The Women’s Adventure Expo and Lancaster University would like to invite you to take part in research about experiences of menstruation in extreme environments. This survey is aimed at those who currently identify as women, and who experience or have experienced menstruation. The survey is intended to explore whether or not menstruation presents a barrier to women wishing to participate in adventurous activities, and to try to understand the way in which various factors may influence women's decisions regarding extreme environments and menstruation.
If you are no longer menstruating (due to for example, being post-menopausal), you should answer the questions based on your experiences when you were still menstruating.
The survey should take between 30-45 minutes to complete, but can be saved and continued later if necessary.
Please read the following information carefully before you decide if you wish to take the survey.
What is the survey about?
This survey asks you about your experiences of, attitudes to, and knowledge about managing menstruation in expedition and adventure environments.
What are the possible benefits from taking part?
Although we cannot offer any payment or other material incentives to take part, your participation helps to benefit girls and women considering or going on expeditions in the future.
What if I change my mind part way through the survey?
You can abandon the survey at any time up to final submission and your answers will be discarded. Once you have submitted your responses at the end of the survey, it will not be possible to withdraw your data.
Will I be identifiable?
Your responses are anonymous – we do not track who has completed the survey. If you make comments in the free text boxes please don’t include details that might identify you or others (e.g. names, specific dates or unusual places). We might decide to use quotes from your free text comments (for example in our reports or guides) but if so we will remove any potentially identifying details first.
How will my data be stored?
This data is held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Lancaster University Information Security Policy. No personal details are passed on to third parties, nor shared with anyone else outside the research team. In accordance with University guidelines, we will keep the data securely for a minimum of ten years.
How will the information I share be used?
We will produce reports, guides, and other material to support people planning expeditions and adventure activity. We may also publish academic articles, in order to broaden academic knowledge of this area.
Who has reviewed the project?
This study has been reviewed and approved by Lancaster University Faculty of Science and Technology Research Ethics Committee.
What if I have a question or concern?
If you have any queries or if you are unhappy with anything that happens concerning your participation in the study, please contact one of the following:
• The WAExpo MMiEEP research team firstname.lastname@example.org
• Our academic advisor: Dr. Emma Barrett, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 2YF, email@example.com
If you have concerns and would prefer to contact someone who is not directly involved in this study, please contact:
• Professor Paul Taylor, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 2YF, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for participating in the Women's Adventure Expo's MMiEE Project!