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CYCLEBEADS IMPACT UPDATE: INDIA - Report shows of the women using CycleBeads Android app to prevent pregnancy...
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.
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.
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.
Fertility apps are gaining more and more popularity these days but do you know the different types? Is an app designed to track your period and moods the same as one designed for pregnancy planning and prevention? Is an app that reminds you to take your birth control pill each day the same as one that gives you information about whether or not you're fertile today? Hint: No.
CycleBeads Android App Launches Initiative in India - Provides Women with a Complete Family Planning Solution via Free Smartphone App
CycleBeads Android App Launches Initiative in India – Provides Women with a Complete Family Planning Solution via Free Smartphone App
Women in India can now prevent pregnancy without side effects using a free smartphone app called CycleBeads®. The CycleBeads Android app is the only period tracker designed for pregnancy prevention as well as planning. Based on research insights, the app has recently been improved to better meet the needs of Indian women and is now available in Hindi.
“The CycleBeads app addresses many of the reasons women cite for not using contraception – it has no side effects, it allows women to plan ahead for their fertile days, and it is available for free to anyone with a smartphone,” says Leslie Heyer, founder of Cycle Technologies… READ FULL RELEASE HERE
ICYMI: Fertility Awareness in the Digital Age - Takeaways from Global Health Mini University Conference
In case you missed it, check out the recap of the co-presentation, "Fertility Awareness in the Digital Age" with Cycle Technologies, Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), and USAID. The informative reproductive health session included a discussion on how technology is changing people's access to fertility awareness information and how they're using this information to meet their reproductive goals.
Image: Victoria Shelus from the Institute for Reproductive Health discusses the importance of accurate fertility awareness information.
Couples and individuals have the right to decide when they want to have children - if at all. Today, we have a range of contraceptive options. However, with all the options available to us, globally there are still an estimated 222 million women who have an unmet need for family planning. And although significant strides have been made to fill these gaps, having FULL CHOICE and FULL ACCESS to contraceptives is paramount if we are to achieve FP2020 goals or the Sustainable Development Goals or any other goal for that matter.
Adding effective, science-based fertility awareness methods to the contraceptive method mix brings new users to family planning and addresses unmet family planning needs. In fact fertility awareness methods can address many of the reasons that women cite for not using contraception even when they don’t want to get pregnant.
But there are those who question whether fertility awareness methods are actually “modern methods”. After all, people have been claiming to use these types of methods for centuries.
WHAT MAKES FAMS ‘‘MODERN’’?
In a powerful peer-reviewed commentary, the Office of Population and Reproductive Health of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) laid out their technical position for classifying fertility awareness methods as modern contraceptives. As described in the position, USAID supports FAMs as modern contraceptives because these methods meet the criteria for a modern contraceptive because they:
1. Are effective at pregnancy prevention,
2. Are safe,
3. Are based on a sound understanding of reproductive biology,
4. Include a defined protocol for correct use, and
5. Have been tested in appropriately designed studies to assess effectiveness under various conditions.
One last note that the authors point out that we consider a bonus is that fertility awareness methods do not require any clinical intervention.
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.
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.
Cycle Technologies has added a TwoDay Method presentation to its EduSeries videos. Learn about this very effective, simple natural family planning method in a 20-minute recorded presentation. In this episode, Ann Mullen, Director of Health Education, interviews Jeannette Cachan, an expert on the TwoDay Method.
Discussion topics include: What is the Two Day Method? How does it work? How effective is this method? What is the basis of this methodology?
Stay tuned for a live Q&A on the method to be announced later in October.