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CycleBeads Android App Tested for Developing World

Abigael Wangui of iHub Research in Kenya demonstrates CycleBeads digital tools.

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.

 

Posted in: CycleBeads, Technology, International Family Planning, mHealth

The Most Frightening and True Contraceptive Stories For Halloween (and Everyday Really)

CycleBeads® curates the most frightening contraceptive news stories for Halloween (and everyday really)

Happy Halloween! We thought it would be great to share with you the most frightening tales of actual TRUE contraceptive news reports to get you in the spirit. We have it all - from an IUD gun invention for use by non-medically trained staff to real stories of forced contraception in China. We even have a mom telling her daughter to insert a potato in her nether regions to prevent pregnancy. OUCH! Find out what happens when it stays in her uterus for two weeks!

We hope you stay safe and well informed. Not just about your contraceptive options, but about everything -- that will lead you to a happier and healthier life.

 

CycleBeads Digital Tools Called a Top 5 Promising Innovation

CycleBeads Online is a Promising Innovation in Contraception

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.

Posted in: CycleBeads, Technology, mHealth

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

We've Come A Long Way in 12 Years!

The www.CycleBeads.com website circa 2002.

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...

Posted in: CycleBeads, Technology

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Recap of the Facebook Chat on CycleBeads Digital Tools

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

 

 

 

Posted in: CycleBeads, Technology

Join a Facebook Discussion Today on CycleBeads Digital Tools

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 info@cycletechnologies.com or join the discussion on the Cycle Technologies' Facebook page here.

https://www.facebook.com/CycleTechnologies

Posted in: CycleBeads, Technology

New Webinar on CycleBeads Digital Tools

Check out the short CycleBeads Digital Tools webinar recorded last week as part of the Cycle Technologies EduSeries.

The webinar reviews CycleBeads smartphone apps and online service. It also shows health providers how to obtain a Provider Access account for CycleBeads Online and enroll patients.

Stay tuned for more information on a live Facebook discussion on CycleBeads Digital tools next week!

Posted in: CycleBeads, mHealth

CycleBeads in Czechoslovakia

CycleBeads Available in Over 60 Countries Through Health Programs & Retailers

Thanks to all of our partners from around the world who make CycleBeads available to women in their communities. And a special welcome to our most recent distributor in Czechoslovakia - Muj Kalisek.

Want to see who is offering CycleBeads in Kenya?

How about CycleBeads in Honduras?

Always wanted to find CycleBeads in India?

Check out a full list of our international partners here.

 

 

 

Posted in: CycleBeads

What Does "Effective Family Planning" Really Mean?

As discussed in an earlier post, Birth Control Effectiveness - How Risky is Your Birth Control?, there is a big difference between Perfect Use and Typical Use when it comes to efficacy. Most people hear Perfect Use efficacy from manufacturers and health providers, but Typical Use efficacy is actually much more important.

Perfect Use efficacy is the effectiveness of a birth control method in an ideal situation. Typical Use efficacy is how well a birth control method works when we take into account how people actually use it in the real world. This is why it's so important to know how effective your chosen family planning option is in Typical Use, not just in a lab.

Of course we're proud of the fact that CycleBeads is very effective in both Perfect Use (95% effective) and Typical Use (88% effective).

Interestingly, efficacy rates can change as new studies are conducted. The chart above shows information from the most recent Contraceptive Technology. Information that was updated from previous editions includes:

  • The pill is now considered 91% effective in Typical Use (down from 92%).
  • The diaphragm is now considered 88% effective in Typical Use (up from 84%).

Posted in: Birth Control Effectiveness, Contraceptive Options, 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."