Join us today for a live facebook chat from 1:30-2:30pm ET with Director of Health Education Ann Mullen. Ann will be taking your questions about the CycleBeads smartphone apps and online service. Feel free to email questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or join the discussion on the Cycle Technologies' Facebook page here.
Check out the short CycleBeads Digital Tools webinar recorded last week as part of the Cycle Technologies EduSeries.
The webinar reviews CycleBeads smartphone apps and online service. It also shows health providers how to obtain a Provider Access account for CycleBeads Online and enroll patients.
Stay tuned for more information on a live Facebook discussion on CycleBeads Digital tools next week!
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As discussed in an earlier post, Birth Control Effectiveness - How Risky is Your Birth Control?, there is a big difference between Perfect Use and Typical Use when it comes to efficacy. Most people hear Perfect Use efficacy from manufacturers and health providers, but Typical Use efficacy is actually much more important.
Perfect Use efficacy is the effectiveness of a birth control method in an ideal situation. Typical Use efficacy is how well a birth control method works when we take into account how people actually use it in the real world. This is why it's so important to know how effective your chosen family planning option is in Typical Use, not just in a lab.
Of course we're proud of the fact that CycleBeads is very effective in both Perfect Use (95% effective) and Typical Use (88% effective).
Interestingly, efficacy rates can change as new studies are conducted. The chart above shows information from the most recent Contraceptive Technology. Information that was updated from previous editions includes:
- The pill is now considered 91% effective in Typical Use (down from 92%).
- The diaphragm is now considered 88% effective in Typical Use (up from 84%).
We hosted a fascinating webinar on July 23, 2014, on the topic of how fertility health and general health are interrelated. Ann Mullen, Director of Client Services at Cycle Technologies, interviewed fertility expert, Dr. Mary Lee Barron. They discussed important issues for men as well as for women regarding risk factors for fertility health and how these factors can be a marker for chronic disease. Here is a sample of the many important points talked about:
Don't miss our next webinar for anyone interested in health and fertility!
We will interview expert, Dr. Mary Lee Barron, on how fertility health is a marker for overall health in both men and women. As part of the discussion Dr. Barron will talk about her research and how it shines light on questions such as . . .
- Do men's biological clocks affect their fertility too?
- What does your BMI (body mass index) have to do with your fertility?
- What is your body telling you, if you have irregular cycles?
We are excited to discuss these and other questions with Dr. Barron. REGISTER HERE!
We love CycleBeads, but for women who prefer an individualized approach to identifying their fertile days, Cycle Technologies has launched the 2Day family planning app, the first and only iPhone app based on the TwoDay Method® of family planning.
This patent pending app is designed to help a woman track the only information that is really critical to knowing if she is on a day when pregnancy is possible or not:
1) Did I observe secretions today?
2) Did I observe secretions yesterday?
If the answer to either of these questions is "YES", then a woman should consider herself fertile. It's that simple.
Learn more at: twodaymethod.com
In case you missed it, last week we had a fantastic webinar looking at how health providers can include fertility awareness-based family planning options into the range of options for their clients. We were thrilled to have Dr. Victoria Jennings, director of the Institute for Reproductive Health, and Dr. Marguerite Duane, family physician and adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University, presenting on the topic. Ann Mullen, Cycle Technologies' Director of Health Provider Services, hosted the presentation as these experts discussed the latest developments in fertility awareness-based family planning methods, a.k.a. "natural family planning methods". The presenters explored what works, what doesn't, and how a general healthcare practice can offer natural methods to their patients.
Main takeaways from the webinar included:
Good news! There are more effective birthcontrol options for women today than ever before. And while natural family planning options have been around for decades, they have been improved with newer research and advances in technology. The medical community has taken notice and is offering fertility awareness-based methods to their patients much more often.
But not all natural family planning methods are the same. The following infographic provides a snapshot of the scientifically-proven natural methods available to women and how they work. We want you to make an informed choice when deciding what method or methods are right for you so let us know if you have any questions.