Fitbit finally realises women exist with new female health tools

Fitbit gets quick replies and menstrual cycle tracking

Fitbit gets quick replies and menstrual cycle tracking

Fitbit has announced that two anticipated features will soon arrive for owners of either the Fitbit Versa or Fitbit Ionic.

Fitbit's new female health tracking features will also include a knowledge base curated and developed by a handful of doctors to help women understand topics like the menstrual cycle and fertility better. Beyond helping women track their menstrual cycle and ovulation via the app, it wants to educate women on what they should expect during those monthly cycles.

There's also the option to write and store your own 60-character Quick Replies with a few emojis also available. The offering is a nice addition to Fitbit's overall health tracking, after the company was initially criticized for producing a smartwatch that was too large for many wrists (to the exclusion of a lot of potential female users).

"According to a recent Fitbit survey, 80 percent of you don't know how many phases are in menstrual cycle and more than 70 percent of you are unable to correctly identify the average length of a cycle", the company wrote on its blog in March. Dexcom's app will be available in the second half of the year, while the rest of the app and clock faces that aren't available today should go live by summer 2018.

Fitbit app screen for Android showing female health and calendar

On the watch, you'll find this information in the Fitbit Today dashboard by swiping up from the home screen.

When you receive a message through WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Slack, or any other messaging app on your watch, just click on the notification to expand it. Scroll down to the bottom, tap Reply, and you can choose from five different pre-set messages or scroll over to the emoji tab, as pictured above.

The Fitbit App Gallery has over 700 apps and clock faces, as of Versa's launch. The first Fitbit wearables were originally released in May 2013. The on-device experience can be used to track where users are in their cycle and see when their period is expected.

Update to the latest version of the Fitbit app (iOS and Android) to check out the new features. Users will have access to apps like Walgreens which allows you to access the closest Walgreens pharmacy when you need to pick up a prescription, or Sickweather which is an app that scans social networks for illness around your area.

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