Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are changing people’s lifestyles at a rapid pace, including how they manage their health care. Health care providers and patients are increasingly communicating via mobile technology and many doctors are actually prescribing health apps to their patients for everything from pill reminders to managing their diabetes to using a family planning method (hello CycleBeads!).The development and adoption of health apps has exploded in a short time, and continues to grow with thousands of medical apps available for mobile devices. Experts forecast that mobile health (or mHealth as the industry is becoming known) is going to change how healthcare is delivered and managed over the next few years.
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CycleBeads are included as a part of the Global Health Innovation Insight Series. The Global Health Innovation Project at Stanford University series is intended to develop tools and materials that innovators can use to increase their effectiveness in tackling common business-related issues in low resource settings. The Insight Series looks at companies and products who have navigated these situations and are willing to share their learnings with others.
A number of the issues that we have faced with introducing CycleBeads over the past 10 years, and that are relevant to other innovative health products, are described in these articles. These issues include:
New CycleBeads Toolkit - A Resource for Health Providers Integrating This Natural Family Planning Option
Attention! Health Care Providers and Health Educators:
A toolkit for integrating the Standard Days Method® and CycleBeads® into U.S. health clinics and programs has been created by our research partner, the Institute for Reproductive Health. It is a free online resource that includes an Integration Guide, a training course, training materials, instructional videos and more.
While CycleBeads and iCycleBeads™ are an easy and effective way to use natural family planning, and can be purchased without a prescription, it is important and helpful for health care professionals to have a plan and guidance when introducing it to a clinic or program. The toolkit gives tips on how to create a positive atmosphere for offering the method, how to train staff to screen and counsel clients, how to procure materials, and suggests other creative ways to use CycleBeads in a practice and in outreach.
The toolkit is available at: www.cyclebeadstoolkit.com
Feel free to download materials to use in your practice and for training your staff. Contact us with any questions at email@example.com.
In a recent TEDTalk, Melinda Gates eloquently outlined why contraception should not be considered a "controversial" topic and the importance of giving people everywhere access to a full range of family planning options. Thank you Ms. Gates, for your willingness to lend your voice to this important issue... And of course, we were thrilled that CycleBeads were included among the full range of family planning options!
When Guli Fager started her job as a sexual health educator for university students in Texas, she was shocked to learn how little they knew. While most students had basic knowledge about contraception, they had minimal understanding of reproductive processes and sexual health issues. Her concern grew when she realized that not only were the students generally uninformed, they were often misinformed. She decided to focus on the question, “What is healthy sexual health development?” and how could she convey this question and the answers to the students through programs at the university health center.
"After using other methods of birth control, my husband and I decided to try CycleBeads. They are easy to use and have worked wonderfully for us. We have a nice family of three, including our Black Lab, Sadie (shown in photo with me), and we want to keep it that way for now! I recommend this natural, safe and reliable way to anyone who wants to avoid toxic substances while sharing the responsibility of birth control with her partner."