New women’s health features on Apple Watch have changed the rules of the game

Every time Apple takes the stage to announce a new product or software update, the Android fan and multi-platform user in me takes a back seat and arouses the envy. For a few hours, sometimes for days, I begin to wonder what it would be like to get rid of my own Pixel 6 ProAnd the Galaxy Watch 4And the None ear (1) budsPixelbook laptop, Xiaomi Android TV, Nest Speakers, and Go with Apple. I already have an iMac and an iPad to build from. And subscribing to a unified ecosystem will be very seamless and seamless. Then I remind myself of how much I hate iOS as a daily driver and how boring life would be as a single brand user, and my jealousy slowly dissipates.

This time, though, I think there will be lingering envy, and it’s all because Apple Watch Series 8The new temperature sensor and the way Apple is using it to track a woman’s health.

Apple Watch 8 . temperature sensor

Apple isn’t the first wearable maker to integrate a temperature sensor. the old Fitbit Sense and newer feeling 2The Galaxy Watch 5And the Ora Ring 3 (among other things) already have the hardware. However, Samsung doesn’t do anything with the sensor yet. Fitbit uses it to log the night’s temperature but doesn’t do anything with the data beyond that. Oura is the only company she uses to track the cyclical changes in temperature that occur in females’ bodies every month or so.

Fitbit and Samsung wearables already have temperature sensors, but they are not used for cycle tracking.

Apple is following Oura’s steps to make sure the temperature sensor is useful for anyone who wants to keep track of their periods. And it does so on a population scale that will far exceed Aura in just months.

Given the technical aspects of how and when, Apple Watch users should get a graph of their temperature across days, more accurate period predictions, a retroactive notification about the most likely ovulation date (based on temperature rise), and notification when an abnormal aberration is detected. in the course. All this in a private mode, “you choose who sees your data”.

Series 8 Apple Watch Tracking

We still don’t know how well all of these features work, but on paper, they’re all incredibly interesting. For me as a woman and as a pharmacist I have spent the better part of 10 years advising women about women’s health and tracking their menstrual cycle, ovulation, pregnancy and Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Until now, there was no easy way to keep track of what our female bodies were doing on a daily basis. Apple is working to democratize this knowledge.

I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve put together a calendar and tried to explain how cycles worked to a woman who was afraid of an unwanted pregnancy (or hoping to get pregnant), or how many counseling I gave to women who were confused by PCOS-causing irregular cycles. I have recommended period trackers – especially idea Hundreds of times, I wish my patients would manually keep track of their periods. But as with prescribed medications, I had no control over patient compliance.

If a pervasive gadget like the Apple Watch can automate part of the tracking, democratize that knowledge, and make sure everyone with their female anatomy is more aware of what their body is doing and when they’re doing it, that’s an indisputable win.

Apple Watch Series 8 cycle deviation possible

Heck, just a few months ago I personally had a very erratic cycle that made my hormones falter and made me feel like I had no control over my body. The problem is that there is no way to determine this and check what mess I was in. There is no graph to look at and analyze, “Here, things are clearly not going well, so you better be prepared for a few days/weeks of impotence and hormonal disruptions.”

I don’t care if Apple does this (more or less) first; I just care that it’s done.

As a woman and a pharmacist, I don’t care if Apple does this (more or less) first; I just care that it’s done. As a Pixel user, I’m very envious of iPhone users and I hope that wearables from our side will fill the gap in the ecosystem soon.

Fitbit and Samsung are the easier targets. They already have the hardware, and Fitbit also has years of data from its Sense suite. Both should use this data for female health ASAP — after validating it in studies, of course. Until then, my Apple envy will still linger in the background.