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CDC Report Shows Women Highly Likely to Discontinue Use of Hormonal Contraceptive Methods

Virtually all sexually experienced women in the United States have used at least one form of contraception in their lifetimes, according to a report released by the CDC earlier this year. And the most commonly used contraception is the pill with 4 out of 5 women using it at some point in their lives.

 

But of the 45 million women who have ever used the pill, 30% discontinued use because of dissatisfaction. And almost half of the women using other hormonal contraception methods such as Depo-Provera (46%) and the contraceptive patch (49%) discontinue use due to dissatisfaction.

 

Posted in: Birth Control Side Effects, Birth Control Options, Contraceptive Options, Research

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Watch the Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Webinar

If you missed the webinar on How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally, you can see the recorded video below. The presentation reviews different fertility awareness-based family planning methods and looks in depth at the Standard Days Method, how it was developed, how it works, who can use it, and how the CycleBeads tools can make it especially easy to use this natural family planning method.

Posted in: Fertility Awareness, Natural Birth Control, Research

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Tomorrow is the How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally Webinar

There is still time to register for the "How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally" webinar tomorrow at 1pm ET/10am PT. Get answers to all of your questions about fertility awareness-based family planning methods in general and the Standard Days Method® and CycleBeads® in particular. 

For more information and to register, click here

Or visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6002868745032390912

 

Posted in: Fertility Awareness, Natural Birth Control, Womens Health

Which CycleBeads Tool Would You Like to Use?

The CycleBeads products are the only tools for using the Standard Days Method of family planning.

They are all:

 - proven effective

 - easy to use

 - inexpensive 

Which one would you most prefer to use? Take our quick survey

Post a comment on the CycleBeads Facebook page and you'll be entered to win the CycleBeads tool of your choice --- including a lifetime subscription to CycleBeads Online!

 

Posted in: Contraceptive Options, CycleBeads, Fertility Awareness

Free Webinar on June 26 - Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally

Did you miss our last webinar? Don't worry, we're doing it again! Please join us for the How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally Webinar on June 26, 2013 at 1pm EDT by registering at: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6002868745032390912

This 30-minute FREE webinar will look at fertility awareness-based family planning methods and in particular at the Standard Days Method® of family planning. If you are interested in using this family planning method or are already using it, but have questions, this webinar is for you. It will provide information on: 
 
1) The research and methodology on which this family planning method is based. 
2) How to determine if this family planning method is a good choice for you. 
3) How CycleBeads® tools can help you to use the Standard Days Method easily and effectively. 
 
Attendees will also be able to ask questions of Dr. Victoria Jennings, the Director of the Institute for Reproductive Health, a leader in international family planning research and development, and one of the original researchers who developed the Standard Days Method.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
Questions? Email us at info@cyclebeads.com.

Posted in: Fertility Awareness, Womens Health, CycleBeads

Does Your Birth Control Fit Your Budget? Compare the Costs of Contraceptives

There are many factors to consider when looking at birth control options, and cost is an important one. If the cost is too high, a person is less likely to use a family planning method for a long time or use it consistently. This means that a woman is more likely to be at risk for an unplanned pregnancy.  Women are especially hard hit by this financial burden, since they are most often the ones responsible for making family planning decisions.  

We decided to look at average annual cost, because it is the fairest way of comparing the relative costs of different methods. A method that requires a one time purchase, like an IUD, may have a hefty price of about $700. However, it can be used for as long as 10 years, which makes it somewhat more economical on an annual basis than one might imagine at first - though we should note that the average length of use for an IUD is likely to be much shorter than the 10 years the manufacturer claims. Meanwhile, condoms are cheap individually at about $1.25 per unit on average; however, the annual cost for a year of coverage with condoms might be a higher than expected, given that they must be purchased for every act of intercourse.  

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

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New Webinar on June 26 - Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally

Please join us for the How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally Webinar on June 26, 2013 at 1pm EDT (10am PT). Registrations is here

   

This 30-minute webinar will look at fertility awareness-based family planning methods and in particular at the Standard Days Method® of family planning. If you are interested in using this family planning method or are already using it, but have questions, this webinar is for you. It will provide information on: 

 
1) The research and methodology on which this family planning method is based. 
2) How to determine if this family planning method is a good choice for you. 
3) How CycleBeads® tools can help you to use the Standard Days Method easily and effectively. 
 
Attendees will also be able to ask questions of Dr. Victoria Jennings, the Director of the Institute for Reproductive Health, a leader in international family planning research and development, and one of the original researchers who developed the Standard Days Method.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
Questions? Email us at info@cyclebeads.com.

Posted in: Fertility Awareness, Womens Health, CycleBeads

Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally Webinar on May 30th

Please join us for the How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally Webinar on May 30, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time by registering at: 

 
 
This 30 minute webinar will look at various fertility awareness-based family planning methods and in particular at the Standard Days Method® of family planning. If you are interested in using this family planning method or are already using it, but have questions, this webinar is for you. It will provide information on: 
 
1) How to determine if this family planning method is a good choice for you. 
2) The research and methodology on which this family planning method is based. 
3) How CycleBeads® tools can help you to use the Standard Days Method easily and effectively. 
 
Attendees will also be able to ask questions of Dr. Victoria Jennings, the Director of the Institute for Reproductive Health and one of the original researchers who developed the Standard Days Method and is a leader in family planning research and development.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
Questions? Email us at info@cyclebeads.com.
 

Posted in: Fertility Awareness, Womens Health

Natural Family Planning vs. Fertility Awareness - Is There A Difference?

"If you tell someone you use a 'natural family planning' method they often have a different reaction than if you tell them you are using 'fertility awareness'" says Kate Abrams. Kate has been using the Standard Days Method® with CycleBeads® for years and told us that she always thought of the terms as interchangeable, but over time she has found that people often respond differently to the words she uses.

"When I told my doctor a few years ago that I was using a natural family planning method she asked if it was 'because of my faith'. I was surprised since my religion doesn't have anything to do with my decision to use a natural method." she says. "When I told a friend I was using 'fertility awareness' for birth control, she immediately understood that this was about knowledge and just understanding my body.

At first I thought it might just be those two individuals, but after talking to different people over the years I've definitely found there's a difference. 'Natural family planning' is often associated with religion while 'fertility awareness' seems to make people think of empowerment. But way more people understand the term 'natural family planning" than understand 'fertility awareness' so I often end up using both."

We've seen this difference in perception too, and while the terms "natural family planning" and "fertility awareness" generally mean the same thing, it's important to know that to some people they convey different meanings. 

Thanks for sharing your story Kate.

See an earlier article on this topic here: Natural Family Planning, NFP, Fertility Awareness - What Does it All Mean?

Posted in: Fertility Awareness, Natural Birth Control

3 Ways to Use CycleBeads- New Video!

Our latest video highlights that there are three distinct tools for using the Standard Days Method - CycleBeads Online, iCycleBeads smartphone apps, and of course...CycleBeads. Check it out!

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