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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.
There is still time to register for the "How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally" webinar tomorrow at 1pm ET/10am PT. Get answers to all of your questions about fertility awareness-based family planning methods in general and the Standard Days Method® and CycleBeads® in particular.
For more information and to register, click here.
Did you miss our last webinar? Don't worry, we're doing it again! Please join us for the How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally Webinar on June 26, 2013 at 1pm EDT by registering at:
Please join us for the How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally Webinar on June 26, 2013 at 1pm EDT (10am PT). Registrations is here.
This 30-minute webinar will look at fertility awareness-based family planning methods and in particular at the Standard Days Method® of family planning. If you are interested in using this family planning method or are already using it, but have questions, this webinar is for you. It will provide information on:
Please join us for the How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally Webinar on May 30, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time by registering at:
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 Method" by 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!
Recently we ran a series on the CycleBeads blog, called Top 10 Myths About CycleBeads. In case you missed it, here is the list translated into the Top 10 Facts About CycleBeads. To see the original articles explaining the myths and responding in detail, see the links below:
Fact #2: Women are Interested in using a natural method.
Fact #3: CycleBeads is NOT the Rhythm Method
Fact #4: Women primarily choose CycleBeads for Health Reasons and to Avoid Side Effects.
Fact #5: CycleBeads accommodates a Range of Cycle Lengths from 26 to 32 days which means most women can use this method.
Fact #6: Men are Interested in having their partner use CycleBeads and like being involved.
Fact #7: Couples using CycleBeads Have Sex Just as Often as couples using other methods.
Fact #8: CycleBeads takes into account the Variation in the Timing of Ovulation from month to month.
Fact #9: Women generally have No Problem Remembering to move the CycleBeads marker daily.
Fact #10: CycleBeads is Highly Effective and has been shown to expand Contraceptive Prevalence and bring New Users to family planning.
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.
"My husband and I decided to try CycleBeads after hearing the success that a family member of ours had with them. To be honest, we were reluctant at first, worried that this simple method would result in an unwanted pregnancy. But, after having used CycleBeads for 2 years now, we have had only one pregnancy, and it was planned! I had used prescription birth control in the past. CycleBeads have proven to be simple and very effective."