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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

Offering CycleBeads in Haiti After the Earthquake – One Midwife’s Story

Women in Haiti Learning About Family Planning with CycleBeads

Many healthcare providers traveling to developing countries have found CycleBeads® to be a useful educational tool and family planning option during their medical missions.  Below is the story of one midwife’s experience in Haiti and how she used CycleBeads during her trip.

Posted in: Contraceptive Options, CycleBeads, International Family Planning, Men and Family Planning, mHealth, Womens Health

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Say "Yes" to Access for Contraception

In a recent article on the Huffington Post, “Just Say ‘Yes’ to Access for Women’s Reproductive Health, Contraception”, Dr. Glenn Braunstein makes several good points about why increasing access to preventative services for women, including contraception, is important. Furthermore he says in the article that “No single form of birth control will do if we want to ensure optimal health for women, a serious reduction in the number of unintended pregnancies, and maximum effectiveness of contraception.”

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

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Rachelle H., TX
"I was introduced to CycleBeads by a friend who was using them as her form of birth control. My husband and I were trying to conceive, and she suggested we try using the CycleBeads to help track my cycle. After two months of using the beads...success! I kept them next to my bed, so it was easy for me to remember to track each day. I plan to use CycleBeads after I deliver as my form of birth control. I have struggled with migraines for years due to the hormones in the pill, and do not want to go back to that life! I also recommend CycleBeads to any of my friends trying to conceive or looking for alternative birth control."