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As part of my Masters degree at Lancaster University, I am conducting a dissertation research study into how Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) impacts the daily lives of women in the UK from a sociological perspective. I am particularly interested in how society treats IBS and subsequently informs and forms (or not) social understandings of “normal” bodies, what illnesses “matter”, and what “femininity” should look, smell, and function like. I am looking for a sample of women from the UK, as IBS is twice as more prevalent amongst women than men, who would be willing to take part in an online interview to discuss their experiences of living everyday life with IBS.

This study is in no way connected to or endorsed by IBS Patient Support Group, and no data or information will be shared with the group or its admins. All participants and their data will be treated in the strictest confidence in line with university ethics procedures.

I am looking to conduct interviews as soon as possible – within the next two weeks – but I am fully flexible with regards to the specific time and day to suit your schedule. I expect that an interview would take around one hour.

If you would be interested in taking part, or have any questions, please either comment on this post below, private message me on here, or email me at: [email protected], and I will send you further information.


Many thanks in advance,


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