Everyone can benefit from some basic health education, but women specifically have a lot to think about. From menstruation to pregnancy to menopause (and all the things before, beyond, and in-between), women face unique experiences that significantly affect their physical and psychological health. But just because these experiences are common doesn’t mean they’re straightforward; women’s bodies can be majorly confusing and downright complicated.
“A woman’s awareness of the intricacies of her complex but amazing physiology is an important step in empowering her to make health-conscious decisions,” says Larry Tiglao, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Los Olivos Women’s Medical Group in Los Gatos, CA. “Decisions that can influence the growth, health, and ultimately, longevity of her family and community,”.
To help you stay informed and in control of your body, Fitbit teamed up with leading women’s health experts to create educational articles you won’t need a medical degree to understand. Each one incorporates essential facts, expert insights, and pro tips so you can step up your self-care with the help of Fitbit.
Your Menstrual Cycle Explained: The Periods Facts You Never Knew You Never Knew
The menstrual cycle is complicated—period. Even if Aunt Flo has paid you monthly visits for years, you still may be confused. In this article, experts break down the basics and answer your top period questions.
Ovulation, Fertility, and Pregnancy: What It Really Takes To Make a Baby
You probably know where babies come from, but do you know all the intricacies of ovulation and fertility? Whether you’re trying to conceive or trying not to, this article will help you better understand your body and some of the factors that can affect fertility.
Do Ovulation Calculators Actually Work? Get The Facts on Fertility
Every menstrual cycle is different—even from month to month. While working with your doctor is the best way to plan or prevent pregnancy, getting to know your body’s natural patterns can provide useful insight. Here are some basic tips for understanding fertility awareness.
Female Health Tracking May Be Key to Keeping All Your Health Goals on Track. Here’s Why
Fitbit helps you log workouts, track macros, and improve your sleep, but did you know you can also use your account to make sense of your menstrual cycle? Understanding how your cycle can affects your health can help you make more informed choices so you feel your best all month long.
Pills, IUDs, Patches, and More: Get to Know Your Birth Control Options
Between pills, patches, rings, and IUDs, you might be feeling a little lost when it comes to decoding birth control. Don’t worry, Fitbit’s got your back. Learn basic facts about the different forms of contraception so you can feel prepared to talk through options with your doctor and make a choice that’s right for you.
4 All-Too-Common Period Myths—Debunked
Is it okay to exercise during your period? And what’s the deal with period sex anyway? Separate fact from fiction with this menstrual myth-busting guide.
Everything You Need to Know About Emergency Contraception
Sometimes life takes unexpected turns. But if becoming a parent is not in your immediate plans, you have options. Learn how the morning after pill and the copper IUD can come in handy as emergency contraception.
Pregnant? Congrats! Here’s What to Expect From Your Period Postpartum
It’s no secret that things change during pregnancy, but have you ever wondered what carrying a baby does to your menstrual cycle? Learn the ways your period can change after baby (and why it disappears during pregnancy).
Everything You Need to Know About PMS And How to Cope
If cramps, bloating, and major moodiness all seem like monthly occurrences, you’re not alone. A lot of women experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS). But in some cases, making the right lifestyle tweaks may help you better manage symptoms and get relief.
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes! What to Expect During Perimenopause and Menopause
From acne to unpredictable periods, the symptoms of menopause can make some women feel like they’re going through puberty all over again. Learn more about this stage of life so you’re ready to practice the best self-care possible when the time comes.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.