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:
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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 . . .
- Do men's biological clocks affect their fertility too?
- What does your BMI (body mass index) have to do with your fertility?
- 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!
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
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.
Thanks for reading! This is # 5 of 5 in our series looking at our most recent infographic. Let us know if you have any questions on the information provided.
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.
Since 2002 CycleBeads have been used by millions of women worldwide and prevented an estimated 4 million unplanned pregnancies. We're proud of the impact that this family planning tool has had in the lives of women all over the world, including many women living in areas with the most unmet need for contraception.
Unplanned pregnancies affect everyone – the woman, her family, and her community. Nearly ½ of unplanned pregnancies end in abortion. And unplanned pregnancies in general are associated with poor health outcomes for the mother, the child, and any living children that a woman may already have; they limit education and cause poverty.
This is part 3 of 5 in this series reviewing our latest infographic.
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.
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.
Check out our new video which shows how to use the iCycleBeads 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. iCycleBeads is available on Apple and Android.
For more detailed information about iCycleBeads Smartphone apps, click here.
Register for this Introductory CycleBeads Training for health providers on Tuesday, May 6th. This will be the last training session specifically on this family planning method for Spring 2014. Stay tuned for upcoming educational webinars and activities on other topics in the next couple of months as part of the CT EduSeries!
"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."