Apple Women’s Health Study Releases First Results

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The Apple Women’s Health Study team at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health released preliminary results on Tuesday. It’s based on 10,000 participants across a range of ages and races.

Apple Women’s Health Study

The study, done through the Research app, focuses on women and menstrual symptoms. Symptoms that are tracked include abdominal cramps, bloating, and tiredness, all of which were experienced by more than 60 percent of participants who logged symptoms.

More than half of the participants who logged symptoms reported acne and headaches. Some less widely recognized symptoms, like diarrhea and sleep changes, were tracked by 37% of participants logging symptoms.

Dr. Michelle Williams, Dean of the Faculty at Harvard Chan School:

By building a robust generalizable knowledge base, the Apple Women’s Health Study is helping us understand factors that make menstruation difficult and isolating for some people, in addition to elevating awareness of a monthly experience shared by women around the world.

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