During Fitbit's recent press event in New York City, the company talked extensively about the new products that it'll be highlighting this coming spring. A lot of the focus was on its new Versa smartwatch and Ace fitness tracker, but Fitbit also took a good chunk of time to talk about new female health features it's working on.
This spring, Fitbit will introduce menstrual cycle tracking for all Fitbit users that identify as female on their profile. Tracking will be available on-device for the Versa and Ionic, and right within the Fitbit app for everyone.
Female users will have the option of adding a new female health tile to their Dashboard in the Fitbit app, and this will enable them to track their cycles, see predictions of upcoming cycles, indicate any symptoms they're experiencing, and see cycle-by-cycle metrics once enough data is recorded.
There are already a lot of free apps that help women track their feminine health, but Fitbit believes its offer will stand tall among the rest of the competition. By tapping into all of the other data you log with Fitbit (such as steps, calories burned, heart-rate, etc.), women will be able to see any links between biometrics and their menstruation. Add that together with the fact that Fitbit already has 25.4 million active users, and there's great potential for this to have a huge impact on feminine medical research.
A Fitbit study recently revealed that 70% of women don't know the average length of their cycle, and 80% of them aren't aware of how many phases are in a cycle. By enabling its millions of female users to log all of this data, Fitbit says it'll allow for research to be done in this field that hasn't been obtainable until now.
As for the end user, Fitbit also notes that "having this knowledge helps women have better conversations with their doctor." When asked about their cycle during a doctor visit, women can pull out their phone, show their physician all of their data, and more accurately address concerns and pick up on red flags.
None of this directly impacts me as a 20-year-old guy, but I honestly found this to be the most interesting of all Fitbit's announcements. Having a better understanding of our body is critical to leading a healthy life, and that's exactly what Fitbit's hoping to achieve here.
If you're a female, what do you think about this? Sound off in the comments below!
Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.
This is a good move by Fitbit, and I think a lot of women will be able to take advantage of this.
As a guy, this doesn't effect me, but I'd imagine having all of your info in one app would be more desirable than having it across many. I hope they provide an import feature for anyone that has been using another app.
"As a single guy, this doesn't effect me" I fixed it for you. For a married guy, if you could get this to send info to your phone it would be awesome for say planning 5 day fishing trips.
That's hilarious, but I can't argue the point!
Absolutely. It's much more informative than looking for the usual warnings signs like steam coming from her ears or crying at absolutely nothing
I'm glad for this! I'm surprised that it took them so long to do this but better late than never, right?
I don't use a Fitbit but I did like the look of the Versa, so this is very encouraging to see.
But what if I'm a male that identifies as a female? I don't menstruate and I'm offended....lol!!
Female users!!??? What about husbands, boyfriends, fiance's... and general family members. This seems like it would be a useful feature for everyones sanity. "WTH is wrong with you?... Are you totally insane/whacko ???...... Oooohhh its the cycle again... OK honey I understand now" My sister in law, love hear dearly... but she's having a hard time with hot flashes. My brother in law is like "Wow thats weird... are you OK??". If they could develop a "hot flash" tracker that would be cool too.
The PR announcement said that peri- & post-menopausal women would benefit too. The hormonal anger & crying jags don't go away once you stop cycling--5 days fishing trips might still be required--so it would be great to figure out what the new cycle is based around. And once you hit a certain age -- I've read 50 in several articles -- then women feel free to start treating people at the office like they do their family members. Where is this tile? When does it become available?
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