Why Aren't All Women Using Contraception?

Virtually all sexually active women in the United States have used contraception, but according to a National Health Statistics Report, most unplanned pregnancies occur among women who are not using birth control or are using it inconsistently. Why would a woman not use contraception even though she doesn't want to get pregnant? And what can be done to help her prevent an unplanned pregnancy? 
According to the report, the #1 reason women in the U.S. cite for not using a birth control method when they conceived their unplanned births, is that they "didn't think they could get pregnant" at that time (36%). 
Other reasons include ...

Posted in: Birth Control Options, Contraceptive Options, CycleBeads, Fertility Awareness, Womens Health

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Thinking About Using CycleBeads? Screen Yourself!

Screen yourself to see if CycleBeads is the right family planning method for you.

The CycleBeads® website has a handy online self-screener to help you determine whether you can use CycleBeads as your contraceptive method. Here are the questions to consider, but make sure to use the self-screener to find out what the advice is for your answers...

Posted in: Birth Control Options, Contraceptive Options, CycleBeads, Natural Birth Control

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New Publication - CycleBeads Impact in 5 Developing Countries

The new publication "Stories of Most Significant Change" features firsthand reports from health providers, women, and their partners about how the Standard Days Method and CycleBeads have impacted their programs and lives. Focusing on five developing countries, the stories help us see how this simple family planning tool is having a big impact in diverse regions of the world including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala...

Posted in: International Family Planning

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New Video - Family Planning & CycleBeads Impact in Rwanda

Ten years ago, only 7% of women in Rwanda were using a family planning method and women were giving birth to an average of six children during their lifetimes. The introduction of the Standard Days Method® using CycleBeads® has had a huge impact. 

The video below features interviews with health workers as well as with users. It looks at the the impact that this family planning tool is having on the lives of women and couples in Rwanda. 


Posted in: International Family Planning, Contraceptive Options

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"Show Me the Options!" Birth Control Kits Make It Easy

CycleBeads are Included in the Birth Control Kit Available from Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington

What's the best way to learn about all the effective birth control methods available? Seeing all the options in one place is a great place to start.  Some health clinics and many health educators use birth control kits to show patients the wide range of contraceptives. In addition to contraceptive samples for hands-on demonstration, kits can also include anatomy charts and other important sexual health information.

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CDC Report Shows Highly Educated Women Most Likely to Use Calendar-Based Family Planning

The recent CDC Report included information that shocked some people - the more educated a woman is, the more likely it is that she will have ever used a calendar-based family planning method! The report also showed that more educated women are also more likely to use symptoms-based family planning methods such as basal body temperature (BBT) and cervical mucus. 

According to the Centers for Disease Report, 28.2% of highly educated women (women with a master's degree or higher) are likely to have used a “calendar-based” method compared to 12.6% of women with less than a high school diploma. They also reported that 11.9% of highly educated women had used a symptoms-based natural method compared to only 2.9% of women who had not graduated from highschool.

Posted in: Birth Control Options, Contraceptive Options, Research

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CDC Report Shows Women Highly Likely to Discontinue Use of Hormonal Contraceptive Methods

Virtually all sexually experienced women in the United States have used at least one form of contraception in their lifetimes, according to a report released by the CDC earlier this year. And the most commonly used contraception is the pill with 4 out of 5 women using it at some point in their lives.


But of the 45 million women who have ever used the pill, 30% discontinued use because of dissatisfaction. And almost half of the women using other hormonal contraception methods such as Depo-Provera (46%) and the contraceptive patch (49%) discontinue use due to dissatisfaction.


Posted in: Birth Control Side Effects, Birth Control Options, Contraceptive Options, Research

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Watch the Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Webinar

If you missed the webinar on How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally, you can see the recorded video below. The presentation reviews different fertility awareness-based family planning methods and looks in depth at the Standard Days Method, how it was developed, how it works, who can use it, and how the CycleBeads tools can make it especially easy to use this natural family planning method.

Posted in: Fertility Awareness, Natural Birth Control, Research

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Tomorrow is the How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally Webinar

There is still time to register for the "How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally" webinar tomorrow at 1pm ET/10am PT. Get answers to all of your questions about fertility awareness-based family planning methods in general and the Standard Days Method® and CycleBeads® in particular. 

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Posted in: Fertility Awareness, Natural Birth Control, Womens Health

Which CycleBeads Tool Would You Like to Use?

The CycleBeads products are the only tools for using the Standard Days Method of family planning.

They are all:

 - proven effective

 - easy to use

 - inexpensive 

Which one would you most prefer to use? Take our quick survey

Post a comment on the CycleBeads Facebook page and you'll be entered to win the CycleBeads tool of your choice --- including a lifetime subscription to CycleBeads Online!


Posted in: Contraceptive Options, CycleBeads, Fertility Awareness

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