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We're committed to addressing the global unmet family planning needs of women everywhere. Fertility awareness methods are an important part of the contraceptive mix. Natural methods, and specifically easy to use and effective ones like the ones with which Cycle Technologies works, can meet the needs of women all over the world. They are low cost, cause no side effects, and can be used in a wide variety of contexts using a range of tools – from smartphones to beads – depending on the method and the need.

 

When you purchase one of our family planning products, you are helping to expand family planning options to women who need contraceptives the most. It helps to support our work and allows us to continue making effective family planning options available to women everywhere. Funds are invested in research, the development of technologies and tools that can help women in low-resource settings, and in making these methods available at low or no cost.

Take a look at a few of these powerful "Stories of Most Significant Change" and see for yourself how meeting the unmet family planning needs are helping improve the lives of women, their families, and their communities.

global impact

We're addressing the needs of many of the +214 million women globally who do not have access to a reliable family planning option that works for them.

Solutions for Unmet Need in Family Planning

AT A GLANCE...

+7 MILLION

have used our products

+60 COUNTRIES

offer our solutions in their

health programs

+6 MILLION

unintended pregnancies prevented

+2 MILLION

pregnancies successfully planned​

This powerful flip book shares firsthand accounts of how lives have been changed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Rwanda, Guatemala, and India by the introduction of CycleBeads. See pictures and read stories from each country from health providers, women, and couples using this simple family planning method.  Produced by our colleagues at the Institute for Reproductive Health and USAID under the FAM Project and through our collaboration under the Solutions for Unmet Needs in Family Planning (SUNFP) initiative. Read more here.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country with 67 million people, but only 17.3% of women ages 15-49 are using contraception. This report looks at the introduction of the Standard Days Method using CycleBeads, the simple fertility tool that Cycle Technologies makes. This country brief was written by our research partner, the Institute for Reproductive Health and outlines all of the steps that were taken, the challenges that were faced, and the impact that this family planning tool has had in the DRC. Today, 15.4% of all family planning users in the Democratic Republic of Congo are using the Standard Days Method with CycleBeads. See Country Brief: "Scale-Up of Standard Days Method® in Congo"

In Rwanda, a country that is recovering from a tragic genocide, the government has committed itself to offering health services and family planning as an important component of its revitalization. This report looks at the introduction of the Standard Days Method using CycleBeads, the simple fertility tool made by Cycle Technologies. This country brief was written by our research partner, the Institute for Reproductive Health and outlines all of the steps that were taken, the challenges that were faced, and the impact that this family planning tool has had in Rwanda. Today the Standard Days Method using CycleBeads is available throughout Rwanda and 7.4% of all family planning users, use CycleBeads. See Country Brief: "Scale-Up of Standard Days Method® in Rwanda"

Jharkhand India is a region of India with 33 million people and a contraceptive prevalence rate of 35.7% (vs. 56% in all of India). This report looks at the introduction of the Standard Days Method using CycleBeads, the simple fertility tool made by Cycle Technologies. This country brief was written by our research partner, the Institute for Reproductive Health and outlines all of the steps that were taken, the challenges that were faced, and the impact that this family planning tool has had in this region of India.  Today this simple family planning option is offered by a range of community-level workers as well as traditional healthcare providers; 30% of all new family planning users in Jharkhand choose CycleBeads as their contraception of choice. See Country Brief: "Scale-Up of Standard Days Method® in India"

Guatemala is a country with 54% contraceptive prevalence and a government that supports family planning programs. However, there are a variety of factors, including politics, cultural diversity, and religion, which influence access to and use of family planning in the country. This report looks at the introduction of the Standard Days Method using CycleBeads, the simple fertility tool made by Cycle Technologies. This country brief was written by our research partner, the Institute for Reproductive Health and outlines all of the steps that were taken, the challenges that were faced, and the impact that this family planning tool has had in Guatemala. Today CycleBeads is integrated into over 300 health “delivery points” and used by about 2.3% of all family planning users in the country. See Country Brief: "Scale-Up of Standard Days Method® in Guatemala"