A color-coded string of beads, the deluxe version of CycleBeads is made of beautiful man-made cat's-eye stones. The colored beads represent the less fertile days, and white beads represent the fertile days. CycleBeads looks like a necklace, but it is actually a tool that helps a woman track her cycle and clearly identify the days when pregnancy is most likely.
How CycleBeads 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 method identifies days 8 through 19 as potentially fertile days. A user simply tracks the start date of her period and the days of her cycle to know if she is on a day when pregnancy is possible or not.
Researchers at the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University developed this family planning method and tested it in large-scale clinical trials. See more about this research and the scientific origins of this family planning method in the Research section of this website.
Millions of women use a family planning tool based on the Standard Days Method because it is:
- More than 95% Effective
- Side-Effect Free
- Easy to Use
- Educational & Empowering
Tools Based on the Standard Days Method of Family Planning:
CycleBeads, iCycleBeads smartphone apps, and the new iCycleBeads online service are all patented tools based on the Standard Days Method of family planning. These tools are designed to help a woman track her cycle, and monitor the key information required to use this family planning method effectively. See the product pages for CycleBeads, iCycleBeads smartphone apps, and the new iCycleBeads online service to see detailed information about how each of these tools work.
How to Use This Family Planning Method to Prevent Pregnancy or Achieve Pregnancy:
If a woman wants to prevent pregnancy using this family planning method, then she should avoid intercourse or use a back-up birth control method such as condoms during her fertile days (days 8-19). If a woman wants to achieve pregnancy, she and her partner should target her fertile days and have intercourse at least every other day during this time. The patented tools developed to help a woman track her cycle and use this method will help a woman ensure that her cycles are in range for using this method, and that she knows when she is on a fertile day or a non-fertile day. Who Can Use This Family Planning Method?
This family planning method is most effective for women with menstrual cycles that are regularly between 26 and 32 days long. The CycleBeads and iCycleBeads tools will help a woman determine if her cycles are in this range and that they stay in this range. Women with cycles outside this range should use a different method of family planning to prevent pregnancy.