for females ages 18-45 (full criteria)
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Cystic fibrosis (CF) affects men and women equally, but after the onset of puberty, women with CF have a lower life expectancy than men with CF. Despite these known differences, the link between CF symptom trends and the menstrual cycle remains critically understudied. To address this gap, this study will investigate changes in CF-specific symptoms among women with CF to evaluate whether and how they correlate with their menstrual cycle. Specifically, the investigators hope to examine whether CF-related symptoms change throughout the menstrual cycle, what the impact of those symptoms is on quality of life, and how feasible it is to use a period tracking app to track CF-related symptoms throughout the menstrual cycle. Investigators are asking women ages 18-45 with CF, who have regular menstrual cycles, to participate. Study procedures, including online surveys, period tracking, and interview, will take approximately 3 months.


To better understand the connection between cyclically driven hormone fluctuations and CF-related symptoms, the investigators propose an explanatory, sequential mixed methods study in which 80 menstruating women with CF will be asked to track their daily CF-related symptoms for three consecutive cycles. From this cohort, the investigators will ask up to 30 women with CF to participate in one semi-structured interview to gather information about the impact of cyclical CF symptoms upon women's daily lives and any strategies they use to manage them. This study uses innovative technology to track CF-specific symptoms with a smartphone app. The investigators' hypothesis is that subjective changes in clinical CF symptoms, including pulmonary and sinus (primary outcome), rheumatic, and gastrointestinal (secondary outcomes), will map onto the phases of the menstrual cycle and will be cyclical in nature; women will report alternative ways in which they manage their cyclical CF symptoms; and the period tracker app will be easy for women to use.


Cystic Fibrosis Menstrual Cycle Fibrosis


You can join if…

Open to females ages 18-45

  • Females with CF, ages > or = 18 and < 46 years
  • Able to read, speak, and understand English
  • Have regular menstrual cycles between 21 and 35 days
  • If using oral contraceptive pills, patch, or vaginal ring, must have a monthly withdrawal bleed every 21-35 days
  • If on a genetic modulator, must be on steady dose for at least 3 months
  • Willing to document daily symptoms (or no symptoms) every day for a period of three consecutive months
  • Has a functioning smartphone app with capability to load the Clue app or, if no smartphone, is willing to complete a paper diary and mail to research team monthly
  • Currently resides within the United States

You CAN'T join if...

  • Not regularly menstruating or no regular withdrawal bleed every 21-35 days (with or without hormonal contraception use)
  • Planning pregnancy at the start of, or any time during, the 3-month observation period
  • Planning to use a hormonal IUD, subdermal contraceptive implant (such as Nexplanon), or injectable contraceptive (such as Depo-Provera) at the start of, or any time during, the 3-month observation period
  • Women on the transplant list or what have had a lung transplant
  • Previous/current diagnosis of Covid-19 confirmed by diagnostic nasal swab or antibody blood test
  • Previous/current symptoms of Covid-19 not due to another known illness or medical condition


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