Prevent & Avoid Pregnancy

How Do I Prevent Pregnancy Using this Family Planning Method?

To prevent pregnancy naturally using CycleBeads, avoid unprotected intercourse on days 8-19 of the cycle.  Day 1 of the cycle is the first day of the period.  These days are represented by the white beads on CycleBeads.  During these days, it is required to abstain from intercourse or use a back-up method such as condoms. It is important to keep track of whether cycles remain between 26 and 32 days long*.

How Effective Is this Family Planning Method at Preventing Pregnancy?

CycleBeads is based on the Standard Days Method of family planning, a family planning method that has been shown to be more than 95% effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly. It is comparable to or more effective than other user-directed contraceptive methods. It is one of the most effective ways to prevent pregnancy with both correct use and typical use.

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What About Other Ways of Preventing Pregnancy?

The Standard Days Method and CycleBeads were designed to a make fertility awareness-based method that is easy to use and easy to use correctly by taking out subjective observations and detailed tracking. The method was also designed to be very easy to teach, so that a woman can begin using it right away. Women using this family planning method know easily how to avoid pregnancy naturally without needing significant training or months of practice before they can begin using it.

There are other fertility awareness-based methods that can be used to avoid pregnancy. These methods require the tracking of fertility symptoms, especially cervical mucus and basal body temperature. These methods are effective with correct and consistent use, but less effective in typical use.  They also require daily action as well as taking a course from a certified instructor of the method. 

Numerous studies have shown that the Standard Days Method using CycleBeads is one of the most effective ways to prevent pregnancy in typical use.



* According to data from the World Health Organization, 80% of cycles are in the 26-32 day range. The one medical criteria for using the Standard Days Method is that a woman have cycles in this range. If she has more than one cycle in a year outside this range, it is recommended that she uses a different contraceptive option to prevent pregnancy.



Efficacy studies have shown CycleBeads to be the most effective way to prevent pregnancy naturally. It's a simple method to use, so couples use it correctly.