We encourage our media friends and members of the press to contact us and use Cycle Technologies as a resource when it comes to women's reproductive health, contraceptive technology, and family planning innovations. We make every attempt to be available and responsive to your needs and/or deadline. If you're looking for further information that you do not see on our website, please contact our Communications Director, Alev Sezer-Jacobs at asjacobs@CycleTechnologies.com or by phone (202) 730.1269

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Cycle Technologies is a social impact company focused on women's health. The company's mission is to prevent unintended pregnancies and help people have the families that they want when they are ready. Founded in 2002, Cycle Technologies' products are available in over 60 countries and apps are available to anyone in the world with a smartphone. Our website url is www.CycleTechnologies.com | Brilliantly Simple™ Health Solutions

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Our mission is to prevent unintended pregnancies and help people have the families they want when they are ready to have them.

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Study Finds Dot™ App Highly Effective for Pregnancy Prevention

In a landmark fertility-app study, researchers from Georgetown University found a 1% failure rate for perfect use and 5% failure rate for typical use


Cycle Technologies announced today that its fertility app Dot™ was shown in a recently completed study to be highly effective at preventing pregnancy.  The effectiveness study, which followed participants for a full year, found a 1 percent failure rate for perfect use and 5 percent failure rate for typical use. In a paper published in The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, the researchers said their "findings indicate that Dot is effective for pregnancy prevention, and most women are able to use Dot successfully according to their intention to prevent pregnancy." The study was conducted by the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Birth Control Apps: An Alternative Option for Military Women

by ABC7 - Good Morning Washington with Adrianna Hopkins


Founder and President of Cycle Technologies, Leslie Heyer, joined ABC7's Good Morning Washington recently to discuss how birth control apps (i.e. CycleBeads and Dot Fertility App) are a great alternative for women in the military, especially where access to contraception may be challenging. Interview conducted live at WJLA  ABC7 studio in Washington, D.C. 

by Julia Guerra


When it comes to regulating your menstrual cycle, there’s really no such thing as a guarantee. Even if you’ve never forgotten to take your birth control on time since you first hopped on the pill, periods tend to operate around their own clock, so it's best to keep your expectations low, or at least neutral.

by Mary Paige Nesfeder


Okay, we know what you're thinking — another period tracking app?! But hear us out. Dot isn't like the others, and we're not just saying that.

by Karen Johnson


If you ask our parents’ and grandparents’ generations, many of them will say that the invention and mainstream availability of the birth control pill was one the greatest things to ever happen to women.

How Contraception Spurred Conversation in India

by Hannah Harris Green


The state of Jharkhand in India launched a pilot project to test a calendar-based method of birth control developed at Georgetown University several years back. And along the way, it spurred conversations, and not just among couples. Hannah Harris Green reports.

Birth Control Apps and the Effectiveness it Has on Unplanned Pregnancies

by ABC7 - Good Morning Washington with Autria Godfrey


Founder and President of Cycle Technologies, Leslie Heyer, joined ABC7's Good Morning Washington recently to discuss why fertility apps are gaining so much popularity and why so many millennials are now turning to their mobile devices to avoid pregnancy. Interview conducted at WJLA  ABC7 studio in Washington, D.C. 

by Julia Guerra


Before you can assume your period isn't "normal," it's important to know what that even means. Ann Mullen, director of health education at Cycle Technologies, told INSIDER that "normal" menstrual cycles typically last anywhere from "21 to 35 days long."

Early Study Results Suggest Fertility App as Effective as Modern Family Planning Methods



Early results from a first-of-its-kind study suggests that typical use of a family planning app called Dot is as effective as other modern methods for avoiding an unplanned pregnancy.

New Published Research on Dot Fertility App

Mid-Study Findings on the Dot Study Now Available


The Dot Contraceptive Efficacy Study is the first real-world efficacy study on a fertility app that adheres to established contraceptive efficacy study guidelines. Researchers from the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University (with support from USAID) recruited +700 U.S. women from diverse backgrounds who willingly consented to participate in the Dot Study.

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more info on our founder, Leslie Heyer

Leslie works on “game-changing” ideas to advance women’s contraceptive options. Her company develops and distributes family planning solutions that are focused on meeting women’s needs while using the latest in science and technological advancements.  Prior to her life as a social entrepreneur, Leslie was on the founding management team of two software companies and managed advertising accounts for global brands. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School, a BA from Georgetown University, and was recently named a Top 50 Most Talented Social Innovator globally by the World CSR Congress. (Download Leslie Heyer's Bio)

(VIDEO) "Insights from a Social Entrepreneur." This 4 minute video chat with Leslie Heyer, taped in 2015, answers some of the most common questions on social entrepreneurship.