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CycleBeads

The CycleBeads family of products are based on the Standard Days Method®, the most effective natural family planning method available. CycleBeads, CycleBeads Online, and iCycleBeads smartphone apps help a woman to track her period, and accurately identify which days pregnancy is ...

Screen Yourself

To find out if you may be one of the many women for whom CycleBeads are appropriate, please take the CycleBeads Self-Screen. It will ask you 7 questions and should take approximately 5 minutes. Let's get started! »

How this family planning method works

How Does the Standard Days Method of Family Planning Work? The Standard Days Method® is a fertility awareness-based family planning method that identifies a fixed fertile window for women with cycles that are between 26 and 32 days long. For women with cycles in this range, the ...

Research

CycleBeads® and iCycleBeads apps are based on a natural family planning method called the Standard Days Method®. This method was developed by the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University to fulfill the need for an effective, easy to use, natural birth control ...

Privacy Policy

Cycle Technologies does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals except when such individuals specifically provide such information on a voluntary basis. For example, such personally identifiable information may be gathered from voluntary survey participation, contest or ...

How to Use iCycleBeads Online

Getting Started To get started, follow these steps: 1) Set your timezone. This will activate emails alerting you to key days of your cycle. 2) Check that the date and time on the device(s) that you will use to access your CycleBeads Online account, are accurate.This ...

Ovulation Questions

Ovulation Ovulation is the release of an egg from a woman’s ovary, and occurs each month for most women. If the released egg is fertilized and successfully implants, it results in a pregnancy.  When is Ovulation? When is ovulation exactly? This can be ...

Plan Pregnancy

Want To Get Pregnant Fast? Know Your Days. There are only six days during any cycle when a woman can get pregnant - the five days leading up to ovulation and the 24 hours after ovulation. This is because sperm can live for up to 5 days in a woman's body, and the ovum lives for only 12-24 ...

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New CycleBeads Brochure Now Available

Exciting news! We have just released our new and improved informational brochure. It gives straightforward information about how this effective, natural family planning method works, how to screen yourself to determine if this family planning option is right for you, and features all three of ...

CycleBeads to Be Featured on BBC World News!

CycleBeads will be featured in an upcoming episode of Horizons on BBC World News.  The program will examine how contraceptive options such as CycleBeads have helped decrease fertility rates by nearly half in South Asia and will specifically look at their impact in India. In addition to ...

CycleBeads Responds to The Atlantic Article on Natural Methods of Contraception

A recent article in The Atlantic "The New Old-School Birth Control" outlines the complicated and challenging environment for fertility awareness-based methods.  The article does a good job describing the many barriers that make it difficult for women in the U.S. to find ...

iCycleBeads Smartphone App - Review on Preggie Pals

Preggie Pals, a weekly audio podcast and online resource for expecting moms and dads and those trying to become pregnant, recently reviewed the iCycleBeads iPhone app. Overall they gave it two thumb's up! It was interesting to hear the persepctives of women using the app who are trying to ...

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!

CycleBeads Top 10 Myths About This Natural Family Planning Method: Myth #6 - Men Won't Use It

CycleBeads Myth: Men won't use this family planning method. We hear this a lo

Is Your Family Planning Method Effective? The Difference Between Typical Use and Perfect Use Efficacy

Many of us have no idea how effective (or ineffective as the case may be), different birth control methods actually are.  Doctors will tell you the effectiveness rates of some birth control options based on their “Perfect Use” efficacy rates and for others, you will hear their “Typical Use” ...

How Are Mobile Apps Changing Healthcare?

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are changing people’s lifestyles at a rapid pace, including how they manage their health care.  Health care providers and patients are increasingly communicating via mobile technology and many doctors are actually prescribing health apps to ...

Interesting Video - "A Healthy Investment: Linking Family Planning and Microfinance"

Great work is highlighted in the video "A Healthy Investment: Linking Family Planning and Microfinance" which looks at how a collaborative project in India is working to improve women's access to f

How Long Does It Take to Get Pregnant Using CycleBeads?

We have found through surveys and feedback from users of CycleBeads that approximately a quarter are using CycleBeads to try to conceive.  So how long does it take to become pregnant when using CycleBeads?  We would like to hear from women who have used or are using CycleBeads to ...

Using iCycleBeads Online to Prevent & Achieve Pregnancy - One Woman Shares Her Story

We were thrilled to see a review of the iCycleBeads Online service on the Monster Mummies blog by a woman named Michelle. As Michelle says, she and her husband are planning to get pregnant soon and so she has transitioned off of hormonal contraception to make sure her cycles are ...

Why Do Women Choose CycleBeads for Contraception? Survey Results Are In!

Recently we asked women to tell us if they were using CycleBeads to plan or prevent a pregnancy.  The survey results showed that approximately 3/4 of women use CycleBeads to prevent pregnancy while about 1/4 use CycleBeads to plan a pregnancy.  We then asked those women who are using ...

Why Did You Choose CycleBeads as Your Birth Control Method?

To avoid side effects?  To save money?  For some other reason?  Everyone is different!   We recently polled CycleBeads users about whether they use CycleBeads to plan or prevent pregnancy. Most users (approximately 75%) said they chose CycleBeads to prevent pregnancy. ...

Planning or Preventing? Survey Results Are In!

CycleBeads is a fertility awareness tool that can be used either to PLAN or PREVENT pregnancy. We were interested to find out how women were actually using CycleBeads, so we recently surveyed CycleBeads users. We found that most users, approximately three-quarters, were using CycleBeads (or an ...

Natural Family Planning Method Used by Millions of Women Worldwide

As CycleBeads' 10 year anniversary is fast approaching next month, we wanted to take a second and reflect on what we've accomplished... One major accomplishment, more than 2.5 million women have used CycleBeads since our launch in late 2002! Why is this important? Read this ...

CycleBeads is a Modern Family Planning Method

A recent report from our colleagues at the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University, explores the characteristics of a "modern family planning method" and how CycleBeads®  and the Standard Days Method® of family pl

How are iCycleBeads Family Planning Apps Different From Other Fertility Apps?

It seems there are a million fertility apps out there. Want to get a daily reminder to take your birth control pill? Want to get pregnant? Want to have a girl? Want to know what your baby will look like at week 8?  Want to know if your period is likely to come this weekend? There's ...

Introducing iCycleBeads Online - Family Planning via the Web

We are thrilled to be launching iCycleBeads™ Online and our redesigned website! iCycleBeads Online is the only web app in the world based on the Standard Days Method® of family planning. A user receives a private internet account where she can easily track the ...

If my period starts overnight, what should I do about moving the ring or putting that information ...

If you know that you started your period anytime before midnight, you should move the ring to the red bead (or enter that your period started if using a CycleBeads app) on the day that you start your period regardless of what time it is. The next morning (or whenever you normally move the ring) ...

What should I do if I forget to move the ring?

If you are using CycleBeads, it is a good idea to mark the day that you start your period on a calendar. If you know the date you started your period this cycle, you can go to your calendar and count the days between that date and today. Then count the same number of beads on the CycleBeads, ...

What do I do if I have a cycle that is out of range?

If you have a cycle that is either shorter than 26 days or longer than 32 days, you should make note of it.  A fertility calendar is provided with CycleBeads that you can use to keep a record, and the CycleBeads apps record your cycle history so you can always refer to it.  If you have ...

How will I know if I have had a cycle that is out of the 26-32 day range?

CycleBeads were designed to help a woman track this information easily and the CycleBeads apps make it even easier. On CycleBeads, the darker bead on the tool helps a woman know if her cycle is shorter than 26 days. If a woman gets her period before the marker is on this bead, then her ...

Can I use this family planning method if I am close to menopause?

Yes, as long as your cycles are between 26 and 32 days long. However, as you approach menopause, your cycles may become irregular – either shorter or longer. When this happens, this family planning method will not work for you.

Can I use the Standard Days Method without using any of the CycleBeads tools?

Yes. However, research has shown that users are much more likely to use this method correctly with a visual tool. CycleBeads and the related apps have been found to be efficient, easy-to-use tools for helping women keep track of their cycles and letting them know "what are my fertile ...

There seem to be a lot of numbers involved, how can I keep track of all this information?

We have designed a number of easy-to-use tools to help a woman use the Standard Days Method including CycleBeads, CycleBeads Olnine, and iCycleBeads smartphone apps. These tools each act as a fertility calendar meaning that a user does not need to worry about keeping track of any numbers. ...

What tools exist to help a woman use the Standard Days Method of family planning?

There are a few different tools that a woman can use to follow this family planning method: CycleBeads – CycleBeads is a string of 32 color-coded beads that a woman can use to track her cycle, and identify if she is on a day when pregnancy is likely or not. This tool is used by women all ...

iCycleBeads™ Smartphone Apps

Easy and effective natural family planning is now available through your smartphone with iCycleBeads™. The iCycleBeads™ smartphone apps enable women to plan or prevent pregnancy easily and effectively entirely with information provided by their phones or other mobile devices.

CycleBeads® Online

30 Day Risk Free TrialEasy and effective natural family planning is now available online with the new CycleBeads web app, the only web app in the world based on the Standard Days Method® of family planning. This innovative family planning service can be used as birth control or to plan a pregnancy ...

CycleBeads® Online – Plan or Prevent Pregnancy via the Web

    Easy and effective natural family planning is now available online with the new CycleBeads® Online service. CycleBeads Online is the only web app in the world based on the Standard Days Method® of family planning; the most effective natural family planning method in typical use. This innovative service can be used as birth control or to plan a pregnancy easily and ...

Period Tracker App for IPhone & Android

iCycleBeads™ smartphone apps enable a woman to use the Standard Days Method® of family planning through her iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android phone. These are the only smartphone apps in the world based on this highly effective, well researched family planning method. It's more than just a period tracker app, iCycleBeads lets you plan or prevent pregnancy easily and effectively with your ...

7 Billion People and Counting…

This month, the planet will welcome the 7 billionth person! And the exploding population growth while slowing, is far from over. Not only are people living longer, but there are approximately 1.8 billion women of childbearing age on the planet right now. Therefore, even though on average each ...

Can Your Birth Control Increase Your Risk of Contracting HIV?

A recent study featured in the New York Times found that injectable contraceptives such as Depo-Provera,  double the risk that women will become infected with HIV. Furthermore, if a woman is HIV positive, use of injectable contraceptives appear to double the risk that she will transmit the ...

Family Planning is a Joint Effort – A Couple’s Partnership in the Philippines

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 ...

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 ...

Offering CycleBeads in Haiti After the Earthquake – One Midwife’s Story

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.

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 ...

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 ...