Vaginal health survey seeking participants

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A Canadian research group  (including obstetricians/gynecologists and medical scientists) is seeking people to respond to their survey examining women’s health, hygiene and vaginal hygiene practices, and women’s natural vaginal microbial ecosystems (that is, the natural and good bacteria that work to keep the vaginal area healthy).

Research has found that a healthy vaginal microbial ecosystem can help protect a woman from some vaginal infections and diseases, and it can influence how easy or difficult it is for a woman to get pregnant. Currently, there is little information about what hygiene products women are using and how they are using them.

In order to learn about women's hygiene and health practices and product uses, they have developed an online survey that is the first of its kind. They are seeking women 18 years and older, of any ethnicity, sexual orientation, sexual experience and/or parental status from around the world to complete the survey. The survey is anonymous and does not ask for any information that would identify the women completing it.

It is estimated that it takes about 20-40 minutes to complete the survey, depending on the types of answers that are provided. Participants have the option of entering a draw for one of three gift cards of $200, $100 or $50 Canadian.

The survey can be accessed in English or French at: whs.psy.uoguelph.ca

The survey will remain active until the end of January 2014.