I am excited to share with you a tool that I have used for years to keep track of my cycle. CycleBeads are a tool that you can use to make planning pregnancy natural and easy. CycleBeads are made up of a series of color-coded beads which enables you to track your cycle and know if you are on a fertile day.
To use CycleBeads you simply moves a ring over the series of color-coded beads that represent the days of her cycle. The color of the beads lets you know whether you are on a day when you likely to be fertile or not. The one medical criterion for using CycleBeads is that a you should have cycles between 26 and 32 days long.
How They Work
The day you start your period you put the rubber ring on the red bead. Each day you move the ring one bead, always in the direction of the arrow. When the ring is on the red bead or a dark bead, there is very low likelihood of pregnancy, so you can have intercourse on these days without getting pregnant. When the ring is on a white bead - Days 8 through 19 - there is a high likelihood of getting pregnant if you have unprotected intercourse.
Please note, the Standard Days Method, on which CycleBeads are based, works best for women with regular menstrual cycles that are between 26 and 32 days long. Women with cycles outside this range should use a different method of family planning.
The Research Behind CycleBeads
The Standard Days Method is based on physiological evidence that the woman’s fertile phase starts five days prior to ovulation and lasts through the day of ovulation. This fertile phase is related to the life span of the sperm, which can remain viable in the woman’s reproductive tract for approximately five days, and to the fact that the ovum can be fertilized for up to 24 hours.
The probability of pregnancy increases from 4% five days before ovulation to almost 30% just before ovulation, and decreases again to 8% on the day of ovulation. The probability of pregnancy is then virtually zero for the rest of the cycle.2
Q. How do I use CycleBeads?
Q. Can I use CycleBeads to help me get pregnant?
1. a woman and her partner can see on which days she is fertile, and they can have intercourse on those days; and
Of course, there are women who are not ovulating, or have some other biological issue that makes it difficult for them to conceive. Or the man may not be fertile. While CycleBeads will not directly help them to conceive, it can be useful in helping them to at least establish the woman’s potentially fertile days and her cycle lengths.
Q. What is the Standard Days Method?
Q. How is this different from the rhythm method?
Q. Can I use the Standard Days Method without using CycleBeads?
Q. Why do women choose to use CycleBeads?
Q. If I’m only fertile for a few days of my cycle, why is the “fertile window” 12 days long?
Q. Will CycleBeads protect me from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
Who can use CycleBeads?
Q. Can anyone use CycleBeads?
Q. How can I determine if my cycle length is between 26 and 32 days?
* Do my periods usually come about when I expect them?
If you can tell by answering these questions that your cycles are likely to be between 26 and 32 days long, you can use CycleBeads. If you are still not sure, it would be a good idea for you to use the CycleBeads or a calendar for two or three cycles just to keep track of your cycle lengths. But you should not rely on this as a way to prevent pregnancy until you are sure your cycles are usually between 26 and 32 days long.
Q. How many women have cycle lengths that are between 26 and 32 days long?
Q. Can I use CycleBeads if I just stopped taking the pill?
Q. Can I use CycleBeads if I just stopped taking an injectable form of birth control?
Q. Can I use CycleBeads if I just stopped using an IUD?
Q. Can I use CycleBeads if I am breastfeeding?
Q. Can I use CycleBeads if I am close to menopause?
How to use CycleBeads.
Q. What is the darker bead for?
Q. What if I’m using CycleBeads and I start my period before I get to the darker bead?
Q. What if I’m using CycleBeads and I start my period before I finish all the beads?
Q. What if I’m using CycleBeads and I get to the last bead, but I still haven’t started my period?
Q. What should I do if I forget to move the ring?
Q. If I start my period late at night or early in the morning, what should I do about moving the ring?
Q. What if I bleed a little in the middle of my cycle?
Q. Can’t I get pregnant any time during my cycle?
Q. How is my menstrual cycle different from my period?
Q. What is ovulation?