Posts in: Fertility
You may be surprised to hear that most women have no idea when they can get pregnant. A recent study showed that 2/3 of young adults in the U.S. do not know that women are most fertile around the middle of their cycles (Berger, 2012). In an Australian study, only 16% of women actively seeking fertility treatments could correctly identify which days of their cycles they could get pregnant, despite the fact that most of these women thought that they were targeting the right days to achieve pregnancy. And according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers, almost 60% of women and 50% of men say it is somewhat likely that they are infertile, without having information from a healthcare provider. Furthermore, the American Infertility Association, says that at least 20% of "perceived infertility" cases are due to mistimed intercourse.
So what is going on? Why are so many women unaware or misinformed about their fertile days? Why do so many people believe they may be infertile? And how can using a simple family planning tool like CycleBeads help reduce the number of anxious couples trying to get pregnant, and the millions of dollars spent on unnecessary fertility treatments? We have a few ideas...
A recent survey of women who had purchased CycleBeads with the intention of planning a pregnancy, indicated interesting results:
- 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 the women who successfully achieved pregnancy, more than 40% achieved pregnancy in the first month of trying and 75% had achieved pregnancy within 3 months.
- 90% of respondents used CycleBeads as their only conception aid. They did not invest in thermometers or expensive ovulation kits.
We have found through surveys and feedback from users of CycleBeads that approximately a quarter are using CycleBeads to try to conceive. So how long does it take to become pregnant when using CycleBeads? We would like to hear from women who have used or are using CycleBeads to determine their fertile time to achieve pregnancy.
Please take our quick, anonymous survey to share your experience!
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It's all in the timing! When trying to conceive, a couple needs to time intercourse during the woman's fertile days.
In a recent survey, we learned that about one-fourth of women using CycleBeads or iCycleBeads were trying to conceive. If you are someone using CycleBeads (or have used CycleBeads) to get pregnant, please take our quick two-question, anonymous survey!
Check back to see the survey results!
We want to hear from CycleBeads users! Are you using CycleBeads (or iCycleBeads) to PLAN or PREVENT pregnancy? Please take our one-question survey.
Thank you for your feedback!
The number of twins born in the U.S. has grown signficiantly over the last 30 years according to a new CDC report. The reason? Increasing numbers of women waiting to have children until their 30′s and the growing use of fertility treatments.
Believe it or not, college students are often hesitant to talk about their sex lives, but health educators need them to do exactly that in order to provide students with the best health services. We spoke with Katie Garcia, health educator at Vanderbilt University, to find out how she gets students to open up about sexual health issues.
Congrats to the winner of the French Letter Condoms!
As mentioned in the original contest details, French Letter is a certified fair trade company that makes condoms using premium latex rubber from sustainable sources. When a consumer purchases French Letter condoms she is guaranteeing higher wages and better living and working conditions for the rubber suppliers with whom the company works. She is also getting beautifully wrapped protection that she won’t be embarrassed to carry!
How is that for eco-birth control? If you happen to use CycleBeads, French Letter condoms are also a great choice for those fertile days.
Stay tuned for more exciting giveaways!
"I am a women's health graduate student in Boston and a classmate who works in the family planning field shared the joys of CycleBeads. I began using my CycleBeads not for family planning but to track the symptoms of my disease, endometriosis. Because of a blood clot on my lungs last summer I am no longer able to take hormonal birth control. Now, with CycleBeads I am able to know when my symptoms (specifically pain) are worse. I am grateful to CycleBeads for helping me navigate this new path of my journey with endometriosis."