Fertility bracelets are a tool to facilitate awareness of the phases of our monthly cycles. They help women get more in touch with their bodies so they are better able to predict their monthly period and other phases of fertility. They offer a easy daily reminder of where you are at in your cycle and can help cue you into changes that are happening in your body at different times of the month.
For women hoping to become pregnant, fertility bracelets can help highlight fertile days where conception is possible. These bracelets can also be utilized as a part of natural family planning, but should not be used a primary method of birth control without a solid understanding of your cycle and the aid of some other fertility tracking or barrier methods, as they are not a reliable method for avoiding pregnancy.
Overall, these bracelets are good tool for any woman is wanting to be in better touch with the rhythms of her menstrual period. They are easy to make and can easily be customized to match your personal style based on your bead and charm choices.
How to Make Your Own Fertility Cycle Bracelet
- Figure out how many beads to use. Count how many days are in your average cycle. This will be measured by the number of days between the 1st day of your last period and the 1st day of your next/current period. The most accurate way to do this is to keep track of the length of your cycle for many months. Most adult women have menstrual cycles that range from 21-35 days. The average menstrual cycle is 28 days. Some women don’t always have the same number of days in each cycle. If this is you, your total number of beads you use should be however many days are in your longest menstrual cycle.
- Thread the beads onto a string or cord. You can use whatever beads and cord fit your own personal style. The below colors can be changed too, as long as you use one distinguishable color for each phase of the menstrual cycle.
Add the beads in the below order:
1 multicolored bead – this marks the first day of your period
6 blue beads – these beads mark your period. Pregnancy is unlikely during this time
12 purple beads – these beads indicate that pregnancy is possible/likely during this phase of your cycle
9-16 more blue beads – pregnancy is again unlikely during this phase in your cycle. Use however many more beads you need to add up to the total number of days in your cycle. For example, if you have 31 days in your cycle you will need to add 12 blue beads. (If you would prefer to have a different color than the beads that indicate your period, choose a different bead color for this portion of the bracelet.)
3. Thread a rubber gasket or clip onto the bead chain. You will move this each day to mark where you are at in your cycle.
4. Knot the cord on the other end of your bead chain to form a bracelet. You are ready to use your bracelet to help track your fertility cycle.