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Trying to Conceive? These Five Tips May Help You Get Pregnant Faster.

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.  

Other Factors

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.

Posted in: Fertility, Fertility Awareness, Pregnancy, Research, Womens Health, CycleBeads

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GBCHealth Honors Cycle Technologies for Its Commitment to Preventing Unplanned Pregnancies

GBCHealth recognized Cycle Technologies as a top finalist in its 2014 Business Action on Health Awards. The company's Solutions for Unmet Need in Family Planning (SUN-FP) program was commended for its impact on global health. Cycle Technologies was honored along with Accenture and Unilever in the Partnership category. Read the full press release here.

Cycle Technologies founder Leslie Heyer receives the award from Global Health Council and Global Business Council Leaders.

Posted in: Contraceptive Options, Pregnancy

Key Takeaways from Ferility Health Webinar, July 23, 2014

Fertility Health is a marker for overall health in both men and women.

We hosted a fascinating webinar on July 23, 2014, on the topic of how fertility health and general health are interrelated.  Ann Mullen, Director of Client Services at Cycle Technologies, interviewed fertility expert, Dr. Mary Lee Barron. They discussed important issues for men as well as for women regarding risk factors for fertility health and how these factors can be a marker for chronic disease.  Here is a sample of the many important points talked about:

Posted in: Fertility, Interviews with Health Providers, Men and Family Planning, Pregnancy, Research, Womens Health

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Free Webinar: How Fertility Health and Overall Health Go Hand in Hand

Don't miss our next webinar for anyone interested in health and fertility!

We will interview expert, Dr. Mary Lee Barron, on how fertility health is a marker for overall health in both men and women.  As part of the discussion Dr. Barron will talk about her research and how it shines light on questions such as . . .

  1. Do men's biological clocks affect their fertility too?
  2. What does your BMI (body mass index) have to do with your fertility?
  3. What is your body telling you, if you have irregular cycles?

We are excited to discuss these and other questions with Dr. Barron.  REGISTER HERE!

Posted in: Fertility, Interviews with Health Providers, Pregnancy, Research, Womens Health

750,000 Pregnancies Planned Using CycleBeads!!!

CycleBeads aren’t just about preventing pregnancy. Many women use this family planning method to help them get pregnant. In fact, since 2002 over 750,000 pregnancies have been successfully planned using this natural family planning option!  

Surveys of women using CycleBeads to help them get pregnant showed that: 

  • 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 those women who were successful in getting pregnant,  40% achieved pregnancy in the first month using CycleBeads to help them identify their fertile days. 
  • 90% of respondents used CycleBeads as their only conception aid. They did not invest in thermometers or expensive ovulation kits.

Click here to read more about our survey results.

This is post #4 out of 5 on our most recent infographic.

Posted in: Research, Fertility, International Family Planning, Pregnancy, Womens Health, CycleBeads

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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Why is "Birth Spacing" Important?

Photo Credit: Vinoth Chandar, via
Spacing between pregnancies can have important health implications for a mother and her baby. Research has shown that there are a number of issues which are more likely to occur when a woman is pregnant again within a year of giving birth. These issues include an increased risk of:
- low birth weight
- small gestational size
- preterm birth
- infant death
- labor issues such as uterine rupture
Medical professionals recommend new mothers waiting at least a full year to have a another baby - some even say to wait 2 years! This gives the mothers time to replenish vital nutrients that were lost during child birth and also the recovery time to allow organs to restore back to normal. It can also help ensure that new parents will have the energy and ability to focus on another child.
What can you do to protect your health and the health of your future baby?

Posted in: Pregnancy, Womens Health

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When Can You Get Pregnant? Most Women Have No Idea!

Timing Your Fertile Days is Much Easier with CycleBeads Than With a Clock

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...

Posted in: Fertility, CycleBeads, Pregnancy, Research

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New Survey Indicates That Women Planning Pregnancies Get Pregnant Fast with CycleBeads

Women Planning Pregnancies Get Pregnant Quickly with CycleBeads.

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.

Posted in: Pregnancy, Research, Fertility, Fertility Awareness

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How Long Does It Take to Get Pregnant Using CycleBeads?

Couples Use CycleBeads to Plan Pregnancy

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!  

If you have used or are using CycleBeads to get pregnant, we would like to know more . . . 

Check back for survey results!

Posted in: Fertility, Fertility Awareness, Pregnancy

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