Men, lifestyle and fertility issues: Call for participants.

I am currently starting a small research project (a pilot) into understanding men’s experiences of lifestyle factors (things like diet, supplements, exercise, smoking, drinking etc) and fertility. There is currently not much evidence about lifestyle and fertility, particularly how men might change or modify the things they do/eat/take when trying to concieve. I am looking for a small number of men to take part in the research- more information about who can take part is below. If you, or someone you know may be interested in taking part then please get in touch (my contact details at the bottom of the post)

 

What is the purpose of the research?

The research is a pilot study to explore men’s experiences in relation to their perceptions about lifestyle factors (diet, exercise etc) in relation to fertility issues and whether men have made any changes to their own lifestyles whilst trying to conceive. We are looking to explore the experiences of men who have experienced fertility issues, either themselves through male factor fertility issues or within their relationships through female factor or unexplained fertility issues.  The research is open to any men aged 16+.

What does taking part involve?

Taking part involves being interviewed about your experiences. You will be asked some questions about lifestyle and fertility. The interview should take no more than an hour and can be conducted in person or over the telephone, at a date and time convenient to you. You will be given a £20 high street gift voucher as a thank you for participating in the interview.

What sort of questions will I be asked?

You will be asked questions about your views and experiences of lifestyle and fertility. We may ask you about your own lifestyle and practices as well as information you may have sought or received around lifestyle modification in the context of fertility issues.

What about confidentiality?

You will be asked if we can digitally record the interview so that we can accurately capture the information you provide. Anything that could be personal to you, such as your name, will be changed on transcription to protect your identity. Only members of the research team will have access to the transcripts and recording, and the information obtained will be used only for the purpose of this research. All information will be stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act. What you say during the interview will be confidential, unless anything raised gives the researcher cause for concern about harm to you or to others.

What will happen to my contribution?

Your interview information will be considered and analysed alongside other interview data. We may use the findings to design a larger research project, including applying for funding for research, and may use the research to produce academic publications.

Can I withdraw from the research?

Taking part in the interview is voluntary. You can then withdraw from the research at any point and we will not include your views in the research. If you wish to withdraw from the project please contact the research team on the details below. The final date for withdrawing from the research is the 30th September 2017.

What happens now?

If you are willing to take part, the research team at Leeds Beckett University will arrange a time/date for the interview to take place.

Who is conducting and funding the research?

The research is being conducted by the Centre for Health Promotion Research at Leeds Beckett University and is being supported by funds from Centre for Applied Social Research (CeASR) at Leeds Beckett University

Who has reviewed the study?

The research has been reviewed and approved through Leeds Beckett University Research Ethics procedures.  If you have a concern about any aspect of this research you should ask to speak to the researchers who will do their best to answer your questions. If you remain unhappy and wish to speak to someone independent from the study, you can do this through Dr Louise Warwick- Booth, School of Health and Community Studies, Leeds Beckett University (email: L.Warwick-Booth@leedsbeckett.ac.uk).

To take part or ask questions about the research please contact: 

Dr Esmée Hanna.

Centre for Health Promotion Research, Room 505 Calverley Building, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, LS1 3HE.

e.s.hanna@leedsbeckett.ac.uk  (0113) 812 5916

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