CycleBeads – an App Providing Complete Family Planning Solution Launched in India
Women in India can now prevent pregnancy without side effects using a free smartphone app called CycleBeads. The CycleBeads Android app is the only period tracker designed for pregnancy prevention as well as planning. Based on research insights, the app has recently been improved to better meet the needs of Indian women and is now available in Hindi.
The CycleBeads app helps a woman know which days she is fertile and which days she is not based on her period start dates. A woman enters her period dates and the app gives her the information she needs to prevent or plan pregnancy.
Researchers from Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) in New Delhi are testing the usage and impact of this mobile technology in India. “This type of modern contraceptive method can help address a huge unmet family planning need for women here. We want to understand how women find out about it, their interest, and ongoing use,” says Ramya Kancharla, IRH Country Manager, in New Delhi.
CycleBeads is a patented technology based on the Standard Days Method, a family planning method that:
-Was tested in large-scale efficacy trials and proven more than 95% effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly, and 88% effective with typical use.
-Is classified as a “modern contraceptive method” by the World Health Organization and other national and international medical advisors.
-Is a widely used natural family planning option that has been used by approximately 5 million women worldwide in more than 60 countries, including India.
-Is designed for women with cycles between 26 and 32 days long – which is the majority of women, though not all.
The CycleBeads Android app is available for download in Google Marketplace. “The CycleBeads app addresses many of the reasons women cite for not using contraception – it has no side effects, it allows women to plan ahead for their fertile days, and it is available for free to anyone with a smartphone,” says Leslie Heyer, founder of Cycle Technologies, the company that developed the app. He said: “CycleBeads apps have been used by many women worldwide, but we want to understand how it fits the unique needs of women in India.”