Apple expands HealthKit in iOS 9 to track sexual activity, ovulation, UV exposure, water intake

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in iPhone edited September 2015
Beginning with iOS 9, HealthKit now accepts a number of new data types from external apps and accessories, tracking everything from water consumption to whether protection was used during sex.




Most notable in the iOS 9 Health app is a new category called "Reproductive Health." It joins the preexisting parent categories "Body Measurements," "Fitness," "Me," "Nutrition," "Results," "Sleep" and "Vitals."

In the new Reproductive Health section, focusing on women's health, specific data types that can be stored are:
  • Basal Body Temperature
  • Cervical Mucus Quality
  • Menstruation
  • Ovulation Test Result
  • Sexual Activity
  • Spotting
Each of these topics has unique variables associated with it that can be tracked. For example, under Sexual Activity, data points can note whether or not protection was used.




Beyond Reproductive Health, Apple has also added a "UV Exposure" option to the Results category. Here, time of exposure and UV Index rating. on a scale of 0 to 12, can be logged and tracked.

Corresponding with this is a new Fitzpatrick Skin Type category. Here again, a user's skin ranging from I to VI can be saved.

Water intake can be logged with HealthKit in iOS 9. Consumed fluid can be tracked in a range of measurements, but by default it's set to milliliters.

As with all other Health subjects, users can enter data points manually if they so choose, but the real key is open compatibility with third-party applications and accessories. New software, devices and services that tap into Apple's HealthKit tools will both import and export information from these new categories, allowing for users to access an even more comprehensive view of their overall wellness.
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  • Reply 1 of 66
    cy_starkmancy_starkman Posts: 489member
    so it's time to make a BT connected water bottle with that measures usage times and volume. or perhaps hmmm.. perhaps something much more dainty
  • Reply 2 of 66
    suddenly newtonsuddenly newton Posts: 13,761member
    Heh. It occurred to me during sex that the motion sensor/gyroscope on the Watch could probably determine when sexual activity was taking place and my positions, if any app wanted to parse the motion data for that! Heck it could probably also determine how many calories I burned. I'm sure someone will write an app for that. ;)
  • Reply 3 of 66
    tulkastulkas Posts: 3,754member
    so it's time to make a BT connected water bottle with that measures usage times and volume. or perhaps hmmm.. perhaps something much more dainty
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/582920317/hidrateme-smart-water-bottle
  • Reply 4 of 66
    nagrommenagromme Posts: 2,834member
    How many times do you have to use contraception to earn that badge?
  • Reply 5 of 66
    dougddougd Posts: 256member
    This is absurd they can stick it in their big brother ear
  • Reply 6 of 66
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,968member
    This is personal sexual health feature and not to be associated with porn sexual to down play apple.
  • Reply 7 of 66
    dougd wrote: »
    This is absurd they can stick it in their big brother ear

    Apple doesn't have HealthKit data. They aren't fricken Google.
  • Reply 8 of 66
    richlrichl Posts: 2,213member

    This is why diversity in your workforce is important. HealthKit really should have supported ovulation tracking from the get-go.

  • Reply 9 of 66
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Well if she is going to enter in all that other data, she might as well record whether she experienced and orgasm or not. It's all private right? Might as well record the partners name in case she has multiple partners. 

  • Reply 10 of 66
    jpellinojpellino Posts: 613member

    Pretty sure it's a feature you can activate if you want to.  They won't be going door to door and forcing it on anyone or enabling it by default.  

  • Reply 11 of 66
    pfisherpfisher Posts: 758member
    And then the app was quickly banned from the App Store for violating...
  • Reply 12 of 66
    pfisherpfisher Posts: 758member
    wood1208 wrote: »
    This is personal sexual health feature and not to be associated with porn sexual to down play apple.
    Personal? You mean like alone? By oneself?
  • Reply 13 of 66
    pfisherpfisher Posts: 758member
    Does it track fake orgasms?

    Just curious.
  • Reply 14 of 66
    mr. hmr. h Posts: 4,728member
    How exactly does one judge "Cervical Mucus Quality”? And does it have a numerical scale or is it qualitative?
  • Reply 15 of 66
    mr. hmr. h Posts: 4,728member
    I also think we should commiserate with Kasper's Automated Slave that it isn’t getting any (sexual activity that is, not cervical mucus!).
  • Reply 16 of 66
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,980member
    mr. h wrote: »
    How exactly does one judge "Cervical Mucus Quality”? And does it have a numerical scale or is it qualitative?

    If you got some in your ears then you know it's too much. :lol:
  • Reply 17 of 66
    tulkastulkas Posts: 3,754member
    Wife: "see, I told you it was over faster than you said"
  • Reply 18 of 66
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,223moderator
    Cervical Mucus Quality

    1000

    Surely if you're hitting mucus you're just reaching in too far. Yeah I'll leave it at that.

    1000
    Sexual Activity

    Now we're talking. Add an exercise loop for that and I'll have it done before breakfast.
    Apple has also added a "UV Exposure" option to the Results category. Here, time of exposure and UV Index rating. on a scale of 0 to 12, can be logged and tracked.

    It can track this automatically:

    1000
  • Reply 19 of 66
    iaeeniaeen Posts: 588member
    mr. h wrote: »
    How exactly does one judge "Cervical Mucus Quality”? And does it have a numerical scale or is it qualitative?

    It is used by some to track a woman's cycle and predict fertile times. There are systems and classes that train women (and their partners) how to do this. I believe they use color and quantity in their judgement. There are also systems that use body temperature, which is why it is included with reproductive health.

    Personally, I am really glad to see Apple include tools for naturally managing reproductive health.
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