Thiruvananthapuram: It`s simple, inexpensive and non-clinical. The country`s largest condom manufacturer, HLL Lifecare Ltd (HLL), has now come out with a family planning method for women that just requires them to count beads.Called Cyclebeads, it is a colour-coded string of beads that represents the days of a woman`s menstrual cycle. A woman simply has to move a ring over the beads to track each day of her cycle. The colour of the beads lets her know whether she is on a day when she can conceive.The product has an ex-factory price of Rs.50.Developed by researchers at Georgetown University`s Institute for Reproductive Health, Cyclebeads is based on the Standard Days Method (SDM) and is very effective in preventing unplanned pregnancies.The method is designed for women with cycles between 26 and 32 days.A woman has to put a rubber ring on the red bead the day she starts her period. Each day she moves the ring by one bead. If the ring is on a red or dark bead, there is little possibility of pregnancy and so the day is safe for intercourse.
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