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Solutions for Decreasing Poverty - CycleBeads Presented at Global Health Conference

Cycle Technologies presented at the House of Sweden on simple solutions to address poverty.

Leslie Heyer, founder of Cycle Technologies spoke at the recent DevTech – Innovative Solutions for Poverty Alleviation event at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC on April 9th 2014.

Heyer presented to a group of global thought leaders discussing solutions to decrease poverty with cost efficient, impactful solutions.  Click here to view a clip of the discussion.

Posted in: Contraceptive Options, Birth Control Options, Birth Control Side Effects, CycleBeads, mHealth, International Family Planning

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Challenges in the World of Family Planning - A Few Lessons Learned at the Recent CCIH Conference

Vicky G. Checking Out the CCIH Conference
The following article was written by Victoria Gregg, a new member of the Cycle Technologies team who has studied in Hawaii, South Korea, and is now learning new things in her hometown of DC . 
 
As a newcomer to the Cycle Technologies team I’m doing everything I can to get up to speed on the complex world of family planning.  Last week I attended a conference hosted by Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) (www.ccih.org). The conference, “Where do Christians Stand on Family Planning? – Voices from the Global South”, was a chance to listen to health leaders from around the world share their experiences and views regarding this sensitive topic. 
 
What did I learn? 

Posted in: International Family Planning, CycleBeads

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Gates Foundation Calls for Full Access, Full Choice

CycleBeads is one of the modern contraceptive options included in the The Gates Foundation's recommendations.

In 2009, Melinda Gates publicly declared her belief that global family planning is a critical human rights issue. She and her husband put the backing of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation behind the movement and established the goal of universal access to sexual and reproductive health services. Since then, with the help of cooperating partners and governments, awareness has grown, and significant strides have been made to fill the unmet need for family planning of 200 million couples in the developing world.

This year's theme for the 3rd annual International Conference on Family Planning was FULL ACCESS, FULL CHOICE. It was held last week, November 12 - 15, in Addis Ababa and was co-hosted by The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia. More than 3,300 delegates from 120 countries attended.  The week ended with a "Call to Action" to governments to commit to providing women with access to the full range of modern contraception and voluntary family planning services. 

CycleBeads is proud to be included in the full range of modern contraceptive options. After all, if a program really wants to offer women choices, they should include a natural, effective family planning option in the method mix.

 

 

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USAID Reports CycleBeads Impact in the Democratic Republic of Congo

A Woman in the Democratic Republic of Congo Holds Her Set of CycleBeads

More than 26% of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo are not using a modern family planning method even though they want to avoid pregnancy. In a recent article, a program manager from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) described his experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and how CycleBeads as a non-hormonal family planning option is helping to address the unmet need there.  The article highlights how this simple fertility tool can help address family planning issues in a complex cultural environment where views around family size, gender roles, and contraception in general have made it difficult for programs to offer family planning and reproductive health services. Check out the full article here: Non-Hormonal Methods of Contraception Meet Need in DRC  

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CycleBeads to Be Featured on BBC World News!

Priya Jha, India Country Director for the Institute for Reproductive Health, is Shown on the BBC Program Holding a Set of CycleBeads

CycleBeads will be featured in an upcoming episode of Horizons on BBC World News.  The program will examine how contraceptive options such as CycleBeads have helped decrease fertility rates by nearly half in South Asia and will specifically look at their impact in India.

In addition to exploring how this innovative family planning option enables women to prevent pregnancy naturally in an easy, effective, safe way, the program will also look at how some of the new digital tools such as CycleBeads Online, iCycleBeads smartphone apps, and a text-based SMS tool, are making this family planning method even more accessible.

The episode airs on November 2 and November 3. To find out the schedule in your area, check out:  bbc.com/tvschedule

Posted in: International Family Planning, CycleBeads, mHealth

New Publication - CycleBeads Impact in 5 Developing Countries

The new publication "Stories of Most Significant Change" features firsthand reports from health providers, women, and their partners about how the Standard Days Method and CycleBeads have impacted their programs and lives. Focusing on five developing countries, the stories help us see how this simple family planning tool is having a big impact in diverse regions of the world including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala...

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New Video - Family Planning & CycleBeads Impact in Rwanda

Ten years ago, only 7% of women in Rwanda were using a family planning method and women were giving birth to an average of six children during their lifetimes. The introduction of the Standard Days Method® using CycleBeads® has had a huge impact. 

The video below features interviews with health workers as well as with users. It looks at the the impact that this family planning tool is having on the lives of women and couples in Rwanda. 

 

Posted in: International Family Planning, Contraceptive Options

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CycleBeads Featured in Gates Foundation Blog

CycleBeads® and the Standard Days Method® on which it is based are included as a contraceptive option that can help address worldwide family planning needs in a special series on Impatient Optimists, a blog created by The Gates Foundation. The series, called “What’s Your Method?” looks at different family planning technologies and asks experts to write articles explaining these technologies, their benefits, and the challenges with making them available to women globally.

The article, "Keeping An Open Mind: What the Evidence Tells Us About the Standard Days Methodby Victoria Jennings, PhD, and Elaine Murphy, PhD. looks at research which shows that this highly effective fertility awareness-based method attracts new users to family planning and is especially attractive to women and couples who normally wish to avoid hormonal and surgical methods. The Standard Days Method has brought significant numbers of new users to family planning in developing countries and has addressed a number of associated issues in a positive way. 

As stated on the Impatient Optimist blog, “Not every method is right for every woman. A variety of [family planning] options must be available for each woman to find the best fit for her and her family.”

 

We couldn’t agree more!

 

Posted in: International Family Planning, Birth Control Options, Contraceptive Options, Womens Health

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CycleBeads Now Available Through UNFPA

CycleBeads available to NGO's through UNFPA are packed efficiently.

CycleBeads are now available through the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to international NGO's This natural family planning tool is included in the AccessRH Catalog and can be ordered along with other health supplies in an efficient, low cost manner. The AccessRH Catalog is designed to offer a huge range of reproductive health and related products to NGO's around the world. The catalog contains everything from condoms to hormonal contraceptives and includes only those products and manufacturers that have been fully vetted for quality and price.  CycleBeads is the only fertility awareness-based family planning method that can be ordered through this procurement system. More information is available at www.myaccessrh.org

 

 

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Stanford Graduate School of Business Examines Lessons Learned from Innovations like CycleBeads

The Stanford Global Health Innovation Insight Series examines global health challenges and solutions, such as CycleBeads

You are likely familiar with CycleBeads® as a tool for using the Standard Days Method® of family planning and as an aid for health care providers and health educators to teach about fertility awareness.  But CycleBeads also plays an important role as a product for social impact.  In a series of case studies, researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Business included CycleBeads among the solutions they examined to find out what it takes to commercialize a health-innovation product in the global market place.

Posted in: International Family Planning, Research, Womens Health

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Testimonials

Arielle D., MA
"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."