Monday, May 14, 2018
URSP Student Devon Nelson Researches How Symptoms of a Common Hormone Disorder Known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Influences Personal Care Product Use and Self-Esteem
Personal care products contain chemicals that are known to mimic and/or inhibit hormones. Research on the long-term effects of these chemicals is still being conducted, but there isn't a lot of data on how these chemicals may affect hormone disorders. That's where my research comes in. I'm looking at whether individuals with PCOS symptoms use more personal care products. Most of the symptoms of PCOS are physical (persistent acne, coarse hair growth), so individuals with the disorder might be using more personal care products to cover these symptoms.
On a weekly basis, I work to promote my survey through social media and local advertising avenues such as bulletin boards. Now that data collection is coming to a close, my time is spent analyzing and cleaning the data. Since a portion of my participants don’t live in the USA, I'm also spending time researching how beauty standards differ per region.