Posts in: Fertility

Top 3 Tips for Period Tracking

With all of the different ways to track your menstrual cycle these days, including a plethora of high-tech, period-tracking apps and online calendars, it's easy to lose sight of which information is most important. So, what are the basic things you should keep in mind?  Cycle Technologies EduSeries host, Ann Mullen, spoke with women's health expert, Dr. Nerys Benfield, OB-GYN, to find out. The EduSeries interview below with Dr. Benfield includes her top three tips to help you gain a better understanding of period tracking and the reasons you may wish to do it. 

Posted in: Womens Health, Interviews with Health Providers, Fertility, Technology

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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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Cycle Technologies Hosts "Men's Fertility Health" - CT's EduSeries Webinar

Cycle Technologies EduSeries Webinar Recap
"Men's Fertility Health" hosted by Ann Mullen, Director of Health Education, Cycle Technologies, with guest fertility expert, Dr. Mary Lee Barron.

Cycle Technologies recently hosted an informative and timely topic on men's fertility health. Today's webinar on Men's Fertility Health was chock full of interesting facts.

Key takeaways:

  • It's all about the sperm! Healthy sperm, sufficient quantity, and good semen quality for delivery of sperm.  
  • Establishing healthy habits and lifestyle plays a significant role in ensuring a man's fertility health.
  • Men's Fertility Health is an indicator of overall heath and risk for future disease, including potential future erectile dysfunction.

Watch the recorded live eduseries segment here video if you missed this live webinar. Find out specific details about what harms and what boosts men's fertility health. 


Below is a quick snapshot of information from the webinar. It's a great list to keep in mind for an optimal fertility diet for men. 


Below are a few popular tweets from the webinar of key men's heatlh facts: 

  • For every 20lbs of a man being overweight - risk of increases 10%.
  • for incl. no more than 7% of daily intake in saturated fat, , , low carbs, smart snacks .
  • Decreased quality of semen is associated with #highBMI
  • Scrotal temp is critical. Dangers: laptop on lap, hot tubs, tight underwear. #mensfertility
  • It takes 75 days for #sperm to grow to maturity.

Have a topic in mind you'd like for us to cover? Send us your suggestions for future topics in reproductive health! Contact us at And, follow us on @CycleTechGlobal to get the latest news, etc.

Posted in: Men and Family Planning, Fertility

Watch the Webinar: How Sleep Affects Your Menstrual Cycle

In the latest CT EduSeries webinar, Dr. Mary Lee Barron shared her research and findings on how sleep affects a woman's menstrual cycle.  Dr. Barron's research shows that:

  • melatonin has a direct affect on the ovaries and follicular development
  • light exposure during sleep affects menstrual cycle length
  • consistent, health sleep is critical to optimal fertility

Listen to the recorded webinar here to find out more about these facts and how to get a good night's sleep!


Posted in: Fertility, Interviews with Health Providers, Research, Womens Health

Key Takeaways from Ferility Health Webinar, July 23, 2014

Fertility Health is a marker for overall health in both men and women.

We hosted a fascinating webinar on July 23, 2014, on the topic of how fertility health and general health are interrelated.  Ann Mullen, Director of Client Services at Cycle Technologies, interviewed fertility expert, Dr. Mary Lee Barron. They discussed important issues for men as well as for women regarding risk factors for fertility health and how these factors can be a marker for chronic disease.  Here is a sample of the many important points talked about:

Posted in: Fertility, Interviews with Health Providers, Men and Family Planning, Pregnancy, Research, Womens Health

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Free Webinar: How Fertility Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand

Don't miss our next webinar for anyone interested in health and fertility!

We will interview expert, Dr. Mary Lee Barron, on how fertility health is a marker for overall health in both men and women.  As part of the discussion Dr. Barron will talk about her research and how it shines light on questions such as . . .

  1. Do men's biological clocks affect their fertility too?
  2. What does your BMI (body mass index) have to do with your fertility?
  3. What is your body telling you, if you have irregular cycles?

We are excited to discuss these and other questions with Dr. Barron.  REGISTER HERE!

Posted in: Fertility, Interviews with Health Providers, Pregnancy, Research, Womens Health

Key Takeaways from Webinar - Offering Natural Family Planning Methods in Your Practice

Ann Mullen, Cycle Technologies' Director of Health Provider Services, hosts webinar on fertility awareness-based family methods.

In case you missed it, last week we had a fantastic webinar looking at how health providers can include fertility awareness-based family planning options into the range of options for their clients. We were thrilled to have Dr. Victoria Jennings, director of the Institute for Reproductive Health, and Dr. Marguerite Duane, family physician and adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University, presenting on the topic. Ann Mullen, Cycle Technologies' Director of Health Provider Services, hosted the presentation as these experts discussed the latest developments in fertility awareness-based family planning methods, a.k.a. "natural family planning methods". The presenters explored what works, what doesn't, and how a general healthcare practice can offer natural methods to their patients.

Main takeaways from the webinar included:

Posted in: Contraceptive Options, Fertility Awareness, Natural Birth Control, Birth Control Effectiveness, Fertility, mHealth

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Don't Miss the EduSeries Summer Events 2014!

EduSeries hosted by Cycle Technologies

Join us for a line-up of fertility experts this summer! Whether you are a healthcare provider or just interested in learning a little more about your fertility,  we have an event for you! .....

Posted in: Fertility Awareness, CycleBeads, Fertility, Technology, Interviews with Health Providers, Men and Family Planning

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750,000 Pregnancies Planned Using CycleBeads!!!

CycleBeads aren’t just about preventing pregnancy. Many women use this family planning method to help them get pregnant. In fact, since 2002 over 750,000 pregnancies have been successfully planned using this natural family planning option!  

Surveys of women using CycleBeads to help them get pregnant showed that: 

  • 80% of women using CycleBeads to achieve pregnancy, were pregnant within 6 months and most of these women were pregnant within the first 3 months.
  • Of those women who were successful in getting pregnant,  40% achieved pregnancy in the first month using CycleBeads to help them identify their fertile days. 
  • 90% of respondents used CycleBeads as their only conception aid. They did not invest in thermometers or expensive ovulation kits.

Click here to read more about our survey results.

This is post #4 out of 5 on our most recent infographic.

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

Check Out This New Infographic - CycleBeads Impact in the World!

Posted in: Fertility, International Family Planning, Research

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