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Study information

Have you used a long-acting contraceptive e.g. coil or implant and also had times when you have been overweight?

We would value your help with our research.

Os oes angen y wybodaeth arnoch neu i gwblhau'r arolwg yn Gymraeg, cysylltwch: Plan-It Study Manager/ Plan-It@cardiff.ac.uk / 02920687624)

(If you want this information or to complete the survey in Welsh, please contact: Plan-It Study Manager/ Plan-It@cardiff.ac.uk / 02920687624)

We are a group of researchers in Cardiff University who are interested in understanding people’s experiences of weight management and pregnancy.

The time during which you are planning a pregnancy can be a good chance to think about whether your diet and lifestyle habits are keeping you healthy. Research shows that people who start their pregnancies at a healthy weight have less chance of experiencing pregnancy-related complications, and other health-related problems, when compared with people who are overweight. Simple, positive changes to diet and lifestyle can help you reach a healthy weight and can make sure your body is best prepared for pregnancy.

For the Plan-it study, we are particularly interested in finding out whether people who are planning to have their contraceptive coil or implant (e.g. a rod, or Mirena) removed because they would like to get pregnant, would consider taking part in a programme or activity designed to help them achieve a healthy weight before getting pregnant.

We are inviting you to take part in a short survey to tell us what you think about this idea. Before deciding if you want to take part, it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. 

What is the aim of the study?

The overall aim of the Plan-it study is to find out if it would be possible to do a research study that asks people who are overweight to delay removal of their contraceptive coil/ implant/ rod (also known as Long Acting Reversible Contraception, or LARC) to take part in a weight loss programme prior to trying to get pregnant.

Who can take part?

We are inviting anyone living in the UK who is both a) overweight (or has been in the past) and b) using a contraceptive coil or implant/rod (or has done at any point during in the last ten years) to tell us about their experiences, thoughts and opinions on the acceptability of this study. You do not need to be overweight now to take part.

What will happen if I take part?

We are asking you to complete a short survey to tell us about your experiences of using and having coils / implants (rods) removed and about your thoughts on being offered a weight loss programme before trying to get pregnant. You may also be given the opportunity to take part in a follow-up interview with one of the study researchers, if you wish to do so.

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of the survey will be included in the Plan-it study findings which will be reported in academic journal articles, at conferences and in the media.  Quotes of what you say in the survey may be used in these reports, but they will be completely anonymous and will not include any personally identifiable information.

What will happen to my information?

Cardiff University will control and process all study data and will be responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. You can complete the survey anonymously. However, if you do provide any identifiable information (e.g. an email address), Cardiff University will securely store this information about you for a minimum of 12 months after the study has finished. The research data generated by this study will be kept for 15 years. All data will be used in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018 and the UK Data Protection Legislation 2018.

Contact details

If you have any queries / concerns, please contact the study team on:

Plan-it@cardiff.ac.uk / 02920687624