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New Webinar on June 26 - Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally

Please join us for the How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally Webinar on June 26, 2013 at 1pm EDT (10am PT). Registrations is here.   

Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally Webinar on May 30th

Please join us for the How to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy Naturally Webinar on May 30, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time by registering at:    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6685036544611363840   This 30 minute webinar will lo

Natural Family Planning vs. Fertility Awareness - Is There A Difference?

"If you tell someone you use a 'natural family planning' method they often have a different reaction than if you tell them you are using 'fertility awareness'" says Kate Abrams. Kate has been using the Standard Days Method® with CycleBeads® for years and told us that ...

CycleBeads Featured in Gates Foundation Blog

CycleBeads® and the Standard Days Method® on which it is based are included as a contraceptive option that can help address worldwide family planning needs in a special series on Impatient Optimists, a blog created by The Gates Foundation. 

CycleBeads Top 10 Myths About This Natural Family Planning Method: Myth #7 No Time for Sex

CycleBeads Myth: You can't have sex often using this method. Many people look

When Can You Get Pregnant? Most Women Have No Idea!

You may be surprised to hear that most women have no idea when they can get pregnant. A recent study showed that 2/3 of young adults in the U.S. do not know that women are most fertile around the middle of their cycles (Berger, 2012). In an Australian study, only 16% of women actively seeking ...

CycleBeads Top 10 Myths About This Natural Family Planning Method: Myth #3 - The Rhythm Method

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CycleBeads Top 10 Myths About This Natural Family Planning Method: Myth #1 - Effectiveness

We hear a lot of innacurate claims when it comes to CycleBeads, and we'd like to address the most common myths about this family planning option in a top 10 list. We'll be sharing these top 10 myths and responding to them over the n

CycleBeads Now Available Through UNFPA

CycleBeads are now available through the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to international NGO's This natural family planning tool is included in the AccessRH Catalog and can be ordered along with other health supplies in an efficient, low cost manner. The AccessRH Catalog is designed ...

How Are Mobile Apps Changing Healthcare?

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are changing people’s lifestyles at a rapid pace, including how they manage their health care.  Health care providers and patients are increasingly communicating via mobile technology and many doctors are actually prescribing health apps to ...

Stanford Graduate School of Business Examines Lessons Learned from Innovations like CycleBeads

You are likely familiar with CycleBeads® as a tool for using the Standard Days Method® of family planning and as an aid for health care providers and health educators to teach about fertility awareness.  But CycleBeads also pla

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 ...

Fertility Myth - I Can Get Pregnant Any Day of My Cycle

Myth: I can get pregnant any day of my cycle. Truth: There are only a limited number of days during a woman's cycle when pregnancy is possible. Many women grow up hearing that they can get pregnant any day of the month. This is usually information given to them by well ...

Why Did You Choose CycleBeads as Your Birth Control Method?

To avoid side effects?  To save money?  For some other reason?  Everyone is different!   We recently polled CycleBeads users about whether they use CycleBeads to plan or prevent pregnancy. Most users (approximately 75%) said they chose CycleBeads to prevent pregnancy. ...

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 ...

Are You Using CycleBeads to PLAN or PREVENT Pregnancy?

We want to hear from CycleBeads users!  Are you using CycleBeads (or iCycleBeads) to PLAN or PREVENT pregnancy? Please take our one-question survey. Click here to take survey. Thank you for your feedback!  

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 ...

Natural Family Planning, NFP, Fertility Awareness - What Does It All Mean?

Natural family planning, fertility awareness, natural birth control, FAB, FAM - chances are you have heard these terms thrown around and may only have a vague idea of what they mean. All of these are terms used to describe basically the same thing - a set of practices that ...

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 ...

Should I look for other fertility symptoms?

There are other symptoms such as cervical secretions or changes in temperature that a woman can track to help her know "what are my fertile days". While this information can be interesting, women who are using the Standard Days Method do not need to track and monitor these symptoms ...

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 ...

What do I do if I have a cycle that is out of range?

If you have a cycle that is either shorter than 26 days or longer than 32 days, you should make note of it.  A fertility calendar is provided with CycleBeads that you can use to keep a record, and the CycleBeads apps record your cycle history so you can always refer to it.  If you have ...

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 ...

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 is the Standard Days Method different from the rhythm method?

The Standard Days Method is very different from the rhythm method. While many people use the term “the rhythm method” as a vague term to mean “fertility awareness” or “natural family planning” in general, the technical definitions of “the rhythm method” are complex. The "rhythm method" ...

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 ...

Family Planning with Beads?

We’ve heard it all… Is this jewelry? Should I wear CycleBeads® around my neck? Are these rosary beads? And even a few responses that aren’t quite fit for print. So why did we decide to use beads to help women use the Standard Days Method® of family planning?

Are You Seeing Double? According to a New Report the Number of Twins in the U.S. is Soaring

The number of twins born in the U.S. has grown signficiantly over the last 30 years according to a new CDC report. The reason? Increasing numbers of women waiting to have children until their 30′s and the growing use of fertility treatments.

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 ...

Let’s Talk About Sex – College Students & Sexual Health

Believe it or not, college students are often hesitant to talk about their sex lives, but health educators need them to do exactly that in order to provide students with the best health services. We spoke with Katie Garcia, health educator at Vanderbilt University, to find out how she gets ...

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.

7 Billion People and Counting…

This month, the planet will welcome the 7 billionth person! And the exploding population growth while slowing, is far from over. Not only are people living longer, but there are approximately 1.8 billion women of childbearing age on the planet right now. Therefore, even though on average each ...

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.

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 ...

Why is Social Media Important to Us?

Social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and  Blogs is important to CycleBeads because it allows for a worldwide connection. Our community spans the globe, from California to the Congo and from Indiana to India. Being in touch directly with our c

Can Health Clinics Address a Need with Fertility Awareness-Based Family Planning?

It’s pretty common knowledge these days that there are high rates of both contraceptive discontinuation and unintended pregnancies in the U.S. Could increasing the availability of fertility awareness-based family planning options at family planning clinics help address these issues by meeting ...

New Study on Stress & Conception

A new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Oxford, draws a distinct connection between stress and fertility. While it has long been believed that stress can impact a woman’s ability to conceive, the study is the first of its kind to document, ...

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 ...

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 ...