy to use and highly effective.”
iCycleBeads is designed for the majority of women who have cycles between 26 and 32 days long.  It helps a woman track her cycle and clearly identify her fertile window as days 8 through 19 of her cycle.  These 12 days take into account the life span of the ovum, the viable life of sperm, as well as the variation in the actual timing of ovulation from one cycle to the next.
iCycleBeads is protected by patent. It is now available at the iPhone Apple store and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A portion of all proceeds are donated to expanding family planning options around the world.

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