How Do I Prevent Pregnancy Using this Family Planning Method?
To prevent pregnancy using CycleBeads, avoid intercourse or use condoms on the fertile days (cycle days 8 through 19). Be sure to keep track of your cycle lengths using CycleBeads to determine whether your cycles are in the 26 to 32-day range and stay in that range.
How Effective Is this Family Planning Method at Preventing Pregnancy?
CycleBeads is more than 95% effective in preventing pregnancy when used correctly and 88% effective with typical use. This means that when used correctly, fewer than 5 of every 100 persons who track their cycles consistently and do not have unprotected intercourse on cycle days 8 through 19 will become pregnant during the first year of use. When sometimes used incorrectly or inconsistently, 12 in 100 people will become pregnant.
What About Other Ways of Preventing Pregnancy?
There are other fertility awareness-based methods that can be used to avoid pregnancy. These methods usually 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 and usually require taking a course from a certified instructor of the method.
The Standard Days Method and CycleBeads were designed to make fertility awareness easy. They takeout subjective observations and detailed tracking, which can be prone to error. The method was designed to be easy to teach and to use so that it can be used right away without extended training.
Numerous studies have shown that the Standard Days Method using CycleBeads is one of the most effective ways to prevent pregnancy naturally in terms of 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 person has cycles in this range. If you have more than one cycle in a year outside this range, it is recommended that you use a different contraceptive option to prevent pregnancy.