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CycleBeads Are Helping Women Around the World Plan or Prevent Pregnancy

Did you see our most recent infographic? Let us break it down for you. Here's the first section... As you can see by the countries marked in blue, CycleBeads are offered by health programs in nea

New iCycleBeads Lite App Now Available on iOS!

We are thrilled to announce the new Lite version of the iCycleBeads app for iOS devices! This free app is similar to the complete version of iCycleBeads in that you can effectively plan or prevent pregnancy just by tracking your period! It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the full ...

Check Out Our New "How to Use the iCycleBeads App" Video

Check out our new video which shows how to use the CycleBeads® smartphone app to prevent pregnancy, plan a pregnancy, or just to track your period. The app is extremely easy to use so the video only takes 2 minutes. CycleBeads is available on Apple and Android.   For more detailed ...

CycleBeads Top 10 Myths About This Natural Family Planning Method: Myth #8 - Ovulation on Day 14

CycleBeads Myth: This method only works if you ovulate on day 14 of your cycle. T

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 ...

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 ...

What is the difference between my period and my menstrual cycle?

A woman’s period is not the same thing as her menstrual cycle. A period consists of the days when a woman is actually having menstrual bleeding. A woman's menstrual cycle is the whole time from the beginning of one period until the beginning of the next period. In other words, a woman’s ...

What if I spot a little in the middle of my cycle?

If you bleed any time except when you are having your period, you should check with your health provider. But for many women, a small amount of bleeding around the time they ovulate is normal. Bleeding in the middle of the cycle should not affect use of this family planning method.

If I “spot” immediately before my period, should I consider it Day 1 of the next cycle?

If you perceive this to be the beginning of your period, or think of this spotting as a “warning” that you are getting your period, then you should count this as Day 1 of your cycle. If you are concerned about spotting, please consult your health care provider.

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 have recently used emergency contraception?

Yes. You can use the Standard Days Method if you have recently used emergency contraception and your cycles are usually between 26 and 32 days long. However, you should wait until you start your next period before using it.

Can I use this family planning method if I am breastfeeding?

That depends. Wait until you have had 4 menstrual periods since your baby was born. After you have had 4 periods, if your last cycle was between 26 and 32 days long, you can start using this family planning method on the first day of your next period.

Can I use this family planning method if I just stopped using a non-hormonal IUD?

Yes. A non-hormonal IUD has no effect on ovulation or cycle length. If your cycles were between 26 and 32 days long before you began using the IUD (in other words they were generally about a month apart), then you can begin using the Standard Days Method as soon as you get your next period.

Can I use this family planning method if I just stopped taking an injectable form of birth control?

Yes, but not immediately. If you have taken a 1-month injectable recently then like the pill, you should wait until you have 3 periods about a month apart (meaning that you have had two consecutive cycles in the 26-32 day range). If you have taken a three-month injectable, you will need to wait ...

Can I use this family planning method if I just stopped taking the pill?

Yes, but not immediately. Start this family planning method after your last three periods have been about a month apart (that means after two consecutive cycles are within the 26 to 32-day range).  You should use a back-up method of birth control until your fertility cycle returns to ...

How can I determine if my cycle length is between 26 and 32 days?

A woman does not need a record of her previous cycles, but we ask a woman to answer a few questions that will help her or her provider to know whether or not she is in this range. These questions include: Do my periods usually come about when I expect them? When did my last period ...

Can anyone use the Standard Days Method of family planning?

No. The Standard Days Method works very well for women who usually have menstrual cycles between 26 and 32 days long. Women who often have cycles shorter than 26 days or longer than 32 days are not good candidates for this method. According to data from the World Health Organization, about 80% ...

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. ...

Which days are fertile according to the Standard Days Method?

The Standard Days Method identifies the fertile period – the time when a woman could get pregnant - as days 8 through 19 of her menstrual cycle. The fertile period identified by this family planning method is 12 days long because it takes into account the lifespan of the sperm (5 days), the ...

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 ...

What is the Standard Days Method?

The Standard Days Method is a simple natural method of family planning that was developed by the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University. The method is based on a fixed formula which indicates that women with cycles between 26 and 32 days long, are potentially fertile on days ...

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 ...

CycleBeads®

        CycleBeads® – The Original Family Planning Tool  A hands-on visual tool used by millions of women worldwide, CycleBeads is the original way to identify your fertile days using the Standard Days Method® of family planning. CycleBeads is a color-coded string of beads representing a woman's menstrual cycle. It helps a woman track her ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Prevent & Avoid Pregnancy

How Do I Prevent Pregnancy Using this Family Planning Method? To prevent pregnancy naturally using CycleBeads, a woman should avoid having unprotected intercourse on days 8-19 of her cycle, where the start of her cycle, Day 1, is the first day of her period. This means that during the days ...


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