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Catriona Mallia, a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen, is looking for female volunteers to take part in a focus group study about premenstrual symptoms. If you (1) are aged between 18 and 50 years, (2) have premenstrual symptoms before your menstrual period and (3) have had regular periods in the past year, Catriona would like to hear from you.

The study involves taking part in a focus group to discuss these issues. Participants will also be asked to fill in a questionnaire and give feedback on it – this will help to identify if anything important has been missed out, whether it is clear and understandable, and if anything can be done to improve it.

The research aims to gain a better understanding of women’s experiences with these symptoms, especially with respect to the different types of symptoms women experience, what effect they
have, and how women manage these symptoms. If you are interested in attending, your input would be an invaluable contribution to knowledge of an under-researched health issue. It is hoped that the
results of this research will help improve health care delivery for women who seek medical attention for premenstrual symptoms.

The discussions will be last between 60-90 minutes. There are a number of groups running and if you are interested Catriona will do her very best to sort out a time and place which is convenient,
according to your availability. So if you are interested please contact her and let her know when you might be able to make it. Travel expenses will be reimbursed and for groups being held in Aberdeen,
parking permits will be arranged.

Please contact Catriona direct for further information on at: c.mallia@abdn.ac.uk or 07983 675874.