From sleep and exercise to skin and personal nutrition, Women’s Wellness includes over 20 traits designed to help you better understand what makes you unique and how DNA can play a role in your overall well-being.
BODY & SKIN
How does my DNA affect my body, inside and out?
Every person is different, yet many of us take a one-size-fits-all approach to wellness. Find out what your DNA says about the one and only you.
Bone mineral density
How strong are your bones? Research has shown that there is some variability in bone mineral density between women based on their DNA.
Exercise impact on weight
Being active is always important, but some women may be genetically predisposed to weigh less if they are more physically active.
People come in all shapes and sizes, however relative waist circumference can be influenced by your DNA.
Resting heart rate
Although everyone’s heart works in the same way, individual resting heart rates can differ. Learn how your environment and your DNA may both influence your heart rate.
First menstrual cycle
The relative age of your first menstrual cycle has roots in your environment, lifestyle, and your DNA. See whether your genetics lines up with your own experience.
Relative age at menopause
DNA may affect when you reach menopause relative to others.
Tan vs. Sunburn
There’s a broad spectrum of how people’s skin responds to sunlight, from tanning to sunburning. Where you fall on that spectrum is partly influenced by your DNA.
Why do some of us have freckles while others don’t? Research tells us that your DNA plays a role.
Can my DNA help with meal planning?
Most of us understand the basics of good nutrition, but knowing a little extra can inspire better habits.
Some women have a genetic predisposition to lower levels of omega-3, an important nutrient, so knowing what your DNA says may help you make good nutritional choices.
How long do you feel that caffeine buzz? Your DNA can affect how fast your body processes caffeine.
Vitamin B12 levels
Your vitamin B12 levels may be typical or lower than average depending on your DNA. Women who are vegetarian or vegan may want to pay extra attention to this.
Magnesium is involved in many biological processes, and your DNA can play a small role in the levels of this important nutrient in your blood.
Impact of saturated fat
Based on your DNA, saturated fats found in foods like ice cream and cheese may be contributing to excess weight.
There are many factors that determine your cholesterol levels, including what you eat, your lifestyle habits, and your DNA.
Iron is an important nutrient that helps red blood cells carry oxygen, but too much or too little can cause problems. Find out if your DNA indicates genetically lower iron levels.
Low-fat diet impact
Although limiting fat intake is usually a good thing, your DNA may lead you to lose slightly more weight on a low-fat diet.
Mediterranean diet impact
Mediterranean-style diets put a focus on ingredients like vegetables, seafood, and olive oil while limiting red meat. Depending on your DNA sequence, you may see more weight loss on these types of diets.
Can DNA affect my sleep habits?
The key to restful, restorative sleep is working with your body’s natural tendencies. Understanding your DNA may give you the advantage you need.
How awake you are, and when you feel the need to sleep, are both affected by a combination of environmental factors and your DNA.
Are you an early bird or a night owl? Our circadian rhythms compel us to wake up early or stay up late and can be influenced by our DNA.
Sleep is highly dependent on our daily activities, and how long you sleep can be affected by your DNA.
Researchers have found that people who snore tend to have inherited similar genetic factors, suggesting that it is partially influenced by our DNA.
The women behind the science
Today’s commonplace knowledge was once yesterday’s scientific breakthrough.
These women broke barriers and pioneered the advancement of human biological study.
Marie Maynard Daly
Did you know that Marie Maynard Daly—the first African-American woman to receive a PhD in chemistry within the United States—studied cholesterol?Read more
Ida Henrietta Hyde
Dr. Ida Henrietta Hyde, the first woman to hold a research position at Harvard Medical School in 1897, researched the effect caffeine has on the human nervous system.Read more
Exercise impact on weight
Gerty Theresa Cori
We know a lot more human metabolism thanks to Dr. Gerty Cori. Dr. Cori was an accomplished chemist who became the first American woman to win a Nobel Prize.Read more
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to get sequenced to use this product?
Yes. In order to use Womens Wellness, you must be sequenced by Helix or have uploaded your data from other DNA platforms through Helix's Data Upload feature. And, once you’ve been sequenced by Helix, you can purchase more DNA-powered products from a variety of categories like fitness, nutrition, entertainment, and more—all without having to get sequenced again.
Do I have to create an account with Helix to use this product?
Yes, you need a Helix account to use this product and view your results. You may view your results on the web and through the Helix iOS app.
How do I view my results?
Who analyzes my DNA information?
Helix analyzes your DNA information.
How do I learn more about how Helix uses my information?
If I am biologically male, can I purchase this product?
Yes. The genetic factors that are analyzed to generate your results are passed to both biological males and females. However, certain results like First Menstrual Cycle and Age at Menopause refer to biological processes that only occur in females, and therefore will not apply to you.