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The Funny Thing About Sex – How the Ad Council Plans to Increase Birth Control Use in the U.S.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is joining the Ad Council to debut a groundbreaking, first-ever public service campaign designed to reduce the rates of unplanned pregnancy among unmarried young adults in the U.S. The three-year campaign directs sexually active women ages 18-24 to Bedsider.org, a new comprehensive online and mobile program, to help them find the right birth control method for them and use it carefully and consistently in an effort to prevent unplanned pregnancy.

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

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Family Planning in Calcutta – Helping Women with Easy, Effective Natural Methods

We recently heard from Dr Deirdre Gleeson, the Medical Director of Medwise, Occupational Health Services in Ireland. Dr. Gleeson wrote to us describing her work in Calcutta and her efforts to help empower women living in extremely difficult circumstances. In Dr. Gleeson’s own words…

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

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Let’s Talk About Sex – College Students & Sexual Health

Health Educator Katie Garcia with the Sexual Health Education Kit and CycleBeads

Believe it or not, college students are often hesitant to talk about their sex lives, but health educators need them to do exactly that in order to provide students with the best health services. We spoke with Katie Garcia, health educator at Vanderbilt University, to find out how she gets students to open up about sexual health issues.

Posted in: Contraceptive Options, Fertility, Fertility Awareness, Interviews with Health Providers, Men and Family Planning, Womens Health

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What Are the Challenges in Offering Natural Birth Control Options?

Much of the information below was originally posted in an earlier article “Why Aren’t Doctors Offering Natural Family Planning Options?”, but given the amount of incorrect and biased information that exists around natural family planning, we think it’s useful to revisit.

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

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7 Billion People and Counting…

This month, the planet will welcome the 7 billionth person! And the exploding population growth while slowing, is far from over. Not only are people living longer, but there are approximately 1.8 billion women of childbearing age on the planet right now. Therefore, even though on average each woman is having fewer children than she would have had just a generation ago, the global population is expected to keep growing for another few decades at least.

Posted in: International Family Planning, Womens Health

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Can Your Birth Control Increase Your Risk of Contracting HIV?

A recent study featured in the New York Times found that injectable contraceptives such as Depo-Provera,  double the risk that women will become infected with HIV. Furthermore, if a woman is HIV positive, use of injectable contraceptives appear to double the risk that she will transmit the virus to her partner.

Posted in: International Family Planning, Men and Family Planning, Research, Womens Health

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New Research Article Now Available: Shows Couples are Likely to Keep Using the Standard Days Method of Family Planning and Use it Effectively

Here it is! The article in the October issue of the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care that describes the recent study that shows couples are very likely to keep using the Standard Days Method of family planning as well as CycleBeads long term, and that the method’s effectiveness continues to be extremely high. Read the full article here: “Continued Use of the Standard Days Method”

Posted in: Research, CycleBeads, Natural Birth Control

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New Study Shows Couples Are Highly Satisifed with the Standard Days Method as their Family Planning Option and It’s Even More Effective with Use

A new study to be published in the October issue of the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care finds that couples who used the Standard Days Method® of family planning to prevent pregnancy are very likely to continue using this method along with the visual tool CycleBeads®. The study also found that the family planning method is not only effective in the first year, but effective over time with even fewer unplanned pregnancies among users in years 2 and 3 than in year 1.

Posted in: Birth Control Effectiveness, Natural Birth Control, Research

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Family Planning is a Joint Effort – A Couple’s Partnership in the Philippines

Melanie & Levan in their school canteen with CycleBeads.

A True Partnership

Melanie and Levan are happy. Married for years, and co-owners of a school canteen in the Phillipines’ Marakina City, this husband and wife are partners in every sense of the word. Together, they raise three children, manage a business and even collaborate on family planning.

Posted in: CycleBeads, International Family Planning, Men and Family Planning, Natural Birth Control

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Congrats to the Winner of French Letter Condoms!

Congrats to the winner of the French Letter Condoms!

Julie S.

As mentioned in the original contest details, French Letter is a certified fair trade company that makes condoms using premium latex rubber from sustainable sources. When a consumer purchases French Letter condoms she is guaranteeing higher wages and better living and working conditions for the rubber suppliers with whom the company works. She is also getting beautifully wrapped protection that she won’t be embarrassed to carry!

How is that for eco-birth control?  If you happen to use CycleBeads, French Letter condoms are also a great choice for those fertile days.

Stay tuned for more exciting giveaways!

Posted in: Birth Control Options, Fertility, Womens Health

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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."