CycleBeads Period & Ovulation

Version: 2.32 | Cost: Entirely Free

Level 3 - Condition Management
Country: US
Category: Contraception (Safer Sex), Pregnancy, Fertility, Period Monitoring
Released: 23/07/2012
Updated: 04/10/2019
Version: 2.32
Size: 14mb
Developer: Cycle Technologies, Inc.
Reviewed On: 21/10/2019
This App achieved an ORCHA score of 82%.

It was assessed as a Level 3 App. These apps can be focused on general health or supporting specific health conditions. They may collect data and they may have a number of more advanced features. Where they collect data we assess their data use policies and compliance with relevant standards. Because they are health focused we also assess their compliance in the Clinical Effectiveness as well as the User Experience domains.

This App does collect data and it is therefore assessed and scored based on its performance in all the sections of our review.

Data Privacy
20.2/30
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Clinical Assurance
41/45
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User Experience
20.6/25
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Developer description
The CycleBeads app lets you plan or prevent pregnancy easily and effectively by tracking your period each cycle. Just enter the date your period starts, and CycleBeads will tell you your fertile and non-fertile days according to the patented Standard Days Method®. RESEARCH This modern natural family planning method has been researched extensively in efficacy trials. It is the only proven family planning method which allows you to manage your fertility simply by tracking your period. And CycleBeads is the only Android app in the world based on this scientifically tested method. It has been found to be 95% effective in perfect use and 88% effective in typical use.* CRITERIA FOR USE To use the CycleBeads app, you should have cycles between 26 and 32 days long**. Most women do, but not all. If you don't know if your cycle is in this range, the CycleBeads app can be used to track your cycle lengths. It will tell you if your cycles are in this range. HOW TO USE It’s simple! Enter the date your most recent period started. Then, the app tells you what day of your cycle you are on, whether it is a fertile day or an infertile day, and when your fertile days will come this cycle. This information is all based on the Standard Days Method. You can use this to plan pregnancy, avoid pregnancy, or just as a period tracker. KEY FEATURES • A calendar and a picture of CycleBeads that show you your cycle based on the start date of your period • Customizable alerts telling you when you are on your fertile days, when your fertile window is ending, and when you are likely to start your next period • Alerts reminding you to input your period start date or when you had a cycle outside the range of 26-32 days long • A Notes feature to track key information for yourself, or to discuss with your health provider or partner • Ongoing cycle data history so you can see the start dates of your previous cycles, the length of each cycle, and whether that cycle was in the range for using this method effectively. MORE INFO For more information on the research behind this family planning method, to watch a video on how it works, or to learn more about this family planning tool, visit www.CycleBeads.com Millions of women around the world have used this method as birth control, to plan pregnancies, and just to better understand their cycles. A portion of the proceeds from sales of all CycleBeads products including the CycleBeads app, supports research to expand family planning options around the world, and help people make informed choices about their reproductive health. We update CycleBeads regularly. Please send us any feedback or requests for improvements to info@cyclebeads.com. All CycleBeads tools including iCycleBeads, CycleBeads Android app, and CycleBeads Online are protected under patent. Sources: * Arevalo M. et al., Contraception, 2002;65;333-338. ** According to data from the World Health Organization and analyzed by researchers at Georgetown University, approximately 80% of cycles are in the 26-32 day range.
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Testing

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Customisation

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End user capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight.

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Support

The App doesn't appear to have a clear approach to dealing with user issues.

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