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Top 10 Facts About CycleBeads

Recently we ran a series on the CycleBeads blog, called Top 10 Myths About CycleBeads. In case you missed it, here is the list translated into the Top 10 Facts About CycleBeads.  To see the original articles explaining  the myths and responding in detail, see the links below:

Fact #1:  CycleBeads is a Highly Effective method of birth control

Fact #2:  Women are Interested in using a natural method.

Fact #3:   CycleBeads is NOT the Rhythm Method

Fact #4:   Women primarily choose CycleBeads for Health Reasons and to Avoid Side Effects.

Fact #5:   CycleBeads accommodates a Range of Cycle Lengths from 26 to 32 days which means most women can use this method.

Fact #6:   Men are Interested in having their partner use CycleBeads and like being involved.

Fact #7:   Couples using CycleBeads Have Sex Just as Often as couples using other methods.

Fact #8:  CycleBeads takes into account the Variation in the Timing of Ovulation from month to month.

Fact #9:  Women generally have No Problem Remembering to move the CycleBeads marker daily.

Fact #10:  CycleBeads is Highly Effective and has been shown to expand Contraceptive Prevalence and bring New Users to family planning.

 

Posted in: CycleBeads, Birth Control Effectiveness, Birth Control Side Effects, Womens Health

New Video Introducing CycleBeads Online

Posted in: Birth Control Cost, Birth Control Effectiveness, Birth Control Options, Birth Control Side Effects, CycleBeads, Natural Birth Control

CycleBeads Top 10 Myths About This Natural Family Planning Method: Myth #4 - It's Only for Certain Types of People

Why do women choose this natural family planning option?

CycleBeads Myth: This is just for Catholics or other religious people

The Truth: While this method may appeal to people who have religious or cultural reasons for wanting to use a natural family planning method, most CycleBeads users do not use CycleBeads for religious reasons.  According to our ongoing surveys, the vast majority of women who choose to use this family planning method do so to “avoid side effects”. “avoid specific health risks” and “lead a healthy lifestyle”. Learn more about the reasons women use CycleBeads according to our most recent survevy, “Why Do Women Choose CycleBeads for Contraception? Survey Results Are In!”

Posted in: CycleBeads, Birth Control Side Effects, Birth Control Effectiveness, Birth Control Cost

CycleBeads Top 10 Myths About This Natural Family Planning Method: Myth #3 - The Rhythm Method

CycleBeads Myth:  This is just the rhythm method

We hear this claim a lot. Most often we hear it from people who "don't believe" that natural family planning works. We also hear it from people who advocate for other fertility awareness-based methods and think that the term "natural family planning" only applies to the practice of tracking your secretions, temperature, and other signs of fertility.

 


The Truth: CycleBeads and the Standard Days Method on which it is based are very different from “the rhythm method”. While people often use the term “the rhythm method” disparagingly to describe natural family planning methods in general, this is not accurate. Technically, the rhythm method is an algorithm that requires a woman to track her cycle for 6 months and then do complex calculations to figure out which days in her current cycle she is likely to get pregnant. Further, there are a variety of formulas that have been used for this calculation, but none have ever been tested in well-designed efficacy tests. Needless to say, it’s a complex, vague calculation that has never been well studied and means a lot of different things to different people. The Standard Days Method is based on a standard algorithm that has been well researched and tested and is used the same way every cycle. It is included in the World Health Organization's family planning guidance documents, in numerous family planning guidelines, and in modern reference books for family planning health professionals under "fertility awareness methods". See more in this earlier article, “CycleBeads is Not the Rhythm Method”.

Posted in: The Rhythm Method, CycleBeads, Birth Control Effectiveness

CycleBeads Top 10 Myths About This Natural Family Planning Method: Myth #1 - Effectiveness

We hear a lot of innacurate claims when it comes to CycleBeads, and we'd like to address the most common myths about this family planning option in a top 10 list. We'll be sharing these top 10 myths and responding to them over the next few weeks...

CycleBeads Myth #1: It’s not an effective form of birth control.
Many people believe that natural family planning in general is ineffective as birth control and that they can get pregnant at any time during their cycles. Others who use symptoms-based fertility awareness methods are often quick to assume that a method like CycleBeads that does not require analysis of an individual’s bodily changes such as temperature or cervical secretions, can’t possibly work. While these two groups come from opposite ends in terms of their beliefs about fertility management, they somehow arrive at one sweeping inaccurate conclusion - that CycleBeads and the method on which they are based, can’t possibly be effective.

The Truth:
There is significant research that proves CycleBeads is highly effective and actually considered the most effective fertility awareness-based family planning method in terms of Typical Use efficacy.

Researchers from Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health found that when used correctly, CycleBeads is more than 95% effective. This means that it is as or more effective than other user-directed methods.  Interestingly the research also determined that using this family planning method is the most effective natural family planning method among those that have been scientifically studied including the Symptothermal method and the Ovulation method. See the original efficacy study here. Read more about the research behind this natural family planning method here.

Posted in: Birth Control Effectiveness, CycleBeads

Is Your Family Planning Method Effective? The Difference Between Typical Use and Perfect Use Efficacy

Many of us have no idea how effective (or ineffective as the case may be), different birth control methods actually are.  Doctors will tell you the effectiveness rates of some birth control options based on their “Perfect Use” efficacy rates and for others, you will hear their “Typical Use” efficacy rates. Perfect Use efficacy rates, also known as "Correct Use", reflect what happens when a contraceptive method is used correctly all of the time. Typical Use efficacy rates, also known as "Actual Use", reflect what happens in the real world when we factor in human error in the first year of use of a method. The chart below shows the difference in Typical Use efficacy vs. Perfect Use efficacy rates in some of the most commonly used user-controlled family planning methods:

Note that "user-controlled" methods have a somewhat greater difference between Typical Use and Perfect Use efficacy than "doctor-controlled" methods such as IUD's and hormonal implants.

Posted in: Birth Control Effectiveness, CycleBeads

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Why Do Women Choose CycleBeads for Contraception? Survey Results Are In!

Recently we asked women to tell us if they were using CycleBeads to plan or prevent a pregnancy.  The survey results showed that approximately 3/4 of women use CycleBeads to prevent pregnancy while about 1/4 use CycleBeads to plan a pregnancy.  We then asked those women who are using CycleBeads as contraception to tell us why they chose this natural family planning option. The answers were overwhelming health reasons such as to "avoid side effects" or because of "concerns about specific health risks".  See the graph below for more detailed results.

Posted in: Birth Control Effectiveness, Contraceptive Options, Research, Birth Control Side Effects

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CycleBeads Now Available Through Maternova to Health Workers in Low-Resource Settings

CycleBeads an Innovative Natural Birth Control Tool is Now Available at Maternova

CycleBeads®, a natural birth control tool, is now available through Maternova, a one-stop shop for products that help save the lives of mothers and newborns. CycleBeads enables a woman to plan or prevent pregnancy by tracking her cycles and identifying her potentially fertile days. It is based on the Standard Days Method®, a highly effective natural family planning method.

Says Maternova Vice President, Allyson Cote, “As the first global Maternal Health marketplace and cutting-edge online community, Maternova is delighted to include CycleBeads in our robust portfolio of leading innovations. Maternova is dedicated to improving the lives of mothers and newborns, along with improving patient outcomes in low-resource settings. CycleBeads is a true innovation that provides a highly effective method of natural family planning.”

Posted in: International Family Planning, CycleBeads, Birth Control Cost, Birth Control Effectiveness, Birth Control Options, Womens Health

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Using a Condom is Harder Than it Looks - According to New Research

Using a condom correctly is difficult according to a recent study in the journal Sexual Health. Led by the Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team, the study compared 50 research articles across multiple countries and found that incorrect use of condoms is prevalent and causing unintended pregnancies and infections.

Posted in: Birth Control Effectiveness, Contraceptive Options, Research

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Why Do So Many Teens in the U.S. Still Get Pregnant?

While unplanned pregnancies among teens in the U.S. is at the lowest rate in years, American teenagers are still getting pregnant at a much higher rate than their counterparts in other countries – 3x more often than teens in Germany and France, and 4x more often than teens in the Netherlands. In 2010, unplanned pregnancies among U.S. teens dropped to 34.3 births per 1,000 girls aged 15-19 according to the most recent health statistics. That’s great news, but it’s still the highest teen pregnancy rate among developed nations.

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

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Testimonials

Laurey N., FL
"I love CycleBeads! My husband and I recently married, and we considered different options when it came to family planning. We did not want any chemicals in my body, and CycleBeads was the only method with which we felt completely comfortable. This method has allowed my husband to be actively involved in the planning of our family and has allowed me to be more in-tune with my body and monthly cycle. The beads are easy to follow and fun to use! I would recommend CycleBeads to any married couple seeking family planning options."