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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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It's Here - A New Family Planning Option!

We are so proud to introduce a new period tracking and fertility management app called Dot™. Dot uses the latest in science and technology to identify a woman's conception risks using just her period start dates. Working with data scientists and reproductive health experts, Cycle Technologies developed the Dynamic Optimal Timing™ approach which powers Dot.

Based on the incredible success of CycleBeads, and the feedback we've had from women around the world about this family planning method, we knew there was an opportunity to create a new innovation in this space. Dot works for almost all women*, tailors to your individual cycle lengths, and is shown to be highly accurate and effective. 

To find out more about Dot, visit the website: or download Dot the app in iTunes here.

* Dot is designed for women with cycles between 20-40 days long who have less than 10 days variation from their longest to shortest cycles. 



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

CycleBeads Android App Tested for Developing World

Abigael Wangui of iHub Research in Kenya demonstrates CycleBeads digital tools.

The CycleBeads Android app is undergoing testing by researchers at the Institute for Reproductive Health for use in Kenya and other developing countries.

As the use of mobile phones increases, there is a great opportunity to reach people with this effective family planning option. But it's not as easy as just making the app available and expecting women to download it.

Ongoing testing is helping us refine the CycleBeads app and figure out how to make it more useful to women everywhere. For more information on this project, check out our recent press release: Innovative Family Planning Option Tested in Developing World.


Posted in: CycleBeads, Technology, International Family Planning, mHealth

CycleBeads Digital Tools Called a Top 5 Promising Innovation

CycleBeads Online is a Promising Innovation in Contraception

CycleBeads mobile and digital tools are described as an "innovation in contraception" by USAID in a recent article "Five Promising Innovations in Contraception".

We couldn't agree more. Giving women real choices when it comes to their ability to prevent pregnancy and putting tools directly into their hands is having a huge impact on unplanned pregnancies.

Read the Cycle Technologies press release here.

Posted in: CycleBeads, Technology, mHealth

We've Come A Long Way in 12 Years!

The website circa 2002.

When we lauched CycleBeads in 2002, having a website was considered cutting edge. Only 9% of the global population was online. We loved our website! But oh how times have changed...

Today 40% of the world's population has internet access. And the website isn't just an informational resource - its our brand image. Even cooler, it's the product itself (hello CycleBeads Online)!

The latest update to our homepage represents the evolution of the CycleBeads' brand and the global impact this product is having. We hope you love it as much as we do! 

Check out the screen shots below...

Posted in: CycleBeads, Technology

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Recap of the Facebook Chat on CycleBeads Digital Tools

Thanks to all who joined the discussion last week on Cycle Technologies' facebook page about the CycleBeads digital tools. There were a lot of great questions. Many of the questions related to:

1) privacy concerns;

2) specific technical questions such as how to back up data, restore your app if you accidentally delete it, or update notifications that you want to receive; and

3) method specific questions such as what to do when you receive a notice that your cycle is shorter or longer than the 26-32 day range.

Check out the full discussion at




Posted in: CycleBeads, Technology

Join a Facebook Discussion Today on CycleBeads Digital Tools

Join us today for a live facebook chat from 1:30-2:30pm ET with Director of Health Education Ann Mullen. Ann will be taking your questions about the CycleBeads smartphone apps and online service. Feel free to email questions in advance to or join the discussion on the Cycle Technologies' Facebook page here.

Posted in: CycleBeads, Technology

New Webinar on CycleBeads Digital Tools

Check out the short CycleBeads Digital Tools webinar recorded last week as part of the Cycle Technologies EduSeries.

The webinar reviews CycleBeads smartphone apps and online service. It also shows health providers how to obtain a Provider Access account for CycleBeads Online and enroll patients.

Stay tuned for more information on a live Facebook discussion on CycleBeads Digital tools next week! 





Posted in: CycleBeads, mHealth

CycleBeads in Czechoslovakia

CycleBeads Available in Over 60 Countries Through Health Programs & Retailers

Thanks to all of our partners from around the world who make CycleBeads available to women in their communities. And a special welcome to our most recent distributor in Czechoslovakia - Muj Kalisek.

Want to see who is offering CycleBeads in Kenya?

How about CycleBeads in Honduras?

Always wanted to find CycleBeads in India?

Check out a full list of our international partners here.




Posted in: CycleBeads

What Does "Effective Family Planning" Really Mean?

As discussed in an earlier post, Birth Control Effectiveness - How Risky is Your Birth Control?, there is a big difference between Perfect Use and Typical Use when it comes to efficacy. Most people hear Perfect Use efficacy from manufacturers and health providers, but Typical Use efficacy is actually much more important.

Perfect Use efficacy is the effectiveness of a birth control method in an ideal situation. Typical Use efficacy is how well a birth control method works when we take into account how people actually use it in the real world. This is why it's so important to know how effective your chosen family planning option is in Typical Use, not just in a lab.

Of course we're proud of the fact that CycleBeads is very effective in both Perfect Use (95% effective) and Typical Use (88% effective).

Interestingly, efficacy rates can change as new studies are conducted. The chart above shows information from the most recent Contraceptive Technology. Information that was updated from previous editions includes:

  • The pill is now considered 91% effective in Typical Use (down from 92%).
  • The diaphragm is now considered 88% effective in Typical Use (up from 84%).

Posted in: Birth Control Effectiveness, Contraceptive Options, CycleBeads

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