A recent study revealed that the number of people worldwide who use wearable devices or mobile apps to track their health has doubled in the last two years.
This means that more people are turning to mobile health apps to find tools and strategies to improve their health; with another survey citing that almost two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans would use a mobile app to manage health-related issues.
Gil Bashe, executive VP of Makovsky Health and one of the leaders of that survey explains, “Smartphones and wearables are driving a major behavioral shift in consumer health and wellness. Beyond a desire to speed access to information, consumers are using technology to engage proactively in managing their health.”
Fertility is intimately tied to overall health, which is why Kindara offers the custom data feature to potentially help uncover valuable insights. The images below showcase the Chart view (in landscape mode) for an example of how you can keep tabs on your symptoms and activity throughout your cycles.
Although Kindara is deeply focused on the fertility awareness-based method and providing a reliable, easy way to chart primary fertility signs, beyond that is our desire to empower you to have a better understanding of your health and bodies.
This led us to create the Custom Data feature in the app. Using the Kindara's Premium Custom Data feature, you can track an unlimited number of personalized data points which are then represented visually on their chart. This helps paint a broader picture of overall health and well-being, through the lens of the menstrual cycle.
But why use Kindara to track other factors besides those directly related to fertility? Not only does tracking data empower you to play a significant role in your own health, tracking can offer profound insight into how other lifestyle factors play a role in fertility potential. A journal from the National Institute of Health explains, “Lifestyle factors are the modifiable habits and ways of life that can greatly influence overall health and well-being, including fertility.” Some factors (like weight, stress, and alcohol) can have a negative impact, while others (like taking a prenatal vitamin and getting enough sleep) can have a positive affect. But, as the journal further explains, “by understanding the impact of lifestyle on reproductive health, and by actively modifying lifestyle behaviors, men and women are capable of controlling their own fertility potential.”
It’s exciting to realize how tracking lifestyle factors may lead to behavior modification, and how that could help impact fertility potential!