What you need to know
- The preliminary results of the Apple Women's Health Study have been published by Harvard.
- Apple says it is significant in scope and scale in terms of insight into women's menstrual health.
Harvard has published the initial results of the Apple Women's Health Study, which involves data collected from devices like the Apple Watch.
The report notes how the topic is "notably under-researched", and that without substantial scientific data "women's menstrual symptoms have historically lent themselves to dismissal, or have even been minimized as overreaction or oversensitivity."
The study, which involves women across the US, is made up of various data points including cycle tracking. Apple says that many of the participants recorded similar symptoms:
Dean of the Faculty at Harvard Chan School, Dr. Michellle Williams, said the study would "help to achieve a more gender-equal future" that would help all people with menstrual cycles access health services and products "needed to feel safe and empowered."
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