One of Your Most Requested Features is Here! Introducing Female Health Tracking

Fitbit female health tracking

Ladies, it’s time to talk. According to a recent Fitbit survey*, 80 percent of you (80!) don’t know how many phases are in menstrual cycle and more than 70 percent of you (70!) are unable to correctly identify the average length of a cycle.

Honestly, those stats are shocking but not all that surprising. After all, many women’s sexual health education stops after grade school, if they get one at all. That’s why Fitbit is excited to announce the launch of one of the company’s most requested features: female health tracking, coming in spring 2018.

This new in-app experience (available to all Fitbit users age 13 and older**) and on-device experience (for Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa smartwatch users) is designed to help you learn more about your menstrual cycle—and your body—so you can better understand how it affects other aspects of your health and fitness. And that’s just the beginning.

Below, what you can expect at launch—and beyond.

What’s Coming 

Fitbit female health tracking symptoms

In-app period tracking: Never get caught by surprise again. Log your period, record symptoms, and opt into receiving push notifications two days before and on the day of your predicted period start date. This allows you to have the opportunity to compare all your stats in one place.

Smartwatch integration: Track where you are in your cycle, view when your period is expected and see your upcoming estimated fertile window in the new Fitbit Today personalized health dashboard on Versa or Ionic. 

News you can use: Learn about the menstrual cycle, ovulation, fertility, and more with judgement-free content developed with Fitbit advisors Katharine White, MD, MPH, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston University, and Larry Tiglao, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Stanford Healthcare’s Los Olivos Women’s Medical Group in Los Gatos, CA.

Community support: Join new Fitbit Community Groups focused on periods, birth control, trying to conceive, pregnancy, and perimenopause and menopause to ask questions, swap tips, or share advice.  

4 Awesome Benefits of Female Health Tracking

female health tracking on Fitbit Versa

Better body knowledge: See how your cycle and symptoms change month to month and uncover the impact your menstrual cycle has on your overall health. By having all of your health and fitness information in one place and looking at your data over time, you can better understand connections between your activity, sleep, and cycle symptoms.

More productive doctor visits: Simple tracking of your symptoms and menstrual cycle data in the Fitbit app allows you to be more informed for discussions with your doctor about the specific timing and details of your symptoms, giving your doctor a clearer picture of your menstrual cycle for more personalized care. Female health tracking will also chart your cycle trends over time which can help your doctor determine what is normal for you symptom-wise, versus what may warrant additional attention.

Personalized insights: The more consistently you log, the smarter the female-health-tracking algorithm gets. In the future, as the database of female-health metrics grows, this data may help enable Fitbit to deliver even more insights, such as how your cycle impacts your activity, sleep, weight and nutrition, and potentially how these things can affect your cycle.

Much-needed innovation: Female health is not an area that has garnered as much broad, population-level study as other areas in healthcare. By potentially creating one of the largest databases of anonymized female health metrics in the world, Fitbit has the opportunity to help drive positive health outcomes and could give Fitbit, healthcare, and research professionals an unprecedented ability to study menstrual cycles and women’s health with real-world data in the future.

Mark Your (Menstrual) Calendars!

Fitbit female health tracking calendar

In Spring 2018, all Fitbit users** who have identified themselves as female in their Fitbit profile will receive a notification that female health tracking is available. You can choose to opt-in and complete onboarding, or simply opt out.

Don’t identify as female but still want to use this feature? Tap “Edit” at the bottom of your Fitbit mobile dashboard (or press and hold a dashboard tile until they all start to wiggle) and then add the female health tracking tile.

*Fitbit Primary Research Study, February 2018

**Female health tracking is available to adults 13 and over in the U.S.; ages may vary by country.

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  • That is fantastic! As I begin the inevitable slide towards menopause, I look forward to having these tools to help quantify the changes.

  • I, too, am curious if this is going to be available to all users, as over on the forums, Moderator LizFitbit was pretty clear this is only for smart watch users.

  • I too, am curious if this will be available for all users. Over on the forum, Moderator FitbitLiz was pretty clear this is only for smart watch users.

  • Will I able to start this app if I am pregnant? I faced apps that requires initial data and cannot be used in such cases.

  • Why is this only available to those 13 and older? Girls are now getting their periods at 10. Isn’t it important for them to have a healthy understanding of their cycle as well? Putting this age limit on the information only furthers the stigmatization of menstruation.

  • Brilliant, I have been looking for an app to use in conjunction with my fitbit – at 45 years old I reckon that I really need to finally get a grip on understanding my cycle and the way my emotions and body fluctuate with it. I know that this will greatly help me in the personal growth and self understanding I am already gaining through my ongoing Yoga practice and self development.
    Thank you!

  • I’m so excited about this! I think I left a suggestion to do this about a year ago and I’m so happy it’s happening! I hope this version will give tips like “during this part of your cycle, steer clear of these foods” or “eat these kinds of foods to avoid bloating, aid weight loss, or get essential vitamins you’re likely lacking,” or “during this time of your cycle, try to do this kind of exercise/activity.” It would even be nice if it would give little motivational messages when you’re on your period!

  • Why won’t this be available as an on device experience for Blaze owners? The interface posted in this article looks a lot like the Blaze screen.

  • I’m excited about this feature! I’ve been tracking my cycle in a different app (P Tracker Lite) for a few years now. Will I be able to import my data from another app, or at least enter my last few months’ cycles manually in the Fitbit app?

  • This is great!! The only thing that would make it better would be if we could input BBT as well (Basal Body Temperature) and generate charts. Think about it! 😉

  • This is fantastic news. Mine seem to be all over the place and it would be great to have one place to track everything and see how it impacts fitness and sleep. I know that the couple of days prior to normal period, i feel pretty lame at the gym.

  • Why can’t this be an update to all Fitbit apps? Like I understand not being to update old Fitbit watches, but you can still add these features to the app (like charge 2 – it even almost like like the same ui as what is shown!)

  • I hope this will be available for the fitbit blaze. If not then this is just another tatic to get us to upgrade to the latest $$ fit bit model. I dont have money for that. Shame on you fit bit

  • I too want to know if it will be available in the Fitbit app. I have a blaze and love it, and have no plans to upgrade either. I’d love to be able to use this feature!

  • I updated to version 2.0 on the ionic but can’t see the feature as being available yet, when will it be available please!

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