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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 your menstrual cycle. It helps you track your cycle, identify your fertile days and non-fertile days, and monitor your cycle lengths to see if they stay in the range for effective use of this method. You can prevent or plan pregnancy effectively with this easy-to-use tool.

How to Use CycleBeads® to Prevent or Plan Pregnancy

CycleBeads are color coded.  On the day you start your period, place the rubber ring on the red bead. Move the ring forward one bead each day, always in the direction of the arrow. When the ring is on the red bead or a colored bead, there is very low likelihood of pregnancy, so you can have intercourse on these days without getting pregnant. When the ring is on a white bead – cycle days 8 through 19 – you are in your fertile period and there is a high likelihood of getting pregnant if you have unprotected intercourse. If you want to prevent pregnancy, avoid having unprotected intercourse on cycle days 8 through 19 (days represented by white, glow-in-the-dark beads), because this is your potentially fertile period. If you want to achieve a pregnancy, have frequent intercourse, 2-3 times per week, especially during the white-bead days, because this is when you are most fertile.


CycleBeads comes with a calendar so you can mark the first day of your period on it. If you forget to move the ring on your CycleBeads, you can check the date you marked on the calendar and count to see if the ring is on the correct bead.


CycleBeads® - Who Can Use This Family Planning Tool?

CycleBeads is most effective when your menstrual cycles are regularly in a range of 26 to 32 days.  CycleBeads will help you determine if your cycles are in this range and whether they stay in this range. If you have cycles outside this range, you should use a different method of family planning to prevent pregnancy. Take the CycleBeads® Self-Screener here.

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