Apple research aims to destigmatize menstrual symptoms

New Delhi, March 10: A study conducted by Apple validated women’s experiences with a wide range of menstrual cycle symptoms, including some that are less known or less discussed and that will help de-stigmatize menstrual symptoms.
The Apple Women’s Health Study Team at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health released an update of the preliminary study on Wednesday, offering pioneering scientific information on women and their menstrual symptoms, reported possible thanks to the innovative research methodology of the Research application.
The update, based on a cohort of 10,000 participants and comprising of varying ages and races across the United States, highlights how large-scale longitudinal research on menstruation can help advance science around menstruation. women’s health.
The study found that the most frequently followed symptoms were abdominal cramps, bloating, and fatigue, all of which were experienced by more than 60 percent of participants who recorded symptoms.
More than half of the participants who recorded symptoms reported acne and headaches. Some lesser-known symptoms, like diarrhea and sleep changes, were followed by 37 percent of participants experiencing symptoms.
“These findings take us even further in validating and de-stigmatizing menstrual symptoms,” said Dr. Sumbul Desai, Apple’s vice president of health.
Initial analysis also suggests that these symptom trends hold true across a wide range of demographics, including age, race, and geographic location.
For example, among black, Hispanic, and white participants, the most commonly reported symptoms were abdominal cramps, bloating, and fatigue.
“Our study will help achieve a more gender-equal future, in which all people with menstrual cycles have access to the health services and menstrual products they need to feel secure and empowered,” said Dr. Michelle Williams, dean of the faculty of Harvard Chan School. .
The team will further examine the preliminary data and submit a detailed analysis, including a breakdown of methods, for peer review and journal publication.
“The preliminary data we are sharing today suggests that women across the country have a shared experience of a wide range of menstrual symptoms, and that this natural monthly occurrence is something we should have more discussion about,” he said. said Dr Shruthi Mahalingaiah, one of the study’s principal investigators (IANS)