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Can A Woman’s Cycle Affect Her Relationships with Men?

The menstrual cycle has long been considered a “woman’s issue”. This seems logical, since only women have a menstrual cycle, but a woman’s cycle can also significantly affect her partner’s life and the dynamics in general between a man and a woman. There are the obvious monthly occurrences, such as premenstrual syndrome and menstruation itself, but more is being learned about how other aspects of the cycle influence feelings and behavior, and how all of these influences can actually impact relationships.

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

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Family Planning via Cell Phones

Exciting research is being conducted by the Institute for Reproductive Health on offering the Standard Days Method™ of family planning through mobile phones. As an information-based, natural family planning method, the Standard Days Method is ideally suited for offering in this manner. The research and some of the lessons to date are described in an article on MobileActive.org called, "Family Planning through Mobile Phones: No Doctors Necessary".

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

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“Birth Control Over Baldness”?

In a recent New York Times Op-Ed piece, "Birth Control Over Baldness" Nicholas Kristof points out that research on contraception is "pitifully underfunded” and argues that family planning is treated less seriously than baldness. He further points out that new contraceptives will fight global poverty and “affect more people in a more intimate way than almost any other technological stride."

Posted in: Technology, Natural Birth Control

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CycleBeads is Not the Rhythm Method

We occasionally hear the question “isn't CycleBeads just the rhythm method?" The answer is NO. CycleBeads, and the Standard Days Method on which it is based, are very different from the so-called “rhythm method”, a method which is vaguely understood, not well defined, confusing to use, and largely untested.

The confusion most likely comes from the fact that CycleBeads and the rhythm method are both considered “calendar-based natural family planning methods”. That is where the similarities end.

Posted in: The Rhythm Method, Natural Birth Control, CycleBeads

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New Study Shows Men Are Key Influencers in Birth Control Use

A new study shows that young women who aren’t trying to get pregnant are more than twice as likely to use birth control when their partners are "very" in favor of it.

Posted in: Men and Family Planning, Research

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How Dangerous are Birth Control Pills?

A story on NPR today focuses on the dangers associated with newer versions of the birth control pill. In the report, the interviewers talk to women who have taken Yaz, a birth control pill that came on the market in 2006. Touted as being “beyond birth control” Yaz quickly became America’s No. 1 birth control pill. Today thousands of women are suing the manufacturer, Bayer HealthCare saying that Yaz caused them serious harm.

Posted in: Birth Control Side Effects

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New Study on Stress & Conception

A new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Oxford, draws a distinct connection between stress and fertility. While it has long been believed that stress can impact a woman’s ability to conceive, the study is the first of its kind to document, among women without a history of fertility problems, an association between high levels of a substance indicative of stress and a reduced chance of becoming pregnant that month. Stress and it’s corresponding hormones can diminish blood flow to the reproductive organs and give the eggs less chance of being implanted, doctors say.

Posted in: Pregnancy, Research

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One Size Fits All in Birth Control?

No. One size does not fit all when it comes to birth control. Research shows that the more contraceptive options available, the greater prevalence of birth control use in general and the lower the rate of unplanned pregnancies.

Posted in: Birth Control Cost, Birth Control Effectiveness, Birth Control Options, Birth Control Side Effects, Natural Birth Control

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Birth Control Effectiveness: How Risky is Your Birth Control?

Many people are surprised to find out that their chosen method of birth control is not quite as effective as they may think. They’ll ask, “If the Pill is 99.9% effective, how come I got pregnant?” When talking about birth control effectiveness, there are two rates to consider: Perfect Use and Typical Use.

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

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Testimonials

Arielle D., MA
"I am a women's health graduate student in Boston and a classmate who works in the family planning field shared the joys of CycleBeads. I began using my CycleBeads not for family planning but to track the symptoms of my disease, endometriosis. Because of a blood clot on my lungs last summer I am no longer able to take hormonal birth control. Now, with CycleBeads I am able to know when my symptoms (specifically pain) are worse. I am grateful to CycleBeads for helping me navigate this new path of my journey with endometriosis."