Mar 10, 2021 – Apple Women’s Health Study Preliminary data released The Tuesday that showed a wide range of PMS symptoms that users reported, including the most common ones – cramps, bloating, and fatigue.
The iOS Health app added menstrual tracking in 2019, and researchers hope the data will enhance understanding of women’s health and eliminate menstrual stigma.
Michael Williams, Dean of Harvard T. Chan College, said: “Our study will help create a more equal future for both genders, where all people with menstrual periods have access to the health services and menstrual products needed to feel safe and empowered.” Said the College of Public Health, which conducted the research The current situation.
The initial analysis included the first 10,000 participants who joined the iPhone Research app and provided demographic data. More than 6,100 participants reported PMS symptoms, with 83% reporting abdominal cramps, followed by 63% tracking bloating, and 61% tracking fatigue.
Half of them also reported acne, appetite changes, breast pain, headache, lower back pain, and mood swings. About a third of them reported constipation, diarrhea, hot flashes, nausea, ovulation pain and sleep changes. Symptom recurrence was common across ages, races, ethnicities, and geographic locations.
Harvard researchers write that menstrual cycles can often shed light on a person’s overall health, but menstruation is still being researched. Often the small studies were limited and not representative of a larger segment of the population.
“Without significant scientific data, menstrual symptoms in women have historically led to dismissal, or have been underestimated as an exaggerated or hypersensitive reaction,” the researchers wrote.
The study team will continue to analyze the data, provide a detailed peer-review report and publish it in a journal.
“What researchers and clinicians in the scientific community want and need to know is more about the menstrual cycle, and its relationship to long-term health, as well as more about environmental factors that may affect cycle length and characteristics,” Shrothy Mahalangaya, MD, a principal investigator and assistant professor In environmental, reproductive and women’s health at Harvard University, Gizmodo said.