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Global Impact Update: CycleBeads Published Report

Recent research in 7 countries shows that the CycleBeads mobile app brings new users to family planning, addresses unmet contraceptive need, and can be made available directly to users cost efficiently. Read the full report in the journal mHealth: https://bit.ly/2JTkLbK

Posted in: Contraceptive Options, CycleBeads, International Family Planning, mHealth

CycleBeads App is available in Spanish!

Cycle Technologies Launches CycleBeads App in Spanish to Address Rising Unmet Need for Family Planning

CycleBeads® App is available in Spanish for both iOS and Android devices

“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.

SEE THE PRESS RELEASE HERE.

Download the Android version of CycleBeads in Spanish here.
Download the iOS version of CycleBeads in Spanish here.

 

Posted in: International Family Planning, CycleBeads, Womens Health, Fertility Awareness

CycleBeads Android App for Contraception & Family Planning: Global Impact Progress GHANA • KENYA • INDIA

Recent work in Ghana, Kenya, and India shows that the CycleBeads Android app is having a positive impact. Click on the following images or links to view progress taking place as of April 2017.

CYCLEBEADS® ANDROID APP GLOBAL IMPACT UPDATE: GHANA

CycleBeads® Global Impact: Report Highlights for GHANA

 

CYCLEBEADS® ANDROID APP GLOBAL IMPACT UPDATE: KENYA

CycleBeads® Global Impact: Report Highlights for KENYA

 

CYCLEBEADS® ANDROID APP GLOBAL IMPACT UPDATE: INDIA

CycleBeads® Global Impact: Report Highlights for INDIA

 

CycleBeads® is a scientifically proven way to plan or prevent pregnancy by simply tracking the start dates of your period. It's over 95% effective as shown in efficacy trials. It has been used by millions of women around the world both as an app and as a physical product. CycleBeads family of products are based on the Standard Days Method® and are designed for women with cycles between 26 and 32 days long.

Posted in: CycleBeads, International Family Planning, Fertility Awareness, Research, Womens Health, Technology

CycleBeads Android App is Now Available in Arabic

 

Posted in: CycleBeads, Fertility Awareness, International Family Planning, mHealth, Natural Birth Control, Womens Health

CycleBeads Impact Update: Addressing Unmet Family Planning Need for Women in Madagascar with CycleBeads Contraceptive App for Android

Addressing Unmet Family Needs for the Women in Madagascar and the DRC with CycleBeads

Cycle Technologies is proud to announce that we’re expanding the contraceptive options available to the women of Madagascar. The CycleBeads Android app has been updated into French and was launched in Madagascar recently.

 

In a country where 19% of women have an unmet need for contraception, and the most common reason women aren’t using contraception is side effects and health concerns, CycleBeads can make a huge difference. 

 

CycleBeads® is a scientifically proven way to plan or prevent pregnancy by simply tracking the start dates of your period. It's over 95% effective as shown in efficacy trials. It has been used by millions of women around the world both as an app and as a physical product. CycleBeads family of products are based on the Standard Days Method® and are designed for women with cycles between 26 and 32 days long. 

Posted in: CycleBeads, International Family Planning, Fertility Awareness, Contraceptive Options, mHealth, Womens Health

CYCLEBEADS IMPACT UPDATE: INDIA - Report shows of the women using CycleBeads Android app to prevent pregnancy...

Recent research shows that CycleBeads is having a positive impact for the women in India meeting unmet contraceptive needs

Recent work in India shows that the CycleBeads app is having a positive impact. Key highlights to date include:

- Over 150,000 women in India have downloaded the CycleBeads Android app in the past three months.

According to in-app surveys, approximately 79% of the women using the app to prevent pregnancy, were not using contraception prior to downloading the CycleBeads app.

- Top 3 reasons all women cite for using the CycleBeads app: 1) it’s simple and easy to use, 2) it’s natural, and 3) I was worried about side effects.

This work is ongoing so we hope to have more information to report soon. Read the original press release here.

Posted in: Contraceptive Options, International Family Planning, Womens Health, CycleBeads, Fertility Awareness, mHealth

CYCLEBEADS IMPACT UPDATE: +75,000 Women in Ghana & Kenya Using the CycleBeads App – This High-Tech Birth Control Option is Addressing Unmet Family Planning Need.

Ghana and Kenya in-app surveys indicate that more than 20% of women using the CycleBeads app to prevent pregnancy were not using a contraceptive method prior to using the app.

IMPACT UPDATE (CycleBeads App - Ghana and Kenya)


WASHINGTON, DC, October 19, 2016 – Over 75,000 women in Kenya and Ghana have downloaded the CycleBeads® Android app in the past two months. Approximately half are using the app to prevent pregnancy. In-app surveys indicate that more than 20% of women using the CycleBeads app to prevent pregnancy were not using a contraceptive method prior to using the app.

This high-tech birth control option, which has been undergoing rigorous usability and impact testing, is designed to help women use the Standard Days Method® of family planning. This method is proven +95% effective at preventing pregnancy in large-scale efficacy studies. The CycleBeads app helps a woman identify her fertile days and track that her cycles are in range for using this method. 

See updated media release on CycleBeads impact in Ghana and Kenya.

 

Posted in: International Family Planning, CycleBeads, Womens Health, Fertility Awareness, Womens Health, Natural Birth Control

Meeting Women's Family Planning Needs in India

Women everywhere want contraceptive options that meet their individual needs. Women in India, a nation poised to be the most populous country in the world in the next few years, are no exception. According to national health surveys, 20.5% of Indian women have an unmet need for contraception.

Of those women who have used a contraceptive method, female sterilization is the most common method used with 35.8% of women having used it followed by the "rhythm method" (15.9%), male condoms (13.2%), and withdrawal (9.3%). Clearly women in India need a more comprehensive range of family planning options. But it's not just about offering more options, it's about really understanding their needs and what they want. 

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

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CycleBeads Android App Update - Coming Soon

Thanks to our Android app users for letting us know about an issue with the most updated version of the CycleBeads app. We are fixing it and will have an update shortly! 

 

Posted in: CycleBeads, mHealth

Trying to Conceive? These Five Tips May Help You Get Pregnant Faster.

When we're trying to conceive, many of us drive ourselves crazy trying to figure out exactly when we're most likely to get pregnant. We buy ovulation prediction kits, we download apps that promise to show us our Peak Day, and we tell our partners that they have to be "on call" when we think we're ovulating. It may sound counter-intuitive, but attempting to predict or pinpoint your exact day of ovulation is not necessary for becoming pregnant. And being fixated on it may actually hurt your chances, if you aren't having intercourse throughout your potential fertile window. Fortunately, there are simple, effective guidelines that can help you take much of the stress out of trying to get pregnant.

General Guidelines for Getting Pregnant Quickly

It is helpful - and a relief -  to know that when women target intercourse for the high-probability time of their cycles, they become pregnant as quickly as when they try to plan for an exact day of ovulation. Experts recommend that you have intercourse two to three times a week during your potentially fertile time, so you can be confident that you won't be missing your opportunity to conceive that cycle.  With this plan, most fertile women achieve pregnancy in one to three months, and if you are not pregnant in six months, it's time for a fertility evaluation for both you AND your partner.

How can you identify your potentially fertile days?  

While there are only six days during your cycle when pregnancy is possible (the five days before ovulation and the day of ovulation), these days move around from one cycle to the next and it's not possible to identify in advance exactly when these six days will occur. There are a few different approaches to identifying your potentially fertile days - the three with which we work are Standard Days Method®, Dynamic Optimal Timing™, and TwoDay Method®. Other fertility awareness methods require more extensive tracking, such as taking your temperature daily and checking cervical position.  All scientifically based fertility awareness methods identify approximately 10-14 days as potentially fertile during a given cycle.  

Other Factors

Keep in mind, it's not only ovulation that determines whether you can get pregnant. There are other factors that play a role during any particular cycle, such as sperm quality, receptivenss of the uterus, and so on. But by and large, if you begin by targeting your high probability days, you can take away the uncertainty of predicting when you can get pregnant. 

Ok. So to recap - here's a quick run down for you blog scanners:

1. Don't stress. 

2. Have sex regularly on potentially fertile days.

3. Focusing too much on your exact day of ovulation may actually hurt your chances of conceiving.

4. If you're not preggers within 6 months of trying, then you AND your partner should have a check up.

5. Have fun.

Posted in: Fertility, Fertility Awareness, Pregnancy, Research, Womens Health, CycleBeads

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