Apple Watch Menstrual Cycle And Fertility Tracking Feature Explained

Apple just unveiled its roadmap for its upcoming software releases this year. On the first day of the Worldwide Developers Conference 2019, the Cupertino giant announced its plans for watchOS 6, the next major software upgrade for its smartwatches.

Among the new features that are debuting with watchOS 6 is a menstrual cycle tracker, which doubles as a fertility tracking tool. Basically, female users would be able to record information about their menstrual cycle in this feature, which would then predict their next period and fertility window, according to CNN.

The menstrual cycle tracker is capable of displaying the results of ovulation prediction kits. This would be helpful for women and couples who are trying to get pregnant. On the other hand, this would also come in handy for females who want to monitor their period, flow and menstruation symptoms.

“Knowing more about your menstrual cycle gives you a window into your health, from simply insuring you are prepared to understanding your personal patterns and regularities,” Sumbui Desai, Apple’s vice president of health, said at WWDC 2019.

Desai also announced that the menstrual cycle tracking feature will not be limited to watchOS 6-running devices. It is also coming to the Health app for iPhones with the upcoming iOS 13 update.

It is important to note that menstrual tracking isn’t something new to iPhones. A similar feature was actually launched by the Cupertino giant in 2015 after it received a lot of criticisms for leaving out such an essential tool in the original Health app for iOS 8, back in 2014, as per The Verge. By the looks of things, the new version of the feature will be able to do more than its predecessor.

In February, CNBC revealed that Apple hired obstetrician Dr. Christine Curry as part of its increased efforts to advance women’s health in its upcoming software and hardware releases. Aside from Curry, Tim Cook’s company also tapped dozens of doctors to contribute to its health-centric projects.

Apple also announced other health and fitness features that are launching with watchOS 6 later this year. One of them is the hearing health app called “Noise,” which is designed to detect decibel levels and warn users of the noise that could harm their hearing over time. There’s also the activity trends feature that will notify users if they are becoming less active.

Apple Watch Pictured: Tim Cook speaks at an Apple event at the Worldwide Developer's Conference on June 13, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Andrew Burton/Getty Images