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For younger ladies, understanding what to anticipate out of your first period could make all of the distinction.
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LOS ANGELES — Within the variability of bulletins made on the Worldwide Developers Conference this week, Apple revealed it will likely be including new menstrual monitoring software program to the Health app with the upcoming iOS 13 and Watch OS 6 update. 

The Cycle Tracker will assist those that menstruate predict future durations, monitor signs similar to recognizing and cramps, report cycle historical past and even predict fertility home windows — all of which can assist take the shock out of menstruation and replica, stated Dr. Leena Nathan, assistant medical professor on the Department of OB-GYN on the University of California, Los Angeles.

“It is very beneficial for women to keep track of their cycles,” stated Dr. Nathan. “We know that ovulation occurs approximately 14 days before your period begins, so for women who are either trying to get pregnant or trying to avoid pregnancy, it can be helpful to get a sense of how long your cycle is and when ovulation may be occurring.”

Reproductive well being software program was added to the Health app on iPhones in 2015 after Apple obtained criticism for not together with it within the Health Kit launch in 2014.

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The software program is new to the Apple Health App however is much from a singular idea on its app retailer. In 2016, there have been over 1,00zero free menstrual cycle monitoring apps on the iOS app retailer with related capabilities as Apple’s Cycle Tracker. However, a examine discovered solely 20 of these apps had been truly correct when it got here to monitoring durations and fertility, and solely 5 p.c cited medical literature or well being professionals.

Still, menstrual apps can assist customers with irregularities or irregular reproductive cycles higher monitor their menstruation patterns and decide if one thing is out of the atypical.

“The app can give you a sense over a period of several months of what your cycle is doing, and if you notice that you are very irregular or you’re skipping some periods or having more than one period in a month, then it would be important to visit your OB-GYN in order to discuss that and be evaluated about why your cycles are so irregular,” stated Nathan. 

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Other menstrual apps have been identified to promote the information enter by customers to third-parties. Apple says it doesn’t promote its knowledge to others. 

The Cycle Tracker can even be out there on the Apple Watch. FitBit and Garmin watches introduced menstrual period tracking features within the last year. 

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Another group of apps prevalent on the iOS app store are pregnancy apps users can download once they conceive, giving various information such as comparing the size of the fetus to everyday items or prenatal care advice. From Apple’s description of the menstrual software, it does not appear as if the new software will dive into that end of reproductive health. 

In addition to menstrual tracking, the iOS 13 update will also include noise tracking, notifying users when the noise around them is too loud and potentially damaging to their hearing. 

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