A Simple String Of Beads May Prevent Unplanned Pregnancy

Birth control is something most women think about often during their lives, but sadly, women don't have too many awesome...
Birth control is something most women think about often during their lives, but sadly, women don't have too many awesome birth control choices. Hormonal birth control methods, already controversial because of possible safety risks, can throw your moods out of whack, make you sick and some, like the pill, are hard for women to remember. Barrier methods aren't as trustworthy as hormone birth control methods, plus are often messy and not very spontaneous. Permanent birth control, while right for some, is too extreme for others, and many surprise babies have arrived after women attempt the rhythm method. best birth control, family planning, Standard Days Method, SDM, pregnancy beads, CycleBeads, Birth control, conception, free birth control, low-cost birth control, pregnancy, surprise pregnancies Yup, women don't have too many choices when it comes to family planning. Now however, new research shows that family planning may be as simple as a string of beads. The research, published in the October issue of the Journal of Family Planning & Reproductive Health Care shows that The Standard Days Method (SDM) of family planning developed by researchers from the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) works so well that women with regular menstrual cycle may be able to use it successfully for years. According to TIME, SDM works by focusing on the 12-day "fertile window" of a woman's menstrual cycle. The fertile window equals the life span of a woman's egg, which is about 24 hours after ovulation. The method also allows women to be aware of the following five days when sperm remain viable after ejaculation. Older research has shown that SDM is more than 95% effective at preventing unplanned pregnancy, while newer research shows women who rely on SDM for one year are likely to have continued success using it in years two and three. Researchers estimate that a key reason SDM works is due to is CycleBeads. CycleBeads were developed at Georgetown and are simply a set of 32 color-coded beads strung on a necklace. Each bead represents a day of the average menstrual cycle, for example, a red bead is the first day of a woman's period; brown bead days mean pregnancy is unlikely, and clever glow-in-the dark white beads indicate fertile days. At just $14 a pop, these beads are hands down the least expensive birth control method I've heard of, but of course there are some downsides. You'd have to have seriously regular menstrual cycles for this method to work and pay attention to your cycle and the beads. Still, no hormones, no side-effects and no mess are some huge perks. Would you use a string of beads as your family planning method?

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