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CycleBeads Top 10 Myths About This Natural Family Planning Method: Myth #7 No Time for Sex

CycleBeads Myth: You can't have sex often using this method. Many people look

When Can You Get Pregnant? Most Women Have No Idea!

You may be surprised to hear that most women have no idea when they can get pregnant. A recent study showed that 2/3 of young adults in the U.S. do not know that women are most fertile around the middle of their cycles (Berger, 2012). In an Australian study, only 16% of women actively seeking ...

CycleBeads Top 10 Myths About This Natural Family Planning Method: Myth #5 - A Perfect Cycle

CycleBeads Myth: You must have a “perfect regular” 28 day cycle to use this method.

CycleBeads Top 10 Myths About This Natural Family Planning Method: Myth #2 - Interest

CycleBeads Myth: No one wants to use a family planning option like this. In genera

CycleBeads Top 10 Myths About This Natural Family Planning Method: Myth #1 - Effectiveness

We hear a lot of innacurate claims when it comes to CycleBeads, and we'd like to address the most common myths about this family planning option in a top 10 list. We'll be sharing these top 10 myths and responding to them over the n

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

New Survey Indicates That Women Planning Pregnancies Get Pregnant Fast with CycleBeads

A recent survey of women who had purchased CycleBeads with the intention of planning a pregnancy, indicated interesting results: -  80% of women using CycleBeads to achieve pregnancy, were pregnant within 6 months and most of these women were pregnant within the first 3 ...

Recent Research Demonstrates Benefits & Challenges of Offering the Standard Days Method of Family Planning in Health Programs

Two recent studies conducted by researchers at the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) at Georgetown University looked at integrating the Standard Days Method® using CycleBeads® into health programs. Results showed that offering this fertility awareness-based family planning method brought ...

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 ...

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!  

New CycleBeads Toolkit - A Resource for Health Providers Integrating This Natural Family Planning Option

Attention! Health Care Providers and Health Educators: A toolkit for integrating the Standard Days Method® and CycleBeads® into U.S. health clinics and programs has been created by our research partner, the Institute for Reproductive Health.  It is a free online resource that ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

Using a Condom is Harder Than it Looks - According to New Research

Using a condom correctly is difficult according to a recent study in the journal Sexual Health. Led by the Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team, the study compared 50 research articles across multiple countries and found that incorrect use of condoms is ...

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.  ...

Should I look for other fertility symptoms?

There are other symptoms such as cervical secretions or changes in temperature that a woman can track to help her know "what are my fertile days". While this information can be interesting, women who are using the Standard Days Method do not need to track and monitor these symptoms ...

Can't I get pregnant any time during my cycle?

No. Research shows that there are a small number of days during which a woman is likely to get pregnant – a few days before she ovulates and the day she ovulates. But these days may not be at the same time every cycle because a woman doesn’t always ovulate at the same time. Studies conducted by ...

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 ...

Will the Standard Days Method protect me from sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?

No. Like most other family planning methods except condoms, the Standard Days Method does not protect people from STIs. If you think you are at risk of an STI, you should consult your doctor immediately to find out how you can protect yourself.

How was the Standard Days Method Developed and Tested?

To develop this family planning method, researchers at the Institute for Reproductive Health created a computer model, based on data from the World Health Organization, and determined that women who usually have menstrual cycles between 26 and 32 days long are potentially fertile – or able to ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

FAQs

A listing of frequently asked questions.

Resources for Retailers & Providers

Healthcare Professionals We work with a range of healthcare programs throughout the world providing them with educational materials, counseling guidance, and information about how to obtain CycleBeads for their clients. Contact us at providers@cyclebeads.com or 1-877-CYCLE99 (1-877-292-5399) ...

International Partners

We are working to make CycleBeads available to women and couples around the world. Currently CycleBeads are available in more than 50 countries through NGO's, Ministries of Health, healthcare providers, and retailers. The list below includes many of our international partners. If you ...

CycleBeads® Bulk Purchase

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Family Planning in Calcutta – Helping Women with Easy, Effective Natural Methods

We recently heard from Dr Deirdre Gleeson, the Medical Director of Medwise, Occupational Health Services in Ireland. Dr. Gleeson wrote to us describing her work in Calcutta and her efforts to help empower women living in extremely difficult circumstances. In Dr. Gleeson’s own words…

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 ...

Why is Social Media Important to Us?

Social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and  Blogs is important to CycleBeads because it allows for a worldwide connection. Our community spans the globe, from California to the Congo and from Indiana to India. Being in touch directly with our c

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 ...

Communicating a Woman’s Cycle to Her Male Partner Yields Big Benefits

We’ve been investigating how a woman’s cycle affects male-female relationships and have found that when a woman is accurately informed about what is going on with her body and can clearly communicate it to her partner, it enhances the relationship overall. Sounds easy enough, but what is a good ...

Family Planning via Cell Phones

Exciting research is being conducted by the Institute for Reproductive Health on offering the Standard Days Method™ of family planning through mobile phones. As an information-based, natural family planning method, the Standard Days Method is ideally suited for offering in this manner. The ...

CycleBeads is Not the Rhythm Method

We occasionally hear the question “isn't CycleBeads just the rhythm method?" The answer is NO. CycleBeads, and the Standard Days Method on which it is based, are very different from the so-called “rhythm method”, a method which is vaguely understood, not well defined, confusing to use, ...

New Study on Stress & Conception

A new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Oxford, draws a distinct connection between stress and fertility. While it has long been believed that stress can impact a woman’s ability to conceive, the study is the first of its kind to document, ...