Bead Method of Fertility Awareness
The Bead Method of Fertility Awareness was developed and patented by Maternal Life International. The method teaches a woman to observe the natural signs of her body which indicates if she is fertile or not. The couple tracks these signs by placing a color coded bead on a string each day: red for menses, green for cervical mucus and yellow for dryness. The bead system can be used by women of all educational levels and shifts the responsibility of family planning from the woman to the couple. Like the Faithful House, the bead method furthers respect for women and couple communication. We see how couples readily embrace this method which avoids the side effects of artificial contraception and gives them a natural and culturally and religiously appropriate way to healthily space their children.