Many fertility awareness applications have been developed for smartphones, some of which are digital platforms for existing methods, requiring women to enter information about fertility signs such as basal body temperature and cervical secretions. Others are algorithms based on (unexplained) calculations of the fertile period of the menstrual cycle. Considering particularly this latter (largely untested) […]

Journal Article | FACT Project | Mobilizing technology for reproductive health | Fertility Awareness

[Originally posted on the Tech in Asia site here.] “It is often men who pick up the phone and update us about their wives’ menstruation dates.” Ramya Kancharla, who heads the CycleTel Humsafar family planning service in India, stumps me with that line! In the rural interiors of India, where any mention of menstruation is […]

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Early adolescence is a critical transition period in young people’s lives. Yet this age group is often overlooked by youth-serving programs.

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As a part of the Fertility Awareness for Community Transformation (FACT) Project, the Wake ki Lago Nywal (WALAN) “Be Proud with Family Planning” intervention aims to increase fertility awareness (FA) and expand access to and uptake of fertility awareness-based methods (FAM) of family planning (FP) through existing community groups in Northern Uganda. This report describes […]

Report | FACT Project | Fertility Awareness | Family Planning

Dr. Victoria Jennings, director of the Institute for Reproductive Health, was recognized with the Lifetime Contribution to Georgetown University Medical Center Award at the center’s ninth annual convocation on Thursday, November 17.

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Thank you for participating in the CycleBeads app study! We have finished data analysis, and we are happy to share the results with you.

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Studies conducted by IRH in numerous countries, and corroborated by Demographic and Health Surveys and other studies, have shown that few women, men, and adolescents really understand their fertility and the way in which their bodies work.

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Welcome to the CycleBeads® Integration Guide, a resource for U.S.-based family planning programs who wish to integrate the Standard Days Method® (SDM), used with CycleBeads, into their services.

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Violence against women and violence against children in Uganda are recognized as significant public health concerns. Exposure to violence at home as a child can increase the likelihood of perpetrating or experiencing violence later in life. These two forms of violence share similar risk factors and often, but not always, co-occur at the household level. […]

Journal Article | REAL Fathers Initiative | Adolescents | Gender Equality

In the context of low resource settings—where visiting a health center to receive counseling may be out of reach for many women in remote areas—reliance on the collective learning of the community through a group learning approach can increase acceptance of and access to family planning. Different models of group learning have been studied for […]

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