Rose is funded by the ESRC and the Clarendon Academy to study the causes of side effects of hormonal contraceptives and the reasons why women discontinue taking them.
Her DPhil project
This project aims to investigate the hypothesis that side-effects from hormonal contraception experienced by women living in rural poor environments result from a mismatch between women ’s levels of endogenous hormones and the dosage of hormonal contraception. Studies have shown that there is wide interpopulation variation in steroid hormones between women living in different ecologies, yet most contraceptives are still trialled predominantly in Western populations. The research will investigate whether women living in environments with high nutritional and physical stress have lower levels of endogenous hormones (e.g. progesterone) and experience more severe side-effects from using hormonal contraception (e.g. injectables).