Fitbit quick replies and women's health tracking now available

Theresa Obrien
May 8, 2018

In regards to female health tracking, Fitbit's rolling this out on-device for all Ionic and Versa users, as well as the Fitbit mobile app for Windows and iOS (it'll be available on Android "later this month").

If you've opted in to this service, you will see a new female health tracking box on the dashboard grid in the app. Tap to answer a few questions about the length of your cycle and last period and start logging.

Women's health tracking allows female Fitbit users to log their menstrual cycles, record symptoms and compare between different cycles.

The feature will be available to Android users at some point later this month.

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Quick Replies are now exclusive to folks using a Versa or Ionic with an Android phone, and just like Fitbit said earlier in the year, this allows you to reply to texts, tweets, WhatsApp, and more using five pre-loaded messages. "With these apps and clock faces, we continue to deliver on our promise to bring important health information to the wrist", said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. This means you can respond to app notifications using pre-populated messages or emojis, right from your wrist. Fitbit's analyses this data to predict where you are in your menstrual cycle and when the next one is coming. The first Fitbit wearables were originally released in May 2013. With it, should you receive a message from an app such as WhatsApp or Messenger, you'll be able to respond to messages with a default or custom reply, as well as emoji. There, you can see where you are in your cycle, when your next period is expected and check your estimated fertile windows. There's also an indicator for the predicted ovulation date.

Dexcom is among the companies offering a Fitbit smartwatch app to improve diabetes management relaying blood glucose data from Dexcom's devices to the watches to sit alongside activity data.

To unleash the new features, users must first update to the latest version of the app from their phone. In the future, Fitbit hopes to use all this menstrual data to offer insights about how sleep and exercise impact your period and vice versa. The list of partners includes excom, Diplomat Pharmacy Inc., Fitabase, Go365, Limeade, One Drop, Sickweather and Walgreens.

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