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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 ...

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 ...

Fertility Myth - I Can Get Pregnant Any Day of My Cycle

Myth: I can get pregnant any day of my cycle. Truth: There are only a limited number of days during a woman's cycle when pregnancy is possible. Many women grow up hearing that they can get pregnant any day of the month. This is usually information given to them by well ...

Why Did You Choose CycleBeads for PLANNING a Pregnancy?

It's all in the timing!  When trying to conceive, a couple needs to time intercourse during the woman's fertile days.   In a recent survey, we learned that about one-fourth of women using CycleBeads or iCycleBeads were trying to conceive.  If you are someone using ...

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 ...

Are You Using CycleBeads to PLAN or PREVENT Pregnancy?

We want to hear from CycleBeads users!  Are you using CycleBeads (or iCycleBeads) to PLAN or PREVENT pregnancy? Please take our one-question survey. Click here to take survey. Thank you for your feedback!  

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 Now Available Through Maternova to Health Workers in Low-Resource Settings

CycleBeads®, a natural birth control tool, is now available through Maternova, a one-stop shop for products that help save the lives of mothers and newborns. CycleBeads enables a woman to plan or prevent pregnancy by tracking her cycles and identifying her potentially fertile days. It ...

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 ...

Where in the World Are CycleBeads?

CycleBeads are available from Benin to Belgium, from East Timor to Ecuador, and from Uganda to the United States. Women in over 50 countries use this natural family planning option to plan or prevent pregnancy.  How do they get them? CycleBeads are ...

Describing CycleBeads ... Non-Hormonal, Prevent Pregnancy, Natural

Thanks to all who participated in our survey! We got great feedback and found a few new words used to describe CycleBeads. Interestingly, the words most commonly used to describe this family planning method are "non-hormonal", "prevent pregnancy" and "natural". Of ...

How Do You Describe CycleBeads?

We've been thinking a lot about the words we use most often when talking about this family planning option - effective natural family planning, birth control, plan pregnancy, prevent pregnancy naturally, etc. etc. etc. Sometimes we realize we're talking to ourselves. We'd like to ...

Natural Family Planning, NFP, Fertility Awareness - What Does It All Mean?

Natural family planning, fertility awareness, natural birth control, FAB, FAM - chances are you have heard these terms thrown around and may only have a vague idea of what they mean. All of these are terms used to describe basically the same thing - a set of practices that ...

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 ...

Side Effects, The Pill, and CycleBeads

Studies show that while the pill is the most commonly used contraceptive method in many countries*, a significant percentage of women discontinue its use, primarily due to side effects and health concerns. Women who discontinue using a contraceptive method put themselves at risk of an unintended ...

Health Educator Guli Fager – Giving College Students the Sexual Health Information They Need & Want

When Guli Fager started her job as a sexual health educator for university students in Texas, she was shocked to learn how little they knew.  While most students had basic knowledge about contraception, they had minimal understanding of reproductive processes and sexual health issues.  ...

Why is it important that my partner is willing to use this family planning method and understands ...

First it’s important that both you and your partner agree about whether or not you want a pregnancy. It is also critical that both of you understand how this family planning method works so that you can decide how to deal with the days when you can potentially get pregnant. For best results it ...

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 ...

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. ...

How do I get pregnant using the Standard Days Method of family planning?

If a woman wants to achieve pregnancy while using this family planning method, she and her partner should have intercourse during her fertile days - days 8-19. Most doctors recommend that a couple should have intercourse at least every other day during their fertile days of cycle for the ...

How do I prevent pregnancy using the Standard Days Method of family planning?

If a woman wants to avoid pregnancy while using this family planning method, she and her partner should either abstain or use a back-up method of birth control during her fertile days of cycle - days 8-19.  She should also monitor her cycles and ensure that they remain in 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 ...

How effective is this family planning method?

In studies conducted by the Institute for Reproductive Health, the Standard Days Method was found to be more than 95% effective at preventing pregnancy. That means that, out of 100 women using the method for 1 year, fewer than 5 of them would get pregnant if they used the method correctly. The ...

Birth Control and Beyond – The Many Uses of CycleBeads

“It’s birth control, but with a lot of other uses.” - health provider CycleBeads is an effective birth control option and while preventing pregnancy is the primary use of this family planning tool, health providers have shared a number of other interesting ways it can be used to educate, ...

Why Do So Many Teens in the U.S. Still Get Pregnant?

While unplanned pregnancies among teens in the U.S. is at the lowest rate in years, American teenagers are still getting pregnant at a much higher rate than their counterparts in other countries – 3x more often than teens in Germany and France, and 4x more often than teens in the Netherlands. In ...

Family Planning in the Philippines – Successfully Avoiding Pregnancy with CycleBeads

As mentioned in a previous article on family planning in the Philippines, birth control and sex education in this Catholic country can be difficult to come by. To combat this problem, one city started requiring family planning courses for all couples planning to get married. In Marakina City ...

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.

Deluxe CycleBeads®

The deluxe version of CycleBeads® is made of beautiful man-made cat's-eye stones. It comes in three gorgeous color options, with aqua, mauve, or copper beads representing the less fertile days and white beads representing the fertile days. Like regular CycleBeads®, the Deluxe version is more than ...

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®

Bulk discounts available. Contact us for information.A color-coded string of beads, the original version of CycleBeads® is our most economical made of durable poly-propylene. It comes with brown beads to represent less fertile days and glow in the dark white beads to ensure you'll know when you're ...

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 ...

The Funny Thing About Sex – How the Ad Council Plans to Increase Birth Control Use in the U.S.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is joining the Ad Council to debut a groundbreaking, first-ever public service campaign designed to reduce the rates of unplanned pregnancy among unmarried young adults in the U.S. The three-year campaign directs sexually active women ...

New Study Shows Couples Are Highly Satisifed with the Standard Days Method as their Family Planning Option and It’s Even More Effective with Use

A new study to be published in the October issue of the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care finds that couples who used the Standard Days Method® of family planning to prevent pregnancy are very likely to continue using this method along with the visual tool CycleBeads®. The ...

Say "Yes" to Access for Contraception

In a recent article on the Huffington Post, “Just Say ‘Yes’ to Access for Women’s Reproductive Health, Contraception”, Dr. Glenn Braunstein makes several good points about why increasing access to preventative services for women, including contraception, is important. Furthermore ...

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 ...

Why Do We Need to Invest in Girls?

Investing in girls has a profound effect on societies. Educating girls and helping them delay marriage and pregnancy until they are ready, results in fewer and healthier babies, a higher quality of life for themselves and their families, and significantly impacts future generations. A program ...

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 ...

Unplanned Pregnancies & the Effectiveness of Birth Control Methods

An interesting discussion in the Economist under the title “Crazy, sexy, stupid” looks at abortion, adoption, and birth control use. It explores some of the issues that explain why the abortion rate in the U.S. is 3x higher than the abortion rates in many other countries. However it does not ...

Can Health Clinics Address a Need with Fertility Awareness-Based Family Planning?

It’s pretty common knowledge these days that there are high rates of both contraceptive discontinuation and unintended pregnancies in the U.S. Could increasing the availability of fertility awareness-based family planning options at family planning clinics help address these issues by meeting ...

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 ...

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 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 when she is ...

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