November 2021: Thanks to survey, menstrual cycle tracking, and sensor data shared by Apple Women’s Health Study participants throughout the study’s first two years, the study team has been able to gain a deeper understanding of women’s health across the lifespan.
Launched on November 14, 2019, the study is a collaboration between the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Apple, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Multidimensional data provides insight into women’s health
The study aims to advance the understanding of how demographic and lifestyle factors could impact menstrual cycles and gynecologic conditions. More than 70,000 participants have contributed data to the study through October 2021. Since study launch, there have been:
reports of menstrual symptoms
*reports of at least one of 22 menstrual symptoms
menstrual cycles logged
In addition to survey and menstrual cycle data, participants provide information on lifestyle factors, such as stress, sleep, and nutrition. Multidimensional data will be analyzed to understand population-level trends in menstrual and reproductive health outcomes, as well as how these lifestyle and other environmental factors impact those outcomes.
These insights and data are opening doors to help the medical field learn new things in women’s health. Having data across a larger and more diverse population helps doctors understand the full scope of menstrual and reproductive health, will enhance care delivery, and improve the ability to diagnose and treat gynecologic disease.
Foundational datasets collected through the Apple Women’s Health Study will ultimately help equip physicians with the information to better take care of their patients, and for women to better take care of themselves.
Thank you to participants for advancing scientific discovery
The Apple Women’s Health Study would like to thank its participants for their continued participation and contribution to advancing women’s health research. The study is enrolling participants. Join now by downloading the Research app.