Missed a period date? Don’t remember when you got your periods last time? Planning to have a family soon? To clear all your chaos, Apple has integrated a new feature Cycle Tracking in watchOS 6. With this, women’s health will never be compromised and they can track their menstrual symptoms on the go!
This Cycle Tracking feature would be added in the Health App and the data can be synced to your Apple Watch. All the data entered by you will be stored in the app itself and will not be shared with anyone. So that’s your personal space to know about yourself better!
Note: iOS 13 and watchOS 6 are still in the beta phase. Once they’re rolled out as a public version this fall, you can start using Cycle Tracking in your Health app on iPhone & Apple Watch respectively. So as of now, those who have the latest beta versions of iOS 13 & watchOS 6 can use this feature on their devices.
How to Use Cycle Tracking in iOS 13 and watchOS 6
There are a plethora of things you can add in your Cycle Tracking database. Be it a monthly cycle data or fertility predictions, it’s all possible with Cycle Tracking feature available in the Health app.
- How to Set Up your Monthly Cycle Data on iPhone
- How to Customize Cycle Tracking Options on iPhone
- How to Get Period Notifications & Predictions in the Health App on iPhone
- How to Set Up Fertility Predictions & Notifications on iPhone
- How to Manage Menstruation Flow in Cycle Tracking on iPhone
- How to Manage Menstruation Flow in Cycle Tracking on Apple Watch
- How to Add Cycle Symptoms to Cycle Tracking in Health App on iPhone
- How to Add Cycle Symptoms to Cycle Tracking on Apple Watch
- How to Add Cycle Tracking to Your Favorites in Health App on iPhone
- How to Remove Cycle Tracking Data in Health App on iPhone
How to Get Started with Cycle Tracking and Set Up your Monthly Cycle Data in iOS 13
To get started with Cycle Tracking, it’s important that you set it right with perfect dates and details. Here’s how you can set up Cycle Tracking in the Health app on iPhone in iOS 13.
Step #1. Launch Health App on your iPhone. Under the Browse tab, select Cycle Tracking option from the list.
Step #2. Next, Tap on Get Started and Now you’ll be asked with certain questions if you’re using this feature for the first time such as when did your last period start, how long does your period usually last, how long is your typical cycle, etc. Enter all the details you know and tap on next or tap on I’m not sure to continue. This will set up basic monthly cycle data on your iPhone.
Step #3. If you want to edit the period length, simply tap on Options right beside Cycle Log and adjust the period length as per your cycle.
Ensure that all the details are accurate as these would be the ones considered by the Health App to predict fertility calendar and period predictions. However, you can change the data as the month passes because not every cycle is constant.
How to Customize Cycle Tracking Options in iOS 13
If you want to conceive, these customizations are important for you. But if you’re just tracking when your next period is, you can leave this customization and move on to the next step. Here’s how you can customize Cycle Tracking options on your iPhone in iOS 13.
Step #1. Open Health App and head over to Cycle Tracking option by scrolling down. Tap on Options right beside Cycle Log.
Step #2. Toggle the Symptoms switch to ON and see the list of symptoms. Tap on those symptoms which you are feeling it during your periods.
- Toggle ON the Ovulation Test Results in order to see your logged ovulation test results
- Toggle ON various other options such as Cervical Mucus Quality, Basal Body Temperature and Spotting to see the respective outputs.
This would give you a complete idea regarding your menstruation cycle and fertility as well if you want to conceive. Remember, these are just predictions based on the data you enter in Cycle Tracking. It’s always recommended to consult a doctor before you decide on anything.
How to Get Period Notifications & Predictions in the Health App on iPhone
You simply cannot these notifications and predictions if you are planning to conceive or want to be on a safer side after indulging yourself into unprotected activities. Here’s how you can get period predictions and notifications in the Health App on iPhone in iOS 13.
Step #1. Launch Health App and hit the Browse tab to find Cycle Tracking option.
Step #2. Tap on Options which is right beside Cycle Log.
Step #3. Next, Toggle ON Period Prediction option to create a period prediction calendar for a two-month and Toggle ON Period Notification option to get reminders to save your daily data and get updates on your upcoming period.
The period prediction is one of the finest features of Cycle Tracking in the Health app in iOS 13. Based on the first date of the period you provide, it’ll create a two-month calendar to predict the next two months’ period date right away. This might be right most of the times but sometimes it may go wrong as well, as it’s just a prediction after all.
How to Set Up Fertility Predictions & Notifications in iOS 13
I am sure that fertility tracker is going to be the most used feature in Cycle Tracking. If you’re planning to conceive and want to figure out the fertile days every month, fertility predictions if your way to go! All the predictions are based on the manual data entered by you along with any ovulation tests. Here’s how to set up fertility predictions and notifications on your iPhone.
Step #1. Launch the Health App & tap on the Browse tab → tap on Cycle Tracking option.
Step #2. Now, tap on Options which is on the right side of Cycle Log.
Step #3. In fertility tracking section, Toggle ON Fertility Prediction & Fertility Notification to create a three-week calendar of next fertility & to get alerts about your next possible fertility window respectively.
Let me inform you that the fertility prediction calendar is decided on 3 weeks after or before the period. This gives you a clear idea about the possibility of fertility in the coming days.
How to Manage Menstruation Flow in Cycle Tracking on iPhone in iOS 13
Let’s now see how you can track your period by logging the menstruation flow in Cycle Tracking in the Health app in iOS 13. Here’s how you can do it!
Step #1. Open Health App, head over to the Browse tab → tap on Cycle Tracking from the list.
Step #2. Tap on the Day from the top → Tap on Flow Level.
Note: Tap on Add Period from the top right corner if you haven’t logged your period date yet and select the date to get started.
Step #3. Next, select the flow level from the given options such as light, medium, heavy, unspecified (if you aren’t sure) or none. And tap on Done!
Continue to do this until your period exists. This would help the app to be accurate while predicting the period calendar and fertility window. If you haven’t added the previous month’s period data, add it to get period calendar predictions now!
How to Manage Menstruation Flow in Cycle Tracking on Apple Watch in watchOS 6
It’s not mandatory to log your period to Cycle Tracking with your iPhone, it can be done with your Apple Watch too which is running on watchOS 6. Here’s how you can manage menstruation flow in Cycle Tracking on Apple Watch.
Step #1. Load the App tray by pressing the Digital Crown on Apple Watch.
Step #2. Open the Cycle Tracking app and tap on the Day in the daily tracker.
Step #3. Next, tap on Flow Level and select the level as you had on that particular day → Tap on Done once you select the flow level. So this is how simple it is to manage Menstruation Flow in Cycle Tracking on Apple Watch.
How to Add Cycle Symptoms to Cycle Tracking in Health App in iOS 13
It doesn’t matter at what stage you are feeling awkward, it might be pre-menstrual or post-menstrual, the symptoms must be updated in Cycle Tracking so that it can predict accurate outputs in the future. To log a cycle symptom, here’s what you need to follow:
Step #1. Launch the Health App → tap on the Browse tab → tap on Cycle Tracking option.
Step #2. Tap on ‘+’ icon next to Symptoms from other data section.
Step #3. Now select the symptoms such as Headache, Lower Back Pain, etc whichever you’re experiencing right now in the Cycle Tracking app. Tap on Done once you select the symptoms.
How to Add Cycle Symptoms to Cycle Tracking on Apple Watch in watchOS 6
Besides iPhone, you can also log a cycle symptom to Cycle Tracking on your Apple Watch running on watchOS 6 or later. Follow the below-given steps to add a cycle symptom on Apple Watch.
Step #1. Press Digital Crown on Apple Watch to load the app tray.
Step #2. Next, Open Cycle Tracking app on your Apple Watch.
Step #3. Now, tap on Symptoms → Select the symptoms from the list whichever are applicable to you during the menstrual cycle or after that. Tap on Done.
That’s it! You don’t need an iPhone to accomplish this task. The data will be synced to the iPhone when your Apple Watch is charged or connected to the iPhone.
How to Add Cycle Tracking to your Favorites in Health App Summary in iOS 13
How often do you keep a track of your heartbeat, calories burnt etc on your Health App summary? Well, you might check it once or twice a day on an average. To check your Cycle Tracking is equally important too. And to check everything at a glance, you must add Cycle Tracking to your favorites in the Health App’s summary in iOS 13. Here’s how to do it!
Step #1. Launch the Health App on your iPhone and head over to Summary tab from the bottom of your screen.
Step #2. Now tap on Edit from the top right corner → tap on the Star which is next to Cycle Tracking → tap on Done if you want the Cycle Tracking logs to appear in the Health App Summary.
This will now show the complete summary of Cycle Tracking every day in your Health App on iPhone.
How to Remove Cycle Tracking Data in Health App in iOS 13
It’s not that straight forward. You need to dig in to delete Cycle Tracking data in the Health app on your iPhone. Here’s what you need to do!
Step #1. Head over to Cycle Tracking option in the Health App.
Step #2. At the bottom of Cycle Tracking summary, tap on View Cycle Tracking Items.
Step #3. Now select the section or category log, for example, Cycle Tracking Symptoms. Once done, scroll down to bottom and tap on Show All Data.
Step #4. Next, tap on Edit from the top-right corner and tap on Remove Button (red dot with a minus symbol inside) → tap on Delete and then tap on Done.
You can remove the data of a particular log in this way and you can follow the same to remove other category logs as well just selecting your desired log in step #3 followed by #4 & #5 steps.
This is all about Cycle Tracking which you must know before using it. We’ve covered the guide in-depth as health is a very important aspect, especially for women, when it comes to the menstrual cycle. Let us know in comments if you have any queries related to Cycle Tracking!
As they say, “Health is Wealth,” utilize this Cycle Tracking feature to its best when it’s released publicly. Stay tuned with us to know more about future releases of iOS 13 & watchOS 6!
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I hope you loved reading this guide on Cycle Tracking!