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 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 family planning method. A woman can plan or prevent pregnancy easily and effectively with this easy-to-use tool.
How to Use CycleBeads® to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy
The day a woman starts her period she places the rubber ring on the red bead. Each day she moves the ring one bead forward, 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 she can have intercourse on these days without getting pregnant. When the ring is on a white bead – Days 8 through 19 – she is in her fertile period and there is a high likelihood of getting pregnant if a woman has unprotected intercourse. If a woman wants to prevent pregnancy, she should avoid having unprotected intercourse on Days 8 through 19 (days represented by glow-in-the-dark white beads) as this is her potentially fertile period. If a woman wants to achieve a pregnancy, she and her partner should have intercourse during these white bead days as these are days when a woman is most fertile.
CycleBeads also come with a fertility calendar and a woman is encouraged to mark the first day of her period on it. If a user ever forgets if she has moved the ring on her CycleBeads, she can check the date she marked on the calendar to see which day she is on in her cycle, and which days are fertile.
* According to analysis of data from the World Health Organization, 80% of women have cycles in the 26-32 day range.
CycleBeads® - Who Can Use This Family Planning Tool?
CycleBeads are most effective when your menstrual cycles are regularly between 26 and 32 days long. 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.
Where can I get CycleBeads®?
CycleBeads® and Deluxe CycleBeads® are available in the Cyclebeads Shop online as well as from a number of retailers and health providers. To find a retailer or provider near you, use our locator tool. CycleBeads are also available worldwide through many local sources. See International Partners or contact us to find out about CycleBeads availability. Want to order in bulk? Bulk discounts are available.