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Learn about the TwoDay Method! A Fertility Awareness-based Family Planning Method

The TwoDay Method is based on the presence or absence of cervical secretions.

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. 

 

Posted in: Birth Control Options, Fertility Awareness, Interviews with Health Providers, Natural Birth Control, 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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Not All Natural Family Planning Methods are the Same

Good news! There are more effective birthcontrol options for women today than ever before. And while natural family planning options have been around for decades, they have been improved with newer research and advances in technology. The medical community has taken notice and is offering fertility awareness-based methods to their patients much more often.

But not all natural family planning methods are the same. The following infographic provides a snapshot of the scientifically-proven natural methods available to women and how they work. We want you to make an informed choice when deciding what method or methods are right for you so let us know if you have any questions.


Posted in: Natural Birth Control, Fertility Awareness, Research, Birth Control Effectiveness, Birth Control Options, The Rhythm Method

Who Really Uses Natural Family Planning?

We believe women should have access to a full range of contraceptive options including natural ones. Natural family planning methods are often misunderstood or overlooked even by the medical community. But women, and especially educated women, are using them because modern fertility awareness-based methods of family planning are effective, free of side effects and they can be used both to plan and prevent pregnancies.

Posted in: Natural Birth Control, Fertility Awareness, Birth Control Effectiveness, Birth Control Side Effects

CycleBeads Featured in International and National Medical Guidelines

CycleBeads® and the Standard Days Method® on which it is based, is included in international and national medical guidelines as a modern, effective contraceptive. This includes guidelines issued by the World Health Organization and International Planned Parenthood Federation. It is classified by USAID as a High Impact Practice and included in the premier medical handbook on family planning – “Contraceptive Technology”.

Why is this important? It means that organizations that offer health services can feel comfortable offering this method, knowing its been vetted and validated. 

This is part 2 of 5 in our series discussing our most recent infographic.

 

 

 

Posted in: Research, Natural Birth Control, Birth Control Effectiveness, Technology, Womens Health, Contraceptive Options

CycleBeads Are Helping Women Around the World Plan or Prevent Pregnancy

Did you see our most recent infographic? Let us break it down for you. Here's the first section...

As you can see by the countries marked in blue, CycleBeads are offered by health programs in nearly 60 countries from the Benin to Belgium, and every country in between. And women from another 40+ countries (gold) have taken the initiative to get CycleBeads directly.

That’s right – women in 100+ countries in all are using this natural family planning option to plan or prevent pregnancy!

How do they get them? CycleBeads are available in much of the world through healthcare providers, educators, retailers, NGO’s, national health services, and of course online! The method can also be used with the CycleBeads app  on either an iPhone or an Android.

Want to learn more about health providers offering this family planning method? Click here  to read the story of Cindy Hunter, a practicing midwife, who decided to travel to Haiti to help after the devastating January 2010 earthquake and took CycleBeads with her.

Posted in: Birth Control Side Effects, International Family Planning, Natural Birth Control, CycleBeads, Interviews with Health Providers, Womens Health

What to Do When You Absolutely DO NOT Want to Get Pregnant

When I decided to try CycleBeads, I was really nervous. I was just starting grad school and my husband was just finishing. We were both students and getting pregnant would have been a nightmare. 

I know a lot of women in my situation would have said that I should use an IUD or the pill, but I've tried both and it did not go well. With the IUD I had terrible cramping and bled. With the pill, I was sick ALL THE TIME. Seriously - every minute of the day. It felt like an impossible situation. 

Posted in: Fertility Awareness, Natural Birth Control, CycleBeads, Pregnancy, Womens Health, Birth Control Side Effects

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Attention Healthcare Providers! CycleBeads Training Webinar, April 8

CycleBeads Heathcare Provider Training Webinar

Please join us for a live CycleBeads Webinar: Introductory Training for Healthcare Providers on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT. Register now!

This is a one-hour webinar designed for healthcare professionals who are interested in finding out about CycleBeads and the Standard Days Method (a fertility awareness-based method) and how to offer it to patients. . . . .

Posted in: Birth Control Options, Contraceptive Options, CycleBeads, Fertility Awareness, Womens Health, Natural Birth Control

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CycleBeads Responds to The Atlantic Article on Natural Methods of Contraception

A recent article in The Atlantic "The New Old-School Birth Control" outlines the complicated and challenging environment for fertility awareness-based methods.  The article does a good job describing the many barriers that make it difficult for women in the U.S. to find out about natural methods and get the support they need to use them. But we disagree with the author's premise that "tracking fertility effectively is more complicated than just counting days" and that she dismisses "calendar-based methods" as "just the rhythm method". 

The Standard Days Method®, the family planning method on which CycleBeads® tools are based, is a calendar-based natural method and it actually addresses many of the barriers to acceptance that the article describes for other fertility awareness-based methods.

Posted in: Birth Control Options, Fertility Awareness, Natural Birth Control, Womens Health, CycleBeads

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Thinking About Using CycleBeads? Screen Yourself!

Screen yourself to see if CycleBeads is the right family planning method for you.

The CycleBeads® website has a handy online self-screener to help you determine whether you can use CycleBeads as your contraceptive method. Here are the questions to consider, but make sure to use the self-screener to find out what the advice is for your answers...

Posted in: Birth Control Options, Contraceptive Options, CycleBeads, Natural Birth Control

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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."