SweMaMi - FAQ
How do I participate?
You start participating in the study by answering the first questionnaire. You do not need to register yourself anywhere. Once we have received your questionnaire, we will send the sampling material to you in the mail.
If I have joined the study, can I drop out later on?
You may of course leave the study whenever you want, without any reason given. To do this, send us an e-mail, SMS, or ring us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 072-2187905.
I have had complications and do not wish to be contacted anymore, what should I do?
Being pregnant, expecting and delivering a child can be intense and much can occur. Unfortunately we do not have access to your medical journal so we cannot follow your pregnancy and delivery. If you wish to leave the study, then please let us know on email@example.com or 072-2187905.
Does it hurt to take the samples?
No, not at all. The salival sample is taken by spitting into a tube. The vaginal sample is taken with a soft swab, only a few centimetres deep in the vagina. It feels less intrusive than inserting a tampon. The faecal sample is usually taken from toilet paper as only a very small amount is required.
Is it possible to obtain personal results from the study?
We are unable to report personal results from the study. One reason for this is that we do not yet know what constitutes a "good" or "bad" result – to determine this is one of the main aims of the SweMaMi study.
Once we have study results at a group level, then we will publish them here on our website an in scientific journals.
Is there any risk for me or my child if I participate?
Participating is not associated with any known risks for you or your child. Sampling is not painful, but it may lead to some minor and temporary discomfort.
I am in pregnancy week 5 - 11, is it for early for me to participate?
You may answer the questionnaire very early on in your pregnancy, but the first sampling kit will not be sent to you until around pregnancy week 15.
I am on medication, is it okay for me to participate anyway?
Any intake of drugs or medication does not prevent you from participating in SweMaMi. When you answer the questionnaires, you will be asked to indicate which medication you are taking.
When will the first results of the research be available?
Our hope is that many of you will choose to participate, and in this case the first results should be ready to present on our website in 1.5 years. The SweMaMi project will however continue for at least five years, and we will be continually updating our website with results and publications.
I have more questions, how can I contact you?
If you have any further questions or comments, then you are welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 072-2187905.
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I want to participate
Are you older than 18 and pregnant before week 19? Do you live in Sweden and have a Swedish personal identity number? Then we invite you to join the SweMaMi study!