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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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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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Testimonials

Jennifer G., MT
"My husband and I decided to try CycleBeads after hearing the success that a family member of ours had with them. To be honest, we were reluctant at first, worried that this simple method would result in an unwanted pregnancy. But, after having used CycleBeads for 2 years now, we have had only one pregnancy, and it was planned! I had used prescription birth control in the past. CycleBeads have proven to be simple and very effective."