Garmin has used yesterday’s news of the Forerunner line refresh to announce it is introducing all-new female health monitoring functionality for its line of connected wearables and smartwatches.
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Taking a leaf out of Fitbit’s and Apple’s book, Garmin has added menstrual cycle tracking to its Connect app. This allows female users to see cycle details alongside other stats, allowing them to identify the physical and emotional symptoms and make positive changes.
Users are able to log details such as period start and end dates, symptoms, personal notes and more. They can also opt-in to receive reminders for periods and fertility windows. The more cycle details they log, the more accurate their period and fertility predictions will become.
The period tracker allows women to customize their cycles based on whether they’re regular, irregular or nearing menopause. Garmin says over time female users will get reports that show patterns and fluctuations in their body, showing changes during each phase.
“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.
“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.”
There’s also a Connect IQ app for compatible wearables. This includes select devices in the Forerunner range (245, 245 Music, 645, 645 Music, 935, 945), Vivoactive 3, Vivoactive 3 Music, Fenix 5 and 5 Plus Series and Fenix Chronos. Check out the video below for more info.
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