Garmin has added a new feature for its female users allowing them to track menstrual cycles through Garmin wearables and smartwatches. The new feature gives users the ability to log symptoms and track cycles, and offers up additional context via Garmin Connect, the company’s mobile app. Throughout the month, users will get educational content on subjects like nutrition and training specific to the current phase of their cycle.
“Garmin has leveraged our unparalleled fitness expertise into a feature that lets active women track their cycle in the same place they tracked their last run,” said Susan Lyman, Garmin vice president of global consumer marketing.
A customized cycle tracking will show whether a cycle is regular, irregular, or transitioning into menopause. Women can track daily physical and emotional symptoms and even add their own notes. Cycle tracking brings awareness to fluctuations in things like sleep, mood, appetite, athletic performance and more. With regular symptom logging, women can begin to predict how they will feel at a given point in their cycle in case they want to adjust their diet or activities. Those with a Connect IQ compatible device also have the option of getting cycle tracking information and discreet period reminders right on the wrist.
“Cycle tracking was developed for women, by Garmin women – from the engineers, to the project managers, to the marketing team. In this way we could ensure that we were authentically addressing a woman’s actual wants and needs,” said Lyman.
Currently, the feature is available to: Forerunner 645 Music, vívoactive® 3, vívoactive 3 Music, fēnix 5 Plus Series.
The menstrual cycle feature will be available soon to: fēnix® 5 Series, fēnix Chronos, Forerunner® 935, Forerunner 945, Forerunner 645, Forerunner 245, Forerunner 245 Music.
Garmin Health is currently sponsoring a research study at The University of Kansas Medical Center to examine how wearables, and the array of biometric data they produce, could potentially assist with menstrual cycle tracking and ovulation prediction.
Garmin Connect is a free online fitness community that allows users to analyze training progress, set and track goals, and share activities with other Garmin Connect users or on social media sites.
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