We are scientists at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We are part of an international study on women’s health with Jagiellonian University in Kraków. This project is investigating women’s reproductive health in two different countries: the United States and Poland.
One of the largest groups of Polish people outside of Poland can be found in Chicago and the surrounding communities. We are looking for second and third generation Polish American women aged 18-45*, in good health, non-smoking, and not pregnant or nursing. If this is you, please consider being a part of our study!
Our Goal: The goal of our research is to help us understand some of the things that affect menstrual cycles and reproduction. Two things that affect women’s reproduction are environment and genetics. For this project we will be looking at hormones, physical activity levels, diet, and genetic markers in women in Poland and Polish American women. We aim to better understand the ways genes and environment together affect women’s reproductive health.
What you will do: For this project, we need to measure lots of things about how you live and what is going on in your body. This project will last for one menstrual cycle. The research will include surveys of reproductive health, ethnic identity, gender identity, and adverse experiences. Additionally, the research includes anthropometric measurements, bone density measurements, diet and physical activity tracking, urinary collections, blood draws, and saliva samples for genetic analysis. All sections of this research and questions are optional and you can opt out at any time. We are asking you now to fill out an eligibility survey if you are interested in being a part of this exciting study.
If you join this research project, we will give you a t-shirt! Once you complete the study, we will provide you with a $70 gift card as a token of appreciation for your participation.
*If you are over age 45, but you are still having regular cycles and have not begun menopause, you may participate.
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