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* 1. Study Title: Diet and hormonal functioning in pre-, peri-, and post-menopausal women
Principal Investigators/Researchers: Dr. Cynthia Radnitz and Dr. Bonnie Beezhold
Department/School: School of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Department of Nutrition, Benedictine University

You must be a 45-80 year old female to participate in this study. If you are not, please exit this survey now.

The purpose of this research project is to investigate the relationship between food and other health behaviors and symptoms associated with reproductive functioning (including sexual activity) in middle aged and older females.

It is estimated that 900 people will participate in this study. If you are a woman between the ages of 45 and 80, we invite you to participate by completing our survey. You are being asked to complete a survey asking questions about your sexual functioning and activity, and private and medical history. If individual questions make you uncomfortable, you can select “prefer not to answer.”

Your participation is voluntary. You do not have to participate in this study. You also have the right to withdraw from this study at any time without penalty. If you decide you do not want to participate, you will not lose any benefits for which you are entitled or be penalized. The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes. IP addresses will not be collected by the research survey site.

This project is minimal risk and you will not experience anything above what would occur in your everyday life or in completing a standard medical or psychological evaluation. No information is being collected that will identify you.

In the unlikely event that answering personal questions causes you significant distress, you should contact your doctor (or other mental health professional). However, if you believe you are vulnerable to such distress, you should elect not to take the survey.

There is no direct benefit to you from participating however, it is hoped the knowledge gained will help us better understand the relationship between lifestyle factors and women's health.

Your name is not required nor will your identity be linked to survey responses. This project will not collect any information that identifies you and a Waiver of Documentation of consent has been approved by the Institutional Review Board. If you would like documentation of your participation, please print out a copy of this consent page and the last page verifying the submission of your survey to the site. All data will be collected and stored for purposes of research only. Data from the survey will only be shared in the aggregate, potentially in future research presentations and publications.

Contact Information:
If you have any questions about the study or experience any study related risk or discomfort, please contact Dr. Cynthia Radnitz at radnitz@fdu.edu or Dr. Bonnie Beezhold at bbeezhold@ben.edu. If you have any questions regarding your rights as a subject in this study, please contact the Fairleigh Dickinson University IRB Administration at (201) 692-2219.

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