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Solutions for Decreasing Poverty - CycleBeads Presented at Global Health Conference

Cycle Technologies presented at the House of Sweden on simple solutions to address poverty.

Leslie Heyer, founder of Cycle Technologies spoke at the recent DevTech – Innovative Solutions for Poverty Alleviation event at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC on April 9th 2014.

Heyer presented to a group of global thought leaders discussing solutions to decrease poverty with cost efficient, impactful solutions.  Click here to view a clip of the discussion.

Posted in: Contraceptive Options, Birth Control Options, Birth Control Side Effects, CycleBeads, mHealth, International Family Planning

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Attention Healthcare Providers! CycleBeads Training Webinar, April 8

CycleBeads Heathcare Provider Training Webinar

Please join us for a live CycleBeads Webinar: Introductory Training for Healthcare Providers on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT. Register now!

This is a one-hour webinar designed for healthcare professionals who are interested in finding out about CycleBeads and the Standard Days Method (a fertility awareness-based method) and how to offer it to patients. . . . .

Posted in: Birth Control Options, Contraceptive Options, CycleBeads, Fertility Awareness, Womens Health, Natural Birth Control

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The State of Birth Control in the U.S. - Radio Program Discussion

On Minnesota Public Radio recently, experts from the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) at Georgetown University, and the Guttmacher Institute discussed the state of birth control in the U.S. IRH did a great job of outlining their top 5 takeaways from the discussion on their blog

The takeaways include...

Posted in: CycleBeads, Men and Family Planning, Contraceptive Options, Birth Control Options, mHealth

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Attention Healthcare Providers! Training Webinar, February 27

CycleBeads Heathcare Provider Training Webinar

Please join us for a live CycleBeads Webinar: Introductory Training for Healthcare Providers on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT. Register now!

This one-hour webinar is for healthcare professionals interested in finding out about this fertility awareness-based method and how to offer it to patients. . . . .

Posted in: Fertility Awareness, Birth Control Options, Contraceptive Options

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CycleBeads Responds to The Atlantic Article on Natural Methods of Contraception

A recent article in The Atlantic "The New Old-School Birth Control" outlines the complicated and challenging environment for fertility awareness-based methods.  The article does a good job describing the many barriers that make it difficult for women in the U.S. to find out about natural methods and get the support they need to use them. But we disagree with the author's premise that "tracking fertility effectively is more complicated than just counting days" and that she dismisses "calendar-based methods" as "just the rhythm method". 

The Standard Days Method®, the family planning method on which CycleBeads® tools are based, is a calendar-based natural method and it actually addresses many of the barriers to acceptance that the article describes for other fertility awareness-based methods.

Posted in: Birth Control Options, Fertility Awareness, Natural Birth Control, Womens Health, CycleBeads

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Why Aren't All Women Using Contraception?

Virtually all sexually active women in the United States have used contraception, but according to a National Health Statistics Report, most unplanned pregnancies occur among women who are not using birth control or are using it inconsistently. Why would a woman not use contraception even though she doesn't want to get pregnant? And what can be done to help her prevent an unplanned pregnancy? 
 
 
According to the report, the #1 reason women in the U.S. cite for not using a birth control method when they conceived their unplanned births, is that they "didn't think they could get pregnant" at that time (36%). 
 
Other reasons include ...

Posted in: Birth Control Options, Contraceptive Options, CycleBeads, Fertility Awareness, Womens Health

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Thinking About Using CycleBeads? Screen Yourself!

Screen yourself to see if CycleBeads is the right family planning method for you.

The CycleBeads® website has a handy online self-screener to help you determine whether you can use CycleBeads as your contraceptive method. Here are the questions to consider, but make sure to use the self-screener to find out what the advice is for your answers...

Posted in: Birth Control Options, Contraceptive Options, CycleBeads, Natural Birth Control

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CDC Report Shows Highly Educated Women Most Likely to Use Calendar-Based Family Planning

The recent CDC Report included information that shocked some people - the more educated a woman is, the more likely it is that she will have ever used a calendar-based family planning method! The report also showed that more educated women are also more likely to use symptoms-based family planning methods such as basal body temperature (BBT) and cervical mucus. 

According to the Centers for Disease Report, 28.2% of highly educated women (women with a master's degree or higher) are likely to have used a “calendar-based” method compared to 12.6% of women with less than a high school diploma. They also reported that 11.9% of highly educated women had used a symptoms-based natural method compared to only 2.9% of women who had not graduated from highschool.

Posted in: Birth Control Options, Contraceptive Options, Research

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CDC Report Shows Women Highly Likely to Discontinue Use of Hormonal Contraceptive Methods

Virtually all sexually experienced women in the United States have used at least one form of contraception in their lifetimes, according to a report released by the CDC earlier this year. And the most commonly used contraception is the pill with 4 out of 5 women using it at some point in their lives.

 

But of the 45 million women who have ever used the pill, 30% discontinued use because of dissatisfaction. And almost half of the women using other hormonal contraception methods such as Depo-Provera (46%) and the contraceptive patch (49%) discontinue use due to dissatisfaction.

 

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

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Does Your Birth Control Fit Your Budget? Compare the Costs of Contraceptives

There are many factors to consider when looking at birth control options, and cost is an important one. If the cost is too high, a person is less likely to use a family planning method for a long time or use it consistently. This means that a woman is more likely to be at risk for an unplanned pregnancy.  Women are especially hard hit by this financial burden, since they are most often the ones responsible for making family planning decisions.  

We decided to look at average annual cost, because it is the fairest way of comparing the relative costs of different methods. A method that requires a one time purchase, like an IUD, may have a hefty price of about $700. However, it can be used for as long as 10 years, which makes it somewhat more economical on an annual basis than one might imagine at first - though we should note that the average length of use for an IUD is likely to be much shorter than the 10 years the manufacturer claims. Meanwhile, condoms are cheap individually at about $1.25 per unit on average; however, the annual cost for a year of coverage with condoms might be a higher than expected, given that they must be purchased for every act of intercourse.  

Posted in: Birth Control Cost, Contraceptive Options, Birth Control Options

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