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New Educational Series for Health Providers

Educational Series Starts May 6th, 2014

Cycle Technologies is introducing a new educational series for health providers. This series is intended to help health professionals offer a full range of contraceptive options that include effective fertility awareness-based methods. Specifically, these educational sessions will focus on simple natural birth control methods such as CycleBeads, which can be offered by health providers in a regular professional setting.

The series includes webinars with health experts, customized virtual trainings for health clinics, on-site trainings in the DC metro area, and live trainings at the Cycle Technologies offices in Washington, DC.

Posted in: Womens Health, Fertility Awareness, Contraceptive Options

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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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Attention Healthcare Providers! CycleBeads Training Webinar, April 8

CycleBeads Heathcare Provider Training Webinar

Please join us for a live CycleBeads Webinar: Introductory Training for Healthcare Providers on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT. Register now!

This is a one-hour webinar designed for healthcare professionals who are interested in finding out about CycleBeads and the Standard Days Method (a fertility awareness-based method) and how to offer it to patients. . . . .

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

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CycleBeads Celebration Recap

Thanks to everyone who made it to the CycleBeads Celebration. We were thrilled so many people could join us to celebrate the more than 3 million women around the world who have used this family planning method. The evening was also a celebration of the many people and organizations who have made this simple, natural family planning method a success. 

The highlight of the evening was the premier of a new documentary-style video featuring women discussing how using CycleBeads has impacted their lives. The video will be online soon, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out a few pictures from the evening at Busboys & Poets...

 

 

Posted in: CycleBeads, Womens Health

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Why is "Birth Spacing" Important?

Photo Credit: Vinoth Chandar, via comfight.com
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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CycleBeads Responds to The Atlantic Article on Natural Methods of Contraception

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.

Posted in: Birth Control Options, Fertility Awareness, Natural Birth Control, Womens Health, CycleBeads

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Why Aren't All Women Using Contraception?

Virtually all sexually active women in the United States have used contraception, but according to a National Health Statistics Report, most unplanned pregnancies occur among women who are not using birth control or are using it inconsistently. Why would a woman not use contraception even though she doesn't want to get pregnant? And what can be done to help her prevent an unplanned pregnancy? 
 
 
According to the report, the #1 reason women in the U.S. cite for not using a birth control method when they conceived their unplanned births, is that they "didn't think they could get pregnant" at that time (36%). 
 
Other reasons include ...

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

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Tomorrow is the How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally Webinar

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

Or visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6002868745032390912

 

Posted in: Fertility Awareness, Natural Birth Control, Womens Health

Free Webinar on June 26 - Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally

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: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6002868745032390912

This 30-minute FREE 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: 
 
1) The research and methodology on which this family planning method is based. 
2) How to determine if this family planning method is a good choice for you. 
3) How CycleBeads® tools can help you to use the Standard Days Method easily and effectively. 
 
Attendees will also be able to ask questions of Dr. Victoria Jennings, the Director of the Institute for Reproductive Health, a leader in international family planning research and development, and one of the original researchers who developed the Standard Days Method.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
Questions? Email us at info@cyclebeads.com.

Posted in: Fertility Awareness, Womens Health, CycleBeads

New Webinar on June 26 - Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally

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: 

 
1) The research and methodology on which this family planning method is based. 
2) How to determine if this family planning method is a good choice for you. 
3) How CycleBeads® tools can help you to use the Standard Days Method easily and effectively. 
 
Attendees will also be able to ask questions of Dr. Victoria Jennings, the Director of the Institute for Reproductive Health, a leader in international family planning research and development, and one of the original researchers who developed the Standard Days Method.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
Questions? Email us at info@cyclebeads.com.

Posted in: Fertility Awareness, Womens Health, CycleBeads

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Testimonials

Arielle D., MA
"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."