efficacy: 17 results

CycleBeads App Helps Kenyan Women Plan or Prevent Pregnancy with Just a Smartphone

  As seen on Nairobi, Kenya - Women in Kenya can now prevent pregnancy without side effects using a free smartphone app called CycleBeads®. The

Cycle Technologies Hosts CT EduSeries Webinar on Birth Control Options & Effectiveness with Reproductive Health Experts, Dr. Victoria Jennings and Dr. Jeffrey Spieler

Cycle Technologies EduSeries Webinar Recap "Which Birth Control Method Will Work for You?" By Ann Mullen, Vice President & Director of Health Education, Cycle Technologies The birth control method that will work best for you is the method that you choose, not the one that ...

Hurray for Fertility and Birth Control Apps! Are Critics Making Uninformed Assertions About Their Effectiveness?

by Ann Mullen, Director of Health Education at Cycle Technologies   

Birth Control Effectiveness: What Determines Success?

When evaluating a contraceptive method, the first question you will likely ask is "How effective is it?" It is a critical question, because after all, if you are sexually active and wish to prevent pregnancy, you need a reliable birth control method.   But you may be surprised ...

What Does "Effective Family Planning" Really Mean?

As discussed in an earlier post, Birth Control Effectiveness - How Risky is Your Birth Control?, there is a big difference between Perfect Use and Typical Use when it comes to efficacy. Most people hear Perfect Use efficacy from manufacturers and health providers, but Typical

Why Do Women Choose CycleBeads to Plan or Prevent Pregnancy?

Why do women choose to use this fertility awareness-based method?   No Side Effects - The #1 reason women tell us that they've chosen to use t

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

Is Your Family Planning Method Effective? The Difference Between Typical Use and Perfect Use Efficacy

Many of us have no idea how effective (or ineffective as the case may be), different birth control methods actually are.  Doctors will tell you the effectiveness rates of some birth control options based on their “Perfect Use” efficacy rates and for others, you will hear their “Typical Use” ...

CycleBeads is a Modern Family Planning Method

A recent report from our colleagues at the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University, explores the characteristics of a "modern family planning method" and how CycleBeads®  and the Standard Days Method® of family pl

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 ...

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" ...

How was the Standard Days Method Developed and Tested?

To develop this family planning method, researchers at the Institute for Reproductive Health created a computer model, based on data from the World Health Organization, and determined that women who usually have menstrual cycles between 26 and 32 days long are potentially fertile – or able to ...

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.

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 ...


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 ...

Prevent & Avoid Pregnancy

How Do I Prevent Pregnancy Using this Family Planning Method? To prevent pregnancy naturally 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 ...