Period-tracking app Clue opens database to fertility researchers

Clue, the Berlin-based company behind the eponymous artificial intelligence-powered menstrual cycle-tracking app, is making its database of deidentified information from 11 million global users available to researchers, STAT reports.

Clue will reportedly pay thousands of dollars in grants to scientists who use the database, which comprises information about menstrual cycles, pain, emotions and medication use. Research projects utilizing the data so far are studying how weather, exercise and other factors impact menstruation, how gut function changes during menstruation and overall sentiments surrounding the use of fertility trackers.

"There's so much we don't know, and it's such an understudied and underfunded area of research," Amanda Shea, Clue's research collaborations manager, told STAT. "One thing that's really cool about our dataset is that since it's so big, it gives people with cycles a voice…When there are so many people tracking these categories and saying, 'We are experiencing this,' or 'This is happening,' it makes it harder to ignore."

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