CYCLEBEADS IMPACT UPDATE: INDIA - Report shows of the women using CycleBeads Android app to prevent pregnancy...
Recent work in India shows that the CycleBeads app is having a positive impact. Key highlights to date include:
- Over 150,000 women in India have downloaded the CycleBeads Android app in the past three months.
- According to in-app surveys, approximately 79% of the women using the app to prevent pregnancy, were not using contraception prior to downloading the CycleBeads app.
- Top 3 reasons all women cite for using the CycleBeads app: 1) it’s simple and easy to use, 2) it’s natural, and 3) I was worried about side effects.
This work is ongoing so we hope to have more information to report soon. Read the original press release here.
CYCLEBEADS IMPACT UPDATE: +75,000 Women in Ghana & Kenya Using the CycleBeads App – This High-Tech Birth Control Option is Addressing Unmet Family Planning Need.
IMPACT UPDATE (CycleBeads App - Ghana and Kenya)
WASHINGTON, DC, October 19, 2016 – Over 75,000 women in Kenya and Ghana have downloaded the CycleBeads® Android app in the past two months. Approximately half are using the app to prevent pregnancy. In-app surveys indicate that more than 20% of women using the CycleBeads app to prevent pregnancy were not using a contraceptive method prior to using the app.
This high-tech birth control option, which has been undergoing rigorous usability and impact testing, is designed to help women use the Standard Days Method® of family planning. This method is proven +95% effective at preventing pregnancy in large-scale efficacy studies. The CycleBeads app helps a woman identify her fertile days and track that her cycles are in range for using this method.
NEWS RELEASE: CycleBeads App Helping Women in Africa Prevent or Plan Pregnancy - Over 50,000 Women in Ghana & Kenya Use CycleBeads Android App
CycleBeads App Helping Women in Africa Prevent or Plan Pregnancy - Over 50,000 Women in Ghana & Kenya Use CycleBeads Android App
WASHINGTON, DC, September 28, 2016 – Over 50,000 women in Kenya and Ghana are using the CycleBeads® Android app to prevent pregnancy or plan pregnancy. The app, which has been undergoing rigorous usability and impact testing, is designed to help women use the Standard Days Method® of family planning. The CycleBeads app helps a woman identify her fertile days and track that her cycles are in range for using this method.
“We are thrilled with the impact that this technology is having” says, Leslie Heyer founder of Cycle Technologies. “There is a huge unmet need for family planning options that don’t cause side effects. Providing women with effective, easy to use, natural options, that they can access entirely through a smartphone, can go a long way towards addressing this need.”
In Ghana, 42% of women have an unmet need for family planning while in Kenya, 25% of married women have an unmet need. In both countries, women cite “side effects” as the number one reason for non-use of contraception according to national health surveys.
The CycleBeads Android app is designed to provide women with an effective family planning option that does not cause side effects. It can be downloaded for free in the Google Marketplace.
More information about CycleBeads is available at: www.CycleBeads.com
About Cycle Technologies
Cycle Technologies is a social impact company focused on women’s health. The company’s mission is to prevent unplanned pregnancies and help people have the families that they want when they are ready. Founded in 2002, Cycle Technologies products are available in over 60 countries and apps are available to anyone in the world with a smartphone. Learn more at www.cycletechnologies.com.
Fertility apps are gaining more and more popularity these days but do you know the different types? Is an app designed to track your period and moods the same as one designed for pregnancy planning and prevention? Is an app that reminds you to take your birth control pill each day the same as one that gives you information about whether or not you're fertile today? Hint: No.
Women everywhere want contraceptive options that meet their individual needs. Women in India, a nation poised to be the most populous country in the world in the next few years, are no exception. According to national health surveys, 20.5% of Indian women have an unmet need for contraception.
Of those women who have used a contraceptive method, female sterilization is the most common method used with 35.8% of women having used it followed by the "rhythm method" (15.9%), male condoms (13.2%), and withdrawal (9.3%). Clearly women in India need a more comprehensive range of family planning options. But it's not just about offering more options, it's about really understanding their needs and what they want.
CycleBeads Android App Launches Initiative in India - Provides Women with a Complete Family Planning Solution via Free Smartphone App
CycleBeads Android App Launches Initiative in India – Provides Women with a Complete Family Planning Solution via Free Smartphone App
Women in India can now prevent pregnancy without side effects using a free smartphone app called CycleBeads®. The CycleBeads Android app is the only period tracker designed for pregnancy prevention as well as planning. Based on research insights, the app has recently been improved to better meet the needs of Indian women and is now available in Hindi.
“The CycleBeads app addresses many of the reasons women cite for not using contraception – it has no side effects, it allows women to plan ahead for their fertile days, and it is available for free to anyone with a smartphone,” says Leslie Heyer, founder of Cycle Technologies… READ FULL RELEASE HERE
Having worked with natural birth control methods for the past fourteen years, we know that besides them being viable, effective methods, they appeal to eco-conscientious people and people concerned about which substances they put in their bodies. And as one thing leads to another (*ahem*), other products associated with our sex lives have come to our attention. So in recognition of Earth Day, let’s take a peek at some options and raise our sense of responsibility to a new level. Let’s green up our sex lives!
Here are four things to think about for an eco-conscious and body-safe sex life:
Did you know there was such a thing as vegan condoms? Fair trade? Cruelty free? Yes, indeed, there is a new wave of eco-friendly condom brands now available. The Swedish brand, RFSU, was the first vegan condom introduced in U.S. and is available through the Ozone Condom Shop. There are American brands now, too, such as Sustain and Sir Richard’s. You can purchase through their websites or at select natural products stores.
How are these condoms different than your run-of-the-mill drug-store condom?
- • They are vegan, not compounded with animal- or dairy by-products (casein), which are common in conventional condoms.
• They are not tested on animals.
• They are made of rubber from fair trade companies and sustainably harvested sources.
Bonus: most of these companies have a social-good component, in which they partner with or donate to programs in need. (Pictured: Caryn Thompson, O!Zone owner visiting RFSU factory in Sweden.)
For goodness sake, be nice to your tender parts! Things to think about when choosing a personal lubricant:
• Generally consider water- or aloe-based lubricants.
• Keep away from ingredients that may irritate or even cause breakdown of internal linings or encourage yeast infection, such as parabens and petrochemicals. Glycerin may also not be appropriate for women susceptible to yeast infections.
• Oils may be good for external play, but are not intended for vaginal sex or to be used with condoms.
• Silicone lubes are inert and usually hypoallergenic and last longer than water-based lubricants. They may be desired in instances, such as in hot tubs, for anal sex, or for women experiencing dryness due to menopause, but are not intended to be used with condoms or silicone sex toys, and may not be optimal for all women for vaginal sex.
(Pictured: Anastasia Harris, Good Clean Love at Natural Products Expo)
3. Sex Toys
• Choose non-porous materials, such as silicone, that do not absorb moisture or harbor germs.
• Cleaning – use mild, natural cleansers that will not leave a harmful residue that could irritate sensitive body parts
4. Post-play Clean Up
• Again, be gentle with yourself. Choose mild cleansers, not harsh ones like commercial deodorant soaps. Diva Wash is a good option, originally designed to be used with the silicone Diva Cup, it is also a gentle body wash that can be used on sensitive body parts as well as silicone sex toys.
• If you’re on the go and can’t shower, gentle body wipes are a good alternative.
So think about sustainability on Earth Day, and enjoy yourself! ;-)
(Examples of eco-friendly products for greening up your sex life.)
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CycleBeads - Plan or Prevent Pregnancy (Info Sheet)
ICYMI: Fertility Awareness in the Digital Age - Takeaways from Global Health Mini University Conference
In case you missed it, check out the recap of the co-presentation, "Fertility Awareness in the Digital Age" with Cycle Technologies, Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), and USAID. The informative reproductive health session included a discussion on how technology is changing people's access to fertility awareness information and how they're using this information to meet their reproductive goals.
Image: Victoria Shelus from the Institute for Reproductive Health discusses the importance of accurate fertility awareness information.