Period tracking: Boon or bane for women?

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 — Interval monitoring has come below hearth in the previous few years as privateness considerations and politics (particularly within the US) collide over ladies’s points.

The criticism was multifaceted, together with questioning how clear app creators had been about what they did with ladies’s information and potential hurt ought to the information be misused.

Is it price making the trouble to make use of expertise to trace your cycles regardless of the pitfalls? I spoke to Dr Azura Abas, a basic practitioner at Klinik Medinna, for her opinions on tech and ladies’s well being.

Interval monitoring, Dr Azura stated, was a useful software for getting obligatory data in treating her ladies sufferers.

”If a lady has points regarding her menstrual cycle, whether or not it’s irregular or is experiencing extreme bleeding, I want to know for a way lengthy it has been an issue and when the irregularities began.”

Interval trackers are in a position to let medical doctors get perception on previous months’ cycles with data even obtainable as much as even 12 months in the past, she stated.

With the information, medical doctors are higher in a position to diagnose situations resembling uterine fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome, or thyroid issues.

Dr Azura stated, “Some sufferers usually are not even conscious that their interval cycle is irregular, so protecting behavior of interval monitoring may be very useful.”

She incessantly advises her sufferers to maintain observe of their cycles, particularly in the event that they plan to conceive.

“By figuring out your interval cycle, it may predict your date of ovulation which makes timing intercourse simpler and extra correct. A great ovulation indicator is the basal physique temperature.”

Units such because the Apple Watch Sequence 8, for example, that may precisely detect physique temperature and supply retrospective ovulation estimates are useful for {couples} who’re attempting to conceive.

Previous to the existence of well being apps, Dr Azura would ask her sufferers to maintain a “well being diary.” Info resembling coronary heart price, blood strain, cycles, would then be recorded therein.

“However now, the well being apps obtainable have an excellent method of monitoring and storing well being information,” she stated, noting that the gadgets typically additionally tracked different metrics that included coronary heart charges, blood oxygen ranges, sleeping patterns, steps tracker and even detecting irregular coronary heart rhythm.

She stated, “Although they don’t seem to be meant to make a analysis, it may all the time be supply of data to assist medical doctors diagnose and monitor their sufferers’ well being.”

Dr Azura additionally shared her personal expertise with a affected person who was experiencing frequent lightheadedness and fainting spells.

As a part of his remedial well being efforts he had gotten himself an Apple Watch that alerted him to irregular coronary heart rhythms, resulting in his being referred to a coronary heart specialist.

In her opinion, protecting data of girls’s well being points was all the time factor.

”It’s useful each for the sufferers themselves, and for medical doctors.” Storing information additionally made it simpler to retailer and shield it versus writing it down in a bodily pocket book that may very well be simply misplaced or broken.

With well being gadgets being so accessible and simple to make use of, Dr Azura reasoned: “So why not use this chance to retailer your well being information and benefit from the comfort of with the ability to observe and hint it anytime, and never face the danger of shedding it?”


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