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Fertility Myth - I Can Get Pregnant Any Day of My Cycle

Myth: I can get pregnant any day of my cycle.

Truth: There are only a limited number of days during a woman's cycle when pregnancy is possible.

Many women grow up hearing that they can get pregnant any day of the month. This is usually information given to them by well meaning, but protective adults who may themselves be misinformed. The fact is that there are only a limited number of days each cycle when a woman can get pregnant - the five days before she ovulates and the 24 hours after she ovulates. These six days are the only fertile days of a woman's cycle and they take into account the lifespan of sperm (5 days) and the lifespan of the ovum (24 hours).

 

Posted in: Womens Health, Fertility Awareness, CycleBeads

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Why Did You Choose CycleBeads for PLANNING a Pregnancy?

About a quarter of CycleBeads users are trying to get pregnant.

It's all in the timing!  When trying to conceive, a couple needs to time intercourse during the woman's fertile days.  

In a recent survey, we learned that about one-fourth of women using CycleBeads or iCycleBeads were trying to conceive.  If you are someone using CycleBeads (or have used CycleBeads) to get pregnant, please take our quick two-question, anonymous survey!

Survey: Reasons for Choosing CycleBeads to PLAN a pregnancy.

Check back to see the survey results!

Posted in: Fertility, Pregnancy, CycleBeads

Why Do Women Choose CycleBeads for Contraception? Survey Results Are In!

Recently we asked women to tell us if they were using CycleBeads to plan or prevent a pregnancy.  The survey results showed that approximately 3/4 of women use CycleBeads to prevent pregnancy while about 1/4 use CycleBeads to plan a pregnancy.  We then asked those women who are using CycleBeads as contraception to tell us why they chose this natural family planning option. The answers were overwhelming health reasons such as to "avoid side effects" or because of "concerns about specific health risks".  See the graph below for more detailed results.

Posted in: Birth Control Effectiveness, Contraceptive Options, Research, Birth Control Side Effects

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Why Did You Choose CycleBeads as Your Birth Control Method?

iCycleBeads Online View #1: CycleBeads View

To avoid side effects?  To save money?  For some other reason?  Everyone is different!  

We recently polled CycleBeads users about whether they use CycleBeads to plan or prevent pregnancy. Most users (approximately 75%) said they chose CycleBeads to prevent pregnancy.  So please tell us why you use CycleBeads as your birth control method in our anonymous survey!

Survey: Reasons for Choosing CycleBeads

Check back for the survey results.

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

Overcoming Challenges in Introducing a New Natural Family Planning Method

Women in Senegal Learning About the Natural Family Planning Option CycleBeads

CycleBeads are included as a part of the Global Health Innovation Insight Series.  The Global Health Innovation Project at Stanford University series is intended to develop tools and materials that innovators can use to increase their effectiveness in tackling common business-related issues in low resource settings.  The Insight Series looks at companies and products who have navigated these situations and are willing to share their learnings with others.

A number of the issues that we have faced with introducing CycleBeads over the past 10 years, and that are relevant to other innovative health products, are described in these articles. These issues include:

Posted in: CycleBeads, International Family Planning, Womens Health, Education

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Planning or Preventing? Survey Results Are In!

CycleBeads is a fertility awareness tool that can be used either to PLAN or PREVENT pregnancy. We were interested to find out how women were actually using CycleBeads, so we recently surveyed CycleBeads users. We found that most users, approximately three-quarters, were using CycleBeads (or an iCycleBeads app) to prevent pregnancy. In other words, most had chosen CycleBeads as their birth control method. Approximately one-quarter were using CycleBeads to plan a pregnancy, and a very small percentage were using CycleBeads simply to track their cycles. Interestingly, these results remain consistent with results from surveys in previous years.

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

Are You Using CycleBeads to PLAN or PREVENT Pregnancy?

We want to hear from CycleBeads users!  Are you using CycleBeads (or iCycleBeads) to PLAN or PREVENT pregnancy? Please take our one-question survey.

Click here to take survey.

Thank you for your feedback!

 

Posted in: CycleBeads, Pregnancy, Birth Control Options, Fertility

Natural Family Planning Method Used by Millions of Women Worldwide

More than 2.5 million women from around the world have used CycleBeads to plan or prevent pregnancy naturally.

As CycleBeads' 10 year anniversary is fast approaching next month, we wanted to take a second and reflect on what we've accomplished...

One major accomplishment, more than 2.5 million women have used CycleBeads since our launch in late 2002! Why is this important? Read this recent article on the challenges of making natural birth control options widely available and how CycleBeads has been able to overcome many of these obstacles.

Posted in: CycleBeads, Womens Health

New CycleBeads Toolkit - A Resource for Health Providers Integrating This Natural Family Planning Option

An Integration Guide Gives Providers a Step by Step Process to Ensure Success in Offering This Natural Family Planning Option

Attention! Health Care Providers and Health Educators:

A toolkit for integrating the Standard Days Method® and CycleBeads® into U.S. health clinics and programs has been created by our research partner, the Institute for Reproductive Health.  It is a free online resource that includes an Integration Guide, a training course, training materials, instructional videos and more. 

While CycleBeads and iCycleBeads™ are an easy and effective way to use natural family planning, and can be purchased without a prescription, it is important and helpful for health care professionals to have a plan and guidance when introducing it to a clinic or program.  The toolkit gives tips on how to create a positive atmosphere for offering the method, how to train staff to screen and counsel clients, how to procure materials, and suggests other creative ways to use CycleBeads in a practice and in outreach.

The toolkit is available at: www.cyclebeadstoolkit.com

Feel free to download materials to use in your practice and for training your staff. Contact us with any questions at providers@cyclebeads.com.

 

Posted in: CycleBeads, Education

CycleBeads Now Available Through Maternova to Health Workers in Low-Resource Settings

CycleBeads an Innovative Natural Birth Control Tool is Now Available at Maternova

CycleBeads®, a natural birth control tool, is now available through Maternova, a one-stop shop for products that help save the lives of mothers and newborns. CycleBeads enables a woman to plan or prevent pregnancy by tracking her cycles and identifying her potentially fertile days. It is based on the Standard Days Method®, a highly effective natural family planning method.

Says Maternova Vice President, Allyson Cote, “As the first global Maternal Health marketplace and cutting-edge online community, Maternova is delighted to include CycleBeads in our robust portfolio of leading innovations. Maternova is dedicated to improving the lives of mothers and newborns, along with improving patient outcomes in low-resource settings. CycleBeads is a true innovation that provides a highly effective method of natural family planning.”

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

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Testimonials

Laurey N., FL
"I love CycleBeads! My husband and I recently married, and we considered different options when it came to family planning. We did not want any chemicals in my body, and CycleBeads was the only method with which we felt completely comfortable. This method has allowed my husband to be actively involved in the planning of our family and has allowed me to be more in-tune with my body and monthly cycle. The beads are easy to follow and fun to use! I would recommend CycleBeads to any married couple seeking family planning options."