What are Cycle Beads?






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1. Natural Family Planning

Natural family planning. It is a term that encompasses a large variety of different ways of family planning that are natural and do not include things like medications.


Natural family planning is based on noticing and paying attention to body signs and signals like a woman’s menstrual cycle. One very popular method of natural family planning is the Standard Days Method. So, what is the standard days method? Read on to find out more.

2. Standard Days Method

The standard days method does not use a calendar or any sort of charting method, instead this method uses something called Cycle Beads. Cycle Beads and the Standard Days method work best if you have a cycle that is between 26 and 32 days long.


The Cycle Beads/Standard Days method does have a bit of a learning curve to it, and it sometimes takes a while to get the hang of it. Here is a short primer on how to use Cycle Beads.

3. What Are Cycle Beads?

Cycle Beads are a great hands on tool to help women learn to use the Standard Days method. Cycle beads are a color coded set of beads that look similar to a necklace of some sort. Cycle Beads help women to track their cycles and know when their fertile days are.


There is a small black rubber ring that goes over the bead. This rubber ring moves each day, to a new bead, to help a woman keep track of where she is in her cycle. Cycle beads are very easy to use once you get the hang of them.

4. How Do Cycle Beads Work?

The day that a woman starts her period, she places the rubber ring on the red bead. Every day, the woman will take the rubber ring off of the bead and move it in the direction of the arrow, one bead forward.

Every day that the ring is on a colored bead, or a red bead, that is a day that a woman has a very low likelihood of getting pregnant. Those are the days that women should have sex if they are not wanting to get pregnant. When the ring is one a white bead that is when a woman is on her most fertile days.


If she wants to get pregnant, those are the days that a woman should have sex. If she doesn’t want to get pregnant, those are the days she should refrain from having sex.


Some women also use a calendar to make sure of the day they start their period just in case they forget to move their cycle beads. Cycle Beads are a great way to track your fertile and non-fertile days and practice natural family planning.

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Valerie Wisniewski, RN

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.