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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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An Interview with GladRags Owner Tracy Puhl – Making the World Greener & Cleaner with Reusable Menstrual Products

We recently interviewed Tracy Puhl, the new head of GladRags. GladRags offers reusable menstrual products, the benefits of which include less environmental waste, lower long term costs, and fewer issues with chemical sensitivies or allergies compared to disposable menstrual products. GladRags pads are made of organic cotton, locally sourced fabric and packaged with recyclable materials. Dedicated to sustainability, the company is conscientious of their footprint in every part of the business – from office work to manufacturing.

Posted in: Womens Health

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iCycleBeads Family Planning App Now Available on Android Phones

July 27, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cycle Technologies launched iCycleBeads™ on the Android platform. iCycleBeads is the first application that enables a woman to plan or prevent pregnancy easily and effectively, entirely through information provided by her phone.  iCycleBeads is the only app based on the Standard Days Method®, a modern natural family planning method that:

Posted in: mHealth, Technology

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CycleBeads is Not the Rhythm Method – Part II

Well we’ve said it before, but CycleBeads and the Standard Days Method of family planning are not the rhythm method! There is a lot of information in the earlier CycleBeads is Not the Rhythm Method post, but sometimes a picture is worth a 1000 words…

Posted in: Natural Birth Control, The Rhythm Method

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Why Do We Need to Invest in Girls?

Investing in girls has a profound effect on societies. Educating girls and helping them delay marriage and pregnancy until they are ready, results in fewer and healthier babies, a higher quality of life for themselves and their families, and significantly impacts future generations. A program called The Girl Effect is promoting this information through powerful and inspiring messages like those in the video below.

Posted in: Womens Health

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Making Family Planning Available to Everyone, Everywhere

iCycleBeads:  Family Planning iPhone Application Now Available in Spanish

March 24, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cycle Technologies, announced today that iCycleBeads™, the first iPhone application that enables a woman to plan or prevent pregnancy easily and effectively, entirely through information provided by her iPhone device, is now available in Spanish.

Posted in: mHealth, Natural Birth Control, Fertility Awareness, Technology

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Why is Social Media Important to Us?

Social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and  Blogs is important to CycleBeads because it allows for a worldwide connection. Our community spans the globe, from California to the Congo and from Indiana to India. Being in touch directly with our community helps us innovate, address concerns, and respond to questions.

With the transparency and flexibility of social media, we can share what we represent, provide the latest updates on CycleBesads, and up to the minute contraception and fertility news. Not to mention, we get to hear from you! 

So, if you aren’t already following CycleBeads on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, check us out.

Posted in: Social Media, Technology

Unplanned Pregnancies & the Effectiveness of Birth Control Methods

An interesting discussion in the Economist under the title “Crazy, sexy, stupid” looks at abortion, adoption, and birth control use. It explores some of the issues that explain why the abortion rate in the U.S. is 3x higher than the abortion rates in many other countries. However it does not discuss a key issue that results in unplanned pregnancies worldwide – the effectiveness and failure rates of different birth control options. Many people are surprised to find out that even commonly used, and highly touted hormonal methods are less effective than they may think.

Posted in: Birth Control Effectiveness, CycleBeads, Fertility Awareness, Natural Birth Control

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Can Health Clinics Address a Need with Fertility Awareness-Based Family Planning?

It’s pretty common knowledge these days that there are high rates of both contraceptive discontinuation and unintended pregnancies in the U.S. Could increasing the availability of fertility awareness-based family planning options at family planning clinics help address these issues by meeting the needs of women looking to prevent pregnancy without hormones?

Posted in: Birth Control Cost, Birth Control Effectiveness, Birth Control Side Effects, Fertility Awareness, Natural Birth Control, Womens Health

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Communicating a Woman’s Cycle to Her Male Partner Yields Big Benefits

We’ve been investigating how a woman’s cycle affects male-female relationships and have found that when a woman is accurately informed about what is going on with her body and can clearly communicate it to her partner, it enhances the relationship overall. Sounds easy enough, but what is a good way to accomplish this?

Posted in: CycleBeads, Fertility Awareness, Men and Family Planning

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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."