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Murdoch University is looking for female athletes, recreational through to the elite, to participate in a brief medical survey.


Cyclists are collaborating with Murdoch University on a project to better understand the prevailing perceptions and practices of female cyclists of various disciplines in Australia in regard to menstrual manipulation.

Female athletes, recreational through to the elite, are invited to participate in a brief survey: “Australian Female Cyclist Menstrual Cycle Survey”.

This online survey contains questions about your sporting background, menstrual history, and perceptions and experiences of oral contraceptive use.

It should take no greater than 10 to 15 minutes to complete this survey; however, if you are time-crunched, you can take up to 7 days to complete the survey as long as you access the link from the same device.

You can access the questionnaire and study information letter directly through this link.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Serene Lee, the PhD student conducting the survey, who herself is a keen and competitive cyclist (email: serene.leejl@murdoch.edu.au).

It is in cycling’s interest to develop and refine best practice approaches to training and racing based on your cyclical fluctuations in order to maximise performance while optimising your health. Your participation will help provide a more complete understanding of oral contraceptive use and non-use among Australian female cyclists across all disciplines and skill levels. Data from this study will:

  1. inform sports professionals (i.e. sports scientists, coaches and athletes like yourself) the prevailing beliefs and practices on menstrual manipulation for sport
  2. facilitate the design of future research studies to better inform Australian female cyclists on more meaningful and practical findings.

Please note that your participation is entirely voluntary, and you will not be disadvantaged in any way should you choose not to do so.

Results of the study will be shared with you and the rest of the cycling population upon its conclusion. ! Thank you for your time and consideration.