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The CycleBeads Android app is undergoing testing by researchers at the Institute for Reproductive Health for use in Kenya and other developing countries.
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.
CycleBeads mobile and digital tools are described as an "innovation in contraception" by USAID in a recent article "Five Promising Innovations in Contraception".
We couldn't agree more. Giving women real choices when it comes to their ability to prevent pregnancy and putting tools directly into their hands is having a huge impact on unplanned pregnancies.
Read the Cycle Technologies press release here.
When we lauched CycleBeads in 2002, having a website was considered cutting edge. Only 9% of the global population was online. We loved our website! But oh how times have changed...
Today 40% of the world's population has internet access. And the CycleBeads.com website isn't just an informational resource - its our brand image. Even cooler, it's the product itself (hello CycleBeads Online)!
The latest update to our homepage represents the evolution of the CycleBeads' brand and the global impact this product is having. We hope you love it as much as we do!
Check out the screen shots below...
Thanks to all who joined the discussion last week on Cycle Technologies' facebook page about the CycleBeads digital tools. There were a lot of great questions. Many of the questions related to:
1) privacy concerns;
2) specific technical questions such as how to back up data, restore your app if you accidentally delete it, or update notifications that you want to receive; and
3) method specific questions such as what to do when you receive a notice that your cycle is shorter or longer than the 26-32 day range.
Check out the full discussion at www.facebook.com/CycleTechnologies
Join us today for a live facebook chat from 1:30-2:30pm ET with Director of Health Education Ann Mullen. Ann will be taking your questions about the CycleBeads smartphone apps and online service. Feel free to email questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or join the discussion on the Cycle Technologies' Facebook page here.
We love CycleBeads, but for women who prefer an individualized approach to identifying their fertile days, Cycle Technologies has launched the 2Day family planning app, the first and only iPhone app based on the TwoDay Method® of family planning.
This patent pending app is designed to help a woman track the only information that is really critical to knowing if she is on a day when pregnancy is possible or not:
1) Did I observe secretions today?
2) Did I observe secretions yesterday?
If the answer to either of these questions is "YES", then a woman should consider herself fertile. It's that simple.
Learn more at: twodaymethod.com
Join us for a line-up of fertility experts this summer! Whether you are a healthcare provider or just interested in learning a little more about your fertility, we have an event for you! .....
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.
Check out our new video which shows how to use the CycleBeads® smartphone app to prevent pregnancy, plan a pregnancy, or just to track your period. The app is extremely easy to use so the video only takes 2 minutes. CycleBeads is available on Apple and Android.
For more detailed information about CycleBeads smartphone apps, click here.