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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.
NEWS RELEASE: CycleBeads App Helping Women in Africa Prevent or Plan Pregnancy - Over 50,000 Women in Ghana & Kenya Use CycleBeads Android App
CycleBeads App Helping Women in Africa Prevent or Plan Pregnancy - Over 50,000 Women in Ghana & Kenya Use CycleBeads Android App
WASHINGTON, DC, September 28, 2016 – Over 50,000 women in Kenya and Ghana are using the CycleBeads® Android app to prevent pregnancy or plan pregnancy. The app, which has been undergoing rigorous usability and impact testing, is designed to help women use the Standard Days Method® of family planning. The CycleBeads app helps a woman identify her fertile days and track that her cycles are in range for using this method.
“We are thrilled with the impact that this technology is having” says, Leslie Heyer founder of Cycle Technologies. “There is a huge unmet need for family planning options that don’t cause side effects. Providing women with effective, easy to use, natural options, that they can access entirely through a smartphone, can go a long way towards addressing this need.”
In Ghana, 42% of women have an unmet need for family planning while in Kenya, 25% of married women have an unmet need. In both countries, women cite “side effects” as the number one reason for non-use of contraception according to national health surveys.
The CycleBeads Android app is designed to provide women with an effective family planning option that does not cause side effects. It can be downloaded for free in the Google Marketplace.
More information about CycleBeads is available at: www.CycleBeads.com
About Cycle Technologies
Cycle Technologies is a social impact company focused on women’s health. The company’s mission is to prevent unplanned pregnancies and help people have the families that they want when they are ready. Founded in 2002, Cycle Technologies products are available in over 60 countries and apps are available to anyone in the world with a smartphone. Learn more at www.cycletechnologies.com.
Women everywhere want contraceptive options that meet their individual needs. Women in India, a nation poised to be the most populous country in the world in the next few years, are no exception. According to national health surveys, 20.5% of Indian women have an unmet need for contraception.
Of those women who have used a contraceptive method, female sterilization is the most common method used with 35.8% of women having used it followed by the "rhythm method" (15.9%), male condoms (13.2%), and withdrawal (9.3%). Clearly women in India need a more comprehensive range of family planning options. But it's not just about offering more options, it's about really understanding their needs and what they want.
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
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.
We are excited to attend the Global Health Leadership Symposium and Awards Ceremony in Washington DC, on December 10, 2014.
As part of the event, Cycle Technologies and other private sector companies will be recognized for our innovative approaches and impact on global health. Cycle Technologies is a finalist in the Global Business Partnership category for our work with the Institute for Reproductive Health under the Solutions for Unmet Need in Family Planning (SUN-FP) program. The SUN-FP program has given millions of women access to simple, effective fertility awareness-based family planning options.
Cycle Technologies' founder, Leslie Heyer will also be speaking as part of a panel on Strengthening Community Investment through Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships.
Fingers crossed for the award! Register for the event here.
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.
Why do women choose to use this fertility awareness-based method?
- No Side Effects - The #1 reason women tell us that they've chosen to use this natural method, is "concerns about side effects". In fact, over 40% cited this as their main reason. Click here to find out more about the side effects of common contraceptives.
- It's Effective - Women may not be willing to put up with side effects, but they still want their contraceptive method to be effective. CycleBeads and the method on which it is based, have been found to be highly effective both in perfect use and typical use. In fact, it is the most effective non-hormonal, user directed method in terms of typical use effectiveness. That's why so many women said that the fact that CycleBeads is "effective" was a key reason they chose it. Click here to find out more about our efficacy studies.
- It's Inexpensive - Women often tell us that they like how affordable it is to use a natural method. It’s not the first thing they are concerned about, but it is a consideration. See how CycleBeads compares in terms of costs to other contraceptive options.
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