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Saira and her husband Karim have four children and Saira had been using oral contraceptives for five years in order to avoid becoming pregnant again. Saira did not like using the oral contraceptives because they sometimes made her feel sick so she visited a midwife to discuss her family planning options. There she was given information on the newly available Standard Days Method of birth control. After hearing the information about SDM and reviewing the materials, Saira decided that it was a method that she would like to try.

The midwife calculated Saira’s menstrual cycle and conducted other screening activities and determined that she was eligible to use the method. The midwife showed Saira how to use the Cycle Beads- explaining the meaning of the colors of the beads, when to start the cycle and when to abstain or use condoms to prevent pregnancy.

Saira listened carefully to the midwife and demonstrated how to use the Cycle Beads correctly. Saira took the Cycle Beads home and explained the new family planning method to her husband. Saira and Karim have been successfully using the method for several months and plan to continue using it. They like SDM because it is natural and easy to use.

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