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Cycle Technologies Hosts CT EduSeries Webinar on Birth Control Options & Effectiveness with Reproductive Health Experts, Dr. Victoria Jennings and Dr. Jeffrey Spieler

Cycle Technologies EduSeries Webinar Recap
"Which Birth Control Method Will Work for You?"
By Ann Mullen, Vice President & Director of Health Education, Cycle Technologies

The birth control method that will work best for you is the method that you choose, not the one that someone else chooses for you. That is a main conclusion from the latest CT EduSeries webinar conducted with reproductive health experts, Dr. Victoria Jennings and Dr. Jeffrey Spieler.  I sat down with them for a chat to find out what methods are available and what you need to think about when deciding on a method for yourself.

Many women are unfamiliar with what makes a birth control method effective. There's the tested rate, and then there's "real world" use. The tested rate is the scientifically controlled result of a test group using a method consistently with no errors for a year. This is called Efficacy. Then there is Effectiveness, which is how the method pans out in real life with typical use.  Usually, the real-world effectiveness is lower than perfect use (which makes sense!), but we learned in the webinar that personal factors can make a method closer to perfect, or less than typical, based on the behavior of the user.  

If you are on the Pill, do you always take it on time? Or do you sometimes forget?  If you use a Fertiity Awareness Method, do you use protection or avoid sex when you know you are fertile?  Or do you sometimes risk it? Studies show that if you like your method and are dedicated to it, you are more likely to use it more effectively. The following chart shows rates for typical and perfect use of birth control methods discussed during the CT EduSeries webinar.

But behavior is not the only factor to think about. What about safety? Do you experience sides effects with hormonal methods?  If so, you may want to think about methods that do not cause side effects.

What about future plans?  Are you a student who absolutely does not want to get pregnant at this time in your life? Then you may want to think about methods that are the most effective regardless of user error.

There are these and other factors to take into consideration when making a birth control decision.   Listen to the webinar to find out more!

Posted in: Birth Control Effectiveness, Birth Control Options, Contraceptive Options, Womens Health

Watch the Webinar: How Sleep Affects Your Menstrual Cycle

In the latest CT EduSeries webinar, Dr. Mary Lee Barron shared her research and findings on how sleep affects a woman's menstrual cycle.  Dr. Barron's research shows that:

  • melatonin has a direct affect on the ovaries and follicular development
  • light exposure during sleep affects menstrual cycle length
  • consistent, health sleep is critical to optimal fertility

Listen to the recorded webinar here to find out more about these facts and how to get a good night's sleep!

 

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

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 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

2Day - A New Family Planning App From the Makers of CycleBeads

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

Available on the App Store

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

Why Do Women Choose CycleBeads to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy?

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.

Posted in: Research, CycleBeads, Birth Control Cost, Birth Control Options, Womens Health, International Family Planning

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

4 Million Pregnancies Prevented Using CycleBeads!!!

 

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

Posted in: Womens Health, Birth Control Effectiveness, International Family Planning, Fertility Awareness, The Rhythm Method, Research

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

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Testimonials

Diana B., MA
"After using other methods of birth control, my husband and I decided to try CycleBeads. They are easy to use and have worked wonderfully for us. We have a nice family of three, including our Black Lab, Sadie (shown in photo with me), and we want to keep it that way for now! I recommend this natural, safe and reliable way to anyone who wants to avoid toxic substances while sharing the responsibility of birth control with her partner."