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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

Which Birth Control Method Will Work for You?

Check out the "Which Birth Control Method Will Work for You" webinar next Thursday, March 19th from 1-2pm est. Family planning experts will discuss the full range of birth control options from the IUD to fertility awareness and the different factors which can affect how well your birth control method is likely to work for you. 

Did you miss the webinar on Fertility Awareness Based Methods?

Which FAMs are evidence based? Why are FAMs becoming so popular? How do women learn about fertility awareness methods? If you missed the recent CT EduSeries webinar, you can watch the recorded presentation below. 
 

Past recorded CT EduSeries webinars are posted on our Cycle Technologies YouTube channel and also on Cycle Technologies website www.CycleTechnologies.com/EduSeries

Hurray for Fertility and Birth Control Apps! Are Critics Making Uninformed Assertions About Their Effectiveness?

by Ann Mullen, Director of Health Education at Cycle Technologies 
 

With all the media attention lately on family planning apps, it's no wonder we are all trying to get our hands on them.  Everyone wants to have a piece of the next revolutionary idea, and being able to manage fertility through a smartphone app could be the future of family planning and contraception. It is grassroots. It is by popular demand. It puts women in control. It’s high tech.  Data show that women are seeking them out and evidence shows that these methods can be highly effective.  

The reality is that evidence-based fertility awareness methods are effective and backed by years of research and testing. Efficacy trials show that the effectiveness range is 95 - 99% for these methods in perfect use and 80-88% in typical use – on par or better than other user-directed contraceptive options.

Editor’s note: Check out the webinar to learn more about scientifically tested and researched fertility awareness methods. http://ow.ly/JhhoA

 

Interestingly, while more and more women are using fertility awareness methods, and apps are making these methods easier and more accessible, many in the medical community are now promoting IUD’s and implants (also known as long acting reversible contraception or LARC’s) as the first recommendation over all other forms of family planning. 

 

Does anyone else think that a woman's wishes and interests may not be well served when she is being pushed toward one form of birth control?

 

Fortunately, the medical community is beginning to take a first, second and third look at the new, improved birth control apps. Most importantly, women are finding family planning options that work for them.

 

As more women request information, as more women share that information among their friends, and as more women look for viable birth control options, there is a responsibility to provide them with a full-range of contraceptive choices.

Birth Control Effectiveness: What Determines Success?

When evaluating a contraceptive method, the first question you will likely ask is "How effective is it?" It is a critical question, because after all, if you are sexually active and wish to prevent pregnancy, you need a reliable birth control method.  

But you may be surprised to know that when different methods are described as "highly effective," "moderately effective" or just plain "effective," this only gives you part of the story. There are other factors to take into consideration that will determine how successful a method is for you. 

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

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GBCHealth Honors Cycle Technologies for Its Commitment to Preventing Unplanned Pregnancies

GBCHealth recognized Cycle Technologies as a top finalist in its 2014 Business Action on Health Awards. The company's Solutions for Unmet Need in Family Planning (SUN-FP) program was commended for its impact on global health. Cycle Technologies was honored along with Accenture and Unilever in the Partnership category. Read the full press release here.

Cycle Technologies founder Leslie Heyer receives the award from Global Health Council and Global Business Council Leaders.

Posted in: Contraceptive Options, Pregnancy

Global Health Council Event & Award

We are excited to attend the Global Health Leadership Symposium and Awards Ceremony in Washington DC, on December 10, 2014.

As part of the event, Cycle Technologies and other private sector companies will be recognized for our innovative approaches and impact on global health. Cycle Technologies is a finalist in the Global Business Partnership category for our work with the Institute for Reproductive Health under the Solutions for Unmet Need in Family Planning (SUN-FP) program. The SUN-FP program has given millions of women access to simple, effective fertility awareness-based family planning options. 

Cycle Technologies' founder, Leslie Heyer will also be speaking as part of a panel on Strengthening Community Investment through Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships.

Fingers crossed for the award! Register for the event here.

Posted in: International Family Planning, Contraceptive Options

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Posted in: Contraceptive Options, Birth Control Options

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

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