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How Long Does It Take to Get Pregnant Using CycleBeads?

We have found through surveys and feedback from users of CycleBeads that approximately a quarter are using CycleBeads to try to conceive.  So how long does it take to become pregnant when using CycleBeads?  We would like to hear from women who have used or are using CycleBeads to ...

Recent Research Demonstrates Benefits & Challenges of Offering the Standard Days Method of Family Planning in Health Programs

Two recent studies conducted by researchers at the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) at Georgetown University looked at integrating the Standard Days Method® using CycleBeads® into health programs. Results showed that offering this fertility awareness-based family planning method brought ...

Using iCycleBeads Online to Prevent & Achieve Pregnancy - One Woman Shares Her Story

We were thrilled to see a review of the iCycleBeads Online service on the Monster Mummies blog by a woman named Michelle. As Michelle says, she and her husband are planning to get pregnant soon and so she has transitioned off of hormonal contraception to make sure her cycles are ...

Overcoming Challenges in Introducing a New Natural Family Planning Method

CycleBeads are included as a part of the Global Health Innovation Insight Series.  The Global Health Innovation Project at Stanford University series is intended to develop tools and materials that innovators can use to increase their effectiveness in tackling common business-related issues ...

Planning or Preventing? Survey Results Are In!

CycleBeads is a fertility awareness tool that can be used either to PLAN or PREVENT pregnancy. We were interested to find out how women were actually using CycleBeads, so we recently surveyed CycleBeads users. We found that most users, approximately three-quarters, were using CycleBeads (or an ...

Natural Family Planning Method Used by Millions of Women Worldwide

As CycleBeads' 10 year anniversary is fast approaching next month, we wanted to take a second and reflect on what we've accomplished... One major accomplishment, more than 2.5 million women have used CycleBeads since our launch in late 2002! Why is this important? Read this ...

New CycleBeads Toolkit - A Resource for Health Providers Integrating This Natural Family Planning Option

Attention! Health Care Providers and Health Educators: A toolkit for integrating the Standard Days Method® and CycleBeads® into U.S. health clinics and programs has been created by our research partner, the Institute for Reproductive Health.  It is a free online resource that ...

How are iCycleBeads Family Planning Apps Different From Other Fertility Apps?

It seems there are a million fertility apps out there. Want to get a daily reminder to take your birth control pill? Want to get pregnant? Want to have a girl? Want to know what your baby will look like at week 8?  Want to know if your period is likely to come this weekend? There's ...

Describing CycleBeads ... Non-Hormonal, Prevent Pregnancy, Natural

Thanks to all who participated in our survey! We got great feedback and found a few new words used to describe CycleBeads. Interestingly, the words most commonly used to describe this family planning method are "non-hormonal", "prevent pregnancy" and "natural". Of ...

How Do You Describe CycleBeads?

We've been thinking a lot about the words we use most often when talking about this family planning option - effective natural family planning, birth control, plan pregnancy, prevent pregnancy naturally, etc. etc. etc. Sometimes we realize we're talking to ourselves. We'd like to ...

Using a Condom is Harder Than it Looks - According to New Research

Using a condom correctly is difficult according to a recent study in the journal Sexual Health. Led by the Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team, the study compared 50 research articles across multiple countries and found that incorrect use of condoms is ...

Introducing iCycleBeads Online - Family Planning via the Web

We are thrilled to be launching iCycleBeads™ Online and our redesigned website! iCycleBeads Online is the only web app in the world based on the Standard Days Method® of family planning. A user receives a private internet account where she can easily track the ...

Health Educator Guli Fager – Giving College Students the Sexual Health Information They Need & Want

When Guli Fager started her job as a sexual health educator for university students in Texas, she was shocked to learn how little they knew.  While most students had basic knowledge about contraception, they had minimal understanding of reproductive processes and sexual health issues.  ...

What is the difference between my period and my menstrual cycle?

A woman’s period is not the same thing as her menstrual cycle. A period consists of the days when a woman is actually having menstrual bleeding. A woman's menstrual cycle is the whole time from the beginning of one period until the beginning of the next period. In other words, a woman’s ...

Can't I get pregnant any time during my cycle?

No. Research shows that there are a small number of days during which a woman is likely to get pregnant – a few days before she ovulates and the day she ovulates. But these days may not be at the same time every cycle because a woman doesn’t always ovulate at the same time. Studies conducted by ...

If my period starts overnight, what should I do about moving the ring or putting that information ...

If you know that you started your period anytime before midnight, you should move the ring to the red bead (or enter that your period started if using a CycleBeads app) on the day that you start your period regardless of what time it is. The next morning (or whenever you normally move the ring) ...

What should I do if I forget to move the ring?

If you are using CycleBeads, it is a good idea to mark the day that you start your period on a calendar. If you know the date you started your period this cycle, you can go to your calendar and count the days between that date and today. Then count the same number of beads on the CycleBeads, ...

How will I know if I have had a cycle that is out of the 26-32 day range?

CycleBeads were designed to help a woman track this information easily and the CycleBeads apps make it even easier. On CycleBeads, the darker bead on the tool helps a woman know if her cycle is shorter than 26 days. If a woman gets her period before the marker is on this bead, then her ...

Can I use this family planning method if I have recently used emergency contraception?

Yes. You can use the Standard Days Method if you have recently used emergency contraception and your cycles are usually between 26 and 32 days long. However, you should wait until you start your next period before using it.

Can I use this family planning method if I am breastfeeding?

That depends. Wait until you have had 4 menstrual periods since your baby was born. After you have had 4 periods, if your last cycle was between 26 and 32 days long, you can start using this family planning method on the first day of your next period.

Can I use this family planning method if I just stopped using a non-hormonal IUD?

Yes. A non-hormonal IUD has no effect on ovulation or cycle length. If your cycles were between 26 and 32 days long before you began using the IUD (in other words they were generally about a month apart), then you can begin using the Standard Days Method as soon as you get your next period.

Can I use this family planning method if I just stopped taking an injectable form of birth control?

Yes, but not immediately. If you have taken a 1-month injectable recently then like the pill, you should wait until you have 3 periods about a month apart (meaning that you have had two consecutive cycles in the 26-32 day range). If you have taken a three-month injectable, you will need to wait ...

Can I use this family planning method if I just stopped taking the pill?

Yes, but not immediately. Start this family planning method after your last three periods have been about a month apart (that means after two consecutive cycles are within the 26 to 32-day range).  You should use a back-up method of birth control until your fertility cycle returns to ...

Why is it important that my partner is willing to use this family planning method and understands ...

First it’s important that both you and your partner agree about whether or not you want a pregnancy. It is also critical that both of you understand how this family planning method works so that you can decide how to deal with the days when you can potentially get pregnant. For best results it ...

How can I determine if my cycle length is between 26 and 32 days?

A woman does not need a record of her previous cycles, but we ask a woman to answer a few questions that will help her or her provider to know whether or not she is in this range. These questions include: Do my periods usually come about when I expect them? When did my last period ...

Can I use the Standard Days Method without using any of the CycleBeads tools?

Yes. However, research has shown that users are much more likely to use this method correctly with a visual tool. CycleBeads and the related apps have been found to be efficient, easy-to-use tools for helping women keep track of their cycles and letting them know "what are my fertile ...

There seem to be a lot of numbers involved, how can I keep track of all this information?

We have designed a number of easy-to-use tools to help a woman use the Standard Days Method including CycleBeads, CycleBeads Olnine, and iCycleBeads smartphone apps. These tools each act as a fertility calendar meaning that a user does not need to worry about keeping track of any numbers. ...

How do I get pregnant using the Standard Days Method of family planning?

If a woman wants to achieve pregnancy while using this family planning method, she and her partner should have intercourse during her fertile days - days 8-19. Most doctors recommend that a couple should have intercourse at least every other day during their fertile days of cycle for the ...

How do I prevent pregnancy using the Standard Days Method of family planning?

If a woman wants to avoid pregnancy while using this family planning method, she and her partner should either abstain or use a back-up method of birth control during her fertile days of cycle - days 8-19.  She should also monitor her cycles and ensure that they remain in the ...

Why do women choose to use this family planning method?

The most common answer we hear is that women want to use this method because it is natural, effective, and has no side effects. Many women want an easy-to-use family planning method that is natural – that doesn’t involve hormones or surgical procedures. Some women are concerned about side ...

What tools exist to help a woman use the Standard Days Method of family planning?

There are a few different tools that a woman can use to follow this family planning method: CycleBeads – CycleBeads is a string of 32 color-coded beads that a woman can use to track her cycle, and identify if she is on a day when pregnancy is likely or not. This tool is used by women all ...

Why Do So Many Teens in the U.S. Still Get Pregnant?

While unplanned pregnancies among teens in the U.S. is at the lowest rate in years, American teenagers are still getting pregnant at a much higher rate than their counterparts in other countries – 3x more often than teens in Germany and France, and 4x more often than teens in the Netherlands. In ...

Family Planning in the Philippines – Successfully Avoiding Pregnancy with CycleBeads

As mentioned in a previous article on family planning in the Philippines, birth control and sex education in this Catholic country can be difficult to come by. To combat this problem, one city started requiring family planning courses for all couples planning to get married. In Marakina City ...

iCycleBeads™ Smartphone Apps

Easy and effective natural family planning is now available through your smartphone with iCycleBeads™. The iCycleBeads™ smartphone apps enable women to plan or prevent pregnancy easily and effectively entirely with information provided by their phones or other mobile devices.

CycleBeads® Online – Plan or Prevent Pregnancy via the Web

    Easy and effective natural family planning is now available online with the new CycleBeads® Online service. CycleBeads Online is the only web app in the world based on the Standard Days Method® of family planning; the most effective natural family planning method in typical use. This innovative service can be used as birth control or to plan a pregnancy easily and ...

CycleBeads®

        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 woman's menstrual cycle. It helps a woman track her ...

Period Tracker App for IPhone & Android

iCycleBeads™ smartphone apps enable a woman to use the Standard Days Method® of family planning through her iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android phone. These are the only smartphone apps in the world based on this highly effective, well researched family planning method. It's more than just a period tracker app, iCycleBeads lets you plan or prevent pregnancy easily and effectively with your ...

What Are the Challenges in Offering Natural Birth Control Options?

Much of the information below was originally posted in an earlier article “Why Aren’t Doctors Offering Natural Family Planning Options?”, but given the amount of incorrect and biased information that exists around natural family planning, we think it’s useful to revisit.

Can Your Birth Control Increase Your Risk of Contracting HIV?

A recent study featured in the New York Times found that injectable contraceptives such as Depo-Provera,  double the risk that women will become infected with HIV. Furthermore, if a woman is HIV positive, use of injectable contraceptives appear to double the risk that she will transmit the ...

New Research Article Now Available: Shows Couples are Likely to Keep Using the Standard Days Method of Family Planning and Use it Effectively

Here it is! The article in the October issue of the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care that describes the recent study that shows couples are very likely to keep using the Standard Days Method of family planning as well as CycleBeads long term, and that the ...

Family Planning is a Joint Effort – A Couple’s Partnership in the Philippines

A True Partnership Melanie and Levan are happy. Married for years, and co-owners of a school canteen in the Phillipines’ Marakina City, this husband and wife are partners in every sense of the word. Together, they raise three children, manage a business and even collaborate on family ...

Offering CycleBeads in Haiti After the Earthquake – One Midwife’s Story

Many healthcare providers traveling to developing countries have found CycleBeads® to be a useful educational tool and family planning option during their medical missions.  Below is the story of one midwife’s experience in Haiti and how she used CycleBeads during her trip.

Say "Yes" to Access for Contraception

In a recent article on the Huffington Post, “Just Say ‘Yes’ to Access for Women’s Reproductive Health, Contraception”, Dr. Glenn Braunstein makes several good points about why increasing access to preventative services for women, including contraception, is important. Furthermore ...

An Interview with GladRags Owner Tracy Puhl – Making the World Greener & Cleaner with Reusable Menstrual Products

We recently interviewed Tracy Puhl, the new head of GladRags. GladRags offers reusable menstrual products, the benefits of which include less environmental waste, lower long term costs, and fewer issues with chemical sensitivies or allergies compared to disposable menstrual products. ...

iCycleBeads Family Planning App Now Available on Android Phones

July 27, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cycle Technologies launched iCycleBeads™ on the Android platform. iCycleBeads is the first application that enables a woman to plan or prevent pregnancy easily and effectively, entirely through information provided by her phone.  iCycleBeads is the only ...

CycleBeads is Not the Rhythm Method – Part II

Well we’ve said it before, but CycleBeads and the Standard Days Method of family planning are not the rhythm method! There is a lot of information in the earlier CycleBeads is Not the Rhythm Method post, but sometimes a picture is worth a 1000 words…

Making Family Planning Available to Everyone, Everywhere

iCycleBeads:  Family Planning iPhone Application Now Available in Spanish March 24, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cycle Technologies, announced today that iCycleBeads™, the first iPhone application that enables a woman to plan or prevent pregnancy easily and effectively, entirely through ...

Communicating a Woman’s Cycle to Her Male Partner Yields Big Benefits

We’ve been investigating how a woman’s cycle affects male-female relationships and have found that when a woman is accurately informed about what is going on with her body and can clearly communicate it to her partner, it enhances the relationship overall. Sounds easy enough, but what is a good ...

The Menstrual Cycle: Do Men Really Want to Know?

In our last post, “Can a Woman’s Cycle Affect Her Relationships with Men?” we looked at how a woman’s cycle impacts her most intimate relationships. It’s clear that a woman’s menstrual cycle does affect her male partner. But are men really interested in understanding how a woman’s cycle works? ...

Can A Woman’s Cycle Affect Her Relationships with Men?

The menstrual cycle has long been considered a “woman’s issue”. This seems logical, since only women have a menstrual cycle, but a woman’s cycle can also significantly affect her partner’s life and the dynamics in general between a man and a woman. There are the obvious monthly occurrences, such ...

Family Planning via Cell Phones

Exciting research is being conducted by the Institute for Reproductive Health on offering the Standard Days Method™ of family planning through mobile phones. As an information-based, natural family planning method, the Standard Days Method is ideally suited for offering in this manner. The ...

New Study Shows Men Are Key Influencers in Birth Control Use

A new study shows that young women who aren’t trying to get pregnant are more than twice as likely to use birth control when their partners are "very" in favor of it.

CycleBeads

The CycleBeads family of products are based on the Standard Days Method®, the most effective natural family planning method available. CycleBeads, CycleBeads Online, and iCycleBeads smartphone apps help a woman to track her period, and accurately identify which days pregnancy is ...

Screen Yourself

To find out if you may be one of the many women for whom CycleBeads are appropriate, please take the CycleBeads Self-Screen. It will ask you 7 questions and should take approximately 5 minutes. Let's get started! »

How this family planning method works

How Does the Standard Days Method of Family Planning Work? The Standard Days Method® is a fertility awareness-based family planning method that identifies a fixed fertile window for women with cycles that are between 26 and 32 days long. For women with cycles in this range, the ...

Research

CycleBeads® and iCycleBeads apps are based on a natural family planning method called the Standard Days Method®. This method was developed by the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University to fulfill the need for an effective, easy to use, natural birth control ...

Resources for Retailers & Providers

Healthcare Professionals We work with a range of healthcare programs throughout the world providing them with educational materials, counseling guidance, and information about how to obtain CycleBeads for their clients. Contact us at providers@cyclebeads.com or 1-877-CYCLE99 (1-877-292-5399) ...

International Partners

We are working to make CycleBeads available to women and couples around the world. Currently CycleBeads are available in more than 50 countries through NGO's, Ministries of Health, healthcare providers, and retailers. The list below includes many of our international partners. If you ...

Privacy Policy

Cycle Technologies does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals except when such individuals specifically provide such information on a voluntary basis. For example, such personally identifiable information may be gathered from voluntary survey participation, contest or ...

How to Use iCycleBeads Online

Getting Started To get started, follow these steps: 1) Set your timezone. This will activate emails alerting you to key days of your cycle. 2) Check that the date and time on the device(s) that you will use to access your CycleBeads Online account, are accurate.This ...

Plan Pregnancy

WANT TO GET PREGNANT FAST? Know Your Days. There are only six days during any cycle when a woman can get pregnant - the five days leading up to ovulation and the 24 hours after ovulation. This is because sperm can live for up to 5 days in a woman's body, and the ovum lives for only 12-24 ...

Prevent & Avoid Pregnancy

How Do I Prevent Pregnancy Using this Family Planning Method? To prevent pregnancy using CycleBeads, a woman should avoid having unprotected intercourse on days 8-19 of her cycle, where the start of her cycle, Day 1, is the first day of her period. This means that during the days when she is ...

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