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Does Your Birth Control Fit Your Budget? Compare the Costs of Contraceptives

There are many factors to consider when looking at birth control options, and cost is an important one. If the cost is too high, a person is less likely to use a family planning method for a long time or use it consistently. This means that a woman is more likely to be at risk for an unplanned ...

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 #2 - Interest

CycleBeads Myth: No one wants to use a family planning option like this. In genera

Interesting Video - "A Healthy Investment: Linking Family Planning and Microfinance"

Great work is highlighted in the video "A Healthy Investment: Linking Family Planning and Microfinance" which looks at how a collaborative project in India is working to improve women's access to f

New Survey Indicates That Women Planning Pregnancies Get Pregnant Fast with CycleBeads

A recent survey of women who had purchased CycleBeads with the intention of planning a pregnancy, indicated interesting results: -  80% of women using CycleBeads to achieve pregnancy, were pregnant within 6 months and most of these women were pregnant within the first 3 ...

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 ...

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 for PLANNING a Pregnancy?

It's all in the timing!  When trying to conceive, a couple needs to time intercourse during the woman's fertile days.   In a recent survey, we learned that about one-fourth of women using CycleBeads or iCycleBeads were trying to conceive.  If you are someone using ...

Why Do Women Choose CycleBeads for Contraception? Survey Results Are In!

Recently we asked women to tell us if they were using CycleBeads to plan or prevent a pregnancy.  The survey results showed that approximately 3/4 of women use CycleBeads to prevent pregnancy while about 1/4 use CycleBeads to plan a pregnancy.  We then asked those women who are using ...

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 ...

Where in the World Are CycleBeads?

CycleBeads are available from Benin to Belgium, from East Timor to Ecuador, and from Uganda to the United States. Women in over 50 countries use this natural family planning option to plan or prevent pregnancy.  How do they get them? CycleBeads are ...

Thank you Melinda Gates!

In a recent TEDTalk, Melinda Gates eloquently outlined why contraception should not be considered a "controversial" topic and the importance of giving people everywhere access to a full range of family planning options.  Thank you Ms. Gates, for your willingness to lend ...

Side Effects, The Pill, and CycleBeads

Studies show that while the pill is the most commonly used contraceptive method in many countries*, a significant percentage of women discontinue its use, primarily due to side effects and health concerns. Women who discontinue using a contraceptive method put themselves at risk of an unintended ...

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 ...

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 ...

What if I spot a little in the middle of my cycle?

If you bleed any time except when you are having your period, you should check with your health provider. But for many women, a small amount of bleeding around the time they ovulate is normal. Bleeding in the middle of the cycle should not affect use of this family planning method.

How many women have cycle lengths that are between 26 and 32 days?

According to data from the World Health Organization, about 80% of cycles are between 26 and 32 days long and most women have most of their cycles within this range.

Can anyone use the Standard Days Method of family planning?

No. The Standard Days Method works very well for women who usually have menstrual cycles between 26 and 32 days long. Women who often have cycles shorter than 26 days or longer than 32 days are not good candidates for this method. According to data from the World Health Organization, about 80% ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

How effective is this family planning method?

In studies conducted by the Institute for Reproductive Health, the Standard Days Method was found to be more than 95% effective at preventing pregnancy. That means that, out of 100 women using the method for 1 year, fewer than 5 of them would get pregnant if they used the method correctly. The ...

What is the Standard Days Method?

The Standard Days Method is a simple natural method of family planning that was developed by the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University. The method is based on a fixed formula which indicates that women with cycles between 26 and 32 days long, are potentially fertile on days ...

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.

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®

        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 ...

The Funny Thing About Sex – How the Ad Council Plans to Increase Birth Control Use in the U.S.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is joining the Ad Council to debut a groundbreaking, first-ever public service campaign designed to reduce the rates of unplanned pregnancy among unmarried young adults in the U.S. The three-year campaign directs sexually active women ...

Family Planning in Calcutta – Helping Women with Easy, Effective Natural Methods

We recently heard from Dr Deirdre Gleeson, the Medical Director of Medwise, Occupational Health Services in Ireland. Dr. Gleeson wrote to us describing her work in Calcutta and her efforts to help empower women living in extremely difficult circumstances. In Dr. Gleeson’s own words…

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Why Do We Need to Invest in Girls?

Investing in girls has a profound effect on societies. Educating girls and helping them delay marriage and pregnancy until they are ready, results in fewer and healthier babies, a higher quality of life for themselves and their families, and significantly impacts future generations. A program ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

How Dangerous are Birth Control Pills?

A story on NPR today focuses on the dangers associated with newer versions of the birth control pill. In the report, the interviewers talk to women who have taken Yaz, a birth control pill that came on the market in 2006. Touted as being “beyond birth control” Yaz quickly became America’s No. 1 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ovulation Questions

Ovulation Ovulation is the release of an egg from a woman’s ovary, and occurs each month for most women. If the released egg is fertilized and successfully implants, it results in a pregnancy.  When is Ovulation? When is ovulation exactly? This can be ...

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 ...