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Women angry at Fitbit for imposing a time limit on menstruation tracking
- The popular Fitbit Versa smartwatch has a menstruation-tracking feature.
- However, the software limits users from logging menstruation for longer than ten days at a time.
- This Fitbit Versa period limit is alienating certain women, and they are speaking out on the company’s forum.
The Fitbit Versa’s success is saving the company after the poor sales and reception of the Fitbit Ionic. One of the standout features of the Fitbit Versa is its menstruation tracking, which ties into the overall female-focused design of the smartwatch.
However, Fitbit is now under fire from women users who are upset that the menstruation tracker software included with the Versa (and later brought to the Ionic) has a ten-day limit. In other words, women who have longer-than-average periods can only track for ten days each month before the software cuts them off.
For the millions of women out there with conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – which can cause periods of 45 days or more – the menstruation tracker app becomes difficult to use with the current limitation.
To bypass the limit, women must track a period for ten days, wait a day, and then start a “new” menstruation cycle in the app. If a period lasts for 45 days, women would have to repeat this process five times to track one period.
Users are flocking to the Fitbit online forums to express their anger with the menstruation limit. To the company’s credit, several moderators on the forum have chimed into the discussion agreeing with the users. However, the status of the topic remains at “Reviewed by Moderator,” and not “Under Consideration.”
One user by the name of “LauraJayneYoga” had a particularly incendiary comment:
Locking the entire female population into a 10 day period makes me wonder how many women were involved in creating this feature… please fix
The most recent comment from a moderator thanks users for submitting the requests and calls the removal of the limit an “interesting idea that could be useful.”