Soon You'll Be Able to Track Your Period On the Apple Watch
The Cycle Tracking app will be part of Apple's watchOS 6 update.
Your Apple Watch lets you count your steps, track your heart rate, and make phone calls. (Apple Watch even saved a woman and her baby after a car crash, thanks to its SOS feature.)
Now, with Apple's watchOS 6 roll-out, you'll soon be able to track your period on the smartwatch, too.
During the Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this week, Apple announced the launch of the Cycle Tracking app, which will allow Apple Watch users to log information related to their menstrual cycles, according to a press release.
You'll be able to quickly record details about your flow, the timing of your period, PMS symptoms, and even fertility. Once you start consistently tracking this information on the app, your Apple Watch will then use the data to give you a heads up about when your next period might be coming and estimate when you're most fertile.
However, the press release notes that "fertile window predictions should not be used as a form of birth control." In other words, while Cycling Tracking will be able to tell you when you're ovulating (i.e. when you're most fertile), you shouldn't rely on this information as your sole form of contraception (or conception, for that matter).
Still, tracking your menstrual cycle can benefit your mental and physical health in plenty of other ways. Period-tracking can help you understand how your cycle affects your workouts, identify patterns in your symptoms, and it can even help you make sense of conditions like endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Apple isn't the first in the wearable tech industry to offer a period-tracking app. Fitbit and Garmin have launched their own cycle-tracking features, and there are plenty of smartphone apps you can download to keep tabs on your period.
The Cycle Tracking app will be available this fall as a free software update for the Apple Watch. For those who don't own the smartwatch, but want the tracking capabilities—you'll be able to access the features in the Health app on your iPhone with iOS 13, which will also roll out at the same time.