Fitbits Will Now Allow You To Track Your Menstrual Cycle And Ovulation — Along With Your Steps
Fitbit‘s updates over the years have allowed the smartwatches to track much more than just steps and calories burned. These days, you can track your heart rate, sleeping habits, your food and water consumption and the types of workouts you do. The app even offers you workout videos and ways to keep tabs on your children with a recent model made for kids. But the newest update we’re most impressed with is the ability to be able to track your menstrual cycle using the smartwatch and its app. And while there are countless apps that help you do that already, if you’re already a Fitbit owner, you will soon be able to track that and all of the aforementioned snazzy things from the same place. That’s a perk.
According to a press release from the company, you will be able to log your cycle, the type of symptoms you’re dealing with, your type of flow, and even describe the discharge you’re releasing (pick from “egg white” and “creamy” to “sticky” or “unusual”). The app will help keep you in the know about your menstrual health, informing you of the usual length of your period and when you can expect ovulation, as well as offer reminders about your fertility and reproductive health. This will be possible not only through the app, but also through new Fitbit models, including the Ionic watch, starting this spring.
The company is excited to help women manage their reproductive and menstrual health in an easier way. And Fitbit customers will also be excited since an update for your period was reportedly one of the things most requested by users.
“Most technology products aren’t designed with women in mind first,” said VP of product marketing, Melanie Chase. “So we really wanted to be the first to give women a complete picture of their health.”
They’re also hopeful that the ability to track this type of information will help healthcare professionals and researchers better be able to study women’s cycles and overall health.
“The nuances of the menstrual cycle have not been as widely studied across populations as have other areas in healthcare,” said Fitbit adviser Dr. Katharine White. “This exciting development by Fitbit could help potentially create one of the largest databases of menstrual health metrics in the world, providing healthcare and research professionals with an unprecedented ability to study menstrual cycles and women’s health with real world data.”
Sounds like an overall win for all.