CycleBeads® and the Standard Days Method® on which it is based are included as a contraceptive option that can help address worldwide family planning needs in a special series on Impatient Optimists, a blog created by The Gates Foundation. The series, called “What’s Your Method?” looks at different family planning technologies and asks experts to write articles explaining these technologies, their benefits, and the challenges with making them available to women globally.

The article, "Keeping An Open Mind: What the Evidence Tells Us About the Standard Days Methodby Victoria Jennings, PhD, and Elaine Murphy, PhD. looks at research which shows that this highly effective fertility awareness-based method attracts new users to family planning and is especially attractive to women and couples who normally wish to avoid hormonal and surgical methods. The Standard Days Method has brought significant numbers of new users to family planning in developing countries and has addressed a number of associated issues in a positive way. 

As stated on the Impatient Optimist blog, “Not every method is right for every woman. A variety of [family planning] options must be available for each woman to find the best fit for her and her family.”


We couldn’t agree more!




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

Tags: contraception, birth control, family planning, Gates Foundation, Impatient Optimists, developing countries, access to birth control, Standard Days Method, What's Your Method

1 comment for "CycleBeads Featured in Gates Foundation Blog"

Janice Pedlham says:

It's impressive that the Gates Foundation is willing to talk about a full range of options. For too long, the health community has tried to force long acting methods (sterilization, hormone shots, IUDS) on communities that they perceive as needing to reproduce less without really considering what women want.

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